What's Happening in Asian Art...

New exhibition at Chambers Fine Art

May 6, 2021

Leaves of Grass #16, 2020-2021, Mineral pigment and colored chalk on silk, 53 1/8 x 74 3/4 in

Wang Gongyi: Multitudes
May 6 - June 18, 2021
Address: 55 E 11th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening on May 6, 2021 of Wang Gongyi: Multitudes.  This will be the artist’s second exhibition in New York. Born in Tianjin, China in 1946, Wang Gongyi received her master’s degree from the Department of Printmaking at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in 1980, and stayed on to teach after graduation.  After periods as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she moved permanently to the US in 2001 and is now based in Portland.

The current exhibition is devoted to two bodies of work – Wang Gongyi’s ink and calligraphy works on Xuan paper, the medium through which she first gained recognition, now increasingly distilled into simple, pure forms of expression, and a series of paintings on silk called Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetic reflections on recent and current events.


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Talk at the San Antonio Museum of Art

May 4, 2021

Asian Art Market Perspective with Lark Mason
May 5, 7:00-8:00pm CDT

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New exhibition at the Korea Society

May 3, 2021

Mina Cheon. Dreaming Unification: Protest Peace (Triptych Flag Figuration East Meets West, Joseonhwa Protest Art)  Photo courtesy of Mina Cheon Studio (Photos by Cyrus Feldman)

Mina Cheon: Dreaming Unification/Protest Peace
May 3 - September 2, 2021

Global art activist Mina Cheon draws inspiration from the partition of the Korean peninsula, in which she enlists a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, installation, and performance to deconstruct and reconcile the fraught history and ongoing coexistence between North and South Korea. Featured in this exhibition are Cheon's paintings of the Korean peninsula, recalling past inter-Korean efforts including the Olympics, athletic teamwork, Arirang Mass Games, and other public events that celebrate “One Korea.”

Mina Cheon is a new media artist, scholar, educator, and activist best known for her “Polipop” paintings inspired by Pop art and Social Realism. She has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Asia Society Triennial (2021), and her work is in the collection of museums in the U.S. and Korea. Cheon received a BFA in painting from Ewha Womans University; an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA in imaging and digital art from UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland; and a PhD in philosophy of media and communications at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She is currently a Full-time Professor at MICA.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Korea Society gallery at 350 Madison Avenue is open only by appointment. The appointment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. All visitors will be required to wear a mask as well as complete the safety questionnaire upon arrival. For more information, please click here.

Pacific Trade auction at Doyle

April 30, 2021

An exceptionally large and rare China Trade painting, mid 19th century (Estimate $20,000-40,000)

New York, NY -- Doyle is pleased to announce the inaugural Pacific Trade auction on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10am. This exciting sale offers a wide range of property, including Chinese export porcelain, paintings, furniture and decorative art, Japanese and Southeast Asian art and much more.

One of the highlights is an exceptionally large and rare China Trade painting, mid 19th century, oil on canvas; depicting the Qing army subjugating the citizens of a southern region with boats in a small congested harbor and rocky hills in the background (Estimate $20,000-40,000). 

Another is an exceptional partial suite of China Trade hardwood furniture, circa 1840, comprising a sofa, a large armchair with oval backrest, and six side chairs with tapering reeded legs terminating in casters; all elaborately carved and upholstered in red leather (Estimate is $10,000-15,000). Provenance:
Property of an American Family, Acquired in Shrewsbury, England in 1967, and thence by descent. 

The exhibition starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 1 and will remain on view until Monday, May 3, Noon - 5pm
(And by appointment on other days and evenings)
Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128
Safety protocols will be in place. 

NOTE: The sale will be conducted by an auctioneer in a closed setting. Place your bids conveniently via Absentee Bids, BidLive! and Telephone Bids. 

Rubin Museum of Art panel discussion Presenting Tibet: A Curators’ Roundtable Discussion

April 29, 2021

Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears; Kham Province, Southeastern Tibet; late 19th–early 20th century; pigments on cloth with silk brocade; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Dr. Michael Henss, Zurich; C2014.8

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

How do curators approach representing Tibetan collections? What digital initiatives related to Tibetan art and culture do museums offer or plan to offer in the future?

Explore these questions at an upcoming virtual roundtable discussion hosted by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University and the Rubin Museum of Art. Four curators from three American museums will share the processes behind the acquisition and presentation of Tibetan collections.

The panel includes:
·       Karl Debreczeny, Senior Curator, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
·       Elena Pakhoutova, Senior Curator, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
·       Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
·       Jeff Durham, Associate Curator, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Free with registration

Register Here:  https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8URNO99aRTCWbYcR-oZa7Q


Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until June 27

April 27, 2021

Summer Mountains, Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese, active ca. 1023–ca. 1056), Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), ca. 1050.  Handscroll; ink and color on silk, Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973, Accession Number:  1973.120.1

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Up Close

Close looking is at the heart of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In premodern China, painters and calligraphers learned by copying, a practice that required heightened observation of details. In the process, they also learned how to look—how to detect fine distinctions of ink tone, saturation, and line. Only after years of this type of intense looking could a person be considered a true expert.

This exhibition will encourage such looking by displaying original artworks alongside photographic enlargements of their details. The magnified details draw attention to subtleties of brushwork, texture, and line that may escape a viewer at first glance. Ultimately, the enlargements draw us back to the original, revealing the rewards that close looking can offer.

Zoom event at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

April 26, 2021

Father-Daughter, from the series Re-take of Amrita, Vivan Sundaram, India, 2001, archival digital pigment print, Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2019.6.19

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

Join Dr. Paul Sternberger for a conversation with Delhi-based artist Vivan Sundaram focused on the development of his multifaceted practice. The subject of the 2019 book Vivan Sundaram Is Not a Photographer: The Photographic Works of Vivan Sundaram by Ruth Rosengarten, Sundaram crosses boundaries of genre and medium to produce powerful installations that are both shaped by and transcend photographic modes.  This program is offered as part of The Studio, the Freer and Sackler’s virtual contemporary art space.

Vivan Sundaram (b. 1943, Shimla, India) received his BFA from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1965 and his post-diploma from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 1968. His work, which is exhibited across the globe, incorporates diverse media including painting, photography, video, sculpture, archival materials, found objects, and performance.  Sundaram is represented by the gallery sepiaEYE in New York City.

Paul Sternberger received his PhD in art history from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Rutgers-Newark in 1997. His publications include Between Amateur & Aesthete: The Legitimization of Photography as Art in America, 1880–1900 (2001) and By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design (2005). Sternberger co curated the groundbreaking exhibition India: Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art in 2007. 

Register herehttps://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1IPeLB9R_W3F7je5y1YXA

New Wellness Program at Songtsam Hotels, Resorts & Tours

April 23, 2021

Asia Week New York sponsor, the luxury group, Songtsam Hotels Resorts & Tours, is launching a new wellness program at Songtsam Linka Retreat Lijiang, located in Yunnan Province in China, on April 24th.  This personalized and customized journey will allow each guest to experience the wisdom of rest in several different ways, such as a visual feast, musical note vibration, food tasting and physical and mental meditation.

In the early morning, ancient Tibetan meditation is used to start the day. After breakfast, guests may choose either to set off from Ciman Ancient Village to explore the rural scenery of a farm or they can open up the scrolls, burn incense and copy the scriptures, so that all their restlessness is immersed in the concentration of a single brushstroke.

At noon, the chef's food, made with the unique flavors of the fruits and vegetables of Lijiang, is a feast for taste buds.  Guests can sample the delicious ingredients at the local farmer's market and enjoy their rich taste. 


In the afternoon guests can experience a session with a professional yoga teacher and improve their physical and mental energy or go to Dayan Ancient City to see the most traditional thangka paintings and absorb their spirituality.  Afterward, they are invited to enjoy the soothing Chennai massage, which is derived from the Nepalese Ku Nye technique.  More meditational experiences can be booked on-site in the store.  Each guest will be accompanied and guided throughout their stay by a team with many years of meditation experience.   They may also book the Songtsam body and mind rejuvenation program for one day.  Using various techniques and signature spa treatments, such as Hydrotherapy, Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, Ku Nye Massage, the program offers a unique Tibetan experience of wellbeing.

For more information about Songtsam visit:  www.songtsam.com/en/about

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. at the 2021 Virtual Online Philadelphia Show

April 21, 2021

Very Rare and Fine Blanc de Chine Porcelain Tree with Figures

The Philadelphia Show previews on Thursday, April 22 with a Benefit Opening for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It then continues for the Public from Friday, April 23 thru Friday, April 30.

One of the highlights featured by Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. is pictured above.  It is a meticulously modeled blanc de chine porcelain tree with a removable seated sage at one side and a child with a large bird and deer on the other, circa late 18th/early 19th century.  Height:  22 inches (55.8 cm)
Ex:  Private American Collection
Ex:   Collection:  J.T. Dorrance

 To access the Viewing Rooms please click here.

Spring sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art open for bidding on iGavel Auctions

April 16, 2021

A superb intricately cast 18th century Sino-Tibetan Parcel Gilt Bronze Figure of Avalokiteshvara (Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

New York: Lark Mason Associates is pleased to present its Spring sale of
Asian, Ancient, Ethnographic Works of Art which is now open for bidding on igavelauctions.com through April 29th.

“With 480 lots from multiple sellers nationwide, this two-session sale offers an impressive array of important and rare Asian works of art from ancient to the twentieth century and will appeal to a wide range of collectors and Asian art enthusiasts,” says Lark Mason, who notes a pair of Chinese Cloisonné Ewers, Qianlong Mark, Qing Dynasty / Republic Period (Estimate: $30,000-50,000).

According to Mason, the ewers were purchased in Tokyo after World War II by an American general who was stationed there through the 1950's. Their shape is rare and though most cloisonné forms were developed from Chinese archaic ritual bronzes, this form is rooted in Tibetan Buddhist ritual implements.  “This example may have been used in a temple, but it also is somewhat secular in that it celebrates the advanced craftsmanship required to create this type of item,” he says.

Among the other highlights in Session I are a finely carved Rhino Horn Cup (Estimate: $50,000-70,000); a Chinese porcelain Famille Rose Wall Pocket, Republic Period (Estimate: $16,000-18,000); a pair of 18th/19th century Sino-Tibetan Gilt Silver and Jewel Mounted Butter Lamps (Estimate: $8,000-12,000); a large Chinese gilt Bronze Guanyin, from the Ming/Qing Dynasty; and a silver Korean inlaid Brazier (Estimate: $4,000-6,000).

The second session includes a large Chinese Landscape and Pine Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup (Estimate: $30,000-50,000); a Qing White Jade Vase (Estimate: $20,000-30,000); a superb intricately cast 18th century Sino-Tibetan Parcel Gilt Bronze Figure of Avalokiteshvara (Estimate: $10,000-15,000)with much of the original pigments left on its face, eyes and hair; a Qing Dynasty Chinese 100 Boys Silk Panel (Estimate: $8,000-12,000); an intricately carved, pale stone Chinese Celadon Jade Censer, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $7,000-10,000); a Chinese Carved Red Lacquer Circular Box, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $6,000-9,000); and a 20th century Chinese Jadeite Standing Figure (Estimate: $3,000-5,000). Rounding out the sale are a large group of jades and snuff bottles.

About Lark Mason
With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on "The Antiques Road Show." For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com


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