What's Happening in Asian Art...

Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Present Their
Winter Exhibition

December 7, 2022

Winter Exhibition: Ancient, African and Oceanic Art, including Property from the Collection of the Late K. John Hewett (1919-94),
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch

In person exhibition, December 5-9

The gallery's current exhibition of Ancient, African, and Oceanic art is open in their Pall Mall location in London until Friday. There you will see an exceptional collection of art, spanning from 3,000 BC to the early 20th century.

Included are artworks from the collection of K. John Hewett, the renowned and influential scholar, dealer, and collector of Antiquities and Tribal Art who helped shape many important private collections.

Read more, including the gallery's online catalogue, click here.

Chinese Paintings Online Now at Bonhams

December 6, 2022

Shiy De Jinn (Xi Dejin, 1923-1981), Cityscape, 1956, watercolor on paper, framed and glazed,
15 x 20 7/8 in. (38.2 x 53 cm), Lot 817, Estimate $5,000-7,000

Chinese Paintings Online 20th century and Beyond!, Bonhams New York
Online sale, bidding open now and ends December 8, 2022

Chinese Paintings Online 20th century and Beyond! explores a dynamic period for Chinese painting and calligraphy with 54 works by 40 individual artists. Many artists were strongly influenced by their time overseas studying in Paris, New York or Tokyo, where others looked to the deepest roots of the Chinese tradition for inspiration.

Discover paintings that capture the numerous creative avenues that Chinese artists explored in the 20th century and the decades that followed, with artists expressing themselves in traditional brush and ink, Western oils, watercolor and even fingerpainting.

Read more, click here.

Also, don't miss the revealing essay, A Closer Look at Four Ink Paintings by Han Meilin, click here.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum Hosts Artists in Conversation

December 5, 2022

Artists in Conversation: Identity, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Live program, December 10, 11am CST

Identity can be fluid. It can change as people navigate their place in this world. This concept will be explored by exhibition artists Priya Suresh Kambli, Yoonmi Nam, and Heinrich Toh, and vocalist Kevin Johnson. Participants will share their perspectives about identity, an important theme in Found in Translation: Explorations by 8 Contemporary Artists. Moderator: Eleanor Lim-Midyett, Assistant Professor, Kansas City Art Institute, School of Liberal Arts.

Meet and greet with local artists and educators who preserve and share Asian American heritage at 10am.

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Last Days to See Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain at Korea Society

December 5, 2022

Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain, Korea Society
Final day: December 9, 2022

In his paintings Young Min Moon depicts Jesa, a Confucian ritual for commemoration of the deceased, which was one of the earliest memories he holds while growing up in the military regime of South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the gender politics now associated with the ritual today due to its patriarchal nature, Moon insists on exploring the legacy. For him, the ritual holds multiple layers of meanings: an occasion of silence utterly severed from the violent era of his childhood, a means of remembering the deceased, and a tradition that may be discontinued in the age of globalization.

Moon's paintings are also a way of honoring women’s labor for the patriarchal tradition, and an invitation to the celebration of familial ties that are largely inaccessible for diasporic Koreans. In his solo exhibition at The Korea Society, Moon also complicates his relation to the legacy of Jesa by situating it in relation to Catholicism that impacted the Confucian tradition in Korea.

Please note that visits to Korea Society are by appointment only, made at least 24 hours in advance. Read more, click here.

Zoom Talk Eternal Currents at Joan B Mirviss LTD This Week

December 3, 2022

Eternal Currents: The Tidal Impact of Japanese Women Clay Artists and Charting a Course for the Future , Joan B Mirviss LTD
Zoom webinar, Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5pm ET

The massive surge in innovation and international stature of Japan’s contemporary ceramic arts can be traced to the rapid incorporation of women into the field in just the past few decades. Once they were finally allowed to get their hands in clay, women artists have provided a burst of creative energy that has pushed the medium into unexpected directions. To discuss the sea change in Japan’s venerated centuries-old, male-dominated ceramic tradition, gallery artist Hayashi Kaku will be joined by Professor Todate Kazuko, a highly respected scholar of Japanese ceramics, and curator Russell Kelty, who recently organized a Japanese sculptural ceramics exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia and authored the accompanying handsome publication. Each panelist will examine, from their unique perspective, the unstoppable tide of creative talent from Japanese women clay artists, and at the same time reflect upon the accompanying challenges for them in charting a course through unknown waters.

RUSSELL KELTY, Curator, Asian Art at Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, Australia
TODATE KAZUKO, Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo and respected scholar of ceramics
MINA LEVIN, Japanese clay art collector and museum patron based in North Carolina
Moderated by JOAN MIRVISS

Read more and register, click here

At Auction In March – The Collection of J.J. Lally & Co.

December 2, 2022

L-R: A Very Rare Guan Bottle Vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Estimate: US$800,000-1,000,000, Christie’s and A Rare Chased Silver “Literary Gathering” Pictorial Tray, Song dynasty 12th-13th century, Estimate: US$30,000-50,000, Bonhams

The upcoming Asia Week New York March 2023 will include noteworthy auctions of the collection of one of the world’s premier art galleries, J.J. Lally & Co. Throughout his fifty years in the field, James Lally has been highly regarded for his accomplished connoisseurship, discerning taste, and thoughtful presentation of the best examples of Chinese art. Highlights from the sales in both houses are now touring in Asia.

One of Asia Week New York’s founding members, James J. Lally has been an active participant in the Chinese art market for more than 50 years. He was a director of Chinese works of art at Sotheby’s in New York and Hong Kong from 1970, and in 1983 he was named president of Sotheby’s in North America. In 1986 he founded J.J. Lally & Co. and mounted an inaugural exhibition which was sold out in the first week.

Bonhams New York
During March Asia Week, Bonhams will present fine Chinese works of art, including ancient Chinese jades, silver, bronzes, and ceramics, ranging in date from the Neolithic to the Qing dynasty, from J.J. Lally & Co.

Among the special items in the sale are A Rare Chased Silver “Literati Gathering” Pictorial Tray, Song dynasty (12th-13th century); A Jade Figure of a Recumbent Beast (Bixie), Six Dynasties Period (220-589); and An Archaistic Jade Hu-form Vase and Cover, Song dynasty.

Christie’s New York
During March Asia Week, Christie’s will conduct a live auction that will encompass Chinese ceramics and works of art from the Shang through the Qing dynasties, complemented by an online sale of the gallery’s world-class library.

Highlights of the live auction include a very rare Guan bottle vase formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe; a very rare ‘peacock feather’-glazed mallet vase, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735); and a remarkable imperial fahua ‘dragon’ jar (guan), Chenghua-Hongzhi period, late 15th century.

Clay as Soft Power: The Rise of Shigaraki Ware in
Postwar America

December 1, 2022

Clay as Soft Power: The Rise of Shigaraki Ware in Postwar America,
Japanese Art Society of America

Online webinar, December 5, 5pm EST

Join JASA and Natsu Oyobe, Ph.D., curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Illustrated through historic jars, works by American artists inspired by Shigaraki ware, and recent works by contemporary Japanese artists, this talk will uncover the stories of Shigaraki ware and its impact in America from the postwar era into the 21st century. Note: Advance registration is required: December 5 event.

To register, click here

The National Museum of Asian Art Hosts Feathered Ink: Japanese Art

November 30, 2022

Watanabe Seitei (1851–1918), Pigeons at Sensoji, Meiji era, 1877, ink and color on silk, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Freer Gallery of Art, F2000.1a–

Feathered Ink: Japanese Art, National Museum of Asian Art,
Smithsonian Institution

In person talk, December 3, 2pm

Join assistant curator Kit Brooks for a discussion of the exhibition Feathered Ink, which explores how Japanese artists over centuries have depicted birds in hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics, and printed books. Plus, learn about a surprising connection between the painting Pigeons at Sensoji by Watanabe Seitei and the exhibition An Italian Impressionist in Paris at the Phillips Collection. No registration required.

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Songtsam Lodges: Tibetan Architectural Marvels

November 29, 2022

From Shangri-La to Namcha Barwa to Lhasa, each Songtsam lodge combines modern and traditional Tibetan architectural designs and blends in with nature. Employing specialist architects and builders and responding to Tibetan renowned monuments, Songtsam provides a unique opportunity for guests to learn the evolution of Tibetan architecture, from ancient times to the 21st century. Moreover, each property promotes traditional architectural designs while protecting the environment and locals' heritage.

Songtsam Shangri-la Lodge was built with locally-sourced materials, including earth, wood, and stone. These materials blend with the local landscape while preserving the warm characteristics of Tibetan architecture. Songtsam Lodge is made using centuries-old Tibetan architectural features, such as load-bearing columns with shorter wooden beams reinforced at the bottom intersection of two beams. The walls widen at the bottom to lower the center of gravity and enhance the building’s stability.

The use of bold and delicate colors like white, black, yellow, and red is one of the main characteristics of traditional Tibetan architecture. Each color and color arrangement has a specific religious and cultural meaning. White for good luck, black wards off evil spirits, yellow for divinity, and red protects the law. Songtsam adheres to these color arrangements and meaning in exterior and interior décor. During your stay at Songtsam Shangri-la Lodge, you’ll notice the elaborate use of contrasting colors everywhere.

Songtsam Lhasa Linka is an architectural marvel with the soul of Potala Palace, as it features the architectural elements of Potala Palace to promote the essence of Tibetan architecture and culture. Songtsam Lhasa Linka combines palace fortress-style, monastery, and noble house architecture with a garden. The building’s exterior design is similar to the Minshulin Monastery in Shannan. This lodge has a wall that blends the features of traditional Tibetan architecture, including block stone masonry. This unique stone-stacking process preserves the stones’ original shapes, as they are used without cutting, resizing, or smoothening them.

In Dalin village, Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge combines three Tibetan-style buildings. Traditionally, Yunnan stonemasons carve coarse stones to build the backbone of the house. Then, carpenters polish solid wood beams and install them to support exterior structures and bring the building to life. Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge was built using this method, ensuring continuity of this traditional Tibetan architectural style. The lintels and windows feature beautiful Tibetan decorations and carvings that express traditional artistry in detail.

Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge is made of natural stone and wood, allowing the building to blend with the environment. All the stones used for construction were dug at the site where Namcha Barwa Lodge stands today. After extracting the rocks, the holes were filled with soil and small rocks from around the site. This construction process costs more than quarrying the stones along the Yarlung Tsangpo River close to the lodge. But it is eco-friendly and fulfills Songtsam's commitment to the region's sustainable development.

Art, Ritual and Religion: The Bridge Between the Living and the Dead at China Institute

November 28, 2022

Age of Empire and the Afterlife: Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BCE-220CE)
China Institute
Online workshop, November 30, 7-9pm

Amid power consolidation, an empire was emerging, as well as philosophical thoughts and religious belief that built the foundation for the concept of this world and for afterlife in Chinese culture. How profound was this process and its lasting influence in the history of China and the world?

This presentation is one in a series of programs for educators, Art, Ritual and Religion: Art Vessels to Buddha Images: The Bridge Between the Living and the Dead, that is also available to the public. Featured speaker is experienced scholar Professor Annette Juliano.

The final program, Opening of the Lotus: Emergence of Buddhism (25-420 CE) will be held online on December 14 at 7-9pm.

Read more, click here.

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