What's Happening in Asian Art...

June Collection at Dai Ichi Art

June 19, 2021

Miwa Kazuhiko 三輪和彦 Japanese, b. 1951, "Abyss" Guinomi 淵淵盃, stoneware, H1.5" x Dia3.7"; H3.8 x Dia9.3cm, with signed wood box

This June, we reflect on Kigo (季語) or "Season words", which refers to words used to express the seasons and, in turn, feeling, in classical Japanese poetry. As June arrives in full swing, we may observe the term "minazuki" (水無月; the month of water), conceptualizing June. In 1941, the poet, author, and critic Masaoka Shiki 正岡 子規 (1897-1902), wrote about minazuki:


In the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo's cry.

Complementary to Masaoka Shiki's poetry, Dai Ichi Arts features exceptional functional Sake Wares by Miwa Kazuhiko, Koie Ryoji, Kakurenzaki Ryuichi, Takeuchi Shingo, and more, echoing the refreshing tone of this summer season.

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New exhibition at Chambers Fine Art

June 17, 2021

Wei Jia, No.19238, 2019, Gouache, ink and Xuan paper collage on paper. 27 1/2 x 40 1/4 in., 纸上水粉、墨与宣纸拼贴, 70 x 102.2 cm

Wei Jia: Good Times

Exhibition Dates:
June 19 - August 22, 2021 at Fou Gallery
June 24 - August 13, 2021 at Chambers Fine Art
Fou Gallery
410 Jefferson Ave #1
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Open House, June 26 & 27, 3-6pm
Chambers Fine Art
55 E 11th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Open House, June 24, 3-6pm

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce that we will be presenting Wei Jia's latest solo exhibition Good Times with Fou Gallery. This is Wei Jia’s 17th solo exhibition in the United States. This exhibition will present representative works by Wei Jia from 2018 to 2021.

The works in this exhibition are different from his previous series: they are all collages on paper, and almost none of them are drawn with a brush. Many of the works in this exhibition were created during Wei Jia's quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This isolated lifestyle gave him more time to carefully reflect upon and explore his own memories and experiences by organizing the collage fragments of his previous works.

Wei Jia practiced traditional calligraphy, Chinese painting and poetry from an early stage. Wei graduated with a B.F.A from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1984) and M.F.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (1987). He currently works and lives in New York and Beijing. Wei has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Central Academy of Fines Arts (Beijing), National Museum of Art (Beijing), CU Art Museum University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, U.S.A.), Lincoln Center (New York), etc. His recent shows include The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen, Hua Art Museum, Shenzhen (2019); Blurred Boundaries, New York School of Interior Design Gallery, New York (2018); Wei Jia: Recent Work, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia (2017).

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Zoom Panel Discussion at Joan B Mirviss LTD

June 17, 2021

Suzuki Gorô (b. 1941), Large double-eared, irregularly rounded, and covered shino-glazed mizusashi (waterjar) with Momoyama-style floral patterning, Glazed stoneware, 2010, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.

Tea as Context: Treasuring Ceramics
Thursday, June 24 at 5pm EDT

Internationally recognized as a pillar of Japanese culture, the art of tea (chanoyu), with its highly formalized aspects, is often misperceived as a stiff and impassive ritual. Rather, throughout its history, chanoyu has developed from the treasured relationships and bonds formed over “shared hot water.” These connections are integral to a longstanding, vibrant tea culture and further the rich stories behind the diverse practices and exquisite tea objects seen today. This unmissable Zoom event assembles an all-star panel of experts on the subject. A discussion of the relative merits of a teabowl for the curious collector will be a highlight of the event.

NICOLLE BERTOZZI, PhD candidate in Japanese history at Columbia University
LOUISE CORT, Curator Emerita of Ceramics, Freer | Sackler, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
ANDREW MASKE, Associate Professor in Art History and Visual Studies, Arts of Asia and Japan Studies, University of Kentucky
MORGAN PITELKA, Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ANDREW WATSKY, Professor and Director, Program in East Asian Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

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Francesca Galloway and Thomas Murray in the Hali Fair Online

June 16, 2021

Pori situtu’, Ceremonial Cloth 16027, Toraja People, North Luwu Regency, Rongkong, Sulawesi, Cotton; warp ikat, 19th or early 20th century, 96 x 58 in / 244 x 147 cm, courtesy of Thomas Murray

Hali Fair

HALI Fair Online is a new virtual event, running 23-27 June 2021, focused exclusively on antique rugs and textiles from around the globe, comprising a Fair, Exhibitions and Events including lectures, interviews and presentations.

Exhibitors will be available online during the five-day event, to discuss the works on show with visitors to their virtual stands

Nou-Rouz Shawl
‘Nou-Rouz' Shawl, French, Paris, designed by Amedee Couder in 1839 and woven by Caussen, Woven wool and silk 'tissage au lance, decoupe', courtesy Francesca Galloway


Upcoming Exhibition: Sue Ollemans at Galerie Lamy Oriental Fine Arts

June 16, 2021

A reversible enamelled necklace (front), Jaipur, India, Late 18th century/early 19th century, 23 cm wide

Asian Wonderland
Asia & its Wonderful World of Jewellery

Sue Ollemans at Galerie Lamy presents a rare collection of ancient Asian jewellery
(June 17-27) 11am-6pm, by appointment

23 rue Ernest Allard
1000 Brussels

For more information, email Sue Ollemans at sue@ollemans.com

A reversible enamelled necklace (back), Jaipur, India, Late 18th century/early 19th century, 23 cm wide

June auctions

June 11, 2021

Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julia Lewis, Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), A tobacco tray with a bird-shaped kite, Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890, (estimate: $7,000-9,000)

Edo Sparkle and Tokyo Splendor: Japanese Art of the Last Three Centuries at Bonhams on June 18

New York - On June 18, Bonhams will present Edo Sparkle and Tokyo Splendor: Japanese Art of the Last Three Centuries, a live sale comprising 116 lots of fine lacquer, netsuke, and decorative arts. Leading the auction is a Meiji era lacquer tray with a bird-shaped kite by Shibata Zeshin from the Collection of Drs. Ed and Julie Lewis. The kite depicted in the tray is no ordinary toy but a special variety that was probably Zeshin’s own invention. It has an estimate of $7,000-9,000.

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Property From the Junkunc Collection, A Pale Greenish-White Jade Figure Of a Lion, 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide

Art of China Summer online sale at Christie's

Christie’s New York is delighted to present our Art of China Summer online sale (11-29 June). The sale showcases jade carvings, gilt bronzes, porcelain and scholar’s objects from the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III; Qing porcelains from an important private New York collection; and huanghuali furniture from the estate of a lady. Highlights also include Chinese paintings from the collection of the Lee Family of Chicago, Illinois, and paintings sold by the Yale University Art Gallery to benefit acquisition funds.

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Objects from the Sotheby's auction "The Hundred Antiques"

The Hundred Antiques: Fine and Decorative Asian Art online at Sotheby's, June 11-22

The Hundred Antiques: Fine & Decorative Asian Art comprises over 170 Chinese and Japanese works of art and paintings. The sale features Ming and Qing dynasty porcelains, early Chinese ceramics, jade, and scholar’s objects, among others. Highlights include Buddhist sculptures and textiles from the collection of Florence (1886-1939) and Paul H. Benedict (1888-1968), a selection of Qing dynasty glass from a Florida private collection, a group of early Chinese ceramics from the estate of Paul and Marianne Steiner, and numerous Chinese works of art from the collection of Loyd and Linda Crawley.

View the digital catalog here...

Upcoming Exhibition at Francesca Galloway

June 10, 2021

Ceremonial cloth, Palepai, with Double Red Ship Paminggir People, Kalianda District, Lampung Cotton, metallic-wrapped threads, silk Supplementary weft 19th Century

Threads of Influence: Costumes and Textiles 2nd to 20th Century
16th June - 16th July
10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday

Francesca Galloway, internationally renowned in the field of textiles and Indian painting, is excited to present ""Threads of Influence."". The title of our collaborative exhibition refers to two elements which unite this diverse group. These works exemplify the cultural tides that influenced their design and production and furthermore demonstrate the power and influence they could bestow on their owner.

The works can be viewed in person in our London gallery as well as online through francescagalloway.com

Current Exhibitions

June 3, 2021

Iede Takahiro, Japanese, B.1962, Container Kotodama (The Spirit of Language), 2018

Onishi Gallery

The Eternal Beauty of Metal
March 11, 2021–August 31, 2021
The gallery is open by appointment only until September.

The current exhibition’s title, “The Eternal Beauty of Metal,” reflects the philosophy of Ōsumi Yukie—Japan’s first female Living National Treasure in metal art—who has written that there is “ . . . something particularly meaningful about the way that metals can substitute the permanent for the fleeting and transitory, conferring eternity on phenomena that would otherwise have a limited lifespan.” Featuring vessels made from gold, silver, platinum, copper, lead, and unique Japanese alloys, worked in techniques including casting, chiseling, hammering, and overlay, “The Eternal Beauty of Metal” will show that the makers of these contemporary masterpieces are distinct in their personal modes of expression, but united in their embrace of traditional methods. 

HK Art & Antiques

Works on Paper Virtual Exhibition
May 5 - July 28, 2021
Works on paper by Whanki Kim, Su Kwak, Tchah-Sup Kim, Bohnchang Koo, and Woong Kim
Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm, by appointment

TCHAH-SUP KIM (B. 1940), Triangle, 1978, Etchings copy 9 of 15

Miyako Yoshinaga

Byung-hun Min: Weeds

Online exclusive exhibition featuring exquisite photography work with a delicate flora motif by contemporary Korean artist Byung-hun Min. Byung-hun Min takes inspiration from the Korean landscape and culture; his photographs embody a blend of beauty, intricacy, and metaphor.  Min's photographs of grasses were taken on repeated visits to the same site where weeds have grown up against vinyl greenhouses and dried to their surfaces. 

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1955, Min started out as a musician and vocalist and was a student of electronic engineering before finally discovering photography in his late 20’s.  He studied at the Soon-tae Hong studio and has pursued a successful career in photography.  He was awarded the Dong-A International Photography Salon’s silver medal (1984).  Min's work has been widely exhibited and collected by institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Seoul Art Center; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwachon, Korea.

BYUNG-HUN MIN KOREAN, B. 1955, UNTITLED FROM THE SNOW SERIES, 2008, gelatin silver print

Current exhibitions

June 1, 2021

Lighting, 2021, Hand woven cotton. 16 x 18 in

Chambers Fine Art
Miranda Fengyuan Zhang: Scattered Lines
June 2, 2021 – July 3, 2021
Wednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

CANDICE MADEY and CHAMBERS FINE ART are pleased to introduce a solo exhibition of Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, Scattered Lines, marking the New York and Shanghai-based artist’s first in New York City. The exhibition will take place at CANDICE MADEY and presents work in fiber that are uniquely influenced by cross-cultural painting traditions–Chinese calligraphy and classical landscape painting, traditional oil painting of the Renaissance, and early 20th century abstraction.

The title of the exhibition, Scattered Lines, refers to the structures inherent to Zhang’s material and process, and her contradicting desires to both disrupt and connect with history and tradition.

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang  was born in Shanghai, China in 1993. She earned her BFA in studio art from NYU in 2016 and she was the recipient of the La Maison de l’Art Contemporain residency in Asilah, Morocco.

Francesca Galloway and Thomas Murray in the Hali Fair Online

HALI Fair Online is a new virtual event, running 23-27 June 2021, focused exclusively on antique rugs and textiles from around the globe, comprising a Fair, Exhibitions and Events including lectures, interviews and presentations.

The attached image is a detail taken from the ‘Nou-Rouz' Shawl.
French, Paris, designed by Amedee Couder in 1839 and woven by Caussen
Woven wool and silk 'tissage au lance, decoupe'

Songtsam Hotels Resorts and Tours in Tibet to Sponsor the “Young Scholar Program”

May 28, 2021

Ancient Tea Horse Road

Songtsam Hotels, Resorts and Tours, based in Tibet, launched a “Young Scholar Program” to support field research projects in remote villages along the Ancient Southwest Silk Road, also known as the Ancient Tea Horse Road in Northwestern Yunnan. The concept of a “Young Scholar Program” was a result of a recent "Tea Horse Road Investigation and Academic Seminar," which Songtsam co-sponsored together with Discovery Tours.

Songtsam's focus has always been on exploring, presenting, and protecting the authentic local culture and revitalizing the villages.  Their tours, with the hotel properties located along this road,  are a unique travel experience that enables their guests to fully immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of these remote villages along this ancient trading route.

Most Songtsam employees (92%) are from local villages and are trained to be travel guides and hotel service staff, making them the most authentic and direct representatives of the local culture.  Songtsam hopes that through training and sharing the knowledge provided by experts and scholars, the local employees will experience personal growth and be better equipped on how to best convey an understanding of their culture to the guests.  Songtsam will continue inviting local villagers who have lived in the village for generations to share their life story and use it as an important element of the tours. In this way guests will be able to establish a more personal and direct connection with the locals of Tibet and Yunnan.  

About the Ancient Southwest Silk Road 
The Ancient Southwest Silk Road (also known as the Ancient Tea Horse Road) was a trade route mainly through Yunnan, Sichuan, and Tibet. From the 6th century to the 20th century, people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces traveled by foot and horseback with pack horses to exchange tea for horses with people in Tibet - and thus the pathway was called the Tea Horse Road. The Ancient Tea Horse Road rivaled the Silk Road trade routes for importance. It was the longest ancient trade road in the world, more than 10,000 kilometers (approx. 6,213 miles) in length, and certainly the toughest to travel.

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

Songtsam sponsors scholar program
Rice field in front of Songtsam Lodge Tacheng, Yunnan, China

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