What's Happening in Asian Art...
March 8, 2023
Joanne Carson, Untitled (Study for Sculpture), 2006, mixed media on paper, framed 23 3/4 x 19in (60.4 x 48.3 cm), signed “Carson 2004” recto
Today marks the closing of Eccentric Vision: Works on Paper from a Private Collection, at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery. 20 works on paper from the 1970s to the 2010s celebrate nontraditional techniques and artistic visions, such as self-taught and outsiderart, gender identity, and humor.
Boston-based collector Karen Moss prides herself on open mindedness and eccentric choices, including those by artists Kiki Smith, Marc Bell, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jose Barboza-Gubo, Joanne Carlson, Sue Coe, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Mary Frank, Frances Hamilton, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Andrew M. Roczek, Jennifer Perry, Nusra Quereshi and Tara Tucker among others.
Moss developed an interest in Outsider Art as a natural evolution after being exposed to European Art Brut, the Prinzhorn Collection and the establishment of the Outsider Art Fair in New York in 1993. The works have greatly enriched the life and home of the collector and now she hopes to share them with a wider audience.
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March 8, 2023
Hong Chun Zhang (Born in China, working in the United States, born 1971). Continuity, 2022. Chinese ink on Alcantara fabric with scrolls, 240 × 58 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © 2022 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
March 10, 2023 5:30-7:30p.m.
Drop in, no tickets required
Many things risk being ‘lost in translation,’ but what about being found? In this showcase, the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the skilled visual artists who converting ideas and questions into art, with art being discovered and ‘found’ through this process of change and transformation. This is the second exhibition in KC Art Now, which celebrates local artists, informed by their individual experiences with immigration from places across Asia to Kansas City.
On March 10th from 5:30-7:30pm, anyone is invited to drop in and meet the artists featured in the show—Noriko Ebersole, Shreepad Joglekar, Priya Kambli, Kathy Liaowill, Yoonmi Nam, Hyeyoung Shin, Heinrich Toh, and Hong Chun Zhang—who will discuss their artistic processes. View images and tools of their work and hear how they make choices about media and techniques.
Recordings are also available for previous artist conversations about memory and identity.
Artist Hours are organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Linda Woodsmall DeBruce and Paul DeBruce, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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March 8, 2023
For Asia Week 2023, Asia Week New York has updated our interactive map to find all galleries, independent dealers, museums, and auction houses at their open house locations. They are categorized by shape and color, based on type of business and subject matter. The dealers are numbered, and the auctions and museums are lettered.
For those institutions who will not be exhibiting in New York, their states-wide and international locations also appear. As such, the map not only serves the local tour of the March showcase in Manhattan and the neighboring locations, but can provide a broader resource for pertinent member exhibits elsewhere.
To view the map, click here.
For a different viewing experience, there is also a downloadable pdf version of the map. The telephone numbers of those exhibiting online only are listed for inquiries.
To view or download the pdf, please click here.
March 8, 2023
Ito Jakuchu, Giant Daruma, late 18th century, hanging scroll; ink on paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Gitter-Yelen Collection, gift of Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter.
Through May 14, 2023
Tickets included with general admission here.
None Whatsoever features masterworks of Zen Buddhist Japanese paintings from the renowned New Orleans–based collectors Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter spanning more than four centuries, complemented by selections from the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary art, with work by Franz Kline, Takahiro Kondo, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.
Zen paintings represent one of the world’s most fascinating religious and artistic traditions. None Whatsoever explores the origins of Zen Buddhism in Japanese painting through ink paintings and calligraphies by painter-monks, such as 18th-century Buddhist master Hakuin Ekaku, who expressed Zen Buddhist teachings through their art.
The exhibition takes its title from an 8th-century legendary encounter between itinerant monk Bodhidharma, and Chinese Emperor Wu Liang. When the emperor asked how much goodwill his generous deeds had earned in the eyes of the Buddha, the monk’s curt reply, “None Whatsoever,” shocked the ruler. This seemingly casual exchange has come to embody the revolutionary relationship in Zen Buddhism between student and teacher.
On view until May 14, 2023
generous support is provided by:
Luther King Capital Management
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Anne and Albert Chao
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Eddie and Chinhui Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Russell M. Frankel
Kathy and Glen Gondo
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr. and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Miwa Sakashita and Dr. John R. Stroehlein
Nanako and Dale Tingleaf
March 6, 2023
Hayakawa, Shōkosai V (1932-2011), Line Construction Double Layered Flower Basket 2007, Madake, rattan Object: 8.3125 x 12 x 12 in., Otōshi: 6.75 x 3.875 x 3.875 in., Tomobako: 9.75 x 13.125 x 13 in., 4.5 lb., Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, © Estate of Shōkosai Hayakawa V, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, photo by TAI Gallery.
March 8, 6-7:30pm (CST) [in-person event]
Friends of SAMA and Circle Members only. Limited capacity. Registration required.
On March 8th, Emily Sano, Senior Advisor for Asian Art, will discuss Japanese baskets from the Thoma Collection, currently on view in “Creative Splendor”. Following the presentation, Emily will answer questions in the Japanese gallery where attendees can see the baskets on display. Enjoy wine and light bites prior to the talk. The event is free, as limited to Circle Members and Friends of SAMA.
Three installations of approximately fifteen baskets each survey the outstanding accomplishments of Japanese basket makers active since the nineteenth century to the present day from three regions of Japan: The Kansai region, which encompasses the ancient capital, Kyoto; the Kanto region, which stretches westward from Tokyo; and the southernmost island of Kyushu. The exhibition demonstrates the specific techniques and styles of cutting and weaving bamboo that are particular to each of these geographic regions.
Dr. Sano is a curator and museum director with more than 50 years of specialty in East Asian art. A celebrated author and academic, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who for her work in museum administration in 2020. She has been active at the San Antonio Museum of Art since 2015.
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March 3, 2023
Clockwise from bottom left: Fine and rare pair of Qingbai glazed vases and covers, Southern Song dynasty, circa 11th/12th century, Ralph M. Chait Galleries; The lion and the guardian dog, Kamakura period, 13th century, wood, Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art; and Hasegawa Chikuyū (1885-1962), Deep in the Woods (detail: right side of a screen pair), 1920s, pair of two-panel folding screens, ink, mineral pigments, shell powder and gold wash on silk, Thomsen Gallery
Chinese and Japanese art galleries are gearing up to exhibit exceptional works this month for Asia Week New York.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Spring Collection of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY
35 notable objects include a remarkable pair of Large Famille Verte Vases and Covers with relief decoration, Kangxi period and numerous other fine objects and figures, many with important provenance. A fine group of Porcelain Production watercolors juxtapose with a Japanese porcelain figure.
Japanese Art 1910-1940
9 East 63rd Street, Floor 2
New York, NY
This period was one of great change for Japan’s arts, featuring experimentation with new materials and perspectives. Accompanying bamboo baskets and intricate gold lacquer boxes from the Taisho and Showa eras will highlight technical perfection.
Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art
Selection of Japanese Art: New Acquisitions
17 East 76th Street - 4F
New York, NY
This veteran Kyoto-based dealer offers a wide selection of 13th, 17th, and 18th century works from Japan, including a Kamakura period set of lion and guardian dog figures and a stunning ink and color on silk scroll of Phoenix and Jurōjin, an auspicious figure believed to offer longevity.
March 3, 2023
Bingyi (Chinese, born 1975), The Eyes of Chaos: Remaking the Song Palace, 2021–22. On loan from the artist.
Calling the Soul: the Rhapsody of Taihang,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
In person event, Saturday, March 4th, 11am-12pm
Seating is first come, first serve
A performance alongside works by Bingyi is held in junction with Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The showcase and its accompanying programs are made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.
Based between Beijing and Los Angeles, artist Bingyi creates and talks about a new work of art responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bingyi directly engages nature and the environment in her creative process, which spans the categories of ink art, land art, and performance. Her monumental immersive ink installation The Eyes of Chaos was created in the mountains of Henan province during the pandemic and is currently on view in the Chinese Reception Hall, Gallery 326, in our exhibition Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art.
March 2, 2023
Matsui Kosei (1927-2003), L-R: Jar, Neriage, Cleft Marbelized, 1985, marbelized stoneware; Jar with "Marbeling" Neriage Glaze, 1990s, marbelized stoneware; and Jar, Neriage, Glaze Marbelized, 1986, marbleized stoneware
INTANGIBLE HERITAGE, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
For their Asia Week New York showcase this March 2023, Dai Ichi will present a selection of ceramic Living National Treasures artists, showcasing the revered Japanese modern masters in a new light. Porcelain, stoneware, celadon and iron glazes range in style, suggestive of the leaders who pioneered their respective craft to great acclaim and legacy the world over.
The honorific “Living National Treasure” dates back to 1947, when Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs sought a system to preserve artistic heritage deemed “intangible”. It signifies “Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (重要無形文化財保持者)”. Artists Hadama Shoki, Shimaoka Tatsuzo, and Isezaki Jun feature prominently in the showcase, as does the vibrant art of Tokuda Yasokichi.
March 1, 2023
The Fathers of the People of Error Are Punished in Hell (detail), miniature from a copy of Hamla-i Haydari (‘Ali’s Exploits), India, Deccan, Hyderabad (?) ca. 1800, manuscript page; ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, The David Collection, Copenhagen, 19/2015
Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds,
February 28-May 7, 2023
From now through May 7th, the Asia Society is exhibiting Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds, which explores portrayals of hell across Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam in Asia. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind in the United States, examining how systems of belief and the underworlds within them are manifest in the rich artistic creations of Asia.
Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889, Japan), Even in Hell Money Counts (Jigoku no sata mo kane shidai), Bugs in the Food of the Hungry Ghost (Gaki no mono ni mushi), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyōsai (Kyōsai hyakuzu), Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1863–66 (Bunkyū 3–Keiō 2), Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 11.37028
The cosmology of each religion is expressed through didactic paintings, sculptures, and sacred objects. Artwork on view portrays the ominous religious threats of fiery torture intended to shape values and beliefs, instill virtuous behavior, and encourage atonement for sins—reflecting a universal human desire for spiritual transformation. As different as they are, these ideas about judgment, punishment, and salvation after death are often shared by the varied traditions.
An illustrated catalogue accompanying the show includes contributions by curator and editor, Adriana Proser, and esteemed scholars Geok Yian Goh, Phyllis Granoff, Christiane Gruber, Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, and D. Max Moerman. Copublished with Asia Society Museum by Officina Libraria, it is available for purchase at AsiaStore.
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February 26, 2023
Songtsam Laigu Lodge
Chamdo prefecture, Tibet, China
Facing Laigu glaciers and at the source of the Purlung Tsangpo River, Songtsam Laigu Lodge is located among snowy mountains, glaciers, and lakes beneath an enormous sky--truly a magical place that is out of this world. As Songtsam's highest property and the most challenging construction endeavor, Laigu Lodge was awarded Winner for Best Architectural Design/Heritage Architecture in the Architecture Master Prize of 2019.
The lodge contains 20 rooms: 16 deluxe rooms and 4 superior suites.
With prime consideration given to the preservation of natural and Tibetan cultural heritage, the building was designed to use modular prefabrication and to be embedded under a high cliff hidden from sight. The project maintains a very harmonious relationship with the texture of the original village.
L-R: Stewed yak ribs with yak soup and potatoes, butter ginseng jam with potatoes, walnut pie
Unforgettable mountain hiking and horseback trips are available, led by local guides, and filled with incredible views of the icy blue glaciers, snow-capped peaks, villages, and forests. When you reach the mountain's peak, savor the scene with a hot coffee and cake!
Available in the lobby bar and restaurant are exceptionally well prepared and healthy meals made of locally sourced food, such as yak meat from the alpine pastures, Tibetan pork raised by villagers, vegetables from Bomi, walnuts from Tacheng, and wine from Shangri La. All enjoyed while gazing out through the large picture windows at the surrounding mountain vistas.
For more information about Songtsam visit: www.songtsam.com/en/about