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Fu Qiumeng's Exhibition Named "Top Five Picks"

February 10, 2022

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: New York Rhythms: C.C. Wang Calligraphy

NYC-Arts named Fu Qiumeng's current exhibition New York Rhythms: C.C. Wang Calligraphy as one of its Top Five Picks for the week of February 4-10. NYC-Arts is an award-winning arts program co-hosted by Paula Zahn and Philippe de Montebello. Both Paula Zahn and Philippe de Montebello have won a NY Emmy for their work on the program.

New York Rhythms: C. C. Wang's Calligraphy, on view now through March 5th, is the first retrospective to focus on the artist's final two decades of calligraphy practice in New York City. The exhibit's 16 pieces, culled from the collections of a small group of Wang's friends and students, represent three significant stages of work. They chart the artist's journey from traditional calligraphy, through an experimental phase, and culminate in an abstract calligraphic period that marks his transformation from a classical Chinese landscape painter to a contemporary artist, working in tune with the 1980s and 1990s creative currents. The exhibition's title is drawn from a remark made by C.C. Wang that his art work had developed to the point that it had "become just like jazz music."

This week's other Top Five Picks include David Zwirner Art Gallery's Toni Morrison’s Black Book, Forum Gallery's Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri, Baryshnikov Arts Center's Philippe Petit: Open Practice and White Wave's 6th Annual SoloDuo Dance Festival at Dixon's Place.

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February 9, 2022

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Calendar of Events:
Below are the exhibitions and events that are taking place during Asia Week. For more information, please click on the links provided. All times listed are EDT.
Tuesday, March 15:
*Evening Launch Webinar at 6pm: presented by Asia Week New York Planning Committee. Register here
*Online exhibitions go live: Kaikodo LLC, Thomas Murray, and Akar Prakar
*Online lecture at 12pm: Fit for a Palace: The Craze for Safavid Carpets in Seventeenth-Century Europe, National Museum of Asian Art
Wednesday, March 16:
*Evening live gallery receptions at Art Passages, DAG, Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd., Ippodo Gallery, and Kapoor Galleries
*Online exhibitions go live: Egenolf Gallery
*Online lecture at 7pm: Curators in Context, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day
*Online panel discussion at 10am, Water in a Shared World: Artist Perspectives (Practice or Action), Asia Society New York
*Online panel discussion at 1pm, Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art, Denver Art Museum
*Evening live gallery receptions at Onishi Gallery, TAI ModernMIYAKO YOSHINAGA
*Zoom panel discussion at 5pm with Joan B Mirviss LTD
*Virtual preview at 5pm, Virtual Preview of Japanese and Korean Art Including Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg by Christie's specialists, Christie's
*Virtual lecture at 6pm, Fashioning an Empire: Design Inspirations from Iran, National Museum of Asian Art
*Evening live reception at 6pm, Rubin Museum of Art, invitation only
Friday, March 18:
*Online Lecture at 1pm, Adopt, Adapt, Assimilate, and Transform: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture by Robert D. Mowry, Christie's
*Live lecture at 4:30pm, Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the ‘Year 5’ Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography by Juhyung Rhi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
*Evening live gallery receptions at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Dai Ichi Arts LTD and Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art
*Evening live opening celebration at Rubin Museum of Art
Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20:
Open House Weekend - All participating dealer exhibitions and auction house viewings open all day
*Live lectures on Saturday at 2pm and 3pm, Claude de Marteau: The Master Dealer and Collector by Edward Wilkinson and Forensic Iconography: Chronology, Region & Art Style by Jeff Watt, limited seating, Bonhams
*Exhibition live tour, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, Rubin Museum of Art
*Exhibition live talk at TAI Modern on Saturday at 2:30pm
*Live lectures on Saturday at 4pm and 5pm, Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain by Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa and Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection by Rose Kerr, Sotheby's
*Live lecture on Sunday at 11am at Japan Society: Reflections of a Collector, with ukiyo–e collector George MannJapanese Art Society of America
*Online lecture on Sunday at 12pm, The Bottles They Carried: A Conversation on Provenance and The Rachelle R. Holden Collection of Important Chinese Snuff Bottles by Clare Chu and Andrew Lueck, Christie's
Monday, March 21:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Doyle, Sotheby's
Tuesday, March 22:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Sotheby's, Christie's, Heritage Auctions
*Online and live lecture at 7pm, Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs by Jenny So, San Antonio Museum of Art
Wednesday, March 23:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Sotheby's, Christie's
*Live performance at 6:30pm, Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, China Institute
Thursday, March 24:
*Auctions at Christie's
Friday, March 25:
*Online lecture at 8:30am, Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA by Brinda Kumar, DAG
*Auctions at Christie's and Doyle

Dealer Exhibitions

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

Akar Prakar, Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year), ONLINE March 15-April 15
Art Passages, Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, March 16-24
DAG, A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, March 15-May 28
Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, India and Iran: Works on Paper, March 16-25
Francesca Galloway, Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, January 26-March 24
Kapoor Galleries, Dhanvantari's Blessing, March 14-25
Thomas Murray, Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks: Inspiration and Interpretation, ONLINE and by appointment, March 16-25

Chinese Art

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, March 18-May 7
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelains and Works of Art, March 16-25
INK Studio, Bingyi: Land of Immortals, March 16-April 22
Kaikodo LLC, The Ancients Among Us: Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Works of Art, ONLINE March 15-25
Zetterquist Galleries, Chinese Ceramics from Tang-Yuan Dynasty, March 16-25

Japanese Art

The Art of Japan, Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints, March 18-21
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics, March 1-30
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints, Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), ONLINE March 16-25
Ippodo Gallery, Chaos to Cosmos: White Road between Two Rivers,
March 10-April 14
Joan B Mirviss LTD, Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves, March 16-April 22
Onishi Gallery, The Eternal Beauty of Metal, March 1-23
Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Japanese Art and Antiques, March 16-25
Scholten Japanese Art, Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan, March 16-25
Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art, Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th, March 18-26
Thomsen Gallery, Modern Masterpieces from the Taisho-Early Showa Eras,
March 18-25
TAI Modern, Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, March 16-25
Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art, Selection of Japanese Art, March 16-23
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, "In the Space of the Near and Distant"-Solo Exhibition by Jonathan Yukio Clark, March 17-April 30

Korean Art

HK Art & Antiques LLC, Korean Paintings and Sculptures: Past and Present,
March 17-April 6


Auction Viewing and Sale Schedule
Asia Week March 2022 New York

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part IV
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Chinese Works of Art and Paintings Including The Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection
Auction: March 21, 11:30am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

Japanese and Korean Art
March 23, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm and March 22, 10am-3pm

The Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age
Online, March 14-24, 2022

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part V
Online, March 14-24, 2022

Arts of India, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas
Online, March 15-25, 2022

The Claude de Marteau Collection:
Treasures from Tibet, Nepal, India and Southeast Asia
March 16-21, 2022

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South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art
Online, March 15, 10:00am-March 30, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Online March 15, 10am-March 29, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
Auction: March 22, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 23, 8:30am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art,
Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak
Auction: March 23, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Auction: March 24, 12pm EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Auctions: March 25, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Special Exhibition: Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America
March 18-23

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Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18-20, 12-5pm

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Asian Art Signature® Auction
Auction: March 22, 11am
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

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Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art
Viewing: March 16-25, 10am-5pm
Online auction: April 7-26

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Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Auction: March 21, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Auction: March 22, 09am EDT
Viewing: March 17-21, 10am-5pm

China/5000 Years
Online auction, March 16-29
Viewing: March 17-28, 10am-5pm

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Museum Exhibitions and Events
Asia Week New York March 2022

Asia Society:
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection
•Video Spotlight: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
•Video Spotlight: Rahraw Omarzad
All the above through May 8, 2022

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Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University:
Auspicious Dreams: Tribal Blankets from Southern China
March 9–May 31, 2022

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Japan Society:
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
On view through March 20th

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The Korea Society:
Wonju Seo: Travelogue
March 3-May 26, 2022

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in Historical Context
Through April 10, 2022
Japan: A History of Style
Through April 24, 2022
Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection
Through June 5, 2022
Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer
Through July 5, 2022
Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art
Through August 14, 2022
Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Through October 3, 2022
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
Through–January 2023

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The Rubin Museum of Art:
Gateway to Himalayan Art
Through June 4, 2023
Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher/Palden Weinreb
Through October 30, 2023
Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
Through January 8, 2024
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
March 18, 2022–January 16, 2023

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Tibet House US:
Roof of the World: Gems of the Guardianship Collection at the Tibet House Gallery
March 2-April 17, 2022

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Two Online Art Talks This Week

February 9, 2022

The Lokapala Offering Bowls to the Buddha, 2nd–3rd century, Gandhara, schist. Art Properties,
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Wallach Talks|Buddhist Art In and Out of Time
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

Online lecture, Thursday, February 10, 6:30pm
Michelle C. Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University

This talk focuses on time as a critical dimension of Buddhist thought, practice, and devotee engagement with Buddhist icons and spaces. Beginning with selected objects from the exhibition What is the Use of Buddhist Art? and incorporating reflections on Buddhist sites in China, the talk will address how Buddhist icons and sites invite and express a broad range of temporal experiences and temporalities.

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Magnificent Design: Persian Influence in Textile Arts
Georgetown Persian Studies Program

Online panel discussion, Friday, February 11, 2pm

The Persian Studies Program begins the Spring 2022 semester in the Jalinous Lecture Series with the presentation that features a panel discussion by Fuchsia Hart, DPhil Candidate at The Khalili Research Center, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; Dr. Nazanin Hedayat Munroe, Director of Textile Technology at CUNY/NYC College of Technology New York; and Dr. Nader Sayadi, A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The conversation will be moderated by Carol Bier, Historian, Scholar, and Former Curator at the Textile Museum, Washington DC.

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Copying in Chinese Art: Ai Weiwei and James Lally

February 8, 2022

Copying in Chinese Art: Ai Weiwei and James Lally, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Online talk, February 23, 12-1pm

In this virtual talk, artist Ai Weiwei, art dealer James Lally, and curator Hiromi Kinoshita discuss copying in Chinese art, raising questions about what we value in cultural artifacts. This discussion brings together topics from our current installation Authentic: Truth and Perception in Chinese Art and the exhibition Ai Weiwei: The Liberty of Doubt at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge.

Ai Weiwei (born 1957, Beijing) lives and works in multiple locations, including Beijing, Berlin, Cambridge, and Lisbon. He is a world-renowned multimedia artist who also works in film, writing, and social media.

Hiromi Kinoshita is the Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Curator of Chinese Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

James J. Lally is the founder of J. J. Lally & Co., which through 2020 produced special exhibitions with scholarly catalogues of ancient Chinese ceramics, bronzes, sculpture and jades. Chinese works of art from J. J. Lally & Co. are now in the collections of many museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. James Lally is one of the founding members of Asia Week New York.

Registration required. Read more and register here, click here

35th Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert

February 7, 2022

Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, 35th Anniversary Virtual Edition
Tibet House US
March 3, 2022, 8pm EST

One of the longest-running and most renowned live cultural events in New York City, the Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, will return this year for a special 35th Anniversary Virtual Edition celebrating Philip Glass’s 85th birthday on March 3, 2022, streaming for the second year in a row via Mandolin, the premiere concert livestream platform for artists, venues and fans.

The virtual element of this year’s concert will once again offer viewers around the world the unique opportunity to experience the warmth, sense of community and amazing music the evening has provided for so many years in person at Carnegie Hall. Esteemed Composer and Artistic Director Philip Glass once again curated a line-up that will feature performances by Keanu Reeves, Trey Anastasio, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Angélique Kidjo, Margo Price, Punch Brothers, The Fiery Furnaces, Tenzin Choegyal, Rubin Kodheli, The Scorchio Quartet as well as special greetings by Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner and many more to be announced soon!

All proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization.

Tickets for the 2022 virtual edition are on sale now via Mandolin ($25-$250). Also available now are unique sponsor level cyber-tables starting at $5,000. To purchase and for more information on packages, please click here.

JASA | Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States

February 6, 2022

Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States, Japanese Art Society of America
Free online program, Wednesday, February 9 at 5pm

JASA's February virtual event is the Zoom webinar Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer will present on postwar Japanese calligraphy based on her recent book Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde.

This talk will introduce the Kyoto-based avant-garde calligraphy group named Bokujinkai, and explore their international trajectories. Bokujinkai—or “People of the Ink”—was a group formed in 1952 by five calligraphers: Morita Shiryū, Inoue Yūichi, Eguchi Sōgen, Nakamura Bokushi and Sekiya Yoshimichi. In the early postwar years, avant-garde calligraphers from Japan radically transformed their art with the aim of bringing calligraphy to the same level of recognition as abstract painting. In order to reach this goal, they launched creative collaborations with European Art Informel artists and American Abstract Expressionists, and soon started sharing exhibition spaces with them at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Documenta in Kassel, São Paulo Biennale and Carnegie International.

During this talk, Dr. Bogdanova-Kummer will examine the role that the postwar global Zen movement played in shaping the success of Japanese calligraphy abroad and will present their collaborations as one of the most fascinating examples of the early postwar global art exchanges.

Advance registration is required for this event. Click here to register

Recordings of earlier online lectures, such as The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination, held on January 11, 2022, and Hokusai: A Curatorial Perspective, held on December 1, 2021, are available on JASA's website, click here

Trapp Virtual Lecture: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago

February 5, 2022

Senju, Waterfall, 2019

Trapp Virtual Lecture: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, February 8th at 5pm CST/6pm EST, free online lecture

Join Senju—a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting—as he discusses his signature Waterfall works.

Senju created the enchanting painted panels on view at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Andō Tadao. Thinking of the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect across time, Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit this distinctive space. Variable lighting in this installation reveals this painting’s two dramatically different “faces,” as Senju calls them. Under regular incandescent lighting, the work expresses the force and motion of falling water. Under black light, the painted waterfalls glow a bright, ethereal blue that activates the entire gallery.

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National Museum of Asian Art | Qianlong: Imperial Collector and Connoisseur

February 4, 2022

"Treasure viewed by the Qianlong emperor," imperial seal impressed on the handscroll The Shu River, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art
Qianlong: Imperial Collector and Connoisseur

National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Online presentation, Tuesday, February 8, 12-1pm

The Qianlong emperor (1711–1799; reigned 1735–1796) ruled the world’s largest and most prosperous empire in the eighteenth century. He was also a passionate collector of art. In this talk, Keith Wilson, Jan Stuart, and Stephen Allee, curators of Chinese art at the National Museum of Asian Art, highlight select antiquities, ceramics, and paintings in the museum that were part of his imperial collection. The three curators briefly discuss aspects of the formation of Qianlong’s collection; its meticulous documentation, which is reflected in imperial catalogues; and its strategic use. The talk sheds light on his habits of inscribing collected art objects and how intrusive his ownership marks can seem to modern audiences.

This talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art, where staff members present brief, personal perspectives and ongoing research, followed by discussion. In 2022, the series will focus on collecting practices and the collections of the National Museum of Asian Art.

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Dai Ichi Arts Opens Modern Masters: Objects of Affection

February 4, 2022

L-R: Tsuboshima Dohei, Shino Teabowl with Shigaraki Clay, H. 3.6 x Dia. 4.8 in.; Kawakita Handeishi, Teabowl Authenticated by Kato Tokuro, stoneware, H. 3.1 x Dia. 5.6 in.

Modern Masters: Objects of Affection, Dai Ichi Arts Ltd
Now on view-February 28, 2022

This month Dai Ichi Arts presents a group of works by modern masters of Japanese ceramics, organized by the theme Objects of Affection. From small sake cups, tea bowls that rest tenderly in one’s hands, to recent masterpieces by potters, Dai Ichi is glad to present a group of delightful objects this February. The exhibition will feature a group of sake cups by Living National Treasures: Shimaoka Tatsuzo(1919-2007), Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), Kamoda Shoji (1933-1983), Miwa Kyusetsu (1910-2012), and more; teabowls by potters who have artful and innovative interpretations of traditional glazes: Ichikawa Toru (b. 1973) and Isezaki Koichiro (b. 1974). The exhibition will be updated throughout the month with new pieces, so stay tuned or get in touch with Dai Ichi Arts to preview the show.

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Asia Week New York celebrates the life of Koichi Yanagi

February 2, 2022

Koichi Yanagi in his gallery at 17 E. 71st Street, New York at an exhibition opening on July 13, 2018.
Photo credit: Julia Meech

Renowned dealer Koichi Yanagi passed away in Kyoto on January 17th at the age of 56. Koichi devoted his life to the appreciation of Japanese art and culture throughout the world and facilitated the acquisition of exquisite art objects by highly regarded public and private collectors.

Born in Kyoto on March 3, 1965, Koichi was the son of pre-eminent dealer Yanagi Takashi and so from an early age was surrounded by fine examples of Japanese art. Koichi moved to New York City in his 20s and in 1991 opened Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts. His third location, at 17 East 71st St., was a refined space that reflected the Japanese preference for natural materials and serene understatement. Their exhibitions were noted for featuring only a few choice items of the highest quality, accompanied by a scholarly catalogue presentation, and displayed with utmost sensitivity and artistry. In addition to being a member of AWNY, the gallery also exhibited with the Japanese Art Dealers Association (JADA).


L-R: Inkstone Box (suzuribako), 17th century, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution;
En-no-Gyōja flanked by Zenki and Koki, Kamakura period, Cleveland Museum of Art; Tsujimura Shirō
(b. 1947), Irabo-type Teabowl, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts sold Japanese paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics and lacquerwares—antique and contemporary—and tea ceremony accoutrements to museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A few noteworthy examples from the gallery that are now in American museums include the 16th century Portrait of a Warrior in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 17th-century lacquer inkstone box (suzuribako) and Maple Leaves on a Stream/Mountain Views by Ikeda Koson, both now in the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, as well as numerous works by father-and-son potters Tsujimura Shirō and Kai. One of the gallery’s especially interesting sales reunited the Cleveland Museum of Art’s important Kamakura-period sculpture of En no Gyōja with the depictions of Zenki and Koki that originally flanked it.


Ikeda Koson (1801-1866), Maple Leaves on a Stream/Mountain Views (detail), pair of 6-panel screens, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

These same museums, and numerous others, were also the recipients of the generosity of Koichi and his wife Yuko Hosomi Yanagi, as they donated many paintings and tea ceremony vessels to, among others, the Brooklyn Museum, Princeton Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2010, Koichi arranged for the transport and donation of a tearoom from Kyoto to the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, New York, where it was installed in the Hammond’s library.

His passing is a grave loss, and we will miss the creativity and connoisseurship that Koichi brought to his engagement with Japanese art and shared with like-minded friends. The best summation was written by Holland Cotter in his review in The New York Times of the gallery’s Spring 2002 exhibition Shinto, “It’s possible that there are more beautiful gallery shows in Manhattan right now than this one, but I haven’t seen any.”


Koichi Yanagi and other guests, Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden tearoom, 2010

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