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Apollo Magazine Editorial on Antique Ivory

June 27, 2016

Mirror valve: game of chess (c. 1300), Paris, in the Louvre's collection. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Asia Week New York media partner Apollo Magazine recently ran an opinion piece by Martin Levy, entitled "Antique ivory poses no threat to elephant conservation: in fact, it needs protection itself." 

"There have been persistent attempts, in recent years, to link the universally applauded efforts to enforce elephant conservation, with calls to ban the movement of historic works of art made of or containing, ivory. These debates are frequently fractious, and often ill informed – and have elicited different responses in different countries." Read the entire piece here to learn more about the debate.

Summer Gallery Shows in New York

June 22, 2016

"Pursuing the Sublime" features five contemporary photographers in conversation with five nineteenth and early twentieth century Japanese printmakers. At Laurence Miller Gallery through June 25.

"Ikeda Iwao: The Life of Bamboo | The Spirit of Urushi" is on view at Erik Thomsen Gallery until June 29.

Contemporary artist Hui Chi Lee has a solo show at Fitzgerald Fine Arts, with a new body of hand-drawn graphite pen and colored pencil works on paper. Through June 30.

Kapoor Galleries and The Indo-American Arts Council present “Erasing Borders,” a richly provocative exhibition by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. Opening reception on July 14, 6-8pm.

"Draw the Line" features the work of Yu-ichi Inoue, NAOYA, and Shun Sudo, three renowned Japanese artists who each push the boundaries of genre, style, and tradition. At Onishi Gallery through August 5.

To combat the heat, Scholten Japanese Art's summer exhibition brings together "a cooling compilation of watery subjects found in paintings and woodblock prints." Through August 31.

For its exhibition “Summer Rotation: Clay Sculpture,” Joan B Mirviss Ltd has carefully selected a striking group of sculptural works by both established and emerging artists, who have created works that supersede utility for the sake of form. On view July 13–August 31.

"Kingdom of Exile," a Rabin Mondal retrospective, remains on view at DAG Modern through September 3.

Lastly, for those based in London, Susan Ollemans Oriental Art will be exhibiting at Art Antiques London from June 24–30, and Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd. will be having an exhibition during London Art Week, July 1–8.


Interior Designer Spotlight: Sandra Nunnerley

June 17, 2016

Photo by Richard Corman

Born in New Zealand, established in New York, and a natural globetrotter at heart, Sandra Nunnerley’s inimitable style is often described as “art de vivre” bringing together the past and the present, to create “classic interiors with a twist," reflecting the designer’s own love of travel, art, and exploration. Nunnerley’s work is grounded in a sophisticated understanding of architecture and periods, and special attention to the role of art.  She studied architecture at the University of Sydney, art history in Paris, and worked for the Marlborough gallery in New York. Each year she makes a point of going somewhere new and has hiked Machu Pichu in Peru and floated down the Sepik River in New Guinea. “These are voyages of discovery and although you never know what exactly you’re going to take home—a piece of art or an appreciation of a new place—they’re crucial experiences to have for inspiration,“ Nunnerley explains. 

Sandra’s Study, photographed by Emily Andrews. Art: Tai Xiangzhou, ‘Beautiful Sharpe Peaks’; 89”L x 16”H
We asked her: What do you collect as an interior designer, and how do you combine Asian works of art into your interiors?
“I love to introduce my clients to collecting, starting them on their own journey of exploration, whether it’s painting, photography or sculpture," says Nunnerley. “My latest passion is collecting Chinese contemporary ink paintings. This began when Pierre Durand and the late Khalil Rizk, world-renowned owners of Chinese Porcelain, first introduced me to the work of Beijing-born Liu Dan. At the time Liu Dan was living and working in New York City, creating works of art in brush, ink, and watercolor. Immediately I fell in love with his spiritual landscapes of nature, pushing the boundaries of classic Chinese tradition with western art.  As a collector of contemporary and primitive art, I knew that Liu Dan’s Cloud Root III belonged in my own home, alongside the other treasures I have collected, including an early 20th century carved wooden Senufo bird from the Ivory Coast, and a pair of Maori clubs, known as a mere, a one-handed weapon from New Zealand."
Sandra’s Living Room, photographed by Emily Andrews. Art: Liu Dan, ‘Cloud Root III’ (2004); 109”L x 52.5”H
"Through the years, I have continued to stay in touch with Liu Dan and to collect his Chinese contemporary ink paintings. He is considered to be one of the most gifted and sophisticated Chinese artists today. His unique ability to blend Western drawing with Chinese brushstroke techniques is captivating. Trained in Chinese classical style and having studied the Confucian classics, poetry and calligraphy, Liu Dan creates these contemporary Chinese monochromatic ink paintings, which so effortlessly bring together the East and the West, classic with modern."
"Tai Xiangzhou studied under the master ink painter Liu Dan himself.  Xiangzhou’s vibrant and expressive style also approaches landscape painting with a fresh eye, creating a purely modern style of art that is also being widely collected today by both private collectors and museums. I purchased Beautiful Sharp Peaks in 2001 from The Chinese Porcelain Company. It sits above my sofa today, reminding me of the artist's long romance with classical Chinese landscapes and his poetic vision of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Last year I added to my collection a Tai Xiangzhou ink painting from the 2015 “Celestial Tales” exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery."
Tai Xiangzhou, Untitled, 2014. Signed: 2014 Xiangzhou; seal: Xiangzhou. Ink on silk. 86 3/4 x 50 1/4 inches (mounted size).
Not all of Nunnerley’s clients come to her with an art collection in place, but she enjoys sharing her passion for collecting and encourages her clients around the globe—from Hong Kong to London to Paris—to display their art throughout the home.  “There’s nothing better than starting a client on a lifetime of collecting, “ she explains. Nunnerley has a fairly freestyle approach to displaying art collections. She is happy to place art in the kitchen or bathroom (‘It doesn’t all have to go in the living room’) and to juxtapose different styles and periods, like the Georges Jacob Louis XVI chair and works by contemporary sculptor Joel Shapiro in a Park Avenue apartment, or a 19th-century Bugatti chair with a mid-century Murano lamp, art by Kim MacConnel and a Maori canoe in her own home.

Watch Participating Dealer Nicholas Grindley on BIAPAL

March 21, 2016

For BIAPAL's fifth video of Asia Week New York highlights, Nicholas Grindley presents "An Incident on a Hunt," a screen painting by Chen Xiang 陳翔 (1628-1698 or later). Watch below.

“An Incident on a Hunt”
Ink on silk, mounted on two panels in the Japanese manner, but originally mounted either on a single fixed-frame screen or as a hanging scroll. Inscription by the artist: Wuyin xiaochun xie, Siming huanshou Chen Xiang, suinian guxi you yi 戊寅小春寫,四明宦叟陳翔,歲年古希有一 read as “Painted in the tenth lunar month of the wuyin year (1698) by the elderly official of Siming (Ningbo), Chen Xiang, at the age of 71 sui.” Followed by two seals of the artist.
Height 220.7 cm / 88 1/4 in
Width 160 cm / 63 in
Provenance: Ian and Susan Wilson collection, San Francisco, C199.

View Photos of the Asia Week New York 2016 Reception

March 21, 2016

On the evening of March 14th, Asian art specialists, collectors and curators celebrated the seventh edition of Asia Week New York at a private reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photos of the event are now up in a Facebook album—click here to view. We will be adding to this album throughout the week!

Watch Participating Dealer Sanjay Kapoor on BIAPAL

March 21, 2016

BIAPAL, The Art Video Library, paid a visit to Asia Week New York dealer participant Kapoor Galleries, where Sanjay Kapoor presented a Bodhisattva from 14th century Nepal. Watch below.

For more videos of Asia Week New York highlights, visit the BIAPAL CHANNEL on Vimeo.

Virtual Gallery Walk: View Photos of 2016 Exhibitions

March 18, 2016

Our Facebook photo album of Asia Week New York 2016 galleries is now complete!
CLICK HERE to view our best shots from the 44 gallery exhibitions presented by leading international Asian art specialists for our 2016 edition.

Watch Participating Dealer Carol Conover on BIAPAL

March 17, 2016

Carol Conover of Kaikodo LLC presents a rare hanging scroll painting on silk from the 15th-16th century, for BIAPAL, The Art Video Library.

The artwork being discussed:
“Confucian Bowing to a Taoist”
15th -16th century
131.7 x 74.8 cm. (51 7/8 x 29 ½ in.)
with Chinese Subtitles (provived by Guardian Art Centre)

More videos are forthcoming—check back soon!

Watch Participating Dealer Walter Arader on BIAPAL

March 16, 2016

For BIAPAL's second Asia Week New York highlight, Walter Arader presents a rare thangka representing Four Abbots of Ngor Monastery.
Four Abbots of the Ngor Lineage. Tibet, 16th century. Red silk. Canvas 53 x 59 cm (20.75 x 23.25 in); with brocades 53 x 90 cm (20.75 x 35.25 in).

More videos forthcoming on BIAPAL CHANNEL on Vimeo.


Watch Participating Dealer Gisèle Croës on BIAPAL

March 16, 2016

Biapal, the art video library, paid a visit to Chinese art dealer Gisèle Croës at Gagosian Gallery to chat about one of the highlights of her Asia Week New York 2016 exhibition, a rare bronze Nao bell from the late Shang Dynasty. 

More videos of Asia Week New York top picks are forthcoming on BIAPAL CHANNEL on Vimeo.

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