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China Institute Online Event

March 22, 2021

Pieces of China:  Ben Wang on Qi Baishi's Chicks

Thursday, March 25 at 12:00 pm

Qi Baishi, who lived from 1864-1959, is one of the most revered Chinese painters of all time. One of his paintings sold for $144 million in 2017, breaking world records. Ben Wang, China Institute’s beloved professor of Chinese culture, shares one of his favorite Qi Baishi works—two chicks tugging on a worm—and explains why the painter’s art still speaks to us today.

To register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ylNU350SSZiMMkdsf4x6DA

Asia Week Roundup/Online Exhibition Extended

March 19, 2021

Rama and Sita, Bilaspur, 1690-1700, courtesy of Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch

Tomorrow is the last official day of Asia Week in the New York galleries (although many galleries scheduled their exhibitions for longer), chances are good that you can go view the complete installations today or tomorrow on short notice by appointment.

Meanwhile, we are happy to say the response to the Asia Week New York Spring 2021 virtual exhibition online continues to be strong and it is being extended until March 27.  This provides a further opportunity to view the selections from our out-of-town members that can only be seen in the online exhibition.

The Art of Japan, Medina, WA
Art Passages, San Francisco, CA
Prahlad Bubbar, London, UK
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints, Burbank, CA
Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, London, UK
Francesca Galloway, London UK
Nicholas Grindley LLC, London UK
Hara Shobo, Tokyo, Japan
INK Studio, Beijing, China
Kaikodo LLC, Pepeekeo, HI
Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, CA
Susan Ollemans, London UK
Akar Prakar, New Delhi, India
Runjeet Singh, Warwickshire, UK
TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM
Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art, Kyoto, Japan


An inset leg bridle joint huanghuali table, Late Ming/early Qing dynasty,17th century, courtesy of Nicholas Grindley LLC


Soga Shōhaku (1730 – 1781), “Landscape in Snow”, Edo period, 18th century, courtesy of Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art


Almost all the Asian art auctions have concluded, and here are some of the highlights:

A very rare Song Dynasty (960-1279) ingot-shaped white glazed pillow with an Imperial inscription dated 1746 sold for $882,312 (estimate $50,000-80,000) at Bonhams.


An Exceptional and Highly Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel and Cover, Gong, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th-12th Century BC sold for $8,604,000 (Estimate $4,000,000-6,000,000) at Christie’s.


A pair of huanghuali highback chairs, which brought $239,400 (estimate $15,000-20,000) at Doyle.


Qi Baishi (1864-1957), Chicks, Ink on paper, sold for $43,750 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000) at Heritage Auctions.


An Important Documentary Archaic Bronze Ritual Food Vessel (Gui), Late Shang Dynasty, Probably c. 1072 BC sold for $5,434,500 (estimate $600,000-800,000) at Sotheby’s.

In search of Asian Art, Day 7

March 18, 2021

Tamagawa Norio (b. 1942), Living National Treasure, Mokume-gane Vase 050, 1996, Hammered Silver, copper and shakudo (alloy-copper, gold), courtesy of Onishi Gallery

A couple of galleries, both showing contemporary Asian art, are located downtown.

The exhibition The Eternal Beauty of Metal at Onishi Gallery at 521 West 26th Street, demonstrates that the masters of contemporary Japanese metal art are distinct in their personal modes of expression but united in their embrace of traditional methods.

The Rubin Museum of Art at 150 West 17th Street, is in the same part of town, and their newly opened traveling exhibition, Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, showcases the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine awareness.

Face, 2021, oil on canvas, courtesy of Chambers Fine Art

The exhibition at Chambers Fine Art at 55 East 11th Street, Egami Etsu: Facebook, is the artist’s first New York exhibition.  Born in Japan in 1994, she focuses on the universally significant theme of the human face in her paintings.

In search of Asian Art, Day 6

March 17, 2021

Hayashi Shotaro (b. 1947) Designated important intangible cultural property of Gifu prefecture, Blue Shino Vase c. 2000

Two galleries are located a few doors away from each other on 64th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenue.  Passages Through Time, the exhibition at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd at 18 East 64th Street, provides a full view of avant-garde ceramics from Japan from the Post-War period to the works of contemporary masters.

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, at 24 East 64th Street, is presenting recent abstract color paintings by Tokyo-based artist Manika Nagare (b. 1975) in which she explores the notion of the border between this life and the afterlife through intense light and color.

Manika Nagare (b. 1975), To the Otherside, 2020 titled, dated, signed by the artist, oil on canvas

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Midweek Roundup—Exhibition Extended

March 17, 2021

Due to a wonderful response in the last few days, the Asia Week New York Spring 2021 virtual exhibition is being extended until March 27.

The auctions are now underway, and the results so far have been very good.  Highlights include:



A pair of huanghuali highback chairs at Doyle, which brought $239,400 (estimate $15,000-20,000)



A very rare Song Dynasty (960-1279) ingot-shaped white glazed pillow with an Imperial inscription dated 1746 sold for $882,312 (estimate $50,000-80,000) at Bonhams.



Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Under the Well of the Great Wave off Kanegawa sold for $1,590,000 (estimate $150,000-200,000) at Christie's.


Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001) Untitled, oil on canvas sold for $1,956,000 (estimate $800,000-1,200,000) at Sotheby's.


These New York galleries are still open by appointment:

Very Unusual Doucai and Famille Verte Porcelain Plate, Kangxi Period, (1662-1722), courtesy of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.


Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., 16 East 52nd Street, 10th Floor

Chambers Fine Art, 55 East 11th Street, 5th Floor

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., 18 East 64th Street, Suite 1F

HK Art & Antiques, 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B

Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art, 17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor

Kapoor Galleries, Inc., 34 East 67th Street, Floor 3

Joan B Mirviss LTD, 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401

Onishi Gallery, 521 West 26th Street

Scholten Japanese Art, 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6B

Thomsen Gallery, 9 east 63rd Street, Floor 2

Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, 17 East 71st Street, 4th Floor

Miyako Yoshinaga, 24 East 64th Street

Zetterquist Galleries, 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B


You can preview highlights from all 29 of our exhibiting galleries that remain available virtually through the Online Viewing Room.

Travelers in a Storm, by Yokoi Kinkoku (1761-1832), Edo Period, 18th-19th century Japan, hanging scroll, courtesy of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts


More auctions are coming and can be followed online:


Wednesday, March 17

Fine Japanese and Korean Art

Online auction, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art runs until March 19



Wednesday, March 17

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works from the Estate of Benode Behari Mukherjee

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art online closes on Thursday, March 18

Thursday, March 18

Shang: Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Daniel Shapiro Collection

Important Chinese Art from the Junkunc Collection

Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art



Wednesday, March 17

Important Chinese Art

Online auction, The Hundred Antiques: Fine and Decorative Asian Art runs until March 24

In search of Asian Art, Day 5

March 16, 2021

Landscape By Kano Motonobu (1476-1559), Muromachi period, 16th century, Japan, hanging scroll, ink on paper, courtesy of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts

In their exhibition, Kokon Biannual – Spring 2021, Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, at 17 East 71st Street, focuses on the varied uses of a single medium--monochrome ink, whether in paintings and screens, the wooden core of a hand-held drum or ceramics.

A few blocks away at Zetterquist Galleries at 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B, in Ceramics and Works of Art from China, Japan and Korea, the selection on view is more comprehensive geographically and in terms of type than the usual concentration on ceramics.

Large Longquan Celadon Phoenix Tail (Yen Yen) Vase, Yuan Dynasty, 1279 - 1368, China, courtesy of Zetterquist Galleries

New exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtJapan:  A History of Style
This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art.  Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

In Search of Asian Art, Day 4

March 15, 2021

Inkstone Case (Yeonsang)  Joseon Dynasty (late 19th Century), Korea, persimmon wood, courtesy of HK Art & Antiques LLC

Appointments are needed to visit all gallery exhibitions and auction house viewings.

Three galleries are located off Madison in the high 70’s. In Scholar’s Study (Sarangbang) at HK Art & Antiques LLC at 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B, the pieces of furniture that would have been placed in a Joseon Dynasty scholar’s room in Korea are displayed.

A few doors down, Tradition Redefined: Rosanjin and His Rivals at Joan B Mirviss LTD, at 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401, is the first exhibition of the ceramics of Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) in New York in nearly 50 years.

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1883-1959), Unique, Large Thickly Walled Karatsu Madara-glazed Vessel with Incised Comb Patterning, ca. 1955, Glazed Stoneware, courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD

Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art at 17 East 76th Street, 3rd floor presents Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865): His World Revisited which includes over 60 woodblock prints, paintings and books by the 19th century ukiyo-e master.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865) Ichikawa Danjūrō VII Wiping his Face in Front of a Make-up Mirror, Color woodblock print, circa 1833–35, courtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

Highlights of the April 6-April 27 online auction of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art at iGavel Auctions, can be seen by appointment in their gallery at 227 East 120th Street.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

In Search of Asian Art, Day 3

March 14, 2021

All galleries and auction houses are open by appointment, and one should be made ahead of your visit.

Two galleries in the sixties off Madison Avenue are open today. Thomsen Gallery at 9 East 63rd Street, is holding their 4th exhibition of new work by Kyoto lacquer artist Yoshio Okada (b. 1977), including boxes from his Celestial Phenomena and Jellyfish Series.

Cloudy Sky, Bright Moon, Kanshitsu Box with Sprinkled Design of Celestial Phenomena 2020, courtesy of Thomsen Gallery

Incarnations of Devotion, at Kapoor Galleries, Inc. at 34 East 67th Street, features fine Indian paintings, a bronze Chola-period sculpture of Parvati, and a carefully-curated selection of artworks from India, Nepal, Tibet, and Southeast Asia.

Uma (Parvati), South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period, 11th-12th century, courtesy of Kapoor Galleries, Inc.

The largest number and widest range of Asian works of art is to be found at Christie’s, at 20 Rockefeller Plaza at 49th Street, where over 750 pieces in seven auctions, (three of Chinese art, one of Japanese and Korean art, one of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, and two of South Asian Modern and Contemporary art) are on view.

An Exceptional and Highly Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel and Cover, Gong, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th-12th Century BC, courtesy of Christie’s

At Doyle, at 175 East 87th Street, the sale of Asian Works of Art, comprises the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century.

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum Form Box and Cover, Song-Yuan Dynasty, courtesy of Doyle

In Search of Asian Art, Day 2

March 13, 2021

All galleries and auction houses are open by appointment, and one should be made ahead of your visit.

In midtown, On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints at Scholten Japanese Art at 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D explores how artists of this transformative period either depicted foreign elements or returned to traditional themes.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Benkei in the play Kanjincho (Ichikawa Danjuro, Kanjincho no Benkei), courtesy of Scholten Japanese Art


At Bonhams at 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, an auction dedicated to Chinese Works of Art and Paintings, one to Fine Japanese and Korean Art and a third to Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art are presented along with an online sale. .

Brass Figure of Vajravarahi, from the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Northeastern India, Pala Period, circa 11th century, Himalayan Art Resources item no.16914, courtesy of Bonhams


Japan Society Gallery at 333 East 47th Street near 1st Avenue had reopened.  The exhibition, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. To celebrate the reopening, admission is free in the month of March, courtesy of TAKENAKA CORPORATION.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom artist talk

March 13, 2021

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom Artist Talk
Manika Nagare in conversation with Tsuchikane, Ph.D.
Mar 17, 2021 04:00 PM EST

Manika Nagare will talk with Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane, an adjunct assistant professor of modern Japanese art history at The Cooper-Union. The talk will revolve around abstraction, color, public art, and gender in Japanese art.

To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucemhpjIoHdWxFr63UBl5HaWxbSakKCh5

IN BETWEEN #1, 2019, oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 16 1/8 in (60.6 x 41 cm)

CREATION CONTINUA: Park Joon Photo Portraits of Korean Artist Diaspora in Greater New York
Mar 17- Apr 30, 2021
Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center New York
Virtual Opening Reception: Wednesday, Mar 17, 6 PM EST

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