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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.

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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

Chambers Fine Art: Artfarm Summer Exhibition: Hong Lei and Taca Sui

May 27, 2021

Hong Lei, Speak, Memory of Five-Needle Pine, 2005, Color Photograph, 37 1/8 x 47 1/8 in, 洪磊,说吧,记忆五针松,彩色照片,94 x 120 cm

Chambers Fine Art is excited to be participating in Art Trek, a self-guided tour of Upstate Diary's favorite art happenings on May 29th & 30th, 2021, from 11am to 3pm. For this occasion, we are pleased to unveil our summer exhibition at Artfarm for 2021, featuring the work of Hong Lei and Taca Sui.

Hong Lei (born 1960 in Changzhou, China) and Taca Sui (born 1984 in Chingdao, China) share an enormous respect for the great cultural and artistic achievements stretching back thousands of years of China’s past. Born nearly two and a half decades apart from each other, however, they approach this vast subject that can be overwhelming in the the hands of lesser artists from very different perspectives, partly due to temperamental reasons and partly to the different circumstances of their formative years. Hong Lei did not graduate in painting from the Nanjing Art Academy until 1987, three years after Taca was born. Dissatisfied with his Expressionist painting style, he turned to photography in 1996, as did a number of other experimental artists in the mid-1990s. 

Taca Sui studied briefly at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing in 2003 before studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Art Student’s League in New York. His attitude to the past is much more straightforward than that of Hong Lei as the present barely seems to exist for him in the three memorable series of photographs, Odes (2013), Steles (Huang Yi Project), (2013), and Grotto Heavens, (2018). 

Taca Sui, Jiu Long Mountain, 2018, Archival pigment print, Set of 3, 86 1/2 x 55 1/4 in each, Edition of 6 + 2AP, 塔可,九龙山, 收藏级艺术打印,共3件,每件220 x 140.5 cm,6 版 + 2AP

Hong Lei and Taca Sui are both included in the current Asia Society Triennial, divided between Asia Society and the New York Historical Society and Museum & Library. Their work may be seen in Dreaming Together at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library until July 25, 2021.

Online Symposium at the University of Chicago

May 26, 2021

Exhibiting East Asian Art in the West
Online Symposium June 4-6

The Center for the Art of East Asia at University of Chicago is pleased to present this free online symposium exploring the exhibition of East Asian art in the West. East Asian art has been exhibited outside its geographic area of origin since the early twentieth century. While exhibitions have since then constituted an important aspect of the production and dissemination of East Asian art historical knowledge, scholars have not studied more vigilantly the manners in which East Asian art was exhibited in relation to the understanding of the field in the West as representing East Asian artistic traditions and as an academic discipline.

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Current Exhibitions

May 26, 2021

Akar Prakar
Sense and Sensation--Ganesh Haloi
Paintings in Ink & Brush
20 March  - 19 June 2021

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Mon-Sat)

Akar Prakar, Kolkata
P238, Hindustan Park,
Kolkata 700029

By Appointment

Susan Ollemans Oriental Art

Terracotta, Bronze and Stone
A Private French Collection of Indian and Khmer Statues
22 May - 22 June
By appointment only

Zoom event at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

May 20, 2021

Yamanaka & Company:  An Asian American Story

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 12 pm

Join researcher Najiba Choudhury and filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi as they discuss the legacy of Yamanaka & Company, a Japanese art dealership whose owners endured discrimination and forced sales of their property during World War II. Yamanaka & Company was one of the most well-known art dealers selling Asian art to Western buyers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  A family business initially based in Osaka, Japan, it became a global leader in selling Asian art. Asian objects from East, South, and Southeast Asia sold by Yamanaka are now in leading museums around the world.  

This conversation features a screening of Yatsuhashi’s short film An Uninterrupted View of the Sea, which includes material from the Freer and Sackler and from the director’s own family archives. The film also streams here from May 26–31. 

Register here: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-qprjMuG9M9j0OEkdlr3vYRZDzF3djb

Zoom Panel Discussion at Joan B Mirviss LTD

May 20, 2021

Zoom Panel Discussion at Joan B Mirviss LTD

A View From Above: Understanding Utagawa Hiroshige’s 100 Views of Edo
June 3, 2021 at 5pm EDT


Teresa A. Carbone, Program Director for American Art, Henry Luce Foundation

Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Senior Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum

Joseph Goddu, Private dealer in American art

Gary Levine, Art dealer specializing in Japanese woodblock prints

Andreas Marks, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Moderated by Joan Mirviss

Considered one of the greatest achievements in Japanese print making, the celebrated series 100 Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) by Utagawa Hiroshige (1796-1857) is under the spotlight in our next Zoom event. Our panel of experts will offer insights and analyses on this innovative series with far-reaching impact. These remarkably varied and dynamic scenes of 19th-century Edo influenced artists across the globe and through the centuries.

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A confirmation email with the invitation link will be automatically sent to you once you register. 

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