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Asia Week New York March 2022 - Sales in the Galleries

March 25, 2022

Ken Matsubara, Chaos (detail), 2021, 12-panel screen, Ippodo Gallery

Asia Week New York galleries were extremely active during this season and sold many important works of art. Below is a survey of some of the many successful sales, with many wonderful works of Asian art going to new homes.

Dai Ichi Arts LTD
Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics
Among the works of art that were sold was The Scripture of Himiko, made in the 1990s in stoneware with gold luster by Miwa Ryosaku

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints
Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Included in the several works that the gallery sold is this rare print by Yoshitoshi of Sogo Goro Gallops Bareback to Oiso Triptych

Fu Qiumeng Fine Arts
Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney
Several works were sold, including the innovative Salt Lattice, made in 2018

HK Art and Antiques LLC
Korean Paintings and Sculptures: Past and Present
Among the works that were sold was this Late Joseon dynasty eight-panel screen depicting scenes from the Three Kingdoms (Samgugji)

INKstudio
Bingyi: Land of Immortals
From the collaboration with Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves, organized by Joan B Mirviss LTD, several ink paintings by Bingyi were sold, including these three leaves from her series Eight Views of Bewilderment to a New York collector

Ippodo Gallery
Chaos to Cosmos: White Road between Two Rivers
Among other sales, Ippodo Gallery sold Ken Matsubara's monumental, 12-panel screen Chaos to the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sebastian Izzard Asian Art
Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries
This exhibition is nearly sold out, including the rare set of eight woodblock prints, Eight Views of the Suburbs of Edo (Edo kinkō hakkei no uchi) by Utagawa Hiroshige 

Brendan Lynch and Oliver Forge Ltd
India and Iran: Works on Paper
Half the exhibition was sold to European, Asian, and American private collectors and museums, including this Dance Performance (Nautch) for a Group of Seated Gentleman, by the Company School, Thanjavu, circa 1810-1820

Joan B Mirviss LTD
Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves
From this (nearly?.....the exhibition is still open!) sold-out show, going to a new home is one of the largest and most imposing art works, Kondō Takahiro's Wave, made in 2021

Thomas Murray
Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles
Several works sold, including this very rare and imposing Attush Robe of the Ainu People from Hokkaido, purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Onishi Gallery
The Eternal Beauty of Metal
From the number of works sold in this exhibition is the featured item Tea Caddy Shunpu (Spring Wind) by Murose Kazumi, a Living National Treasure

Scholten Japanese Art
Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan
Many of the prints in this exhibition found buyers, including Bertha Lum's Bamboo Road, a woodblock print made circa 1912

TAI Modern
Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art
Among the several sales in this exhibition is Genbu (Black Tortoise) by Yufu Shohaku

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA
"In the Space of the Near and Distant"- Solo Exhibition by Jonathan Yukio Clark
Several large works were sold from this exhibition, including Moon Rise in the Quiet Wind, executed with his monotype technique

Zetterquist Galleries
Chinese Ceramics from Tang - Yuan Dynasty
Approximately two-thirds of this exhibition was sold, including this imposing Tang-dynasty Xing-yao bottle vase

Asia Week New York - March 2022 Auction Results

March 25, 2022

Asia Week March 2022 Top Auction Item: An Important and Very Rare Inlaid Bronze Faceted Hu, Fanghu, Warring States Period, 4th-3rd Century BC, sold for US$2,760,000 at Christie's

Asia Week March 2022 New York Auction Results

BONHAMS

Bonhams' Top Selling Lot: A Gilt Copper Alloy Figure of Green Tara, Nepal, Early Malla Period,
13th Century, sold $2,310,312

Asia Week total - $11,559,220

CHRISTIE'S

Second Highest Top Selling Lot: A Magnificent and Important Gilt-Bronze Figure of Guanyin,
Dali Kingdom, Late 11th-Early 12th Century, sold $2,580,000

Asia Week total - $67,890,084

•Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection - sales total $2,252,502
•Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg - sales total $10,626,210
•Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art - sales total $3,732,120
•South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak - sales total $20,188,926
•Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art - sales total $31,090,326
Note: two online sales are still continuing

DOYLE

Top Selling Lot: A Large Chinese Celadon Glazed Porcelain 'Dragon' Charger, Yongzheng Mark and Period, sold $390,600

•Asian Works of Art - sales total $2,336,327

HERITAGE AUCTIONS

Top selling lot: A Chinese Six-Panel Screen Inlaid with Enameled Porcelain Plaques by Cheng Men,
19th century, sold $237,500

•Asian Art Signature® Auction - sales total $906,459

SOTHEBY'S

Top Selling Lot: Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Painting 4, 1972, sold $2,470,000

Asia Week total sales - $33,800,000

•Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art - sales total $9,600,000
•A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1 - sales total $10,600,000 - White Glove Sale
•Important Chinese Art - sales total $13,653,182
Note: one online sale is still continuing

Asia Week March 2022 grand total auction sales currently - $116,492,090

Coming soon Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art at iGavel,
online April 7-26.

More Asia Week March 2022

March 25, 2022

Sebastian Izzard Asian Art's installation of Japanese surimono prints.

For those who are sorry to see Asia Week March 2022 finish, there are still gallery exhibitions available to visit. And for those who wish to learn more about the works on view, many galleries have informative materials online and in print to read or watch. Below is a list of shows that you can still visit and materials you can study.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS:

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
Akar Prakar, Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year), ONLINE March 15-April 15
DAG, A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, March 15-May 28
Thomas Murray, Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks: Inspiration and Interpretation, ONLINE

Chinese Art
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, March 18-May 7
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 

Japanese Art
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 
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
Scholten Japanese Art, Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan, March 16-April 15
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

GALLERY PUBLICATIONS TO READ AND WATCH:

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, India and Iran: Works on Paper
Francesca Galloway, Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century
Kapoor Galleries, Dhanvantari's Blessing
Thomas Murray, Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks: Inspiration and Interpretation

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

Japanese Art
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics
Ippodo Gallery, Chaos to Cosmos: White Road between Two Rivers,
Joan B Mirviss LTD, Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves
Onishi Gallery, The Eternal Beauty of Metal
Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Japanese Art and Antiques
Scholten Japanese Art, Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan
Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art, Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th
TAI Modern, Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, "In the Space of the Near and Distant"-Solo Exhibition by Jonathan Yukio Clark

Of course, museums are valuable resources of information and the auction houses have text and video stories that augment the catalogues.

Works by Women Artists at Asia Week March 2022

March 25, 2022

L-R: Bingyi (born 1975), Sea of Stars, 2021, ink on xuan paper, INKstudio; Shinoda Toko (1913-2021), Innovation, sumi-ink, gouache and platinum leaf on canvas, Christie's; Madhvi Parekh (born 1942),
Durga II, 2006, acrylic on acrylic sheet (reverse painting), DAG

This season's Asia Week, which coincided with Women's History Month, included a plethora of works by women artists in a wide variety of materials, art forms, and traditions, and featured artists from all corners of Asia, as well as ones who live outside Asia. While this is in no way a comprehensive list, it will demonstrate how varied and rich the work of women artists is and provide entry points for further investigation.

The artists whose work is illustrated above are three painters who use traditional ideas and/or materials to create new kinds of imagery and express personal perspectives.

Looking back in time, works by women of earlier periods included several woodblock-print-makers, such as Bertha Lum, who were inspired by the Japanese tradition, at Scholten Japanese Art.  Thomas Murray remarked that most, if not all, of the fine Indonesian textiles in his exhibition were made by women artisans, especially when they were to be used for ceremonial occassions.

L-R: Lin Suzhen (19th century), Immortal Magu, ink and color on silk, Bonhams; Bertha Lum (1869-1954), Bamboo Road, ca. 1912, woodblock print, Scholten Japanese Art; Iban People, Borneo, Ceremonial Cloth, pua sungkit with Skulls and Dancing Figures, 19th century, cotton; supplementary weft wrapping, Thomas Murray

Visits to the exhibitions shown at DAG and Akar Prakar offered a wealth of works by women painters from South Asia, as both galleries made this the theme of this season's exhibitions. Similarly, the auctions of South Asian modern and contemporary art at Sotheby's and Christie's not only included numerous works by women artists, but many sold well above their estimates. DAG NY director Josheen Oberoi participated in a recorded discussion of this topic with Sarab Zavaleta, East Meets West at Asian Art Week in NYC & Women's History Month, which can be accessed here.

L-R: Jayashree Chakravarty (born 1956), Pulsating, 2020-2021, acrylic, oil, audiotape, plant bark, paper and synthetic adhesive on canvas, Akar Prakar; Meera Mukherjee (1923-1998), Santur Player, 1981, bronze, Sotheby's

Numerous contemporary women artists whose work was on view this week employed art forms other than painting. The materials they used ranged from clay to bamboo to metalwares to textiles.

L-R: Shigematsu Ayumi (born 1958), Yellow Jomon, 2018, stoneware, Dai Ichi Arts LTD; Isohi Setsuko (born 1964), High Mountain, 2019, madake bamboo, rattan, TAI Modern; Otsuki Masako (b. 1943), Silver Vase Yo (Leap), 1998, silver metal carving with gold decoration and shakudo (alloy-copper, gold), Onishi Gallery

Whether rendered in two- or three-dimensional works, figural images that depict women can often have a self-portraiture quality or express some personal aspect of the artist's life. For example, Wonsook Kim has stated that her compositions are often influenced by her experiences in Korea and the United States, Iwasaki Eri's earlier job as a courtroom sketch artist resulted in her employment of intense emotions and humanity's dark side in her works, and Gogi Saroj Pal's self portrait shows a figure looking into a curtained future.

L-R: Wonsook Kim (born 1953), Words of Hope, 2016, oil on canvas, HK Art and Antiques; Iwasaki Eri (born 1968), Cotton Candy, 2019, mineral pigment, gofun, platinum paint on kozo paper mounted on wood panel, Christie's; Gogi Saroj Pal (born 1945), Self-Portrait, 1991, gouache on paper, DAG

The work of women artists is featured in several local museums. Presently on view at Korea Society is a display of the work of contemporary abstract textile artist Wonju Seo . The life and work of Elaine Ildan Choi is presented in a video available online by the Korean Cultural Center. The current exhibition, Japan: A History of Style at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features a selection of Japanese contemporary metalwares by noted artists Osumi Yukie, Otsuki Masako, and Oshiyama Motoko. Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection at Asia Society includes the work of nine women artists, and their art is discussed in an online feature.

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 10 - LAST DAY

March 25, 2022

Arnold Chang & Michael Cherney, Da Ming Mountain Study #2, 2021, photography and ink on xuan paper mount on paper, Fu Qiumeng Fine Arts

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•17 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions 

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available. LAST DAY TO VIEW EXHIBITION!

Today's Auctions:

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
Asian Works of Art: Session II, Online Timed Auction Closes at 10am, Doyle

TODAY'S FEATURE EVENT

•Online lecture: Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA, 8:30am EDT, DAG

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Asian Art at the Appleton Museum of Art

March 24, 2022

Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibet, 19th century, bronze, gold and pigment, 30 1/2 x 18 x 14 in.,
Gift of Arthur I. Appleton

One of the largest collections at the Appleton, the Asian art holdings include religious and secular works from China, India, Japan, Tibet and Southeast Asia. Buddhist art is represented by Indian, Tibetan, Thai and Burmese sculptures and textiles. The Chinese works feature a number of important ceramic pieces including Tang Dynasty horse and guardian figures, rare celadon funerary vases and many fine examples of Chinese Export Ware. A fascinating area is devoted to the art of Japan, which includes a variety of netsukes, Meji era bronzes, and kimonos.

The Appleton Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 24,000 works, representing the art of Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Contemporary and Pre-Columbia. It also hosts special exhibitions. The museum was built starting in 1984 by businessman Arthur Appleton and his wife, the actress Martha O'Driscoll Appleton, and opened in 1987. It is part of the College of Central Florida and is located in Ocala, Florida. Since September 2019, Asian art historian Jason Steuber has led the Appleton as director.

Read more, click here

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 9

March 24, 2022

The Coronation of Rama, based on the description in the Yuddhakanda of the Ramayana, ch. 130, Mandi c. 1840, opaque pigments, with gold and silver, Francesca Galloway

Day 9

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•19 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions 

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available

Today's Auctions:

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection, Christie's

LAST DAY TO SEE

Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, 10am-6pm, Art Passages
Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, 10am-6pm, Francesca Galloway

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

LAUNCH Video Available to Watch

March 23, 2022

Asia Week New York's LAUNCH Video, March 15, 2022
Available to watch online

For those who missed AWNY's LAUNCH presentation on March 15th, which gave an overview of Asia Week March 2022 highlights, the recording is now available on our website. Kicking off this spring's Asia Week, AWNY Planning Committee Chair Dessa Goddard emceed the presentations of gallery-exhibition highlights and auction previews by members of AWNY's Planning Committee. Mike Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surveyed the variety of Asian art exhibitions currently on view in this institution.

To watch the video, click here

Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA at DAG

March 23, 2022

Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA, DAG
Online lecture by Dr. Brinda Kumar
Friday, March 25, 6pm IST/8:30am EDT

This online lecture by Dr. Brinda Kumar, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, reflects on the history of collecting Indian art in US museums through Charles Lang Freer's early acquisition of Indian paintings, followed by a discussion with Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta. This talk is part of a series of lectures and discussions on collections, museums, and the shaping of Indian art history curated by Professor Guha-Thakurta. Live on Zoom and Facebook.

Read more and register, click here

National Museum of Asian Art Opens Japanese Prints Exhibition

March 23, 2022

Fashionable Three Kingdoms (Mitate Sangoku-shi): Sakaigawa(R), Iōzan(C), and Unryū(L), Edo period, 1858, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection
National Museum of Asian Art

On view now through January 29, 2023

Expect the unexpected. The exhibition Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection focuses on the captivating stories and urban legends of individuals living on the fringes of society in early modern Japan. Key subjects in theater, literature, and visual arts reveal antiheroes and underdogs whose virtues are often embodied by their rejection of societal norms, making them misfits and moral exemplars at the same time. The exhibition will follow virtuous bandits, tattooed firemen who love to fight, rogues from the kabuki theater, and others.

Highlighting the transformative gift of the Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection to the National Museum of Asian Art, Underdogs and Antiheroes features subjects that are not commonly associated with traditional Japanese print culture but were nevertheless central to the interests of an early modern public. The exhibition will explore new visual and thematic ground, further strengthening the museum’s trailblazing role in reconsidering presentations of Asian cultures.

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