What's Happening in Asian Art...
February 9, 2023
Kyohei Inukai (1913-1985), Striped Cat with Purple Background, circa 1978-1984, watercolor painting with charcoal and pastel, 13 5/8 x 11 in. (34.5 x 27.9 cm.). Provenance: Estate of Kyohei Inukai
Kyohei Kats: Paintings, Drawings & Woodblock Prints by Kyohei Inukai
Scholten Japanese Art
Online exhibition, February 2023
Scholten Japanese Art is pleased to announce an online exhibition featuring fabulous and feisty felines by the Japanese American artist, Kyohei Inukai (1913-1985).
Born in Chicago in 1913, Kyohei Inukai was the son of the notable Western-style Japanese American painter, Kyohei Inukai (1886-1954). The younger Inukai studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Academy of Design and The Art Students League in New York. Inukai exhibited his first one-man show at the California Arts Club in 1934, followed by subsequent works exhibited at museums in the United States and in Japan. He was multi-talented artist, actively working as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. His works are found in the collections of the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts, and the Wichita University Museum of Fine Art in Kansas.
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February 8, 2023
Sun Xun, The Time Vivarium-16, 2014, acrylic and ink on paper mounted to aluminum, Pizzuti Collection
Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions,
Asia Society Texas
In person event, opening reception, February 10, 2023:
5:30pm Conversation with Artists
6:30–8pm Reception and Gallery Opening
The show highlights work by over 30 contemporary artists of Chinese descent who reinterpret traditions in dynamic and innovative ways.
To celebrate the exhibition, join guest curator Dr. Susan L. Beningson for a conversation with featured artists Zheng Chongbin, Zhang Jian-Jun, Wu Chi-Tsung, Kelly Wang, and Bingyi. Discussing their art on view in the exhibition, the artists will guide the audience through their respective practices and a reflective conversation on the essential themes of Summoning Memories, including how each artist explores, changes, and subverts various aspects of Chinese art historical traditions to forge new artistic ground.
February 8, 2023
Mayumi Oda, White Tara as Dharma Daughter,
Sarasvati’s Gift: The Art & Life of a Modern Buddhist Revolutionary
Tibet House US
Concludes February 10, 2023
Known as the “Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda is a painter, environmental activist, and Buddhist practitioner whose life reflects both the brilliance and shadows of modernity. Sarasvati’s Gift explores her tremendous artistic talent and inspiration drawn from her Buddhist practice and her commitment to healing the planet.
"Sarasvati’s Gift, Mayumi Oda’s great gift—how wonderful to receive it in this beautiful, heartfelt, honest book. Sarasvati, the goddess of art, the Lady of the River of Beauty, is the cleansing divine flow of the waters of truth and beauty, and she emanates to heal and cleanse our stressed-out lives on our stricken planet through the undaunted art and golden heart of Mayumi Oda.” — Robert A.F. Thurman
February 7, 2023
C. C. Wang, no title (Abstract Work with Blue and Green), 1998,
ink and color on paper, 33 ¾ x 15 ⅝ inches (85.7 × 39.7 cm).
Collection of Pao Yung Chao. Image copyright the Estate of C.C. Wang.
Photo: Stan Narten.
C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction
February 2-April 29, 2023
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY
Born to a family of scholar-officials at the twilight of the Qing dynasty, C. C. Wang (Wang Chi-ch’ien 王己千, 1907–2003) mastered the traditional ink and brush techniques in Republican Shanghai and immigrated to New York City in 1949. There he sought to preserve the tradition of classical Chinese painting through engagement with new ideas, materials, and forms. Drawing inspiration from past masters in the history of Chinese painting, as well as New York’s artistic climate in the wake of World War II, Wang advanced breakthrough transformations in ink painting.
C. C. Wang is best known as a preeminent twentieth-century connoisseur and collector of pre-modern Chinese art, a reputation that often overshadows his own art. Held twenty years after the artist’s death, C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction recenters Wang’s extraordinary career on his own artistic practice to reveal an original quest for tradition and innovation in the global twentieth century. Spanning seven decades, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s distinctive synthesis of Chinese ink painting and American postwar abstraction.
Curated by Wen-shing Chou and Daniel M. Greenberg with Hans Hofmann Graduate Curatorial Fellow Margaret Liu Clinton.
The Art Students League's Lunchtime Lecture
Dr. Wen-Shing Chou: C.C. Wang’s Art of Kinesthetic Knowing
Thursday, February 9, 12-1pm
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
215 W 57 Street, 2nd Floor
Free and open to the public-includes an audience Q&A!
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February 7, 2023
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Kodanji in the Rain With Sword in his Teeth, 1860, woodblock print, ôban 36 x 24.7 cm
Los Angeles Fine Print Fair, Egenolf Gallery
In person exhibitions, February 11-12
168 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena
The Los Angeles Fine Print Fair (LAFPF), now in its 34th year, is the longest-running fair focused exclusively on original Fine Art Prints. As the only fair of its kind in Southern California, LAFPF offers collectors a unique opportunity to view thousands of prints and learn from ten of the field's leading experts, all in a relaxed environment.
While at the fair, be sure to visit Egenolf Gallery and view their many new acquisitions.
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February 6, 2023
Refashion Your Wardrobe with Sky Cubacub, Japan Society
In-person event, February 12 at 2pm
In conjunction with the current exhibition, Refashioning: CFGNY and Wataru Tominaga, Sky Cubacub, founder of Rebirth Garments, will lead an interactive workshop on re-envisioning your wardrobe to make it fully celebrate the intersections of all of your identities. Joining live from their studio in Chicago, Sky will facilitate demonstrations on no-sew, zero-waste methods of draping garments and repurposing fabrics that embrace individuality.
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February 5, 2023
The Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) hosts an online lecture and a special study trip to Houston this month.
Art Across Borders: Japanese Artists in the United States before World War II
Online program, February 7, 5pm (EST)
Join JASA virtually for a webinar with scholar Ramona Handel-Bajema, author of Art Across Borders: Japanese Artists in the United States before World War II (MerwinAsia Publishers, 2021). She will discuss the wave of Japanese artists who contributed to the establishment of American Modernism, challenged notions of a Japanese aesthetic and flourished in a nation that was at times hostile and other times welcoming. Note: Advance registration is required.
None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection
In person trip, February 17-19
On the occasion of the opening of None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, join JASA in person for a curated weekend, February 17 to 19, in Houston’s renowned Museum District, focusing on this special exhibition and other key events. Dr. Yukio Lippit, Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okumura Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, is co-curator of the exhibition with Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art at the MFAH. Note: Sign up in advance is required.
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February 4, 2023
Mandala of the Buddhist Protective Deity Sitatapatra, Tibet, early 16th century, gouache on cloth, Yale University Art Gallery, S. Wells Williams Collection, Bequest of F. Wells Williams, B.A. 1879, by exchange, and bequest of Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh in memory of her husband, Thomas Sedgwick van Volkenburgh, B.A. 1866, by exchange
Buddhas, Guardians, and Guides: How to Read Tibetan Paintings
Denise Patry Leidy, Yale University Art Gallery
Online program, February 8, 12:30pm
Although known as early as the 7th century, there is little visual evidence for Buddhist practice in Tibet until the 11th when paintings and sculptures illustrate an astonishing array of enlightened beings such as buddhas and bodhisattvas, guardians and guides. After introducing the primary types of deities featured in Tibetan practices, Dr. Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, highlights a newly acquired, and spectacular, 16th-century Tibetan mandala focused on the protective deity Sitatapatra (White Parasol), a guardian against malign supernatural forces. Recently conserved and on view for the first time, this mandala was produced in Ngor Monastery in central Tibet, famed for its painting workshops. It was commissioned by one of the abbots of this establishment in honor of an earlier teacher.
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February 3, 2023
L-R: Nampar Gyalwar, Tibet, Bon Religion, 15th century, bronze with copper and silver inlay, Buddhist Art; Bhutanese Royal Guard's Shield, Bhutan, mid 19th-early 20th century, leather, copper alloy, white metal, textile, lacquer, Runjeet Singh; and Domoto Insho, Phase, circa 1960, ink on paper, Shibunkaku
Asia Week New York is delighted to add three dealers to our membership, two returning galleries and one new to our group. Be sure to visit them in March and explore the wonderful art works they offer.
Buddhist Images of One Millennium
29 E. 72nd St.
Buddhist Art is based in Berlin and has been offering fine Buddhist sculpture for over 15 years. The gallery’s primary focus is on Himalayan Art, with a wide variety of objects from Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. The second focus is the Art of Southeast Asia, especially Khmer and Thai. You can find masterpieces of Himalayan, Khmer and Thai Art, but the gallery has always made sure to present beautiful objects for beginning collectors at very affordable prices as well. Maintaining a very flexible and innovative approach, Buddhist Art offers works at exhibitions throughout the world and from a private showroom in Berlin. A regular exhibitor at Asia Week new York since 2012, Buddhist Art is returning to Asia Week this season to present exciting new acquisitions of the last 3 Corona years.
Arader Galleries 1016 Madison Avenue
Runjeet Singh, who is based in Warwickshire, returns to Asia Week New York this season with an exhibition of arms, armor, and works of art from all over Asia.
The Colors of the Postwar Japanese Abstract Arts
Joan B Mirviss LTD
39 East 78th Street, Suite 401
Joining Asia Week New York for the first time, Shibunkaku will present The Colors of the Postwar Japanese Abstract Arts, a series of colorful artworks created by Japanese artists from the postwar period. The exhibition features abstract paintings by two important artists Yamaguchi Takeo and Domoto Insho, the masters of the Yōga and Nihonga respectively. They will also be showcasing the avant-garde calligraphy by two other great masters, Morita Shiryu and Inoue Yuichi. As another special highlight, they will include a valuable classic piece by a Mid-Edo period Zen priest, Hakuin Ekaku, who has inspired many artists with his Zen ideology and aesthetics, including Morita Shiryu.
February 2, 2023
Fuka'e Roshu (1699-1757), Wisteria and Other Flowers, 18th century, hanging scroll,
ink and color on paper, Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Rinpa: Creativity Across Time and Space,
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
Concludes February 5, 2023
The Japanese painting movement now known as Rinpa was a loose association of artists that began around the dawn of the seventeenth century and continued into the nineteenth century. Their aesthetic came to define an almost stereotypical image of Japanese art consisting of stylized forms in bright colors. The National Museum of Asian Art invites you to explore a selection of paintings and ceramics by several generations of Rinpa artists from their collection.