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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 8

March 23, 2022

Otsuki Masako (b. 1943), Silver Vase Yo (Leap), 1998, silver metal carving with gold decoration and shakudo (alloy-copper, gold)

Day 8

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•21 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.

Bonhams, Christie'siGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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:

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
•Important Chinese Art at 9am, Sotheby's
Fine Japanese and Korean Art at 10am, Bonhams
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak at 11:00am, Christie's

Today's Feature Event:

•Live Performance: Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, 6:30pm, China Institute

Last Day to See:

The Eternal Beauty of Metal, 10am-5pm, Onishi Gallery
Selection of Japanese Art, 10am-6pm, Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

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Bingyi performs at China Institute

March 22, 2022

Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, China Institute
Live performance: Wednesday, March 23, 6:30pm

Why is China’s most epic artist inventing a new imaginary dynasty, with complex rituals and evocative music of its own? Bingyi, an avant-garde thinker, designer and artist, whose monumental ink paintings sometimes cascade down entire mountainsides, will tell us how, in China’s chaotic, consumer culture, the past holds surprising and vital lessons. Enter her world for an immersive evening—a “Lotus Dynasty” wedding extravaganza featuring music, art, and breathtaking couture costumes, followed by a conversation between Bingyi and Curator Susan Beningson about what it all means.

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An assembly of Kondō Takahiro's ceramic sculptures set below several ink paintings by Bingyi at the collaborative exhibition by INKstudio and Joan B Mirviss LTD

Bingyi's ink paintings are also now on view in INKstudio's Asia Week New York exhibition, Bingyi: Land of Immortals. This show is displayed in conversation with Joan B Mirviss LTD's Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves. The idea for the collaboration was sparked by Bingyi's emotional response to a chance encounter with Kondō Takahiro's ceramics, which he terms “porcelain ink paintings.” As described by Craig Yee, program director and co-founder of INKstudio, the powerful symmetry shared by the work of these two artists, one working in clay and one in ink-on-paper, is that both allow water to be the prominent creative force.

For more information about these exhibitions, click here

 

Press Coverage of Asia Week New York

March 22, 2022

This detail from the ArtDaily newsletter shows the top of their daily email from March 18th.

As we all know extremely well, effective and energetic publicity is critical to the success of Asia Week. Asia Week New York's own Marilyn White, who diligently and creatively organizes AWNY's PR efforts, prepared and distributed a campaign of press releases and outreach leading up to and supporting this year's Asia Week. The most recent press release highlighted the juxtaposition of the best antique and contemporary Asian art in our member galleries, auction houses, and museums.

Read the dispatch, click here

In turn, AWNY has been actively covered in the press. For example, in addition to the article that preceded Asia Week, The New York Times followed up with another article before the Open House Weekend. Illustrated by DAG's Surveyor and the Surveyed by Navjot Altaf, the NYT echoed the variety of offerings available during Asia Week by noting that visitors could see the "Buddha head from the fourth century at Kapoor Galleries on 67th Street, a vase from the Tang dynasty at Zetterquist Galleries on 66th Street, modern Japanese stoneware by female artists at Dai Ichi Arts on 64th Street", as well as the sculpture by Navjot. To read the article, click here.

This detail is also from the March 18th issue of ArtDaily

As many of you probably noticed in your daily email newsletter from ArtDaily, readers were offered a two-week blitz of an eye-catching banner expressing our common sentiment, "New York is the destination for Asian Art," and numerous highlights from member galleries, entitled "The Best Photos of the Day", an example of which is above.

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 7

March 22, 2022

Emil Orlik (1870-1932), Japanese Resting on the Mountain, 1900, color woodblock print, oban yoko-e
10 1/8 x 13 3/8 in., Scholten Japanese Art

Day 7

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•20 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.

Bonhams, Christie'siGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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:

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art at 9am, Bonhams
A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1 at 9am, Sotheby's
Japanese and Korean Art at 10am, Christie's
ASIAN ART Signature® Auction at 11am, Heritage Auctions

Today's Feature Event

•Live and online lecture: Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs by Jenny So, 6pm CDT/7 EDT, San Antonio Museum of Art

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 6

March 20, 2022

Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt, tapis inuh cumi cumi, Paminggir People, Lampung, 19th century, cotton, silk; embroidery, warp ikat, Thomas Murray

Day 6

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•20 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.

Bonhams, Christie's, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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:

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection Of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part IV
at 10am, Bonhams
Asian Works of Art at 10am, Doyle
Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art at 11am, Sotheby's
Chinese Works of Art Including The Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection at 11:30am, Bonhams

Last Day to See:

Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints, 10am-5pm, The Art of Japan

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The Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg at Christie's

March 20, 2022

Anonymous (late 13th century), Amida Triad, lot 5, Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg

The Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg, Christie's
March 22, 10am

David and Nayda Utterberg were attracted to Asian art from the start. They formed a substantial collection of Buddhist painting and sculpture, as well as ink painting, woodblock-printed Buddhist material, medieval Japanese ceramics, some lacquer, Korean celadons, and both Japanese and Korean folding screens, among other genres. David Utterberg had a keen eye and deep understanding of Korean art, which resulted in his distinguished Korean celadon collection. Virtually all of the pieces had been purchased from leading dealers in Japan, just as almost every piece had previously been published. Works from their collection were exhibited at renowned institutions such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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Sotheby's Offers the Dr Wou Kiuan Collection

March 20, 2022

A Large Inscribed Jade Luohan Grotto, Qianlong period (1736-1795), lot 24, the Dr Wou Kiuan Collection

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Sotheby's

On sale Tuesday, March 22 at 9am

This March, Sotheby’s will present Part 1 of one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese Art ever assembled, The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection. Celebrating over 4,000 years of Chinese culture and art history, this distinguished encyclopedic collection ranges from Neolithic utilitarian vessels to paintings, calligraphy, imperial jades and porcelain, and more. The New York auction will be the first of a series of four single-owner sales to be held globally and represent the finest examples of virtually every category of Chinese art.

The collection of Dr. Wou Kiuan was long tucked away in a discreet corner of the southern British Isles. Across seven interconnecting rooms displayed a comprehensive visual history of China. Covering some 4,000 years of Chinese art, the collection formed by Dr. Wou Kiuan (1910-1997) ranges from utilitarian storage vessels made by the first Neolithic cultures that emerged along the Yellow River to the most dazzling porcelains ever commissioned to adorn the palaces of the Qing Emperors of China’s final dynasty. The extraordinary scope of the collection sets it apart from all other private collections of Chinese art formed in the mid-20th century, and it remains one of the last great collections of Chinese art in Europe today.

The uniquely comprehensive collection was formed by Wou Kiuan (Wu Quan, Heng Zhi), son of the Republican politician Wou Lien-Pai (Wu Jinglian, Wu Lianbo) (1873-1944). Wou Kiuan was born in Xingcheng, Liaoning Province in Northeast China on June 25, 1910, entering the world mere months before the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. Educated at Zhendan University in Shanghai, Wou Kiuan studied French language before he moved to France at the age of twenty to study law at the University of Grenoble and was awarded his doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. Appointed Secretary-General for the Overseas Chinese Committee at the League of Nations in Geneva in 1937, Wou embarked on an illustrious career in diplomacy. In 1939, he joined the newly-formed Chinese government Foreign Affairs Service at the French embassy in Paris; before moving to London in 1941 where he worked for the Chinese embassy in London until 1947 when he was recalled to China to serve in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs until his retirement in 1952.

At the heart of Dr Wou’s drive to collect was a burning desire to preserve the relics of China’s rich historical past scattered across Europe and to promote Chinese art and culture. It was no doubt fortuitous that Wou’s years of collecting coincided with an abundant availability of exceptional Chinese art on the London market. From the mid-1950s to late 60s he was able to form a collection of well over 1,000 works that together represented virtually every category of Chinese art. In 1968 he opened the doors to the Wou Lien-Pai Museum, named in honor of his father. The collection was arranged chronologically, with the objects displayed in wood-framed vitrines, each accompanied by typed and handwritten didactic texts. Over the years the Museum became a destination for collectors, academics, and visiting dignitaries. To this day the Wou family has remained a conscientious custodian of the collection, loaning works to exhibitions and publishing a two-volume catalogue in 2011, thereby continuing to educate future generations.

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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 5

March 20, 2022

Jonathan Yukio Clark (born 1987), Moonrise in the Quiet Wind, 2021, monotype print on washi, sugi, maple, © Jonathan Yukio Clark, Courtesy: MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York

Day 5 - Open House Weekend

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•All 22 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.

Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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 Featured Events:

•Live lecture: Reflections of a Collector with ukiyo-e collector George Mann at 11am at Japan Society, Japanese Art Society of America (JASA)

•Exhibition tour: Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans at 2pm, The Rubin Museum of Art

•Artist's Talk by Jonathan Yukio Clark at 2pm and 3pm, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

Today's Online Programs:

•Online talk: The Bottles They Carried: A Conversation on Provenance and The Rachelle R. Holden Collection of Important Chinese Snuff Bottles by Clare Chu and Andrew Lueck at 12pm, Christie's

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Access the full Asia Week schedule here

San Antonio Museum Hosts Lecture on the Qidan

March 20, 2022

Twin Phoenix Crown, Chinese, Liao, 907-1125, gilt copper, San Antonio Museum of Art

Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs, Jenny So
San Antonio Museum of Art
March 22, 6-7pm CDT/7-8pm EDT
Delivered live and streamed

This lecture, delivered by Dr. Jenny So, Professor of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will explore the relationship between the artistic legacy of the Qidan, founders of China’s first major foreign dynasty, and their multi-cultural background. Dr. So will discuss how the Qidans’ hunting and herding livelihood among pine-covered hills in the north and semi-deserts in the west are revealed by the artifacts they made for use in life and burial in death. Illustrations will be drawn from the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art and recent archaeological discoveries in China.

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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 4

March 19, 2022

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Painting 4, 1972, oil on canvas, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Sotheby's

Day 4 - Open House Weekend

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•All 22 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.

Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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 Featured Events:

•Live lectures: Claude de Marteau: The Master Dealer and Collector by Edward Wilkinson at 2pm and Forensic Iconography: Chronology, Region & Art Style by Jeff Watt at 3pm at Bonhams. Limited seating.

•Exhibition tour: Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans at 2pm, The Rubin Museum of Art

•Exhibition talk: Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art at 2:30pm, TAI Modern

•Live lectures: Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain by Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa at 4pm and Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection by Rose Kerr at 5pm at Sotheby's

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

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