What's Happening in Asian Art...: Participant News

Four Dealer Exhibitions on View in March

January 27, 2023

L-R: Kajiwara Aya (born 1941), Wave Song, 2010, madake bamboo and rattan, TAI Modern; Li Jin (born 1958), The Heart Sutra, 2020, ink and color on xuan paper, INKstudio; Manika Nagare (born 1975), My Eyes Sparkled, 2022, oil on canvas, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA; and Fung Ming Chip (born 1951), 220705, 2022, ink on paper, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Looking ahead to Asia Week New York this March 2023, these terrific exhibitions are among those that will be available to visitors.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time
March 17-May 20
65 E. 80th St.
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art will mount a special presentation of Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip’s latest series, Number Series, while also showcasing the artist’s unique approach to shufa (the art of writing) through a selection of works taken from across his long career.

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Many Splendored Spring
March 15-19
Ukranian Institute of America
2 E. 79th St.
This exhibition of floral landscapes by Peng Kanglong and figure portraits by Li Jin present vibrant new works by two of the great masters of brush and ink painting.

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TAI Modern
TAI Modern at Asia Week New York 2023
March 16-24
23 E. 67th St., 4th Floor @Colnaghi
TAI Modern returns to exhibit key contemporary and historic works of Japanese bamboo art, with education and guidance to both established collectors and first-time viewers.

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Manika Nagare: Spectrum of Vivid Moments
March 17-April 22
24 E 64th St.
Tokyo-based Manika Nagare returns to AWNY with powerfully sophisticated color abstract painting eliciting vivid moments of all human life. The exhibition also introduces her new project on the marginalized Japanese female artists in the past.

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Ippodo Gallery Interviews Shion Tabata

January 26, 2023

Ippodo Gallery Director Shoko Aono met Shion Tabata (born 1947) over the summer of 2022 at her home in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, for a trip to choose new artworks, now on display at Ippodo Gallery in New York. A refreshing refuge from the heat of the capital metropolis, Karuizawa is a mountainside retreat with a rich cultural and literary history. Here, Tabata warps time, creating fine ceramics that harken back to the styles of old Edo (1603–1868).

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Akar Prakar Opens a New Exhibition in Kolkata

January 26, 2023

Nandalal Bose, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Curated by Debdutta Gupta
January 27-February 28

Nandalal Bose (1882-1966) was perpetually drawing on cards and postcards. However, the pursuit of this activity was not just limited to him. He had instilled, both in his students as well as fellow professors, this practice of postcard drawing. Thus everyone, teachers and students alike, would remain engrossed in this vocation.

Most of Nandalal's cards are executed in monochrome-free from the bindings of colour. This approach set him apart from his Guru, Abanindranath Tagore. According to Abanindranth Tagore, lines are the containers within which colors are held. He was of the view that it was primarily through color that a painting could be brought to life. Nandalal, on the other hand, was extremely inquisitive about the many possibilities of lines. He found validation for his search in his encounter with Arai Kampo-leading him further towards his journey of monochromatic works.

It was his travels to East Asia that eventually paved the way for his huge body of work in brush and ink and strengthened his belief that black and white contain within them the potentialities of all the other colors. The printmaking techniques which became integral to the pedagogic practices of Kala Bhavana were also a result of Nandalal's travels to China and Japan. He had brought back with him various ukiyo-e prints and wood blocks.

In this current exhibition, Akar Prakar attempts to highlight how cards/postcards bring out tangents of Nandalal Bose that have remained unnoticed otherwise. This exhibition brings to light Nandalal’s departure from the earlier influence of Abanindranath Tagore to the influences that Ramakrishna, Rabindranath and Gandhi had on his art practice. It also highlights Nandalal’s search for spirituality within nature and the establishment of the Asian aesthetic mode. The exhibition thus showcases how all these tangents are present throughout his works and some of the best can be found in his cards and postcards.

Songtsam's Meili Lodge

January 25, 2023

Songtsam's Meili Lodge—A Sacred and Breathtaking Tibetan Mountain Retreat

Every year Tibetans and travelers from all over the world make their journey to worship at Mount Kawagebo, the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain range and one of the holiest mountains in the larger Tibetan region. Songtsam Lodge Meili was built in this spectacular area. A highlight is waking up and experiencing the morning sunrise. First golden sunlight shines over Mount Kawagebo and then spreads quickly over the 13 peaks. Against the backdrop of the dark-blue sky, the sunrise is considered very holy and only lasts for a few minutes. Rooms are furnished with large comfortable beds, sofas, and timber flooring, providing a warm atmosphere that combines rustic charm with modern comforts. Most rooms also feature a cozy fireplace.

The Meili Snow Mountain range is a sub range of the Hengduan Mountains, which run north to south, marking the boundary between Tibet and Yunnan province. It is remarkable for its impressive chain of glaciated peaks, rising more than 6,000 meters high, and during sunrise and sunset, the soft sunlight illuminates all thirteen peaks. As of today, none of the major peaks have been summited. Standing at 6,740 meters, the main peak, Kawagebo, is the first of the six most sacred mountains and over ten thousand pilgrims make the 240 kilometer trek circumnavigating the mountain each year.

The scenic drive from Shangri-La to Meili winds through lush temperate and alpine forests, crossing the Baima Mountain Pass at 3,292 meters. The Yangtze drainage area lies on one side of the pass and the Mekong on the other. On emerging from the pass onto a steep descending road, the Meili peaks soon appear in the distance. Baima Snow Reserve, a UNESCO designated world heritage sight, is one of the truly wild places left in China. Nearly all of the world’s species of rhododendron originate from this area. There are even a few spots where red pandas and snow leopards roam free.

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2023 sponsor.

For more information about Songtsam, visit: www.songtsam.com/en/about

Art of Japan and Egenolf Join the Portland Fine Print Fair

January 24, 2023

L-R: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), First Edition of Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple (Gohyuaku Rakan Sazaidô), 1857, woodblock print, ôban 36.5 x 24.6 cm, Egenolf Gallery and Hokusai (1760-1849), The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mt Kurokami, Shimotsuke Province, 1832, woodblock print, 15 x 10.25 in. (38.10 x 26.04 cm.), Art of Japan

Portland Fine Print Fair
Benefit Preview, Friday, January 27,6-9pm (PST)
Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29

Asia Week New York members Art of Japan and Egenolf Gallery will participate in the fair this weekend with displays of fine Japanese woodblock prints at the Portland Art Museum.

The Portland Fine Print Fair, now in its 10th year, features 16 top dealers from across North America & Europe and is the largest and most comprehensive print fair on the West Coast. Prints from the Old Masters to contemporary emerging artists will be on sale.

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Last Days for Two Shows at the NMAA

January 23, 2023

Watanabe Seitei (1851–1918), Pigeons at Sensoji, Meiji era, 1877, ink and color on silk, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Freer Gallery of Art, F2000.1a

Two rewarding exhibitions of Japanese art are in their final week at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, and will close on January 29.

Feathered Ink
Concludes January 29, 2023
Across three galleries, Feathered Ink explores how Japanese artists have experimented over several centuries with different brush techniques in their depictions of avian subjects. Drawing from the Freer Gallery of Art’s extensive collection of bird-and-flower paintings, the exhibition includes hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics, and printed books.

In Japan, paintings on the theme of birds and flowers began to appear during the Heian period (794–1185) as a way of referencing seasonal associations or auspicious homonyms or of replicating the natural world in remarkable detail. Depicting a variety of bird species in naturalistic or paradisiacal environments offers a tantalizing opportunity for an artist to showcase their skills through the use of virtuosic ink brushwork techniques to represent different feather types and the textures of plumage and foliage. Adding colors can provide further layers of symbolic meaning and decorative effect. Birds are also popular motifs found on early modern Japanese ceramics, rendered through inlaid slip designs, molding, and polychrome pigments. Some of the vessels in this exhibition even provide a glimpse into how Japanese potters emulated the painterly effects of ink on clay surfaces.

Utagawa Kunisada, Three Sumo Wrestlers, early 19th century, woodblock print, ink and color on paper. The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, S2021.5.539a-c

Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection
Concludes 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 follows 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 explores new visual and thematic ground, further strengthening the museum’s trailblazing role in reconsidering presentations of Asian cultures.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art at the Met Closing Soon

January 21, 2023

Zheng Xie (1693–1765), Orchids and Bamboo (detail), dated 1742, handscroll, ink on paper.
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981(1981.285.7)

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Concludes January 29, 2023

Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere.

Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. Bamboo, for instance, which bends in the cold wind without breaking, can be a symbol of the virtuous person withstanding hard times; the plum blossom, which dares to bloom in the chill of early spring, an emblem of righteous bravery. For artists and viewers alike, associations such as these added layers of depth to an artwork. In this way, a vignette of the natural world could become a celebration of life, a wish for good fortune, or even a defiant act of protest.

This exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

AWNY Welcomes Two Museums to the Fold

January 21, 2023

L-R: The Asian Art Museum on Larkin Street in San Francisco and the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Third Avenue in Minneapolis.

Asia Week New York is delighted to welcome two new museum members to our community: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and Minneapolis Museum of Art. Both institutions are renowned for their exceptional collections, innovative exhibitions, and enriching programs. Watch AWNY's websites, newsletters, and social media posts for up-to-date information about our members' activities.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.

The Asian Art Museum was founded more than 50 years ago, when collector Avery Brundage donated nearly 8,000 outstanding Asian artworks to the city of San Francisco. A new wing of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was opened in 1966 to showcase the priceless collection. In 2003, the Asian Art Museum moved to the former Main Library building in the Civic Center, which had been transformed to showcase the expanding collection as well as the groundbreaking exhibitions the museum had become known for. Since then, the museum has solidified its position as not only one of the premier art venues in the Bay Area but also as one of the most important centers for Asian art and culture outside Asia.

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Minneapolis Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, abbreviated as Mia, enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. Mia’s collection of Asian art is comprised of some 16,800 objects, ranging from ancient pottery and bronzes to works by contemporary artists, with nearly every Asian culture represented. Areas of particular depth include the arts of China, Japan, and Korea.

Specific subsets and highlights of these collections rival the holdings of museums across the globe. For its stylistic diversity and condition, Mia’s collection of ancient Chinese bronze is typically considered one of the nation’s finest. Mia’s Japanese collection has outstanding concentrations of Buddhist sculpture, woodblock prints, paintings, lacquer, works of bamboo, and ceramics, and is particularly rich in works from the Edo period (1610–1868). The museum’s commitment to Asian art is also evident in the sheer volume of space devoted to its display. At present, Asian art occupies an impressive 20 percent (32,200 sq. ft.) of the total display space (161,000 sq. ft.) for art at Mia. The permanent display space for Japanese art is the largest in the Western world, with 15 galleries spanning more than 10,000 square feet.

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Start Planning Now – Asia Week New York March 2023 Calendar

January 20, 2023

Responding to enthusiastic demand, AWNY is providing an advance look at the schedule for this March 2023’s Asia Week New York. Drawn from our upcoming and popular Guide, here you will find the exhibition titles and schedules of your favorite dealers, as well as the auctions planned by AWNY auction houses. Fetch your calendar, sharpen your pencil, and start making plans for March Asia Week.


Bonhams New York Presents the Cohen & Cohen Collection of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain

January 17, 2023

An Important and Large Famille Rose Standing Figure of a European Lady, Qianlong period, ca. 1740,
H. 16 in. (42 cm.), Lot 146, Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain,
Bonhams New York

Live auction, January 24
Viewing Schedule:
Wednesday, January 18 through Monday, January 23, 10am-5pm daily

Comprising over 150 lots, this sale will primarily feature magnificent eighteenth-century Chinese porcelains, including exceptional examples of famille rose jar garnitures, large 'Chinese-taste' enameled standing figures, rare 'European-subject' plates and figures, and massive Kangxi-period famille verte and blue and white dishes. The single-owner auction is carefully timed to complement 'Americana Week' and the famed Winter Show at the Armory, both prestigious events which traditionally attract the world's leading collectors of Chinese Export art.

Established in 1973, Cohen & Cohen is widely respected as handling the finest, rarest, and most beautiful 'Chinese Export' porcelains, fascinating wares created in China expressly to be sold to Westerners. They have sold outstanding examples to the world's greatest museums and collectors in addition to publishing highly informative, market-leading academic exhibition catalogues.

It's an honor to bring notable collections like Cohen & Cohen to auction and play a role in their long legacy," commented Michael Hughes, Vice President, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics & Works Art for Bonhams U.S. "We've had tremendous success with recent dealer collections around the world including Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset in Paris, Roger Keverne in London, and Brian Harkins, in Hong Kong, and look forward to presenting this important collection of Chinese export porcelain in New York to the Bonhams global network."

Lectures by Colin Sheaf and William Sargent
Live program, Sunday, January 22, 11am
In celebration of the sale of Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain, join this series of lectures about the exquisite collection.
Chinese Art for Western Interiors
Video Presentation by Colin Sheaf
“…animals, grotesques, idols, the busts ordered by Europeans, and such-like things…”: Sculptural Ceramics from Cohen & Cohen
Presented by William Sargent

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