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Upcoming Exhibitions at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art

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Embossed gold jar (detail), Ōnuma Chihiro (b. 1950), Japan, Shōwa era, 1988, hammered copper with amalgam gilding (kinkeshi), National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Bequest of Shirley Z. Johnson, S2022.8.37a–c © Ōnuma Chihiro

Mark your calendars for these upcoming exhibitions at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art!

Striking Objects: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork
March 2, 2024 – early 2026
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Gallery 22

Contemporary Japanese metalworking breathes life into traditional methods that have been passed down and practiced over generations. The artists featured in Striking Objects create masterpieces that combine tradition with creativity and innovation. The exhibition highlights works from the collection of Shirley Z. Johnson (1940–2021), distinguished lawyer, philanthropist, and former board member of the National Museum of Asian Art. Her passion for contemporary Japanese metalwork and her visionary gift have made the National Museum of Asian Art home to the largest collection of such works in the United States.

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Landscape (detail), Hosokawa Rinkoku (1782–1842), Japan, Edo period, 1835, handscroll, ink and color on paper, Freer Gallery of Art Collection, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, F2021.4.11a–c

Imagined Neighbors: Japanese Visions of China, 1680–1980
March 16 – September 3, 2024
Freer Gallery of Art, Galleries 5, 6, 6a, 7, 8

During the Edo period (1603–1868), feudal Japan was largely closed off from the outside world. For three hundred years, a loose movement of Japanese artists, often referred to as literati, turned to neighboring China—variably a source for emulation and a source of rivalry—for inspiration. Through painting and calligraphy, they created immersive environments in which artists and viewers alike could mentally withdraw from worldly affairs. As disparate and diverse as the literati movement was, its members were united by a common language that embraced diverse notions of “China”—a place both familiar and foreign, as much imagined as it was known. Throughout a period of modernization during the Meiji era (1868–1912) and after, when all facets of life in Japan were radically changing, China’s historic role in helping shape the fabric of Japanese history and culture remained a touchstone for Japanese artists, even in the context of imperialism and war.

Imagined Neighbors presents Japanese artworks from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, given to the National Museum of Asian Art between 2018 and 2022. The Cowles Collection is arguably the largest and most comprehensive group of Japanese literati works outside of Japan. The paintings and calligraphy in this exhibition fuse reality with imagination and remain important to understanding the continuing, complex engagement of Japanese artists with China, to them both a real and an imagined place.

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Composite image: Akogi (detail), from the series Nōgaku zue, Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869–1927), Japan, Meiji era, March 1, 1899, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, S2003.8.2898; Nakamura Utaemon III as Taira no Tomomori (detail), Ryūsai Shigeharu (1803–1853), Publisher: Wataya Kihei (ca. 1809–1885), Japan, Edo period, 1831, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, The Anne van Biema Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, S2004.3.279

Staging the Supernatural: Ghosts and the Theater in Japanese Prints
March 23 – October 6, 202
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Gallery 25

Throughout Japanese cultural history, the boundary between the real world and the world of supernatural beings has been remarkably porous. Certain sites, states of mind, or periods in the lunar cycle made humans particularly vulnerable to ghostly intervention. The Edo period (1603–1868) was a crucial stage in the development and solidification of ideas about the supernatural. Many of the beliefs that gained currency at this time are still held as conventional wisdom in Japan today.

Supernatural entities came to life especially during noh and kabuki theater performances. Explore—if you dare—the roles that ghosts and spirits play in the retelling of Japanese legends and real events. Staging the Supernatural brings together a collection of vibrant, colorful woodblock prints and illustrated books depicting the specters that haunt these two theatrical traditions.

To learn more about each of these exhibits, click here.

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Dealer Exhibition Highlights for Asia Week March 2023

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Next month’s edition of Asia Week New York – running from March 14th to the 22nd – will mark fifteen years of international galleries and auction houses displaying Asian art from the many corners of the Far East.  United by their shared passion for the region’s diverse art and culture, this eagerly awaited annual event has become a must-attend destination for collectors, curators, and Asian art aficionados of all stripes.

From the Upper Eastside to Chelsea, twenty-six international galleries will span across Manhattan presenting their rarest and most spectacular examples from China, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea of Asian porcelain, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints, dating from the second millennium BCE to the present.

Organized by category, here are some of the not-to-be-missed highlights (two galleries will participate online only):

Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art

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Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions at Art Passages is the gallery’s latest presentation of Indian paintings exhibiting a wide array of schools and subject matter. From Mughal portraiture to Company School, these paintings reflect the taste and interest of their patrons: Nobles, devotees, and English resident rulers of India. Among the highlights is Wedding Celebration, a Company School watercolor, circa 1788. (Online only)

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Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. are pleased to be present an exhibition comprising of court paintings from India and Persia from the 17th to 19th centuries. A highlight of the show is the striking painting, Krishna dancing on Kaliya flanked by two nagini.  67 East 80th Street, Suite 2

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Among the Mughal and Hindu paintings in Indian Painting: Intimacy and Formality at Francesca Galloway is Two Princesses Entertained at Night on a Terrace, which depicts the kind of friendship and sense of closeness that would have sometimes developed in the female only section of the house. Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th floor Penthouse

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Highlights from Time is a Construct at Kapoor Galleries include a finely rendered painting from the Bharany Ramayana series, a pair of carved and silvered horses, and a splendid folio from the Gita Govinda. The gallery exhibition will also showcase many fine Indian miniature paintings and arms as well as a carefully curated selection of sculptures from India, Nepal, and Tibet. 34 East 67th Street, 3rd floor

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In Tibetan Rugs, Ainu, Boro, one of the standout offerings at Thomas Murray is this late 19th/early 20th century exceptionally rare and beautiful white on indigo Kaparamip Robe, a striking geometric pattern rooted in Northern Asiastic Shamanism and an aesthetically compelling example of a classic garment type. The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street

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Among the works offered in Indian and Himalayan Art at Carlton Rochell Asian Art is the mandala of Vajrapani Mahachakra– a masterpiece of elegant design and vibrant color– which is among the very finest examples of late 14th/early 15th century central Tibetan thangka painting. Adam Williams Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art

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Alisan Fine Arts is delighted to present Shifting Landscapes, a solo exhibition celebrating the art of pioneering ink artist Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975). Lui’s first exhibition in New York presents transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity. And in conversation with this show will be Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices, a group show of contemporary artists interpreting the subject of landscape showing in the gallery’s adjacent space.  120 East 65th Street, Main floor

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In Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., a fine collection of Chinese porcelain and works of art will be on display, including this rare Chinese Famille Verte porcelain aptly titled Piggyback Boys, from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722). 16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002

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Literati and Rocks Amidst Verdant Bloom at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art will feature a meticulously curated selection of classical and contemporary works that embodies the soul of Asian artistry. A highlight is Auspicious Scholar Rocks, an ink on color hand scroll by Sun Kehong (1532-1610) who gained acclaim for capturing the natural essences of flowers, birds, and rocks. 65 East 80th Street, ground floor

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INKstudio presents Kelly Wang and Ren Light Pan: New Material Practices in INK Art. Kelly Wang (b. 1992) and Ren Light Pan (b. 1990) are two emerging New York-based women artists who are redefining the material practices of Ink art.  308 East 72nd Street, Apartment 3D. By appointment only, 646-510-2886

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A Discovery of Dragons at Kaikodo LLC will showcase a Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor. This stoneware pillow is a breathtaking example of a technique for producing ceramic decoration perfected by Cizhou potters during the 11th century of the Song dynasty in northern China.  Online only

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The Loewentheil Photography of China Collection presents Dragon Women: Early Photographs of China, which offers a rare occasion to view some of the earliest photographs of Chinese women, most taken in the 1860s and 1870s. The exhibition explores women’s place in society in the final decades of imperial China, as well as the representation of Chinese women in photography, exposing female attitudes toward the camera in the late Qing dynasty. A fine example is from John Thomson, whose Portrait of Three Women in Beijing, circa 1868, is on view. 10 West 18th Street, 7th floor

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In the exhibition, Chinese and Vietnamese ceramics from private American and Japanese Collections at Zettterquist Galleries, stands a large Vietnamese blue-and-white jar with tigers, horses, birds, and deer, circa 15th-16th century. Porcelain storage jars of this scale and intricate and varied animal decoration are extremely rare. 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

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Japanese Prints, 1750-1950 at The Art of Japan features the Courtesan of the Northern Quarter, one of five known woodblock prints in Kitagawa Utamaro’s series: “A Guide to Women’s Contemporary Style.” This rare illustration is one in a series of large close-up prints showing the styles of different women. The Mark Hotel 25 East 77th Street, Suite 215

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Japanese Art|Pre-modern and Beyond at Bachmann Eckenstein Japanese Art will feature outstanding artists’ letters, trending Kintsugi pieces and paintings by Fukuda Kodojin, such as this Hanging Scroll which was recently exhibited in the artist’s monumental retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Leslie Feely, 1044 Madison Avenue, Suite 4F

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Ceramic Frontiers: Sodeisha & Shikokai in Post-war Japanese Art, the exhibition at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. features the work of Yamada Hikaru (1923-2001), whose ceramic work of art Juts in a Clay Plane is an example of the famous Sodeisha movement, also known as the “Crawling through Mud” association, of which he was a founder alongside fellow visionaries Yagi Kazuo and Suzuki Osamu. 18 East 64th Street, Suite 1F

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Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints is pleased to present Supernatural: Cat Demons, Ogres and Shapeshifters showcasing Japanese prints of cat monsters, shapeshifting beauties, and other fantastic scenes of the supernatural. An outstanding highlight is this action-packed woodblock triptych by Sugioka Yoshitoshi, Raiko Conquering the Shuten Doji Demon of Oe Mountain. Conrad Hotel, 151 West 54th Street, phone (818) 621 6246

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Cosmic Sound: Magnificent Paintings and Screen by Ken Matsubara at Ippodo Gallery is a culmination of the artist’s concepts featuring 20 of the beloved painter’s unique artworks including this monumental Green Dragon, a unique piece framed with a Japanese tea ceremony utensil, redolent of a hearth frame. The surrounding porch rim is decorated with gold maki-e of distant mountain scenery, which enhances the presence of the dragon. 32 East 67th Street, 3rd floor

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Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art presents the exhibition Japanese Paintings, Prints, and Illustrated Books, 1760-1810 which explores the graphic culture of Edo in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A highlight includes Standing Beauty with a Letter in her Hand, a hanging scroll by Hosoda Eishi. 17 East 76th Street, 3rd floor

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Eternal Partnership: Japanese Ceramics in Blue & White at Joan B Mirviss LTD presents the enduring legacy of this timeless aesthetic, and its dynamic expressions in Japanese contemporary clay, through the lens of the esteemed Kyoto-based Kondō family. The exhibition includes masterful work by twenty additional Japanese ceramic artists applying blue and/or white across a wide range of innovative forms and styles. 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor

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Onishi Gallery is pleased to be presenting two exhibitions, KOGEI and Art, marking the inauguration of KOGEI USA, a non-profit dedicated to the revitalization of Japan’s world-famous KOGEI (art crafts) and Inoue Manji / David Stanley Hewett celebrating Living National Treasure Inoue Manji and Japan based artist David Stanley Hewett. 521 West 26th Street

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Scholten Japanese Art is exhibiting a private collection of paintings by the great 20th century artist, Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), assembled by prominent woodblock print artist, Paul Binnie (b. 1967). The exhibition, Collecting the Master: The Binnie Collection of Hiroshi Yoshida Paintings, is the culmination of Binnie’s decades-long pursuit of assembling a comprehensive representation of Yoshida’s work. One of the most impressive paintings is this oil on canvas landscape illustrating Mount Breithorn, completed after Yoshida’s return to Tokyo in the fall of 1925. 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D

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Postwar Japanese Calligraphy and Painting at Shibunkaku will exhibit contemporary paintings by the artist Sekine Yoshio, who participated in the founding of the Gutai Art Association. He left Gutai in 1959 and pursued the creation of abstract canvases using real-life objects as motifs which attracted attention to his unique style, a “hybrid of figurative and abstract art,” as seen here in this abstract painting No. 174.  Joan B Mirviss, LTD, 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor

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TAI Modern’s exhibition, A Pause in Time, An Emptiness in Space: Ma in Japanese Bamboo Art, showcases extraordinary works by some of bamboo art’s most esteemed artists, both historic and contemporary. Ma encompasses various meanings, including space, pause, rest, time, or opening, all of which contribute to shaping the distinct aesthetics of bamboo art.  23 East 67th Street, 4th Floor
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Front and center in Japanese Modern Masterpieces 1910-1950, the exhibition at Thomsen Gallery, is Collie and Myna Bird (In a Peaceful Garden, The First Signs of Autumn), a delightful two-panel folding screen comprised of ink, mineral colors, and gofun (calcified powdered shell) on silk, dated 1926.  9 East 63rd Street, Floor 2

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Joo Myung Duck: Sensory Space in Photography and its Conversation with Korean Abstract Painting is the solo artist show at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA. Originally known for social documentaries in his black-and-white photographs, Joo Myung Duck developed a series of densely “black” landscapes in the 1980s and the 1990s., In Seoul, Joo explored color photography, primarily focusing on the urban locality intertwined with colors, patterns, and textures. This exhibition also strives to shed light on this master photographer’s relationship with Korean abstract art, particularly, the artists of the Dansaekhwa movement investigating their shared aesthetic, methodology, and philosophy.  24 East 64th Street, 3rd floor

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Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art celebrates the Year of the Dragon with this 18th century blue-and-white ceramic jar from the Yi Dynasty. One of the twelve zodiac signs in the Chinese horoscope, the dragon, which represents strength and success, is a very important and popular symbol in Asian art. Nicholas Hall, 17 East 76th Street, 4F

Ancient and Contemporary Korean Art

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Curated by Heakyum Kim and Pierre Cambon, the former curator at the Musée Guimet, Korean Artists in Paris at HK Art & Antiques LLC, showcases the work of Chung Sanghwa, Shin Sung Hy, Nam Kwan and Kim Sang-lan, four Korean artists who have lived and worked in Paris. Known in both Korea and France, their successful careers cover a great span of time, from the 1950s to the present. Each artist demonstrates how the two countries impacted their work. Among the featured paintings is Chung Sanghwa’s painting 82-2-6. 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B

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Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

A Wedding Celebration
Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur, Company School, circa 1780
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Credit: Art Passages

Krishna dancing on the naga Kalaya flanked by his pleading wives
Probably Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
South India, late eighteenth century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, red pointed arched border with blue banding and black and white rules, a line of devanagari on recto and verso
10 1/4 x 6 7⁄8 in. (26.1 x 17.5 cm) painting
10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (27.4 x 19 cm) folio
Credit: Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch LLC

Two Princesses Entertained at Night on a Terrace
Mughal, c. 1690
Opaque pigments and gold on paper laid down on an album page
Folio: 39.8 x 28.1 cm; Painting: 20 x 12.9 cm
Credit: Francesca Galloway

A pair of carved, silvered, and painted wood figures of Rampant Horses
19th century
India
Wood, silver, paint
33½ in. (85.1 cm)
Credit: Kapoor Galleries

Kaparamip Robe
Ainu People, Hokkaido, Japan
Cotton; appliqué, embroidery
Late 19th / early 20th Century
51 x 46 in. (129.5 x 117 cm)
Credit: Thomas Murray

Vajrapani Mandala
Tibet
14th/15th century
Distemper on cloth
25 5/8 by 19¾ in. (65 by 50 cm)
Credit: Carlton Rochell Asian Art

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art

Lui Shou-Kwan
Zen Painting 1970, A70-19
1970
Chinese ink & color on paper
151.5 x 82.5 cm
Credit: Alisan Fine Arts

Fine and Rare Chinese Famille Vert Porcelain Piggyback Boys
Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722
Finely modelled in the full round. Decorated in elaborately painted robes in vibrant tones.
Their faces, with well-defined features and pleasing smiling expression.
Height 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm)
Credit: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Sun Kehong (1532-1610)
Auspicious Scholar Rocks
Handscroll
Ink and color on paper
11 1/4 x 108 ¾ in. (28.6 x 276.2 cm)
Credit: Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Kelly Wang
Brush Rest, 2023
Newspaper and mixed media
75.5 W x 25 D x 39 H in. (191.8 x 63.5 x 99 cm)
Credit: INKStudio

A Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor
North Song period
11th / early 12th century
Length: 45.0 cm
Width: 33.0 cm
Height: 28.0 cm
Credit: Kaikodo LLC

John Thomson
Portrait of Three Women in Beijing. c. 1868
Albumen silver print
4 x 4 in.
Credit: Loewentheil Collection of Chinese Photography

Large Vietnamese Blue and White Jar with Tigers, Horses, Birds, and Deer
15th-16th c.
Vietnam
Height: 43 cm
Credit: Zetterquist Galleries

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

Kitagawa Utamaro
Series: A Guide to Women’s Contemporary Style
Title: Courtesan of the Northern Quarter
Publisher: Murata-ya Jirobei
Fine impression, color, and condition
Credit: The Art of Japan

Fukuda Kodojin
Hanging Scroll
Japan
Showa Period (c. 1927)
Ink on paper
Credit: BachmannEckenstein Japanese Art

Yamada Hikaru (1923-2001)
Juts in a Clay Plane
1976
Glazed ceramic
H43.9 x W34.8 x D9.9 cm
Credit: Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Raiko Conquering the Shuten Doji Demon of Oe Mountain, 1864
Japanese Color Woodblock Print Triptych
Credit: Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Ken Matsubara
Green Dragon 青龍(額・炉縁)
Japanese painting
Pigment on paper
H6.6 × W42.5 × D42.5 cm
Credit: Ippodo Gallery

Hosoda Eishi  (1756−1829)
Standing Beauty with a Letter in her Hand
Hanging scroll: ink, color, and gold pigment on silk
30½ x 9¾ in. (77.5 x 24.8 cm)
Kansei era, circa 1793−95
Signed: Eishi zu
Sealed: Kakei
Credit: Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958)
Cobalt and green-glazed large conical bowl with small flat base and “silver mist” overglaze
2020
Glazed porcelain with gintekisai “silver mist” overglaze
13 x 22 in.
Courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD
Photo Credit: Richard Goodbody

Nakagawa Mamoru (b. 1947), Living National Treasure
Yubae (Sunset’s Glow), 2013
Vase; cast alloy of copper, silver, and tin with inlays of copper, silver, and gold
H7 1/2 x W12 5/8 x D5 1/2 in. (19 x 32 x 14 cm)
Credit: Onishi Gallery

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)
Mount Breithorn
Oil on canvas
Signed H. Yoshida to lower left corner, ca. 1925
Painting: 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (45.5 x 60.6 cm)
Frame: 23 3/4 x 29 5/8 in. (60.2 x 75.3 cm)
Credit: Scholten Japanese Art

Sekine Yoshio
No. 174
Oil on canvas
1968
33.5 x 24.4 cm ; 35 x 26 cm (overall)
Credit: Shinbunkaku

Kajiwara Koho
Peony Basket
Madake bamboo and rattan
41.75 x 28.5 x 13.5 cm
Credit: TAI Modern

Kahata Tosen (1897–1985)
Collie and Myna Bird (In a Peaceful Garden, The First Signs of Autumn), 1926
Two-panel folding screen; ink, mineral colors, and gofun (calcified powdered shell) on silk
Size 77 x 81¼ in. (195.5 x 206.5 cm)
Credit: Thomsen Gallery

Seoul, 2011
Archival pigment print
20 x 30 in.
© Joo Myung Duck / Datz Museum of Art & Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery

Blue-and-white Ceramic Jar with Dragon Design
Yi Dynasty, 18th c.
30.8 x 36 cm
Credit: Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

Korean Ancient and/or Contemporary Art

Chung Sanghwa
Untitled 86-2-6
1986
Acrylic on canvas
39 1/4 x 25 1/2 in. (99.7 x 64.8 cm)
Credit: HK Art & Antiques LLC

 

 

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Outstanding Chinese Gallery Shows Coming in March

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Top L-R: Large Vietnamese Blue and White Jar with Tigers, Horses, Birds, and Deer, 15th-16th c., Vietnam, H: 43 cm, Zetterquist Galleries; Sun Kehong (1532-1610), Auspicious Scholar Rocks, handscroll, ink and color on paper, 11 1/4 x 108 ¾ in., Fu Qiumeng Fine Art; Lui Shou-Kwan, Zen Painting 1970, A70-19, 1970, Chinese ink & color on paper, 151.5 x 82.5 cm, Alisan Fine Arts. Bottom L-R: John Thomson, Portrait of Three Women in Beijing, c. 1868, albumen silver print, 4 x 4 in., Loewentheil Collection of Chinese Photography; Fine and Rare Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Piggyback Boys, Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722, H: 9 ¼ in., Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.; Kelly Wang, Brush Rest, 2023, newspaper and mixed media, 75.5 x 25 x 39 in., INKStudio; A Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor, North Song period, 11th-early 12th c., 45 x 33 x 28 cm, Kaikodo LLC

Seven renown Chinese art galleries are gearing up to exhibit exceptional works of art for next month’s Asia Week New York.

Alisan Fine Arts
Lui Shou-Kwan: Shifting Landscapes
and Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices
February 27–April 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
120 East 65th Street

For their inaugural exhibits during Asia Week New York, Alisan Fine Arts shines a light on the work of Lui Shou-Kwan presenting transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity while also sparking new dialogue in the international art community. And in conversation with Lui Shou-Kwan’s show in the gallery’s adjacent space will be Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices, a group exhibition of contemporary artists who interpret the subject of landscape in their own distinctive way.

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
March 14–22, 2024
16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. will showcase a fine collection of Chinese porcelain and works of art, including a rare Chinese Famille Verte porcelain titled Piggyback Boys, from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722).

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Literati and Rocks Amidst Verdant Bloom
March 14–April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
65 East 80th Street, Ground Floor

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art proudly unveils their Asia Week New York exhibition, Literati and Rocks Amidst Verdant Bloom, a meticulously curated selection of classical and contemporary works that embodies the soul of Asian artistry. By bringing together artists who exemplify the pinnacle of literati taste in Chinese brushwork, such as Ruan Ji and Sun Kehong, with contemporary artists such as Arnold Chang and Zhang Xiaoli, this exhibition bridges past and present celebrating the rich lineage of Asian art.

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Kelly Wang and Ren Light Pan: New Material Practices in INK Art
March 14–22, 2024

Kelly Wang (b. 1992) and Ren Light Pan (b. 1990) are two emerging New York-based women artists who are redefining the material practices of Ink art. In one of her featured paintings, Brush Rest, Wang uses newspaper twisted into strands and sculpted into two-dimensional and three-dimensional landscape forms to transform the normally passive, absorbent ground of ink art—namely, paper—into an active, material inquiry into human society and nature. In contrast, Ren Light Pan, in her Sleep series paintings, uses the heat of her body and the physical, material properties of ink and water—namely, diffusion, absorption and evaporation—to indexically record her physical body in its sleeping state.

Kaikodo LLC
A Discovery of Dragons
March 14–April 18, 2024
Online Only

Kaikodo’s Asia Week New York online exhibition will showcase a Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor, a breathtaking example of a technique for producing ceramic decoration perfected by Cizhou potters during the 11th century of the Song dynasty in northern China.

The Loewentheil Photography of China Collection
Dragon Women: Early Photographs of China
March 14–22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-9pm
10 W. 18th Street, 7th Floor

Dragon Women: Early Photographs of China will offer a rare occasion to view some of the earliest photographs of Chinese women, most taken in the 1860s and 1870s. The exhibition explores women’s place in society in the final decades of imperial China, as well as the representation of Chinese women in photography, exposing female attitudes toward the camera in the late Qing dynasty.

Zettterquist Galleries
Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics
March 14–22, 2024
3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B

Zetterquist Galleries is delighted to present an exhibition of Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics, all sourced from American and Japanese collections. The Chinese pieces range in date from the Tang through Ming Dynasty with many fine and excellent works. Most of the Vietnamese selections come from the collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles, whose extraordinary collection of Chinese ceramics sold at the gallery last Spring. Representing Northern Vietnamese kilns from the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) through the Le Dynasty (1428-1788), this scholarly collection includes wares of varied techniques, forms and functions. Their exhibition catalog is now available to view online.

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Last Days of From Bamboo to Brush at TAI Modern

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Monden Yuichi, Wave Song, 2011, madake & nemagari bamboo, rattan, 21 x 25.5 x 12.75 in.; Deanne Kroll, Tibetan Bowls Music 2, 2024, ink on rice paper on wood, cold wax, 16x 23 in.

From Bamboo to Brush
Closing Thursday, February 29, 2024
1601 Paseo de Peralta, Sante Fe, NM

There’s still time to view TAI Modern’s latest curatorial vignette, From Bamboo to Brush, showcasing the synergy between Japanese bamboo art from their collection and contemporary Zen ink brush painting by artist Deanne Kroll of Raven Brushworks. The exhibit explores the shared principles of purpose, movement and expression, creating a compelling connection between these two diverse art forms.

The exhibition features ink paintings by Deanne Kroll alongside Japanese bamboo art by renowned artists like Honma Hideaki, Kawano Shoko, Monden Yuichi, Nakamura Tomonori, Sugiura Noriyoshi, Oki Toshie, Shono Tokuzo, Watanabe Chiaki and Japanese Living National Treasure, Fujitsuka Shosei.

Be sure to visit for a transformative exploration of artistic expression, cultural fusion and shared spiritual experience before the show closes next Thursday, the 29th!

To learn more, click here.

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The Met’s Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia

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Bhadrakali, destroyer of the universe, from a Tantric Devi series (detail). (India, ca. 1660–70). Opaque watercolor with gold, silver and green beetle-wing case on paper. Image: 9 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (23 x 21 cm); Framed: 12 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. x 3/4 in. (31.8 x 29.5 x 1.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Howard Hodgkin Collection, Purchase, Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, by exchange, 2022 (2022.243). Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia
Howard Hodgkin and India: Reflections on Art Making and Collecting
Friday, March 15, 2024 from 6-7pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Free with Museum admission

Presented in conjunction with their current exhibition Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia brings together experts close to Howard Hodgkin, including his partner of thirty-three years, Antony Peattie, for a personal look at the artist and collector’s lifetime engagement with India and Indian painting.

Over the course of sixty years, Hodgkin (British, 1932–2017) formed a collection of Indian paintings and drawings that is recognized as one of the finest of its kind. Learn about his practice as a highly regarded painter and printmaker and his collection of works from the Mughal, Deccani, Rajput, and Pahari courts dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries that reflect his personal passion for Indian art.

Antony Peattie, writer
Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director, The Museum of Modern Art
John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art, The Met
Navina Haidar, Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah Curator in Charge, Department of Islamic Art, The Met
Introduced by Mike Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chair, Department of Asian Art, The Met

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John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings Opening at Charles B. Wang Center

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John W. Winkler, Busy Street in Chinatown (1915), etching, 6 x 7.5 in; Courtesy of the Rivolo Collection

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings
March 1 – May 19, 2024
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 5-7pm

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings explores forgotten scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1916 to 1923. Through John W. Winkler’s exceptional etchings, the exhibition unveils a crucial chapter in early Chinese immigration history in the United States.

Featuring 81 evocative etchings, the exhibition serves as a visual time capsule, capturing the essence of daily life in the heart of an early twentieth-century Chinatown. Winkler’s work, distinguished by its unparalleled quality, offers a unique lens to rediscover the narratives of this vibrant community during a pivotal immigration period. Winkler’s etchings transcend artistry, becoming historical documents that reveal the experiences, struggles, and resilience of those who called Chinatown home. The intricacy and depth of his lines convey not only artistic skill but also a profound connection to his subjects.

Curated by A. Rex Rivolo, director of Roving Sands Fine Arts, with all works on loan from the A. Rex Rivolo Collection and the Martin Levine Collection.

In addition to the opening reception on March 20th, also mark your calendars for these exhibition-related programs:

Lecture: Capturing History: The Stories within John W. Winkler’s Chinatown Etchings
by Dr. A. Rex Rivolo
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Guided Gallery Tour of John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings
February 28, March 27, April 17 & May 8, 2024 from 12:00-12:30pm

To learn more and RSVP, click here.

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Alisan Fine Arts Opens New Exhibitions Soon

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Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975), Red Mountain Landscape 紅山風景, 1962, ink and color on rice paper, 43.5 x 46.5 cm

Lui Shou-Kwan: Shifting Landscapes
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8pm

Alisan Fine Arts is delighted to announce Shifting Landscapes, a solo exhibition celebrating the art of pioneering ink artist Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975) at their newly opened gallery space on the Upper East Side.  Lui’s first exhibition in New York presents transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity while also sparking new dialogue in the international art community. Lui was a vanguard figure of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong, a movement that reimagined the Chinese Ink tradition and flourished from the 1950s to 1970s. Extremely influential to the following generation of artists, Lui was instrumental in transforming traditional Chinese ink painting into a modern, global art form.

Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Asia Week New York Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14 from 5-8pm

In conversation with Lui Shou-Kwan’s show, a group exhibition of contemporary artists will be presented in Alisan Fine Art’s adjacent gallery. Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices features artists Bouie Choi, Chu Chu, Lam Tung Pang, Kelly Wang and Yang Yongliang, each of whom distinctively interpret the subject of landscape. Accompanying Asia Week New York, Alisan Fine Arts will also be hosting a reception and meet-and greet with artist Kelly Wang on March 14th from 5-8pm.

Be sure to mark your calendars for these exciting exhibitions and events!

To learn more about both shows, click here.

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Zoom into our next Webinar Kondō Takahiro: The Thinking Hand

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Kondō Takahiro in his studio, Yamashina, Kyoto (2017); Credit: Kondō Takahiro

Zoom Webinar
Kondō Takahiro: The Thinking Hand
Tuesday, February 20 at 5pm EST

Asia Week New York is pleased to present our upcoming webinar celebrating one of Japan’s most admired ceramists, Kondō Takahiro, whose work is featured in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Porcelains in the Mist.  Kondō’s forebears specialized in wheel-thrown vessels with painted decoration, but he has pushed the limits of the ceramic medium to create art of broader significance.

Our panel of curators and historians will trace Kondō’s career, explain the thinking behind the Brooklyn display, discuss the haunting Reduction body sculptures, and set his work in a global context. Speaking live from Kyoto, Kondō will introduce his recent projects. The webinar will conclude with a dialogue between the artist and catalogue author Joe Earle.

PANELISTS:

Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York and London.
Joan Cummins has served as Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007.
Xiaojin Wu currently serves as the Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Kondō Takahiro, artist.

Moderated by Joe Earle, former chief curator of Asian art departments in museums in London and Boston, who over the last 40 years has presented numerous exhibitions of Japanese ceramics.

Register here to join this free event.

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Artist Yau Wing Fung: Talk & Demonstration at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

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Image courtesy of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Yau Wing Fung Artist Talk & Demonstration
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Artist Talk: 11am-12pm (Free to Public)
Demonstration: 3:30-4:30pm ($12 Limit to 18 guests)
Live In-Person at 65 E. 80th St, NYC and Livestream

Join Fu Qiumeng Fine Art this Saturday for an Artist Talk and Demonstration with Yau Wing Fung, whose solo exhibition, Illusion, is currently on view through March 9, 2024.

The evolution of Chinese philosophy and cosmic perspectives has fostered a distinctive spatial awareness in traditional Chinese landscape art. Ancient painters, in depicting landscapes, forged a profound connection between their inner world and the natural realm, giving rise to the technique of “以小观大, or viewing the large through the small.” Yau, in his artistic endeavors, seeks to broaden these pictorial perspectives by integrating timeless wisdom with contemporary viewpoints. In this artist talk, Yau will delve into his reflection on the evolving cosmic consciousness in landscape painting, spanning across history and into the present day.

Then, during the afternoon demonstration, Yau Wing Fung will invite and guide guests to join an immersive experience in Chinese ink landscape painting. This hands-on opportunity allows you to explore the connection between brush and mind, immersing yourselves in the meditative essence of ink art.

The lecture is free and open to the public while the demonstration is ticketed. Both will be simultaneously conducted onsite and online.

To learn more and RSVP, click here.

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