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Jinhee Lee: Boundaries of Existence Opening at the Korean Cultural Center NY

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Courtesy Korean Cultural Center New York

Jinhee Lee: Boundaries of Existence
June 25 – August 17, 2024
Artist Talk: Tuesday, June 25th, 5-6pm 
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 25th, 6-8pm
122 East 32nd St, 1st & 2nd Fl, NYC

The Korean Cultural Center New York is pleased to host the exhibition Boundaries of Existence by Jinhee Lee, professor in the Department of Stage Design at the Korea National University of Arts and award-winning costume designer of films and Korean dramas.

This exhibition focuses on Korean handicrafts and the colors of her sculptural works, combining various media to express depth and dynamism. It aims to highlight the boundaries that suppress taboos, norms, and nature in conventional society and to draw attention to segmented elements. The act of ‘crafting’ serves as a crucial expressive method embodying the artist’s philosophy, symbolizing the connection and healing of fragmented, broken, and damaged elements in sculptural forms.

Known as The Grand Master of K-DRAMA in Traditional Costume, Jinhee Lee has been creating costumes and sculptural works based on stage art. She is a highly acclaimed costume designer known for her work on numerous theater plays, movies, and Korean dramas such as “My Dearest,” “Love in Moonlight,” and “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” She received the Best Costume Award for “Ansisung” at the prestigious Dae Jong Film Awards.

Join the Korean Cultural Center next week for a special talk with the artist followed by the exhibition opening reception.

To RSVP and learn more, click here.

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Fu Qiumeng Fine Art’s The Mountains Show and Hide: Color in the Landscape Paintings of Arnold Chang Closes Soon

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Installation view, The Mountains Show and Hide: Color in the Landscape Paintings of Arnold Chang, Courtesy Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

The Mountains Show and Hide: Color in the Landscape Paintings of Arnold Chang
Closing Saturday, June 22, 2024
65 East 80th St, Ground Floor, NYC

There’s still time to view this first solo exhibition of Arnold Chang (張洪) in New York since 1996 at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art before it closes this Saturday.

While Chang in his fifty-year career as an artist has painted ink landscapes in the traditional Chinese literati manner, this exhibition, showcasing Chang’s landscape paintings of the past ten years, marks his newly developed approach of seamlessly integrating color into his personal vision of landscape. In contrast to most classical Chinese literati paintings, where color was often an afterthought that followed the forms realized through ink lines and washes, Chang treats ink lines and flat color washes as separate components.

The exhibition is curated by Joy Xiao Chen, Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles and the former Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow in the Department of Asian Art from 2021 to 2023 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

To read the full exhibition essay and learn more, click here.

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Upcoming Artist Talk and Last Days of Light, Space and Time at Alisan Fine Arts

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Artist Talk: Christy Chan; Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts

Artist Talk: Christy Chan
Thursday, June 20, 2024
6-8pm (Program will begin at 6:30)
120 East 65th Street, NYC

Alisan Fine Arts is excited to host a special screening and artist talk by Christy Chan who will  speak about her recent and upcoming projects this Thursday evening.

Christy Chan received the Creative Capital Award in 2024, and is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow in Visual Art. She creates public art projects that question the everyday power structures that uphold white supremacy in the United States. Using a combination of video, projection art, installation, performance, object design, and social practice, her projects are often participatory, city-wide platforms that aim to draw citizens from under-represented communities together to speak their truths.

Contact [email protected] for more information or with any enquiries.

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Installation view, Light, Space and Time, Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts

Light, Space and Time
Closing Friday, June 21, 2024

Also be sure to view Light, Space and Time, a group exhibition featuring the work of California-based Asian American visual artists Julie W Chang, Summer Mei-Ling Lee and Zhang Jian-Jun before the show closes this Friday.

Influenced by the Californian coast and the Light and Space movement, Chang, Lee and Zhang approach light and space through a different lens and additional dimension. Informed by historical-cultural perspectives, their practices add a “time” element to the works in the exhibition.

The particular light of the California coast has long informed the work of artists living and working on the West coast of the U.S., most notably in the atmospheric works by artists associated with the Light and Space movement (1950-1970). Artists who were part of this movement—including Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Larry Bell—typically created minimalist art that was concerned with how geometric shapes and the use of light could affect the environment and perception. By adding in time—through the weaving and layering of historical and contemporary cultural symbols and exploring personal histories and the natural world—these three artists in Light, Space and Time are creating work that is also concerned with how the personal and historical affect the environment and our perception.

To learn more, click here.

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Layered Clay Closing Soon at Joan B Mirviss LTD

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Installation view, Layered Clay, Courtesy Joan B Mirviss LTD

Layered Clay
Closing Friday, June 21, 2024
39 East 78th St, Suite 401, NYC

These are the last days to view Layered Clay at Joan B Mirviss LTD before it closes this Friday. The aesthetic effect of layering clay has long fascinated and delighted people across cultures, from England to China, but arguably reached its pinnacle in modern-day Japan. The exhibition celebrates the extraordinary achievements of three past masters who revitalized this ancient technique and creatively expanded the seemingly simple idea of building clay upon clay: Matsui Kōsei, Miyashita Zenji, and Ogata Kamio.

Their artistry was impossible to achieve without their equally astonishing technical skills. Developed steadily over time, with patience and experimentation, their deft manipulation of clay enabled them each in their own ways to achieve dazzling color contrasts, unexpected surface effects, and gradations of textures and colors that complemented their vessels’ forms. Many of their artworks have been acquired directly from the estates of the artists, with the blessings of their families, and are obviously fresh to the market. In addition, work by seven other Japanese ceramic artists who were contemporaries of, or successors to, their innovative legacies will be displayed in Layered Clay.

“Vibrantly colored layered clays are used to such an extent…that the conventional, narrow view of neriage has been shattered” said Hasebe Mitsuhiko former curator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1990 when speaking of the layered clay works of modern-day Japanese ceramic artists. Their use of the painstaking technique of cutting, forming, and shaping layers of colored clay to form their visually mesmerizing ceramics has often been likened to creating three-dimensional mind games. This ancient technique, known as neriage or nerikomi originated in 8th century China, spread to Korea in the 12th century then to England in the 18th century before coming to its pinnacle in modern-day Japan.

Be sure to visit the show to experience these visually captivating pieces!

To view their online catalog and videos, click here.

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Color of Blue in KOGEI at Onishi Gallery

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Tokuda Yasokichi IV, Saiyu Jar, 2010, porcelain with vivid colored glaze (yôsai), 12 3/4 × 9 3/4 in (32.4 × 24.8 cm)

Color of Blue in KOGEI
June 11 – July 31, 2024
521 West 26th Street, NYC

Onishi Gallery is pleased to present their new installation for the Summer, Color of Blue in KOGEI.

Bringing colors in Kogei has been an exciting theme for Kogei artists as the materials they use are from nature and are already gifted with a variety of colors from the Earth. Invention plays a key role for some artists who strive to incorporate color in new ways while maintaining their works’ traditional values.

Included in this exhibition are two porcelain pieces in vivid blue by Tokuda Yasokichi III who was a Living National Treasure and the most well-known Kutani ware artist of his time. In these pieces the suffusion of colors is achieved by his inventive coloration of vivid Kutani color glaze.

In another piece where a famed Kogei artist works with blue, the almost transparent and greenish blue on his signature Hakuji porcelain represents a signal departure for Inoue Manji. Manji’s introduction of colors in his work wasn’t until later in his career, after having spent decades working in stark white.

Another attractive blue color is by Suzuki Miki in his famous Blue Bizen ware. Unlike traditional Bizen in brown, Suzuki creates a new impression in this traditional stoneware by shifting to blue.

Spend these summer days exploring the inventive ways artists use the color blue to expand the possibilities of Japanese sculptures.

To learn more, click here.

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GALLERY SPOTLIGHT: Carlton Rochell Asian Art

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AMITABHA IN SUKHAVATI (detail), Tibet, circa 1500, distemper on cloth, 36 1/4 x 28 3/8 in. (92 x 72 cm)

We are pleased to shine our Gallery Spotlight this week on Carlton Rochell Asian Art. Specializing in the art of India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia, this preeminent gallery was founded by Carlton Rochell in 2002 after a distinguished career at Sotheby’s, where he established the first full-time auctions in North America devoted to Indian and Southeast Asian in 1985.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition was reviewed by The New York Times with Holland Cotter writing, “The arrival of a new, open-to-the public gallery devoted to Indian and Southeast Asian art is an event for the city; such showcases are few and far between…although Himalayan and Cambodian bronzes are among the most exquisite items, the gallery is dominated by several large-scale sculptures of a kind we rarely see outside museums.”

Since then, the gallery has placed works of art privately with many important private collectors, as well as with prominent institutions across the globe. Carlton Rochell regularly exhibits in international art fairs and is currently participating in Printemps Asiatique in Paris where he is displaying this exceptional painting of Amitabha, the Buddha of the Western Pure Land (Sukhavati), through June 13th.  Be sure to visit if you are in town!

To learn more and view their collection, click here.

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Off the Wall: Serpent and Dragons Tour at San Antonio Museum of Art

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Dragon and Clouds (Unyongdo) (detail). Artist Unknown. Korean, Joseon Dynasty, 19th century. Ink and color on paper. 45 1/2 × 26 1/4 in. (115.6 × 66.7 cm). San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, 2006.4.3.

Off the Wall: Serpent and Dragons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
5:30 – 6:30pm
Great Hall
Free to Members or with Museum admission

From the plumed serpents of Mesoamerica to the rain-bringing dragons of east Asia, mighty serpentine creatures appear with remarkable regularity across the artistic and narrative traditions of numerous cultures. Join docent Richard McGowan for an exploration of the stories and significance of the draconic figures lurking in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection.

Off the Wall is a curated tour series that explores special topics across SAMA’s collections. Each session is developed and facilitated by passionate docents who can’t wait to share the stories behind the museum’s most captivating artworks and hidden gems. Held every Tuesday, be sure to check out their next talk on the various female deities represented in the Indian gallery on June 25th!

To learn more, click here.

 

 

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A Review of New York’s Chinese Paintings Market from 1980s at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

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Courtesy Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

QM Talks | A Review of New York’s Chinese Paintings Market from 1980s
A Conversation with Arnold Chang and Fang Xian
Sunday, June 16, 2024
10:30am
Free In-Person and Online Public Event
65 East 80th St, Ground Fl, NYC

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is pleased to welcome you to their upcoming discussion on the American market for Chinese paintings and calligraphy with artist and connoisseur Arnold Chang and independent scholar Fang Xian.

Fang Xian previously served as Head of Sales and Vice President at Sotheby’s New York in the Chinese Paintings Department and has worked and studied with Chang for over a decade.

Arnold Chang is renowned not only as a highly accomplished artist but also as a pivotal figure in introducing classical and modern Chinese paintings and calligraphy to the international market. Since his tenure began at Sotheby’s New York in 1979, Chang has been instrumental in establishing regular auctions for Chinese paintings and calligraphy and founded auctions for modern Chinese paintings and calligraphy in Hong Kong in 1980, solidifying the groundwork for regular auctions in both locales. During his nearly 15-year stewardship of the Chinese Paintings Department at Sotheby’s New York, where he also served as vice president, Chang also unveiled and made available to the public previously unknown or little-known works of art, such as Zhang Daqian’s monumental six-panel work Giant Lotus. In 1992, Chang transitioned from Sotheby’s to Kaikodo, where he continued to profoundly influence the market for classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy in New York.

With the reestablishment of Sotheby’s Chinese Paintings Department in New York in 2012, Chang was reappointed as a consultant and collaborated with Fang Xian to secure a series of important artworks and single-owner auctions for the company.

Be sure to join this special conversation where Chang and Fang reflect on their careers, share art market stories, and discuss the future of contemporary Chinese painting.

To RSVP for the in-person event, click here.

To register for the livestream event, click here.

To learn more, click here.

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Dai Ichi Arts Presents Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio

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Courtesy Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

Earthly Forms: Ceramic Works by Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio
June 13 – 28, 2024

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is delighted to present a two-person exhibition showcasing the intricate ceramic works of Hiruma Kazuyo & Matsutani Fumio.

Hiruma, born in 1948, crafts evocative sculptures inspired by nature’s grandeur. Using thin clay sheets and multiple glazes, she captures the essence of landscapes, erosion, and natural forces. Matsutani, born in 1975, creates vessels that merge movement, color, and surface, reflecting his mastery of traditional techniques and innovative forms. His works are characterized by architectural elegance and a refined, monochromatic palette.

Together, their works create a dynamic dialogue, blending tradition with contemporary artistry, and highlighting their unique journeys and creative processes.

The accompanying digital exhibition catalog, featuring an article by author & curator Joe Earle and new interviews with the artists, is available for viewing here.

To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

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Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting Closes Soon at The Met

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An Elephant and Keeper, India, Mughal (detail), ca. 1650–60, opaque color and gold on paper; Howard Hodgkin Collection, Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Acquisitions, Harris Brisbane Dick, and 2020 Benefit Funds; Howard S. and Nancy Marks, Lila Acheson Wallace, and Friends of Islamic Art Gifts; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and funds from various donors, 2022 (2022.187); Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting
Closing Sunday, June 9, 2024
The Met Fifth Avenue, Galleries 691–693

This is the last weekend to view the exhibition of remarkable Indian court painting from the former collection of British painter Howard Hodgkin.

Over the course of sixty years, Howard Hodgkin (British, London 1932–2017 London) formed a collection of Indian paintings and drawings that is recognized as one of the finest of its kind. A highly regarded painter and printmaker, Hodgkin collected 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. This exhibition presents over 120 of these works, many of which The Met recently acquired, alongside loans from The Howard Hodgkin Indian Collection Trust.

The works on view include stunning portraits, beautifully detailed text illustrations, studies of the natural world, and devotional subjects. The exhibition also includes a painting by Hodgkin, Small Indian Sky, which alludes to the subtle relationship between his own work, India, and his collection.

This exhibition is accompanied by an issue of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin.

To learn more, click here.

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