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Opening Reception and Live Performance at Alisan Fine Arts


Photography by @braydon_russell; Courtesy Alisan Fine Arts

Themes and Variations
Opening Reception & Live Performance: Thursday, July 25th from 6-8pm
Second Rotation: July 24 – August 23, 2024
120 E 65th Street, NYC

Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to introduce the second rotation of their current exhibition, Themes & Variations, on view from July 24th to August 23rd and cordially invite you to view these new pieces alongside a special performance by the talented ink artist Parin Heidari on July 25th.

Parin Heidari is a multidisciplinary artist known for her minimal art. She creates highly detailed and expressive works ambidextrously, using just a single line. With a strong foundation in traditional drawing and a passion for experimentation, Parin has developed a unique style that has garnered her a loyal following.

Themes and Variations features work of 15 artists who explore the use of Chinese Ink within their practice. The exhibition includes work by Hung Fai, Hung Keung, Lee Chunyi, Lin Guocheng, Lok Yitong, Ren Light Pan, Tai Xiangzhou, Wesley Tongson, Wang Mengsha, Wang Tiande, Wai Pongyu, Wei Ligang, Zhang Xiaoli, Zhang Yirong, and Zheng Chongbin.

To learn more, click here.


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Tales of Seto: An Exhibition of E-Seto Ceramics Opening Soon at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.


E-Seto ceramics; Courtesy Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

Tales of Seto: An Exhibition of E-Seto Ceramics
July 25 – August 9, 2024

Contemporary “Seto” ware is renowned for its distinctive glazes and exceptional clay quality, as well as its long history of artistic expression through ceramics. But how did this diversity in modern ceramics emerge?

On July 25th, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. opens Tales of Seto: An Exhibition of E-Seto Ceramics, an exhibition that explores the rich history of Seto ceramics, from the Edo to the Meiji and Showa periods, celebrating the evolution of “E-Seto (絵瀬戸),” which literally means “picture Seto.” This subcategory of Seto ceramics refers to a type of painted ceramic produced in Seto, Aichi Prefecture. The clay sourced from Seto possesses exceptional quality, consisting of kaolin and porcelain-type stone clay. When fired, this clay transforms into a brilliant white canvas, facilitating the creation of a vibrant palette of colored glazes. Experimentation with glazes and a variety of colors—black, white, green, iron red, ash, and blue and white porcelain—are hallmarks of Seto ceramics. Collectors and enthusiasts value E-Seto ceramics for their beauty, craftsmanship, and cultural heritage. Today, E-Seto ceramics continue to symbolize Japanese artistry, reflecting both traditional and contemporary influences.

They warmly welcome you to appreciate the origins of Seto pottery this summer!

To view their new online exhibition catalog, click here.

To learn more, click here.

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The Art of Japan’s New Mid-Summer Acquisitions


Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), #45 Hazy Night Moon, From the Series 100 Views of the Moon, 1887, 14.37 x 9.75 in (36.50 x 24.76 cm)

The Art of Japan has just posted over fifty new Japanese prints on their website, including select designs from Yoshitoshi’s 100 Views of the Moon; a fine group of Kiyochika’s horizontal landscape prints; an original Kotondo painting of a bijin in a summer kimono; early Shin Hanga landscape prints by Hasui and Yoshida; 18th c. prints by Kitao Shigemasa, Utamaro and Hokusai; and a selection of deluxe edition prints from Hiroshige’s 100 Views of Edo.

To view these wonderful prints and more on their site, click here.

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A Wedding Celebration, c. 1780, Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur, Company School, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

This week’s Gallery Spotlight shines upon San Francisco-based gallery, Art Passages.  Founded in 2004, Art Passages specializes in Indian and Islamic paintings and works of art. Many of these fine pieces have been placed in significant private collections, as well as in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Their recent show during Asia Week New York in March was an online presentation of Indian paintings exhibiting a wide array of schools and subject matter. Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions brought together works from Mughal portraiture to Company School, paintings that reflect the taste and interest of their patrons, such as Nobles, devotees, and English resident rulers of India. Among the highlights was Wedding Celebration, an exquisite Company School watercolor, circa 1788 seen above.

Accompanying their exhibitions are in-depth scholarly catalogs that can all be viewed online here.

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Future Minded: New Works in the Collection Closing Soon at Harvard Art Museums


Installation view, Future Minded: New Works in the Collection, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Future Minded: New Works in the Collection
Closing Sunday, July 21, 2024
32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 

This is the last week to view the Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition, Future Minded: New Works in the Collection, a selection of works acquired in recent years that exemplify their collecting vision and strategies. Nearly all are on display for the first time and staged across two adjacent galleries. This exhibition presents a range of drawings, photographs, prints, paintings, and sculptures spanning centuries and continents. The works are by roughly 30 artists, including Jean (Hans) Arp, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Willie Cole, Pietro Damini, Svenja Deininger, Jeffrey Gibson, Baldwin Lee, Ana Mendieta, Lucia Moholy, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Noriko Saitō, Melissa Shook, Jane Yang-D’Haene, and many others.

The museums are committed to acquiring art that expands the range of artists and cultures represented in the collections; that moves museum practice toward more nuanced understanding of both histories and contemporary issues; and that pushes boundaries and embraces experimentation. Many of the works on view are by living artists, an area of focused growth for the museums.

The galleries are free every day, so be sure to visit and view these newly acquired works before the show closes this Sunday.

To learn more, click here.

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Register for Online Chinese Brush Painting Classes at China Institute


Courtesy China Institute

Beginner/Low Intermediate: Fridays, 10am–12pm
July 19 – August 16 

Intermediate: Wednesdays, 2–4pm
July 17 – August 14

5 sessions (10 hours)
Tuition: $190 member / $230 non-member (plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

There’s still time to sign up for China Institute’s semester on Chinese Brush Painting this summer. Conducted via Zoom, these classes ranging from beginner to intermediate are led by artist and calligrapher, Ms. Sungsook Setton, who will employ a flexible and creative approach to teach her virtual Brush Painting class, integrating group instruction and individual tutoring.

This class provides training in the fundamentals of traditional brush painting, its principles, techniques, subject matters and styles. Themes covered include landscapes, birds-and-flowers, insects, fish, and others. Students are trained to master brushstrokes and taught the skills of capturing the essence of forms.

To watch a demo of the class, click here.

To learn more and register, click here.

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Fu Qiumeng Fine Art Opens Transcultural Dialogues: The Journey of East Asian Art to the West


Courtesy Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Transcultural Dialogues: The Journey of East Asian Art to the West
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18th, 5-8pm
Rotations: July 11-August 10 and August 13-September 14

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is delighted to open Transcultural Dialogues: The Journey of East Asian Art to the West, a summer exhibition that explores the artistic evolution of East Asian traditions as they spread to the Western art milieu, focusing on the exchange and interaction of visual language and conceptual frameworks between traditional ink art and modern American art.

Presented in two rotations, Transcultural Dialogues showcases works by more than 15 artists, including classical and modern masters Bada Shanren (1626-1705), Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and C.C. Wang (1907-2003), alongside contemporary artists such as Michael Cherney, whose artist language bridges the gap between tradition and the present offering reflections on identity, cultural exchange and the ongoing dialogue between East and West.

This exhibition is in collaboration with Hollis Taggart Gallery in Chelsea with each gallery presenting complimentary shows – one uptown and one downtown. While they will be showing Asian-American Abstraction: Historic to Contemporary, Fu Qiumeng is primarily focused on Chinese art spanning from the early 17th through the 20th centuries and into contemporary times, highlighting the early modernity and abstract quality of traditional ink masters alongside the reinterpretation of literati painting by diasporic Chinese artists who engaged with American Abstract Expressionism and explored notions of abstraction.

The exhibit is on view now, but be sure to join their reception next Thursday evening on July 18th!

To learn more, click here.

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Brooklyn Museum’s Upcoming Events


Pints and Prints: Hiroshige and Murakami Event; Utagawa Hiroshige. Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival (Asakusa tanbo Torinomachi mōde), no. 101 from 100 Famous Views of Edo, 11th month of 1857. Woodblock print. Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.101. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Beat the heat and join a few of the wonderful upcoming events listed below at the Brooklyn Museum this summer!

Pints and Prints: Hiroshige and Murakami
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Tickets: $35; Members: $20 (includes after-hours admission to Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami), a complimentary drink and a Brooklyn Museum tote)

To this day, Utagawa Hiroshige is considered to be the last great master of traditional woodblock printmaking. Inspired by the master’s series from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, which is on display now for the first time in 24 years in their current exhibit Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami), this hands-on workshop on July 18th teaches you how to create your own art prints.

Pints and Prints: Hiroshige and Murakami invites you to grab a brew and learn about Japanese gyotaku techniques from artist Sato Yamamoto. Art materials will provided. This series is for all the DIY-ers and not-afraid-to-try-ers, so be sure to sign up today!

To purchase tickets and learn more, click here.

Stroller Tours: Hiroshige
Friday, July 19, 2024
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
Tickets: $32; Members: $28.80 (per family; 1 adult, 1 child and includes Museum general admission)

Enjoy an interactive, stroller-friendly tour of Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami) on July 19th. Designed for children up to 24 months old and their caregivers, this baby-friendly program features touchable objects, songs, exploration of artworks on view, and an opportunity to connect with other adults. Breastfeeding is welcome. Single strollers only, please.

To add another adult for $16, contact [email protected].

To purchase tickets and learn more, click here.

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Courtesy Ippodo Gallery

We are delighted to showcase Ippodo Gallery for this week’s Gallery Spotlight.  Located on New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood, the gallery was first founded in Tokyo in 1996 and opened stateside in 2008.  Ippodo Gallery is a cultural bridge to Japan’s living master artists and presents fine handcrafted and rare works created using traditional materials and methods. Each piece selected embodies Japanese aesthetic sensitivity that is born of a spiritual bond with nature. Ippodo’s exhibition program features unique objects – fine ceramics, lacquerware, metal crafts, sculpture, paintings, and works on paper – that celebrate human invention, the natural world, and sublime beauty.

Their recent exhibition during Asia Week this March, Cosmic Sound: Master Paintings by Ken Matsubara, was such a success that works from the show entered the respected permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art and Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art.

Ippodo Gallery’s forthcoming Fall exhibition will continue to celebrate innovative and boundary-pushing Japanese artists with a solo presentation of Yukiya Izumita’s ceramics.  Expanding Earth: New Works by Yukiya Izumita will feature the artist’s latest laminate-layered sculptures, flat-folded vases, and tea bowls reminiscent of the rural seascape of the Tohoku region of north-east Japan. They welcome you to the exhibition opening on September 12th and look forward to your visit!

To learn more, click here.





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Upcoming Lecture at San Antonio Museum of Art


Installation view, teamLab: The World of Irreversible Change, Courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

Lecture: teamLab: Collectivity, Chance, and the Fabric of Urban Japan with Nina Horisaki-Christens
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
6:00 –7:00pm
John L. Santikos Auditorium
Ticket Price: $5.00
Ticket Price Members: Free

On the occasion of San Antonio Museum of Art’s Spring exhibition, The World of Irreversible Change where the digital artwork by international art collective teamLab is presented alongside a seventeenth-century Japanese screen from SAMA’s collection, they are pleased to hold a fascinating lecture about the exhibit with art historian Nina Horisaki-Christens.

Dr. Horisaki-Christens will explore the background of The World of Irreversible Change, teamLab’s digital, animated artwork reminiscent of historic Japanese folding screens depicting bustling cityscapes. The discussion will position the artwork within the Japanese contemporary art scene, the history of technology-based artistic experiments, and rhetorics of chance and change in Japanese art.

Nina Horisaki-Christens is a 2023-24 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute and holds a PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersection of art, media, urbanism, translation, and social engagement in Japan, Asia, and the Asian diaspora.

To register in person, click here.

To register for the livestream, click here.

To learn more and watch teamLab’s artwork in action, click here.

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