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Highlights from Asia Week New York’s Autumn 2023 Season

Asia Week New York is pleased to announce that Autumn 2023 will run from September 14th to 22nd with online and in–person exhibitions–including works from twenty international Asian art galleries and six auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel, and Sotheby’s. Ten of the galleries are simultaneously opening their doors to the public in New York, and the sales at the auction houses will be live and online.

To mark the opening of Asia Week New York, a special webinar titled The Celestial City: Newport and China, which will explore Newport’s deep connections with China from the 18th century through the Gilded Age, will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 5:00 pm EDT. Click here to register.

Organized by category, here is a round-up of the highlights at the galleries:

Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asia

A large Indian Company School watercolor of a grey heron is one of the outstanding watercolors offered at Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd. When Lady Impey’s ornithological albums, commissioned by her in Calcutta in the 1770s, were seen by the scientific community in England following her return around 1808, they caused a sensation. Never had such realistic images been seen and their reception was rightly lauded. Here, perhaps forty years later, the tradition has been perfected by artists responding to decades of British patronage. Online only

Forge-Lynch Grey-heron

Kapoor Assets presents Religious Art: Exaltation through Expression, featuring a fine gilt-bronze of Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. Their exhibition throws light on the fact that classical and ancient art has often, if not always, been created with the ardent purpose of religious worship. Human self-expression in this realm of art therefore takes the form of religious exaltation and underscores the existence of art as a shrine– not only for religious worship– but for introspection, solitude, and reflection through profound indulgence. 34 East 67th Street

Kapoor Galleries

The showstopper at Thomas Murray is one of the greatest Himalayan masks of all time–a wrathful deity protector of the Buddhist doctrine, most likely Mahakala. Online only

Thomas Murray

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art 

Among the offerings at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. is this 12th/13th century Fine Chinese Glazed Ribbed Jar with Handles from the Jin dynasty.  Glazed overall in a beautiful deep brownish/ black glaze it is carefully delineated with vertical ribs in slip along the exterior. 16 East 52nd Street, 10th floor, for gallery hours, phone 212-397-2818

Chait Galleries Ribbed Jar

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art presents Whispers of Elegance, which shines a spotlight on the art of Chinese fans. This enchanting group of folding fans from the Republic era showcases joint creations by literati artists, such as Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-Chien, 1899-1983), Pu Ru (1896-1963), Tao Lengyue (1895-1985), and Wang Fu’an (1879-1960), among many others. This selection offers profound insights into the transformative interpretations, dialogues, and collaborations of traditional Chinese visual culture, deeply influenced by the vibrant intellectual and artistic movements of early 20th century China. 65 East 80th Street

Fu Qiumeng Fan

INKstudio presents Grand Synthesis: The Extraordinary Flower-Landscape, the debut solo exhibition for the flower and landscape painter Peng Kanglong in Mainland China (b.1962 in Hualien, Taiwan). In Burning Fire, Kanglong paints red blossoms within an ink monochrome scene of leaves, foliage, rocks, and flower blooms in shadow. The classically trained Peng Kanglong is the first ink artist to explore the artistic possibilities of integrating these formerly separate genres. Online only


At Kaikodo LLC Female Ghost with Spider Web a haunting white-shrouded yurei, “faint spirit,” or ghost, rises from the skeletal remains of her mortal body, the flames suggesting the cleansing fire of cremation. Her gaunt features, protruding teeth, and unkempt hair produce a chilling image of a spirit bent on vengeance and capable of the unimaginable. Equally striking are the borders of the painting which have been painted to represent the claustrophobic space of an enveloping spider web, suggesting visually that the ghost awaits her prey with the same implacable patience exhibited by the giant arachnid. Online only


Among the twenty objects on view at Zetterquist Galleries’ exhibition, Pre-Song Dynasty Chinese Ceramics from American and Japanese Collections is a Tang Dynasty Sancai tripod offering plate with an incised floral pattern of Persian influence and rare cobalt blue detailing. Ranging from Warring States Period (5th century BC) through Five Dynasties (10th century AD) all the artifacts are sourced from American and Japanese collections. 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B


Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

This provocative print titled, Kiseru at The Art of Japan, is featured in Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women, by Kanso Utamaro. The woman here has paused in the middle of arranging her hair to have a quick smoke from her kiseru (pipe). Smoking was introduced in Japan in the late 1500’s, and with expensive tobacco and finely crafted paraphernalia, smoking became a signal of high status. Online only

Art of Japan Utamaro Pipe

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. presents Object, Vessel: Ikebana Sogetsu, Yasuhara Kimei, and the Art of Japanese Ceramics, an exhibition that focuses on the symbiotic relationship between the ceramic works of Japanese potter Yasuhara Kimei and the Ikebana Sogetsu school in Japan. Little known in the west, Yasuhara Kimei (1906-1980) was one of Japan’s most avant-garde ceramic artists of the 20th century. His ceramic work inspired the innovative floral artists of the famous Ikebana Sogetsu school and produced a transcendental impact on modern potters and Ikebana artists alike in Japan that has lasted generations. This exhibition is the first to present an extensive collection of Yasuhara Kimei’s profound ceramic vessels alongside his contemporaries in the west. 18 East 64th Street, by appointment

Dai Ichi

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints presents 19th-20th Century Landscapes: Four Seasons of Beauty featuring works by Hokusai, Hiroshige, Hasui and Hiroaki (Shotei), the most prominent landscape specialists of their time. Each in their own style, these artists dramatize the scenery as well as humanize it, capturing the broader essence of the place as well as the specifics of time of day, season and weather. Both idealized and yet highly specific, these works also serve as remembrances for scenes in Japan that have been lost to modern development. Among the prints offered is Kawase Hasui’s Small Boat in a Spring Shower. Online only


Ippodo Gallery presents Skin and Body: Crazed Vessels by Kodai Ujiie, the avant-garde artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Each of his 46 most recent ceramics, including large jars, vases, and small vessels relishes in the delight of living, converting clay into an analogy of vital flesh—skin, blood vessels, and scales—with a renewed sense of body image. 32 East 67th Street


Kumoi Cherry Trees, by Yoshida Hiroshi (1876‒1950) is among the Japanese paintings and prints featured in the fall exhibition–Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art–which explores the world of Japanese prints in the first half of the twentieth century. This was an era of energy, new influences, and styles, and a refocusing of the Japanese print world by catering to new tastes. The man at the center of this revival was the entrepreneurial genius Watanabe Shōzuburō (1885–1962), whose publications form the greatest portion of the works in this exhibition. Deeply interested in Edo period ukiyo-e, Watanabe made it his project to rescue the art form, which had fallen somewhat out of fashion. October 4-27, 17 East 76th Street, 3rd floor

Izzard Yoshida Kumoi Cherry

TEMPEST: New Sculpture by Fujikasa Satoko, the latest highly anticipated exhibition of new sculptures by extraordinary artist Fujikasa Satoko, marks her third solo outing at Joan B Mirviss LTD and her first since 2019. Evocative of billowing clouds or crashing waves or just pure movement, Fujikasa Satoko’s gravity-defying sculptures are firmly within the realm of not only clay sculpture but of international contemporary art. 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor

Mirviss Fujikasa

Onishi Gallery will feature the work of Murose Kazumi, named a “Living National Treasure” in 2008, Kazumi is one of Japan’s leading exponents of urushi (lacquer), an art and craft tradition dating back nearly ten millennia. He is admired above all for his mastery of maki-e and raden, two time-honored techniques that he often uses in combination as exemplified in this rectangular wooden document box decorated in lacquer with maki-e (sprinkled metals) and raden (shell inlay). While deeply rooted in tradition, Murose constantly explores fresh ways of expressing the beauty of urushi and shell.  521 West 26th Street, by appointment

Onishi Kazumi Chido

Scholten Japanese Art presents KAZUMA/KOIZUMI: Chasing Modernity, which juxtaposes the work of two modern printmakers, Oda Kazuma (1881-1956), and Kishio Koizumi (1893-1945), both prominent members of the sosaku hanga (creative print) movement who shared an interest in depicting daily life in views of modern Japan, particularly the restoration and transformation of Tokyo following the 1923 earthquake. One of the highlights on view will be a complete set of 100 self-carved and self-printed woodblock prints by Kishio Koizumi capturing views of modern Tokyo. One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era reflect Koizumi’s interest in the modernization of the city while at the same time retaining a sense of nostalgic pride in traditional Japan. 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D, appointment appreciated

Scholten Kishio

TAI Modern’s exhibition takes a deep dive into the Living National Treasure, Fujinuma Noboru’s lacquered bamboo cylinders. These cylinders are an ode to the organic form of the bamboo node itself, taking years from initial harvest to final piece. After a complex process of preparing the bamboo culm and layering urushi lacquer, Fujinuma sands away the upwards of 100 layers to reveal new compositions of color. Online only

TAI Modern Lacquered Bamboo Cylinder

Thomsen Gallery will feature the great avant-garde masters Shiryū Morita (1912-1998) and Yuichi Inoue (1916-1985), in Post War and Contemporary Japanese Art. These two artists’ work straddle East and West, combining dramatic, performative gesture and near-abstraction with the rich lexical and graphic heritage of the Chinese script. Morita’s Ryu, through abstraction and movement, has virtually assumed the physical shape of a dragon. Alongside calligraphy by these masters, works by the painter Minol Araki, the premier paper artist Kyoko Ibe and by the renowned ceramic artist Sueharu Fukami will be shown. 9 East 63rd Street 2nd floor


Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art will feature Folding Screens with Painting of Pines at Miho and Fishing Nets, which depicts a scenic site with the vivid green Pines of Miho lining the beach on one side of the screen and the snow-covered, sacred Mount Fuji on the other. These folding screens can be reversed to create different composition of the same theme. Online only

H Yanagi

Ancient and Contemporary Korean Art

HK Art and Antiques LLC presents the work of two late Korean artists, Tchah Sup Kim and Cho Yong-ik–friends for many years who passed away last year. In the 1960s Korean artists entered a new era. After decades of political and economic turbulence, South Korea found itself a member of an interconnected international landscape, and artists were inundated with new ideas. Western influences made their marks on Korean canvases, while Asian and particularly Korean modernism developed rapidly. It was in these circumstances that Kim and Cho began their artistic careers, and formed a friendship that lasted the rest of their lives. 49 East 78th Street, by appointment


Image Captions:

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

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Company School, Calcutta, circa 1820
Opaque watercolor on paper, with pencil, pen and grey ink, watermarked J WHATMAN, inscribed in Persian with the name of the bird, anjan
21 5/8 by 26 ¾ in (50.5 by 68 cm)
Credit: Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd.

Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini
Nepal, 15th century
Gilt copper
Height: 8 1/2 in (22 cm)
Credit: Kapoor Assets

Gonpo Buddhist Mask with Skulls
Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan
Wood, pigment
18th / 19th Century
11 x 9.25 x 7.5 in (28 x 23.5 x 18.5 cm)
Credit: Thomas Murray

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art

Fine Chinese Glazed Ribbed Jar with Handles
Jin dynasty, 12th /13th century
Glazed overall in a beautiful deep brownish/ black glaze with carefully delineated vertical ribs in slip along the exterior. Of particularly fine quality.
Height: 4 ½ in (11.5 cm)
Credit: Ralph M. Chait Galleries

Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-Chien)
Mt. E’Mei amid Cloud and Mist 峨嵋煙靄 (left), Ci Poem in Running Script 行書《浣溪沙》(right)
Ink on gold paper, folding fan
Credit: Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Peng Kanglong
Burning Fire, 2023
Ink and color on paper
71 x 142 cm
Credit: INKstudio

Anonymous (2nd half 19th century)
Female Ghost with Spider Web
Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
33 7/8 × 10 3/8 in (86 x 26.5 cm)
Credit: Kaikodo LLC

Tang Sancai Tripod Offering Plate
Diam: 24 cm
Credit: Zetterquist Galleries

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

Kanso Utamaro
Kiseru (Pipe)
From the series: Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women
Signed Kanso Utamaro (Utamaro the Physiognomist)
Publisher Tsuru-ya Kiemon
Credit: The Art of Japan

Yasuhara Kimei
Flower Large Vase
With Signed Wood Box
Ceramic with Matte Black Glaze and Incised Motifs
H11.9 x Diameter 12.5 in (H30.2 x Diameter 31.7 cm)
Credit: Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Small Boat in a Spring Shower, 1920
Original nagaban (oversized) version 27.2 x 48 cm
Credit: Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Kodai Ujiie
Oribe Lacquer Large Jar , 2023
H17 3/4 x W17 3/4 x D18 1/8 in
H45 x W45 x D46 cm
Weight 24.3kg
Credit: Ippodo Gallery

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876‒1950)
Kumoi Cherry Trees (Kumoi zakura)
Color woodblock print: 23 x 29⅛ in (58.4 x 74 cm); 1926; signed: Yoshida (in brush), Hiroshi Yoshida (bottom left margin in pencil); sealed: Hiroshi; publisher: self-published (jizuri)
Credit: Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

Fujikasa Satoko (b. 1980)
Updraft, 2023
Stoneware with white slip glaze
19 x 28 x 17 3/8 in
Joan B Mirviss LTD
Photo Credit: Richard Goodbody

Murose Kazumi (b. 1950), Living National Treasure
Nagatebako (Rectangular Document Box) titled Chidō (Telluric Motion), 2022
Wood decorated in lacquer with maki-e (sprinkled metals) and raden (shell inlay)
5 × 5 3/4 × 11 in (12.8 × 14.8 × 28 cm)
Credit: Onishi Gallery

Kishio Koizumi (1893-1945)
One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era (Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue: Eitai to kiyosu-bashi)
A complete set of 100 self-carved and self-printed woodblock prints; signed and sealed variously by the artist, produced between 1928 and 1940
Each print approximately 15 1/2 x 11 3/4 in (39.3 x 30 cm); tomobako (signed storage box) 21 1/2 x 17 1/8 x 5 1/2 in (54.5 x 43.4 x 14 cm)
Credit: Scholten Japanese Art

Fujinuma Noboru
Living National Treasure
Lacquered Bamboo Cylinder (312), 2019
Moso bamboo, lacquer
25 x 6 x 5 in
Credit: TAI Modern

Shiryū Morita (1912-1998)
Ryū (Dragon), 1985
Ink on paper, mounted as two-panel folding screen
Size 62¾ x 100 in (159.7 x 253.7 cm)
Credit: Thomsen Gallery

Folding Screens with Painting of Pines at Miho and Fishing Nets
Edo period, First half of the 17th century
A Pair of Six-Panel Folding Screens, ink and color on gold leaf
Height: 271 x 111cm each
Credit: Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

Korean Ancient and/or Contemporary Art

Cho Yong Ik (1934-2023)
70-62, 1970
Oil on canvas
46 x 56 in (117 x 117 cm)
Credit: HK Art & Antiques Ltd.