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Color of Blue in KOGEI at Onishi Gallery


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.

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Scientific Research on Asian Inks Talk at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art


Courtesy National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Conservation Cart Talk: Scientific Research on Asian Inks
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Freer Gallery of Art, Gallery 7

Did you know ink is often made with soot? Join one of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s conservation scientists to learn about the types of ink used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean artworks. This introduction will cover traditional methods of making ink sticks and some of the current research on inks at NMAA. Ink sticks and the materials used to make them will be available for visitors to examine.

Please meet at gallery 7.

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Also check out their weekly in-person tours of the permanent collection and online meditation classes here.

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GALLERY SPOTLIGHT: Carlton Rochell Asian Art


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


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!

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


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
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.

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


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


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.

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Thomsen Gallery at Design Miami/Basel 2024


Ueda Shōunsai, Splayed Handled Flower Basket in Hexagonal Plaiting, 1960s, bamboo, rattan and lacquer, 17½ x 8¼ x 7¼ in. (44.5 x 20.5 x 18.5 cm); Courtesy Thomsen Gallery; Courtesy Design Miami

Design Miami/Basel
June 10 – 16, 2024
Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland
Booth G07

Thomsen Gallery is delighted to participate in the 18th edition of Design Miami/Basel with a presentation of Japanese modern and contemporary art from June 10th-16th. Returning to this prestigious fair, their exhibition will focus on Japanese bamboo baskets by the great masters of the 20th century, including this intricate 1960s piece by Ueda Shōunsai.

The baskets will be complemented by Japanese gold lacquer boxes, medieval and contemporary ceramics, and Japanese folding screens.

As the global authority for collectible design, Design Miami brings together the design world’s most influential players through their acclaimed fairs and online marketplace. Their international collectible design fairs feature selling-exhibitions of historic and contemporary furniture, lighting, and works of art.

If you’re in Switzerland during Art Basel week, be sure to stop by Booth G07 to view their splendid collection of Japanese art!

Mon, Jun 10: By invitation only
Tue, Jun 11 & Wed, Jun 12: 10am-7pm
Thur, Jun 13 – Sat, June 15: 11am-7pm
Sun, Jun 16: 11am-6pm

To learn more about the fair, click here.


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Drawing Heat Workshop at Asia Society


Courtesy Asia Society New York

Drawing Heat Workshop
Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 2024
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, NYC

Join Asia Society for their Drawing Heat Workshop this Friday and Saturday afternoons and discover how, why, when and where heat moves through the city, what an urban heat island is and how our bodies are impacted by it.

As part of Asia Society’s COAL + ICE exhibition and series of programs designed to provoke thought and action on climate change, this free guided walking tour is led by artist Bryony Ella and historian Dr Kara Schlichting of Melting Metropolis, an international research project looking at the history of heat in the city. Be inspired by the history and climate of New York as you create experimental artworks in ink, pencil and chalk to express embodied memories of summer.

All materials provided and no art experience or historical knowledge of New York is necessary. This is an outdoor activity suitable for adults (14yrs+) who are comfortable walking / standing for up to 1 hour at a time. You will be walking a maximum of 1.25 miles per workshop and the majority of your time will be spent outside under shade. However as these are walking workshops, please do ensure you feel able to participate. Water and picnic blankets will be provided. No pets, please (not everyone is comfortable with dogs).

Participants will also be granted free admission to the COAL + ICE exhibit. Another tour will be conducted in Brooklyn on June 15th.

To register for free, click here.

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GALLERY SPOTLIGHT: Scholten Japanese Art


Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo (Meisho Edo hyakkei: Fukagawa Susaki jumantsubo), printed with mica on the feathers; titled at the upper right, Meisho Edo hyakkei: Fukagawa Susaki jumantsubo, signed Hiroshige ga, with censor’s seals, aratame (examined), and date seal, mi uru go (the year of the snake [1857] intercalary 5th month), followed by the publisher’s seal, Shitaya Shinkuro, Uoei (Sakanaya Eikichi), 1857, oban tate-e 14 by 9 3/4 in., 35.7 by 24.7 cm

Our Gallery Spotlight this week falls upon Scholten Japanese Art, another founding AWNY member who opened their doors in 2000 in New York City. Currently located in the old Meurice Hotel in midtown Manhattan, this venerable gallery specializes in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings. They not only offer traditional ukiyo-e from the 18th to 20th centuries, including shin hanga and sosaku hanga, but also present Japanese-style woodblock prints produced by Western artists to expand and celebrate the visual narrative of Japanese artistic expression.

The gallery’s collection is updated regularly with new and exciting works, including this stunning print from the landscape series, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, by great ukiyo-e master Utagawa Hiroshige. Depicting scenery from in-and-around Edo, today’s Tokyo, during the mid-19th century, these prints feature Edo-ites going about their lives during a rapidly evolving era in Japan, capturing the beauty and bustle of the city throughout the year. It was groundbreaking in its day, and works from the series are among some of the most iconic in Japanese art.

Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo is one of the most famed prints from Hiroshige’s series and depicts the view from Fukagawa Susaki, the very well known peninsula along Edo Bay with the popular Benten Shrine at the very tip. The land offered excellent shellfish-gathering at low tide in the spring. The view also faces northeast towards Jumantsubo, a tract of land named after its approximate size of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eight acres).

Printed with mica on the eagle’s feathers, this striking work is available to view by appointment, Monday through Friday. Be sure come visit for more of Hiroshige’s prints from this series, along with many other fine Japanese prints and paintings at their gallery.

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