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Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos Closes Soon at INKstudio

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Installation view, Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos, First Floor / Exhibition Hall No.4 4号展厅/ 一层, INKstudio

Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos
Closing Sunday, February 25, 2024
INKstudio
Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Beijing

There’s still time to visit Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos at INKstudio before the exhibition closes this Sunday, February 25th.

Bingyi’s third solo show with the gallery debuts her latest grand, speculative narrative about Art and its relationship to Nature, Literature, History and Politics as retold or reimagined from a woman’s point of view.

Bingyi tells her story through two bodies of work resulting from her investigations over the past five years into the origins of the ink monochrome landscape in China: The Eyes of Chaos: Temple of the Matriarch of Painting—the organic development of Bingyi’s land-and-environment art practice into historical landscape painting; and Dream within a Dream within a Dream—a speculative, archaeological reconstruction of the life of Hua, the “Matriarch of Painting.” Hua, it turns out, was not only a visionary woman artist but a philosopher and political thinker who, in the Northern Song, created an alternative aesthetic system that de-centered the Patriarchal, Confucian, Brush-centered and Humanistic mode of literati landscape painting and, from a Woman’s point of view, re-centered the expressive possibilities of brush and ink on Ink and Water, on Taoism and on Nature.

An architectural designer, curator, cultural critic, and social activist, Bingyi has developed a multi-faceted practice that encompasses land-and-environmental art, site-specific architectural installation, musical and literary composition, ink painting, performance art, and filmmaking.

To learn more, click here.

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Exceptional Indian, Himalayan, Tribal and Southeast Asian Art Coming to Asia Week New York

Be sure to sign up for free & join in a fascinating discussion between the artist and our panel of curators! https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sKfHmbuKRZuXzkg72YIy1A#/registration

Top L-R: Krishna dancing on the naga Kalaya flanked by his pleading wives, late 18th c., Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch LLC; Kaparamip Robe, late 19th-early 20th c., Thomas Murray; Two Princesses Entertained at Night on a Terrace, c. 1690, Francesca Galloway. Bottom L-R: A pair of carved, silvered, and painted wood figures of Rampant Horses, 19th c., Kapoor Galleries; Vajrapani Mandala, 14th-15th c., Carlton Rochell Asian Art; A Wedding Celebration, c. 1780, Art Passages.

Six Asia Week New York dealers from near and far are preparing memorable exhibitions of classical and contemporary Indian, Himalayan, Tribal and Southeast Asian art for our upcoming fifteenth season of Asia Week New York.

Art Passages
Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions
March 13-19, 2024
Online only

Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions 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.

Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd.
Gods, Gardens and Princes: Indian Works on Paper
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
67 East 80th Street, Suite 2

For this 15th season of Asia Week New York, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. is pleased to 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. This, along with many other works on paper, will be displayed at their Upper East Side location.

Francesca Galloway
Indian Painting Intimacy and Formality
March 14-21, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14 until 8pm
Les Enluminures Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor

Newly returning Francesca Galloway will present a small and exciting group of 17th and 18th century Mughal paintings, works from famous Bundi & Kota Ragamalas, a grand early 19th century Maratha processional scene by a Hyderabad trained artist, drawings for the famous Tehri Garhwal Gita Govinda series and Company School paintings including portraits of Indian children, a Skinner trooper and architectural studies of Mughal monuments and Hindu temples. Most of the paintings are recent acquisitions from private collections.

Kapoor Galleries
Time is a Construct
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm
34 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor

Highlights of Kapoor Galleries’ exhibition 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.

Thomas Murray
Recent Acquisitions: Tibetan Rugs, Ainu, Boro
March 14-22, 2024
The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street

One of the standout offerings at Thomas Murray will be a 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. This piece, along with many other fine works will be displayed at The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Carlton Rochell Asian Art
Indian and Himalayan Art
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6-9pm
Adam Williams Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street

Also newly returning, Carlton Rochell Asia Art will present paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects from Tibet, Nepal, and India for this year’s Asia Week New York. Many of the works are drawn from international private collections and have been exhibited in various museum exhibitions. Highlights include a group of Tibetan Buddhist paintings (thangkas) which are of outstanding quality.

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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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Last Days for Floating Vessels: Stoneware by Mitsukuni Misaki at Ippodo Gallery

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Installation view of Floating Vessels: Stoneware by Mitsukuni Misaki at Ippodo Gallery

Floating Vessels: Stoneware by Mitsukuni Misaki
Closing Thursday, February 15, 2024

Showcasing over 30 of Misaki’s latest works, ranging from small vases to majestic containers, this exhibition at Ippodo Gallery explores the master ceramicist’s modern and hand-coiled forms and marks his return to New York after six years.

Misaki received training in four classical kiln techniques: kutani, uchiharano, aizu hongo, and bizen. This research guided Misaki to begin his own kiln in 1979, where he maintains his secluded and contemplative practice nearly half a century later.

Mitsukuni Misaki’s creations, reminiscent of the timeless ceramics of ancient civilizations, stretch out like a boundless horizon, inviting viewers to connect with the rich legacy of craftsmanship.  Be sure to visit and witness the evolution of Misaki’s artistic journey before the show closes tomorrow.

To learn more, click here.

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Shibunkaku’s Upcoming Exhibition Kishino Kan

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Installation view of Kishino Kan

Shibunkaku Kyoto
Kishino Kan
February 16 – 24, 2024

Shibunkaku is pleased to present their latest exhibition of new works by ceramic artist Kishino Kan for the first time in five years at Shibunkaku Kyoto. Born from the synergy of earth, fire, and the artist’s skillful hands, these vessels were created in a newly-built kiln The gallery will be open every day during the exhibit, and they look forward to welcoming you soon.

To learn more and view the works, click here.

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Asia Society’s New Exhibition COAL + ICE Opens this Week

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Installation view of David Breashears’s Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet, China, 2007

COAL + ICE
February 13 – August 11, 2024
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 13, 6-8:30 pm (Members only with RSVP)

Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition that visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.  The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of related programs.

COAL + ICE brings together the work of more than 37 photographers and artists from China and around the world, and traces a photographic arc from deep within coal mines to the melting glaciers of the greater Himalaya, and across the globe where rising sea levels and extreme weather events are wreaking havoc. The imagery in COAL + ICE is drawn from diverse materials, from glass plate negatives to smartphone videos, spanning more than a century. Through intimate portraits and vast altered landscapes, these photographs document the consequences triggered by our continued reliance on fossil fuels. The exhibition brings to life the environmental and human costs of climate change, while also highlighting the innovative solutions that provide hope for a more sustainable future.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, climate change will take center stage at Asia Society, including speaker events, performances, films, and more. Asia Society has joined forces with a network of partner organizations across New York City’s five boroughs to concurrently present exhibitions and events, expanding the conversation to inspire deeper engagement on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communities.

To learn more the exhibit and its programs, click here.

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We wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year of the Dragon!

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Artworks courtesy of (Top L-R) Kaikodo LLC, Ippodo Gallery, Zetterquist Galleries; (Bottom L-R) Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art, Kapoor Galleries, Alisan Fine Arts

As we enter this New Year of the Dragon on February 10th, we at Asia Week New York wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead!

Throughout East Asia, this festive occasion is celebrated with a variety of traditions to encourage good health and prosperity in the coming year. While there are regional variations, the primary activities are cleaning one’s home, hanging red decorations for good luck, offering respect to one’s ancestors, visiting family, lighting firecrackers to ward off demons, gifting money in red packets to children and subordinates, and eating lots of food. Edibles that are thought to bring good fortune are fish, which is synonymous in Chinese with “surplus”; dumplings in the shape of silver ingots to ensure prosperity; and niangao, which symbolizes advancement in the New Year. Conversely, anything that might risk losing the holiday’s good luck, such as washing one’s hair or sweeping the floor, is avoided. This two-week celebration ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year.

People born in the year of the dragon are considered charismatic, intelligent, confident and powerful, and they are naturally lucky and gifted. In everything that they do, they tend to do it to the best of their ability with high standards.

Dragons also hold a significant place as auspicious and extraordinary creatures symbolizing power, nobility and honor and have, therefore, been widely depicted throughout the long history of Asian art, as seen in the works above.

We hope you celebrate this Lunar New Year with family, friends and beautiful works of art!

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Scholten Japanese Art Participates in IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory

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Paul Binnie (Scottish, b. 1967), Famous Views of Japan: Red Fuji, Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi (78/100), (Nihon meisho zu-e: Red Fuji, Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi)

IFPDA Print Fair
Park Avenue Armory
February 15–18, 2024
VIP Preview: Thursday, February 15, 5-9pm (invitation and VIP pass only)

Scholten Japanese Art is pleased to be participating in the upcoming International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair opening next Thursday, February 15th at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. In addition to exhibiting a classic selection of Japanese woodblock prints by Edo Period masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), they are delighted to announce that for the first time Scottish printmaker Paul Binnie (b. 1967) will be attending the fair and demonstrating both woodblock carving and printing in the gallery’s booth.

Scholten has had a long-term connection with Binnie, who is internationally known as one of the leading exponents of traditional style printmaking, and his work can be found in many important collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C.

Binnie trained in woodblock printing in Tokyo for almost six years from 1993, and the gallery just celebrated his thirtieth year of printmaking with a highly successful solo exhibition in 2023.

Binnie will be present at the gallery stand during the four days of the fair and will demonstrate both carving and printing on alternate days. A wide selection of the artist’s work will be available to view, including some rare and highly sought-after designs, as well as new works and a preview of upcoming print projects.

To learn more, click here.

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Fu Qiumeng Fine Art Presents Yau Wing Fung: Illusion

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Yau Wing Fung: Illusion 邱荣丰:幻真 opening at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Yau Wing Fung: Illusion 邱荣丰:幻真
February 10 – March 9, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10th, 3-6pm
Artist Talk & Demonstration: Saturday, February 17th

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is delighted to present Yau Wing Fung’s latest solo exhibition, Illusion, where the artist’s works encapsulate a creative journey spanning the past five years, revealing ink landscapes that seamlessly transcend the boundaries of tradition and contemporaneity.

Yau Wing Fung finds artistic inspiration in the spatio-temporal aesthetics of traditional Chinese ink paintings. With each brushstroke gracefully traversing the paper, he contemplates the undulations of the landscapes, immersing himself in ancient wisdom that highlights a harmonious connection with the flow of the world. Simultaneously, his acute awareness of the shift in visual experience leads him to seamlessly interweave the classical poetic hermitude and the versatility of the digital present; his artworks whisper timeless wisdom but in contemporary terms. From the foundational Looming series to the recent Meta and Into series, Yau’s artistic creativity consistently challenges conventional modes of viewing landscapes. In Illusion, the artist delves into the rhythmic beauty and constructive qualities of traditional ink paintings, reconfiguring the pictorial space to engage with the ever-evolving human experience in the digital age, prompting contemplation that transcends our recognition of the immediate surroundings, both spatially and temporally.

The project is supported by JCCAC’s Professor Mayching Kao Arts Development Fund.

To learn more, click here.

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