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‘Tis the Season for Asian Art in New York City


Yuan Yao (Chinese, active 1730–after 1778), Inn and Travelers in Snowy Mountains (detail), 1745, hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Image: 67 1/4 × 48 3/4 in. (170.8 × 123.8 cm), Overall with mounting: 10 ft. 1 3/4 in. × 50 1/2 in. (309.2 × 128.3 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wang and Family, in memory of Douglas Dillon, 2003; On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Spend your holidays in New York City and celebrate all the wonderful Asian art exhibitions on offer at the following museums! All those listed are closing next month, so be sure to catch them before the start of our March 2024 edition of Asia Week New York.  We wish you an art-filled holiday season!

Learning to Paint in Premodern China
Closing January 7, 2024
With paintings from The Met collection, along with a choice selection of important works from local private collectors, this exhibition considers the underexplored question of how painters learned their craft in premodern China.
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Kishi Chikudō (1826–1897), Tigers by Mountain Streams (verso), ca. 1892–5, pair of six-panel folding screens, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Harriet and Ed Spencer, 2012.1.2.1–2
Kishi Chikudō (1826–1897), Tigers by Mountain Streams (verso), ca. 1892–5, pair of six-panel folding screens, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Harriet and Ed Spencer, 2012.1.2.1–2; On view at Asia Society

Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan
Closing January 7, 2024
Comprising over 80 works—including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptural works, and objects in various media—this exhibition reevaluates a seminal era of turmoil, creativity, and transformation in Japan spanning the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
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Chen Lu (dates unknown), Plum Blossoms in the Moonlight (detail), hanging scroll, ink on paper, Collection of the Tianjin Museum; On view at China Institute

Zoom Into Painting: Details from Exhibition Flowers on a River
Closing January 12, 2024
This special showcase features enlarged details of flower-and-bird paintings from the works of 21 selected artists and includes a dedicated “painting station,” which allows you to experiment with your own brushwork and engage more deeply with the art of ink plum painting.
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Lords of the Charnel Ground, Smashana Adipati, Tibet, 18th c., painted terracotta, Rubin Museum of Art; C2002.36.1 (HAR 65149), photograph by David De Armas, Rubin Museum of Art, 2012; On view at Rubin Museum of Art

Death is Not the End
Closing January 14, 2024
Death Is Not the End is a cross-cultural exhibition that explores notions of death and afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. During a time of great global turmoil, loss, and uncertainty, the exhibition invites contemplation of the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist.
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George Maciunas, Poster for Works by Yoko Ono, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 1961; Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource NY; On view at Japan Society

Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus
Closing January 21, 2024
Near the 60th anniversary of the movement’s founding, this exhibition highlights the contributions of four pioneering Japanese artists — Shigeko Kubota (1937–2015), Yoko Ono (1933–), Takako Saito (1929–), and Mieko Shiomi (1938–) — and contextualizes their role within Fluxus and the broader artistic movements of the 1960s and beyond.
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