What's Happening in Asian Art...

Yale Presents an E-Lecture by Denise Leidy

February 4, 2023

Mandala of the Buddhist Protective Deity Sitatapatra, Tibet, early 16th century, gouache on cloth, Yale University Art Gallery, S. Wells Williams Collection, Bequest of F. Wells Williams, B.A. 1879, by exchange, and bequest of Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh in memory of her husband, Thomas Sedgwick van Volkenburgh, B.A. 1866, by exchange

Buddhas, Guardians, and Guides: How to Read Tibetan Paintings
Denise Patry Leidy, Yale University Art Gallery

Online program, February 8, 12:30pm

Although known as early as the 7th century, there is little visual evidence for Buddhist practice in Tibet until the 11th when paintings and sculptures illustrate an astonishing array of enlightened beings such as buddhas and bodhisattvas, guardians and guides. After introducing the primary types of deities featured in Tibetan practices, Dr. Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, highlights a newly acquired, and spectacular, 16th-century Tibetan mandala focused on the protective deity Sitatapatra (White Parasol), a guardian against malign supernatural forces. Recently conserved and on view for the first time, this mandala was produced in Ngor Monastery in central Tibet, famed for its painting workshops. It was commissioned by one of the abbots of this establishment in honor of an earlier teacher.

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Three New Galleries Join Asia Week New York This March

February 3, 2023

L-R: Nampar Gyalwar, Tibet, Bon Religion, 15th century, bronze with copper and silver inlay, Buddhist Art; Bhutanese Royal Guard's Shield, Bhutan, mid 19th-early 20th century, leather, copper alloy, white metal, textile, lacquer, Runjeet Singh; and Domoto Insho, Phase, circa 1960, ink on paper, Shibunkaku

Asia Week New York is delighted to add three dealers to our membership, two returning galleries and one new to our group. Be sure to visit them in March and explore the wonderful art works they offer.

Buddhist Art
Buddhist Images of One Millennium
March 16-21
Arader Galleries
29 E. 72nd St.
Buddhist Art is based in Berlin and has been offering fine Buddhist sculpture for over 15 years. The gallery’s primary focus is on Himalayan Art, with a wide variety of objects from Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. The second focus is the Art of Southeast Asia, especially Khmer and Thai. You can find masterpieces of Himalayan, Khmer and Thai Art, but the gallery has always made sure to present beautiful objects for beginning collectors at very affordable prices as well. Maintaining a very flexible and innovative approach, Buddhist Art offers works at exhibitions throughout the world and from a private showroom in Berlin. A regular exhibitor at Asia Week new York since 2012, Buddhist Art is returning to Asia Week this season to present exciting new acquisitions of the last 3 Corona years.

Runjeet Singh
March 16-24
Arader Galleries 1016 Madison Avenue
Runjeet Singh, who is based in Warwickshire, returns to Asia Week New York this season with an exhibition of arms, armor, and works of art from all over Asia.

The Colors of the Postwar Japanese Abstract Arts
March 16-24
Joan B Mirviss LTD
39 East 78th Street, Suite 401
Joining Asia Week New York for the first time, Shibunkaku will present The Colors of the Postwar Japanese Abstract Arts, a series of colorful artworks created by Japanese artists from the postwar period. The exhibition features abstract paintings by two important artists Yamaguchi Takeo and Domoto Insho, the masters of the Yōga and Nihonga respectively. They will also be showcasing the avant-garde calligraphy by two other great masters, Morita Shiryu and Inoue Yuichi. As another special highlight, they will include a valuable classic piece by a Mid-Edo period Zen priest, Hakuin Ekaku, who has inspired many artists with his Zen ideology and aesthetics, including Morita Shiryu.

Rinpa: Creativity Across Time and Space at the NMAA
Closes Soon

February 2, 2023

Fuka'e Roshu (1699-1757), Wisteria and Other Flowers, 18th century, hanging scroll,
ink and color on paper, Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment

Rinpa: Creativity Across Time and Space,
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Concludes February 5, 2023

The Japanese painting movement now known as Rinpa was a loose association of artists that began around the dawn of the seventeenth century and continued into the nineteenth century. Their aesthetic came to define an almost stereotypical image of Japanese art consisting of stylized forms in bright colors. The National Museum of Asian Art invites you to explore a selection of paintings and ceramics by several generations of Rinpa artists from their collection.

Dai Ichi Arts Opens Objects of Affection

February 1, 2023

Hayashi Shotaro 林正太郎 (born 1947), Oribe Whirlpool Long Platter, stoneware, H.5.5 x W. 25.5 x
Dia. 14 in. (13.9 x 64.7 x 35.5 cm.), with signed wood box

Objects of Affection, Dai Ichi Arts
February 1-28, 2023

From small sake cups that rest tenderly in one’s hands to recent masterpieces by potters, Dai Ichi Arts is pleased to present a group of delightful objects to accompany you this February. This group show presents the works of Hayashi Shotaro, Kitamura Junko, Koyama Yasuhisa, Shingu Sayaka, Inayoshi Osamu, Takada Naoki, Oishi Sayaka, and more.

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Egenolf Gallery at the Bay Area Fine Print Fair

January 31, 2023

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Snowy Valley of Mount Shirouma, 1932, woodblock print,
ôban 39.2 x 26.3 cm.

Bay Area Fine Print Fair
in person event, February 4-5
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Egenolf Gallery will participate in the fourth iteration of the Bay Area Fine Print Fair this weekend. The fair is open to the public and presents a wonderful opportunity to browse, ask questions, and purchase prints from numerous reputable fine print dealers.

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Japanese Animation Program at Japan Society

January 30, 2023

Japanese Animation in a Global Era, Japan Society
Online program, January 31, 7pm

In an era of ubiquitous streaming services, anime has found its way into nearly every corner of the globe. At this webinar, Mike Toole, editor at large at Anime News Network, and Thomas Lamarre, author of The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media join us to examine this uniquely Japanese visual media. Exploring topics ranging from fan culture to marketing strategies in Japan vs. North America, our speakers will illuminate the historical framework behind the anime industry as well as its role within an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The fourth event in our multi-part Living Traditions webinar series this season.

Mike Toole, editor at large at Anime News Network
Thomas Lamarre, Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Julia Mechler, manga creator

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Weekly Takeout Tuesdays at the Asian Art Museum,
San Francisco

January 29, 2023

L-R: Anjolie Ela Menon (born 1940), Yatra, 2004, oil and glitter on masonite, Gift of Gallery ArtsIndia, New York, 2005.98; The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), Song dynasty (960–1279), 1100-1200, wood (paulownia) with pigments, B60S24+; and Pair of Earrings, ca. 500–600, gold, Museum purchase, City Arts Trust Fund, 1991.214.1-.2. All items Asian Art Museum, Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Takeout Tuesdays: Lunchtime Conversations About Art,
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Online programs, each Tuesday, 12pm (PST)

“Take out” a taste of art! Join museum docents and fellow art lovers for interactive lunchtime (PST) encounters with selected artworks from the collection. We’ll gather on Zoom to look closely at compelling works using high-resolution images and uncover fun facts. Each weekly session explores a different topic; unmute to join the conversation.

Join for any or all of the upcoming scheduled online gatherings:
Weekly online programs, every Tuesday at 12pm (PST):
January 31: Yatra by Anjolie Ela Menon with docent Lydia Zane
February 7: The Elegance of Korean Silla Earrings with docent Myoung-ja Kwon
February 14: Compassion and Mercy with docent Mary Mead
February 21: The Terrible and Seductive Bhairava with docent Kathleen Meagher

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Four Dealer Exhibitions on View in March

January 27, 2023

L-R: Kajiwara Aya (born 1941), Wave Song, 2010, madake bamboo and rattan, TAI Modern; Li Jin (born 1958), The Heart Sutra, 2020, ink and color on xuan paper, INKstudio; Manika Nagare (born 1975), My Eyes Sparkled, 2022, oil on canvas, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA; and Fung Ming Chip (born 1951), 220705, 2022, ink on paper, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Looking ahead to Asia Week New York this March 2023, these terrific exhibitions are among those that will be available to visitors.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time
March 17-May 20
65 E. 80th St.
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art will mount a special presentation of Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip’s latest series, Number Series, while also showcasing the artist’s unique approach to shufa (the art of writing) through a selection of works taken from across his long career.

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Many Splendored Spring
March 15-19
Ukranian Institute of America
2 E. 79th St.
This exhibition of floral landscapes by Peng Kanglong and figure portraits by Li Jin present vibrant new works by two of the great masters of brush and ink painting.

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TAI Modern
TAI Modern at Asia Week New York 2023
March 16-24
23 E. 67th St., 4th Floor @Colnaghi
TAI Modern returns to exhibit key contemporary and historic works of Japanese bamboo art, with education and guidance to both established collectors and first-time viewers.

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Manika Nagare: Spectrum of Vivid Moments
March 17-April 22
24 E 64th St.
Tokyo-based Manika Nagare returns to AWNY with powerfully sophisticated color abstract painting eliciting vivid moments of all human life. The exhibition also introduces her new project on the marginalized Japanese female artists in the past.

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Ippodo Gallery Interviews Shion Tabata

January 26, 2023

Ippodo Gallery Director Shoko Aono met Shion Tabata (born 1947) over the summer of 2022 at her home in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, for a trip to choose new artworks, now on display at Ippodo Gallery in New York. A refreshing refuge from the heat of the capital metropolis, Karuizawa is a mountainside retreat with a rich cultural and literary history. Here, Tabata warps time, creating fine ceramics that harken back to the styles of old Edo (1603–1868).

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Akar Prakar Opens a New Exhibition in Kolkata

January 26, 2023

Nandalal Bose, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Curated by Debdutta Gupta
January 27-February 28

Nandalal Bose (1882-1966) was perpetually drawing on cards and postcards. However, the pursuit of this activity was not just limited to him. He had instilled, both in his students as well as fellow professors, this practice of postcard drawing. Thus everyone, teachers and students alike, would remain engrossed in this vocation.

Most of Nandalal's cards are executed in monochrome-free from the bindings of colour. This approach set him apart from his Guru, Abanindranath Tagore. According to Abanindranth Tagore, lines are the containers within which colors are held. He was of the view that it was primarily through color that a painting could be brought to life. Nandalal, on the other hand, was extremely inquisitive about the many possibilities of lines. He found validation for his search in his encounter with Arai Kampo-leading him further towards his journey of monochromatic works.

It was his travels to East Asia that eventually paved the way for his huge body of work in brush and ink and strengthened his belief that black and white contain within them the potentialities of all the other colors. The printmaking techniques which became integral to the pedagogic practices of Kala Bhavana were also a result of Nandalal's travels to China and Japan. He had brought back with him various ukiyo-e prints and wood blocks.

In this current exhibition, Akar Prakar attempts to highlight how cards/postcards bring out tangents of Nandalal Bose that have remained unnoticed otherwise. This exhibition brings to light Nandalal’s departure from the earlier influence of Abanindranath Tagore to the influences that Ramakrishna, Rabindranath and Gandhi had on his art practice. It also highlights Nandalal’s search for spirituality within nature and the establishment of the Asian aesthetic mode. The exhibition thus showcases how all these tangents are present throughout his works and some of the best can be found in his cards and postcards.

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