Asia Week 2014 Begins in New York City (+Photos)
Asia Week 2014 Begins in New York City (+Photos)
Archaic Chinese bronzes in the galleries of J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Archaic Chinese bronzes in the galleries of J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A pair of gray pottery scholar-officials, Song Dynasty, in the galleries of J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A pair of gray pottery scholar-officials, Song Dynasty, in the galleries of J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Northern Wei seated Buddha, bearing an archaic smile, at J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

A Northern Wei seated Buddha, bearing an archaic smile, at J. J. Lally, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

Gallery view of Melbourne, Australia-based Lesley Kehoe contemporary Japanese art, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Gallery view of Melbourne, Australia-based Lesley Kehoe contemporary Japanese art, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Byron Kehoe with a folding screen at Lesley Kehoe, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Byron Kehoe with a folding screen at Lesley Kehoe, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A qingbai meiping vase from the Northern Song Dynasty at Zetterquist Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A qingbai meiping vase from the Northern Song Dynasty at Zetterquist Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Eric Zetterquist discusses the forms of Chinese pottery as members of the press look on, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Eric Zetterquist discusses the forms of Chinese pottery as members of the press look on, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A double gourd white-ware ewer (L) from the Liao or Five Dynasties and a Cizhou ewer (R) from the Jin Dynasty in the galleries of Eric Zetterquist, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A double gourd white-ware ewer (L) from the Liao or Five Dynasties and a Cizhou ewer (R) from the Jin Dynasty in the galleries of Eric Zetterquist, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Erik Thomsen points out a detail in “Scenes from the Great Eastern Road,” a Japanese folding screen dating from the Edo period, ca. 1700. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Erik Thomsen points out a detail in “Scenes from the Great Eastern Road,” a Japanese folding screen dating from the Edo period, ca. 1700. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A detail from “Scenes from the Great Eastern Road,” at Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A detail from “Scenes from the Great Eastern Road,” at Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A detail of chickens from a Japanese folding screen at Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

A detail of chickens from a Japanese folding screen at Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

A sculpture of the fasting Buddha in the exhibit of Dalton Somaré at the galleries of Friedman & Vallois, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A sculpture of the fasting Buddha in the exhibit of Dalton Somaré at the galleries of Friedman & Vallois, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Leonardo Vigorelli of Dalton Somaré speaks about a sculpture of the preaching Buddha, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Leonardo Vigorelli of Dalton Somaré speaks about a sculpture of the preaching Buddha, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Lacquered Burmese prayer book pages at Buddhist Art, in Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Lacquered Burmese prayer book pages at Buddhist Art, in Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A large wood Indian peacock at Michael Hughes, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A large wood Indian peacock at Michael Hughes, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Jiyoung Koo, dealer of Korean art, explains the symbolism on a shelf bearing Buddhist motifs, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Jiyoung Koo, dealer of Korean art, explains the symbolism on a shelf bearing Buddhist motifs, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Selection from a Chinese silk hanging depicting Boddhisattva Guanyin, believed to be one of a trio whose other two panels are in the Metropolitan Museum collection, seen at Michael Hughes, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Selection from a Chinese silk hanging depicting Boddhisattva Guanyin, believed to be one of a trio whose other two panels are in the Metropolitan Museum collection, seen at Michael Hughes, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A soapstone brush holder in the collection of Nicholas Grindley, who is presenting a group of Chinese scholar's desk items for Asia Week, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A soapstone brush holder in the collection of Nicholas Grindley, who is presenting a group of Chinese scholar's desk items for Asia Week, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A fan with a painting of a mynah bird and plum blossom by Zhenran, c. 1845, at Nicholas Grindley, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A fan with a painting of a mynah bird and plum blossom by Zhenran, c. 1845, at Nicholas Grindley, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A fan with a painting of a mynah bird and plum blossom by Zhenran, c. 1845, at Nicholas Grindley, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A fan with a painting of a mynah bird and plum blossom by Zhenran, c. 1845, at Nicholas Grindley, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Chinese bronze at Gisele Croës, a new exhibitor from Brussels, at Asia Week New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Chinese bronze at Gisele Croës, a new exhibitor from Brussels, at Asia Week New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Visitors look at a large Chinese bronze at Gisele Croës, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Visitors look at a large Chinese bronze at Gisele Croës, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 15th Century Chinese bronze temple guardian at Gisele Croës, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 15th Century Chinese bronze temple guardian at Gisele Croës, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A group of post-war Japanese ceramics at Joan B. Mirviss, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A group of post-war Japanese ceramics at Joan B. Mirviss, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Joan Mirviss introduces several pieces of Japanese ceramics in her collection, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Joan Mirviss introduces several pieces of Japanese ceramics in her collection, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A set of samurai armor, part of the collection of Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Italy, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A set of samurai armor, part of the collection of Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Italy, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Japanese Buddhist figure in the collection of Hiroshi Yanagi, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Japanese Buddhist figure in the collection of Hiroshi Yanagi, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A woman's uchikake (wedding kimono) at Hiroshi Yanagi, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

A woman's uchikake (wedding kimono) at Hiroshi Yanagi, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, New York, March 12, 2014. (Christine Lin/Epoch Times)

A 15th Century Tibetan sculpture of an eleven-faced Avalokitesvara from the collection of Walter Arader, Arader Galleries, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 15th Century Tibetan sculpture of an eleven-faced Avalokitesvara from the collection of Walter Arader, Arader Galleries, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Carol Conover of Kaikodo Asian Art explains nuances of Chinese export potter to Japan, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Carol Conover of Kaikodo Asian Art explains nuances of Chinese export potter to Japan, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A detail of a Japanese folding screen depicting “100 plain women” at the gallery of Kaikodo, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A detail of a Japanese folding screen depicting “100 plain women” at the gallery of Kaikodo, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Tibetan sculptures and wall hanging at Moke Mokotoff, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Tibetan sculptures and wall hanging at Moke Mokotoff, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

The work of Ik Joong Kang at Kang Collection, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

The work of Ik Joong Kang at Kang Collection, New York, March 12, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Asia Week New York broke its own participation record this year with 47 exhibiting galleries—most of them returning, but a handful first-timers.

One of the standout newcomers is Gisèle Croës from Belgium, presenting ancient Chinese bronzes, pottery, sculpture, and metal artifacts. Everything in Croës’s exhibition on the spacious fifth floor of Gagosian Gallery was on a grand scale, beginning with a nine-foot tall bronze temple guardian—imposing, alert, but benevolent—from the 15th century.

Moke Mokotoff, New York-based dealer of Central Asian and Himalayan art, is also new to the roster this year, but his collection of Buddhist sculptures and textiles feels like it has always belonged with Asia Week.

Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art from Italy brought Japanese works of art, arms, and armor, the highlight being two suits of samurai armor.

Two contemporary Japanese art galleries joined the lineup as well—GalleryFW from Chicago and Onishi Gallery from New York.

Returning exhibitors for the most part gave Asia Week attendees the antiques and antiquities they’d expect.

Kang Collection Korean Art, though, did a 180 from last year. Instead of Korean scholarly and literati paintings that dominated last year’s exhibit, Kang Collection chose to exclusively focus on the work of Ik Joong Kang, a contemporary mixed-media artist from Korea. The gallery was filled with oversized, liquid-plastic covered paintings on wood, and tiny porcelain jars.

Though few exhibitors were so singular in their subject, several opted to curate their diverse collections around a theme.

For example, Scholten Japanese Art centers this year’s exhibit on erotic woodblock prints. The collection was 15 years in the making, featuring nearly 50 works, including a painted hand scroll.

Eric Zetterquist and Joan B. Mirviss are both presenting monochromes; Zetterquist pre-Qing Chinese ceramics and Mirviss contemporary Japanese ones.

Zetterquist dispensed with color to focus solely on the shapes of Chinese ceramics, especially Song and Yuan pieces.

“If an object has a good form, a line will extend beyond itself into space and engage a viewer’s imagination,” Zetterquist said, demonstrating his point on a 4,000 year old black water jug from the neolithic Chinese culture Longshan.

Whether you’re a collector or not, Asia Week and other Asian art-related events taking place around the city this March are great opportunities to learn about the vast and varied traditions of Asia.

Asia Week New York takes place March 14–22. asiaweekny.com

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