Asia Week New York 2012

March 7, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Asia Week New York ushers in the fragrance of beauty and culture starting on March 16 when nearly three-dozen galleries, multiple museums, and major auction houses host one of the city’s most anticipated art events.

Ancient, traditional, and extravagant pieces of antique and contemporary Asian artworks will be on display from March 16 to 24. International and local dealers will showcase an astonishing array of the best art from China, Japan, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia.

“Asia Week New York demonstrates just how vital New York has become as a leading center for the Asian art market,” said Henry Howard-Sneyd, chairman of Asia Week New York 2012 and Sotheby’s chairman of Asian Art and Americas.

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A superbly carved Chinese spinach-jade brush pot with continuous scene, offered by I.M. Chait. Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000. (Courtesy of I.M. Chait)

“In partnership with the renowned cultural institutions and auction houses, the 33 participating galleries will offer a unique and extraordinary week of activities and events,” Howard-Sneyd said.

What visitors can expect to see are the rarest and finest of Asia, from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, porcelain, jewelry, books, bronzes, prints, photographs, and jade.

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This rare porcelain dish with flowering peony (Hizen ware, aode-Kutani style) dates to the 1650s, the beginning of the enameled-porcelain tradition in Japan, offered by JADA member Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. (Courtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art)

Asian art auctions will be held at Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle New York, iGavel, and Sotheby’s, all of which have pre-auction viewing for the public.

One highlight is the Japanese Art Dealers Association exhibition, JADA 2012. Featuring masterworks of the traditional fine arts of Japan presented by five different dealers, it runs from March 17 to March 21 at the Ukrainian Institute of America.

“The members of JADA and its affiliates will showcase some of the best works in the field of Japanese art that the market has to offer,” said Leighton Longhi, president of the Japanese Art Dealers Association, in a press release.

For those who want insider knowledge, lectures and symposia by leading experts in the field of Asian art will be ongoing throughout the week.

Established by Sotheby’s in the 1990s, Asia Week is not only for collectors and dealers; it’s also a great opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy.

The Epoch Times will publish a special pull-out section with in-depth coverage of Asia Week 2012, including lists of participating galleries, auction houses, and museums, a map, feature stories, and more. Look in the Wednesday, March 14, edition for your copy.