NEW YORK—New York Asia Week arrives Sept. 10, and anticipation is building with the full schedule of art sales recently released. The schedule features a delightful variety of exhibitions spanning various eras, and subject matters. We’ve already highlighted some of the major sales, including the Archaic Chinese Bronzes sale schedule for Christie’s, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Fourteen members of Asian Art Dealers New York will present exhibitions for sale throughout the month of September. Asian Art Dealers New York is a dealer-run and self-vetted organization whose 31 international members rank among the most prominent in the world.
Specialists in Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian works of art, along with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, ancient through contemporary, will be showcased.
Art of China
If you are interested in Chinese art, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, at 724 Fifth Avenue, is a good starting place. “An Autumn Feast of Color: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art” will showcase an array of polychrome decorated porcelains and works of art of superb quality from a private collection (www.rmchait.com).
Also “Literati Musing: Inscriptions on Chinese Paintings and Scholar Objects” will be presented at China 2000 Fine Art at 434A East 75th Street. Like the contemporary
Twitter, ancient inscriptions on Chinese art were the momentary thoughts about society, relationships, politics, and aesthetics of the literati. Karen and Leon Wender have gathered together objects for the scholar’s desk and Chinese paintings that bear inscriptions by eminent scholars and calligraphers of Chinese history. (www.China2000Fineart.com).
Kaikodo, at 74 East 79th Street, presents “Buddhist Lives,” which includes Chinese and Japanese paintings from the 14th century, to contemporary works featuring images of the Buddha along with stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures. The paintings cover a wide range of styles and subjects, from an early image of Sakyamuni attributed to the Yuan-dynasty painter Yan Hui, to several paintings of lohan (saints) from the Ming and Qing dynasties to “Bodhidharma Meditating” by Zhang Daqian painted in the 1930’s, (www.kaikodo.com).
Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Art of the Past, at 242 Madison Avenue, presents “Rasananda – A Celebration of
Aesthetic Bliss.” The items selected for this exhibition explore the perceptions of beauty in the history of South and Southeast Asian art. Highlights are a Ramayana painting from Kangra, circa 1820, a colossal stucco head of a Bodhisattva from the Gandhara Region, and an important bronze Chola Period sculpture of Parvati (www.artofpast.com).
Following the success of previous co-exhibitions, the Asian Art galleries at
311 East 72nd Street, which include Arnold Lieberman, Leiko Coyle Asian Art and Theresa McCullough, join forces once again for September Asia Week.
Leiko Coyle features “Recent Acquisitions,” a selection of Tibetan Thangkas ranging from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Complimenting these works on fabric will be an array of sculpture from Tibet, Nepal and India (www.lcasianart.com).
Japanese and Korean, Ancient to Contemporary
Forty new works by Kutani master Takegoshi Jun of enameled porcelain will be featured at Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., at 39 East 78th Street, including several larger scale forms, created exclusively for this exhibition, “Flights of Fancy.” Using his signature jewel-like glazes to depict various species of birds, Takegoshi’s carefully painted, sometimes whimsical compositions are always in harmony with his uniquely shaped hand-built vessels (www.mirviss.com).
On view at Kang Collection Korean Art, at 9 East 82nd Street, are two concurrent art exhibitions, which will illustrate the different realms of men and women during the late Joseon Dynasty. “Revelations of the Brush: Joseon Scholar Ink Paintings” consists of classic monochromatic screens and hanging scrolls by Joseon scholar officials. The other exhibit, “Hidden Beauty: Lacquerware, Garments, and Furniture from the Joseon Women’s Quarters,” highlights furnishings that would have adorned the inner quarters of Joseon women, including fine lacquer cosmetics boxes, mirrors and tables, metal-fitted wooden chests, decorative screens, and traditional silk garments (www.kangcollection.com).
Asia Week officially starts Sept. 10, but many galleries are beginning earlier and plan to continue through the whole month. Check the calendar at www.AsianArtDealersNY.com.