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Enlightenment at Songtsam Linka Lhasa (Sponsor Post)

December 20, 2019

Built on the edge of an old park, Songtsam Linka Lhasa offers spectacular views of the nearby Potala Palace located only 5 kilometers away. From the hotel’s slaked lime coloured walls to the indigo carved windows and fish-fin shaped facade, all of these architectural details pay great respect to traditional artisans, Tibetan culture, and ancient wisdom. The interior design is inspired and derived from the lifestyle of Lhasa natives; stylistically decorated with exquisite Thangka paintings and wall tapestries to revive an environment typical of noble families living centuries ago. The Songtsam retreat hosts 50 rooms, all of which exhibit a unique combination of modern and traditional Tibetan aesthetics that are elegantly decorated with wooden floors, wall tapestries, and handcrafted copperware. Each room is also fully equipped with oxygen concentrators to relieve AMS and ensure good rest. 

Destinations & Activities

Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is located at an altitude of 3,650 metres, making it one of the highest cities in the world. Due to its highland temperate and semi-arid monsoon climate, it is known as the 'Sunshine City' receiving nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight each year. The city’s name literally translates to the "Place of the Gods" and has been the cultural, economic, political, and religious centre of Tibet since ancient times. Home to the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the Drepung and Sera monasteries, it is the most representative "holy land" in the world because of its depth of history and strong cultural heritage. It is said that if you have not been to Lhasa, you will never know the history and essence of Tibetan culture. It is a city of mystical wonder and hidden beauty, attracting people from every corner of the world to visit, live, study, make a pilgrimage, and most of all, to be enlightened.
 

纽约亚洲艺术周 2020 Roster (In Progress)

2019 年 9 月 18 日

Preparations are already underway for our 2020 edition, taking place March 12–19+. Here is a sampling of our 2020 dealers!

TAI MODERN

Abe Motoshi
Deep Mountains, 2000
madake bamboo, rattan
8.75 x 11.5 x 11.5英寸。


NAVIN KUMAR GALLERY

Kālacakra
(Second painting on the right in the Secret Biography of the 7th Dalai Lama)
18th century,  66h × 44w cm
Opaque watercolor on cloth


SCHOLTEN JAPANESE ART

喜多川歌麿 (1753-1806)
Morning Party at the Temporary Lodgings of the Pleasure Quarters
约 1800
woodblock printed triptych 29 1/2 by 14 3/4 in., 74.8 by 37.5 cm


怀古堂(KAIKODO LLC)

Anonymous Chinese 無款中國
(13th century)
“Three Sparrows on Blossoming Plum” 
梅花三雀圖
Fan painting, ink and color on silk
27.8 x 20.3 厘米。 (11 x 8 in.)
Collectors seals: Chenpu yin; Zhenzhai


JOAN B. MIRVISS, LTD

Suzuki Osamu (Kura) (b. 1934)
Large lobed shino-glazed vessel with undulating mouth rim and faceted exterior
约 1995
shino-glazed stoneware
11 x 11 1/4 in
Photo by Richard Goodbody. 图片:Joan B Mirviss LTD


蓝理中国文物公司 J.J. LALLY & CO.

A LARGE ‘MOON AND PRUNUS’ BRONZE MIRROR
Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
Diameter 7 1/16 英寸 (18 cm)


OLIVER FORGE AND BRENDAN LYNCH LTD.


An illustration from a costume album:
A youth in a hammam smoking a pipe
Ottoman Empire, probably Constantinople
First half of the eighteenth century


RALPH M. CHAIT GALLERIES, INC.


Very Rare Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Rouleau Vase,
Kangxi period, ca: late 17th century
Decorated with reserves of the famed Eight Scholars of the Wine Cup.
高: 21 英寸(53.5 厘米)


GIUSEPPE PIVA JAPANESE ART


Sōmen
A full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask
Signed and dated: Haruta Fujiwara Nobushige, 1854


HIROSHI YANAGI ORIENTAL ART


Standing Amida, the Edo period, 68 cm (height, figure only)


KANG COLLECTION KOREAN ART


GO Hee-Dong 고희동 1886-1965
Autumn Landscape, 1956
水墨设色纸本
16 1/8 x 26 in (41 x 66 cm)


THOMAS MURRAY


Mask depicting a hero, possibly Prince Panji
Cirebon Court, Java
Wood, pigment, gilt
19th to early 20th century
6.75 in / 17 cm

Gallery Exhibitions During September 2019 Asia Week—And Beyond

August 16, 2019

From September 6–14, it's September 2019 Asia Week in New York. Several of our regular dealer participants are open to the public, showcasing traditional and contemporary examples of Asian painting, sculpture, ceramics, and more. Think of it as a teaser for the March 2020 edition of 纽约亚洲艺术周! Here's our guide to the exhibitions on view. Many shows remain open past September 14—please check each listing below for details.
 



Left: Compilation of Recollected Images, Kishi Eiko, 2017, Shigaraki stoneware with colored-chamotte inlays,  26 x 25 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. Photo by Nagata Yō. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.
Right: Waves, Ogata Kamio, 2019, marbleized stoneware, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Inoue Kōji. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.

Joan B Mirviss LTD is holding two exhibitions from September 10 through October 25: "Composite Memories: The Clay Art of Kishi Eiko" and "Nami: Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio". One of the foremost women artists working in the field of contemporary Japanese clay sculpture, Kishi Eiko (b. 1948) has achieved international success, consistently winning awards in the US, Japan, and Europe. Leaving function behind and perfecting her own signature technique, Kishi creates powerful poised, and architectonic sculptures. Meanwhile, The unique and optically stunning marbleized ceramics of Ogata Kamio
(b. 1949) have earned this Hokkaidō artist memberships in two craft societies in Japan and entry into numerous international exhibitions, despite his rural birthplace. The exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD will be this master ceramist’s first solo exhibition outside Japan. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 11am to 6pm, at 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor.



SHIMIZU Keiichi 清水圭一(1962- )
White Tamba Flower Vase “Gen” 白丹波花器 “玄”, 2019
H19.3” x W14.5” x D6.5”, 49 x 37 x 16.5cm
陶器

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is presenting "Yakishime: Whispering Ash." Yakishime is an unglazed ceramic that has been fired in a wood or any other kind of kiln. Directly translating to fire-tight, yakishime 焼締 draws on the concept of Wabi-sabi and Japan’s history. These unglazed works feature dry, unadorned surfaces that perfectly embody wabi-sabi’s reverence for natural imperfection. Yakishime gave post-war Japanese artists new creative pathways while blending beautifully with traditions like the tea aesthetic. Yakishime: Whispering Ash presents works by TSUJIMURA Shiro 辻村史郎, KANESHIGE Kosuke 金重晃介, ISEZAKI Jun伊勢崎淳, TANI Q 谷穹, YOKOYAMA Naoki横山直樹, YAMAMOTO Izuru 山本出, TSUJIMURA Kai辻村塊, SHIMIZU Keichi 清水圭一, and KOHARA Yasuhiro小原康裕, among others.The exhibition is on view September 5–20 from 10am to 5pm, at 18 East 64th Street, #1F, with an opening on September 5th from 5 to 8:30pm.



Left: Detail, Kazan-in Tadanaga (1588-1662)
“Hawk in Winter Oak”
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
117 x 52 厘米。 (46 x 20 1/2 in.)

Right: Detail, Anonymous Chinese
(13th-14th c.)
"Eagle on a Winter Branch"
Old attribution to Li Di
Hanging scroll, ink & color on silk
153.3 x 82.5 厘米。 (60 3/8 x 32 1/2 英寸。)

In Kaikodo's exhibition "Sightings: Birds in Chinese & Japanese Art," the Chinese paintings date from the 13th to the 19th centuries, with more than half from the 13th to the 15th. Many of the subjects are presented in such natural habitats as ponds and forests or woodlands, as if the viewer were a birdwatcher happening upon a scene. Meanwhile, The Japanese paintings comprise a much more diverse group. Naturalistic images include Tadanaga’s “Hawk in Oak” and Morikage’s “Swallow on Lotus,” both of the 17th century, as well as the 19th-century works, “Hawk in Winter” by Chikuto and “Pheasants” by Baiitsu. These are countered by such 19th-century narrative or anecdotal paintings as “Cockfight” and “Archer with Falcon,” along with a convocation of disparate birds perched happily together on branches that sweep across a handscroll by Gessho. In addition, a selection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics and works of art will be on view. The exhibition will be on view in the gallery from September 6 to December 6, at 74 East 79th Street, #14B.



Ōtsuki Masako (b. 1943)
Silver Vase “Kō” (Sparkling Water), 2007
Silver metal carving with gold decoration
高 11 7/8 x 宽 13 x 深 8 1/4 in. (30 x 33 x 21 cm)

Onishi Gallery presents "Gold and Silver Waves: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork." As Japanese contemporary metalwork is a relatively new concept to American audiences (both museum institutions and individual collectors), Onishi Gallery feels especially compelled to share the beauty and unique techniques of this Japanese craft with the public. Of the ten metalwork artists featured, two have been designated “Living National Treasures” by the government of Japan for their rare traditional knowledge and high level of creative skill: NAKAGAWA Mamoru (Living National Treasure); ŌSUMI Yukie (Living National Treasure); ŌTSUKI Masako; OSHIYAMA Motoko; HAGINO Noriko; HATA Shunsai III; SAKO Ryuhei; HANNYA Tamotsu; HANNYA Taiju; and MIYATA Ryohei. The show is open September 5–28, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, at 521 West 26th Street. The opening reception on September 5 takes place from 6-8pm.



Oribe Mokuzuke-Chaire
Late Momoyama - Early Edo Period, early 17th c. 日本
10cm H. x 8.2cm W.

Zetterquist Galleries presents "Chinese, Japanese and Korean Ceramics," an exhibition featuring Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics, largely sourced from Japanese collections. One of the highlights of the exhibition is an early 17th century Oribe tea caddy, fashioned from a small food bowl (Mokuzuke). It is a rare example from the transitional period between Momoyama and early Edo periods. Other Japanese pieces in the exhibition include a Ko-Kutani type square plate, a rare 14th -15th century Tokoname Heishi (Meiping) jar and a Sueki bottle. A Korean Koryo celadon ewer from the 11th century is the highlight of the Korean selections. The Chinese ceramics date from the Tang through Song Dynasties, and include a beautiful Tang Dynasty tripod plate with impressed pattern and vivid "Sancai" glaze. The exhibition is open September 9–13; please note the new location at 3 East 66th Street, #2B.



Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912), preparatory drawing with print of Annual Events and Customs of the Eastern Capital: Sixth Month, 1890, drawing 15 1/4 by 9 1/2 in., 38.7 by 24 cm; woodblock print 14 1/2 by 9 3/4 in., 36.9 by 24.7 cm

Scholten Japanese Art presents "BRUSH – BLOCK - BAREN: Japanese Woodblock Printmaking," an exhibition exploring the process of Japanese-style woodblock production. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints are collectively referred to as ukiyo-e, which literally means pictures ('e') of the floating world ('ukiyo') and is derived from a Buddhist concept pertaining to the fleeting nature of life. However, during the Edo Period (1615—1868), the concept of ukiyo acquired a more nuanced meaning: the impermanence of our existence became a justification to indulge in the pleasures and entertainments that are available at this fleeting moment (for a price). As such, the realm of the floating world was that of the pleasure quarters, houses of assignation, teahouses, restaurants, leisure boats, and the theater districts. Images of these pleasures were affordable and widely available in the form of woodblock prints and illustrated books. This exhibition explores the many steps involved in the production of these images, from conception to the final print. The exhibition is open September 5–14 from 11am to 5pm (no appointment needed), at 145 West 58th Street, suite 6D. In addition, don't miss your chance to watch real woodblock printmaking in action by artist Paul Binnie on Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8, from 1–5pm.



Motohide Takami, FIRE.P, 2013

Seizan Gallery presents "Fires on Another Shore," a solo exhibition of Japanese painter Motohide Takami. In addition to marking the artist’s first and largest solo exhibition outside of Japan, the exhibition also celebrates the one-year anniversary of the gallery's New York presence, and the opening of its newly expanded gallery space at 521 W. 26th St. It will feature twelve recent works which delve into the artist's investigation into the limits of human interest and empathy referring to social events and historic disasters. Compelling and dreamy, the powerful imagery of Motohide Takami brings the viewer deeper into his landscapes: a house on a riverbank on fire, the portrait of the Japanese royal family juxtaposed with a Buddhist pagoda. Motohide Takami explores the limitations of the idea of the individual, of compassion and the human in today's society. The exhibition is open September 5 to November 2, with an opening reception on September 5 from 6-8pm.



Takashi Sasaki (act. 1930-46), Heron and Persian Silk Tree in Rain (detail), Pair of two-panel screens; ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk, Showa era (1926-89), 1936, Size each 73 1/2 x 70 in. (186.5 x 178 cm)

Thomsen Gallery presents "Animals in Japanese Art" in their new location at 9 East 63rd Street. The exhibition is open September 10 to November 1, with an opening reception on September 10 from 5-8pm.



Left: Su Kwak (B. 1949). Light Within 4, 2016. 压克力彩,布面, 36 x 36英寸。 (91 x 91cm.)
Right: Geejo Lee (B. 1959). Moon jar, 2019. White Porcelain. 21 5/8in. (55cm.) high.

HK Art and Antiques LLC presents "Circles of Light: Su Kwak and Geejo Lee," exhibiting over eight paintings by Su Kwak and four white porcelains by Geejo Lee. Su Kwak is known for imbuing her paintings with a message of hope and healing. The painting surfaces are created with an inventive use of collage and paint to capture phenomena of light. For Geejo Lee, the second artist in this show, enquiries into the identity of Joseon Dynasty white porcelain have led to a remarkable practice which consciously applies modern aesthetic theory to objects fashioned of white porcelain clay. The exhibition is open September 6 to 16 from 11am to 5:30pm (by appointment on Saturday and Sunday) at 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B.



India, Fly TWA
David Klein (American, 1918-2005)
约 1960’s
Linen backed lithograph
40 1/2 x 25 in. (102.9 x 63.5 厘米)

Kapoor Galleries presents "Images of the Exotic: Posters of India from the Golden Age of Travel." The exhibition will showcase an array of 20th century posters created to entice potential travelers with the mysteries of the Subcontinent, typically issued and distributed by commercial aviation companies to market their international destinations to the elite. Ranging from the 1930’s to 1970, these posters feature real world oases and monuments along with portrayals of “native” people, in the hope of accumulating interest for newly available travel routes. The images boast lush landscapes of Kashmir along with scenes of snowy northern regions like Kanchenjunga, contrasting the vast natural resources India contains with exciting urban events grounded in tradition; such as the car festival at Puri. While the majority of these prints were designed by unidentified artists, a number can be attributed to the American artist David Klein, the Danish artist Otto Nielsen, and the Swiss artist Donald Brun. The exhibition runs September 5–27, with an opening reception on September 5th from 6–8pm, at 34 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor.

September 2019 Asia Week: Auction Calendar

August 15, 2019

On sale at Sotheby's: a gold and silver-inlaid parcel-gilt bronze figure of a peacock from the Han Dynasty

Our regular auction house partners are holding auctions and viewings during September 2019 Asia Week, from September 6–14. We have compiled a listing of all the sales for your convenience:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
10am - ASIAN WORKS OF ART at Doyle
10am - FINE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES at 邦瀚斯
1pm - FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS AND WORKS OF ART at 邦瀚斯
2pm - FINE & DECORATIVE ASIAN ART at Heritage Auctions

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
10am - FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS at 佳士得
10am - CHINESE ART FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: THE FLORENCE AND HERBERT IRVING GIFT at Sotheby's
2pm – JUNKUNC: ARTS OF ANCIENT CHINA II at Sotheby's
3pm - BODIES OF INFINITE LIGHT FEATURING AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST FIGURES FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CHANG FOUNDATION at Sotheby's

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
10am - PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DRS. EDMUND AND JULIE LEWIS, PART I at 邦瀚斯
10am - SOUTH ASIAN MODERN + CONTEMPORARY ART at 佳士得
10am - A NOBLE PURSUIT: IMPORTANT CHINESE AND KOREAN ART FROM A JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION at Sotheby's
10:30am - IMPORTANT CHINESE ART at Sotheby's
1pm – FINE JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART at 邦瀚斯
2pm - INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN WORKS OF ART at 佳士得

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
10am - MASTERPIECES OF EARLY CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER at 佳士得
10am - FINE CLASSICAL CHINESE PAINTINGS & CALLIGRAPHY at Sotheby's
2pm - CHINESE ART FROM THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO at 佳士得

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
10am & 2pm - IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART at 佳士得

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
10am - SATURDAY AT SOTHEBY'S: ASIAN ART FEATURING CHINESE ART FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART - THE FLORENCE AND HERBERT IRVING GIFT

In addition, visit the online sale held by 爱嘉福 of the BROW COLLECTION OF DONG SON BRONZES.
 


On sale at 爱嘉福: Pair of Chinese Huanghuali Continuous Horseshoeback Armchairs, 17th Century


On sale at 邦瀚斯: Korean gilt bronze figure of Chijang Bosal (Ksitigarbha) from the Goryeo Dynasty


On sale at Doyle: Chinese cloisonné covered censer


On sale at 佳士得: "Bird and Rock" by Bada Shanren (1626 - 1705)


On sale at Heritage Auctions: Imperial Japanese maki-e lacquered wedding chest from the Edo Period

 

Celebrating 10 Years of Museum Acquisitions

March 19, 2019

In 2019, 纽约亚洲艺术周 is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over the years, our participant dealers have placed countless works of art in the collections of major museums around the world. Here are a few examples.

Behind the Scenes at the Galleries: 2019

March 12, 2019

Above: Hanging paintings at 怀古堂 Kaikodo LLC

Our dealers are hard at work installing their exhibitions and getting ready to open to the public on Wednesday, March 13—take a look behind the scenes:


Unpacking boxes and finding the perfect place for each bamboo sculpture at TAI Modern...


...white glove handling of miniatures at Prahlad Bubbar...


...heavy lifting of contemporary Chinese ink paintings at INK Studio...


...filling shelves of Chinese export porcelain at Cohen & Cohen...


...teamwork at Simon Lee Gallery, hanging Keiji Uematsu's solo show...


...careful unpacking of Chinese scholar's objects at Nicholas Grindley...


...hanging contemporary Chinese etchings at Martha Sutherland...


...and lastly, unpacking the truly important stuff at BachmannEckenstein—Swiss chocolates!