Asia Week New York 2013 Press Walk: Part I

Yagi Kazuo. White square vessel with incised abstract patterning, 1966. Glazed stoneware.

By Alice Chin

It’s a rare event that will have me gladly wake up at 6am without pressing the snooze button. But at 8am yesterday, I was at China 2000 Fine Art, eager to partake in the Asia Week New York’s Press Walk. Asia Week’s PR maven, Marilyn White led a group to preview some of the galleries participating in Asia Week New York, the annual collaboration of international Asian art specialists, major auction houses, museums and Asian cultural institutions. We visited around 30 galleries in the span of 12 hours and had a fascinating, eye-opening and education experience.

At its fifth year, the Asia Week takes place in metropolitan New York with a diverse group of galleries showing antiques, traditional and contemporary artwork from Asia inluding China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, and is open to the public from March 15 – March 23, 2013.

Here are a few highlights of my day.

Kato Tsubusa (b. 1962) Square Bowl, 2008. Pale blue glazed porcelain

Dai Ichi Arts
Contemporary Chinese and Japanese
100 Central Park South 11C,
Newy York, NY 10019

Dai Ichi Art’s exhibit, The Best of the Two Contemporary Asian Countries: Chinese Shuimo (水墨 water ink) Paintings and Japanese Ceramics, truly was a representation of the perfect melding of Western and Eastern techniques in Chinese Shuimo Paintings and Japanese Ceramics.

Hayashi Yasuo 林康夫, Kawabata Kentaro 小原康裕, Miwa Kazuhiko 三輪和彥, Nagae Shigekazu 長江重和, Wada Morihiro 和田守卑良 and Wakao Toshisada 若尾利貞 represent the golden age and the modern renaissance of ceramic making in Japan. Their work is traditional yet curretn, architectural yet abstract; disciplined yet free spirited.

Li Huisheng 李惠生, Camels in Tian Shen Mountain (2002)

Li Huisheng 李惠生, rediscovers the essence of traditional Shuimo paintings in his unique, expressive and vigourous style.

Kang Collection
9 East 82nd Street., 3A
Royal Splendor: Royal court paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea 1832-1910

Orchids and Rocks painted by Prince Yi Ha-Ung

Orchids and Rocks painted by Prince Yi Ha-Ung when he was in his 80’s around 1900. This notorious prince was politically ambitious but also renowned in Korea was his paintings of orchids. Chaekkgori (books and scholar equipment) screen – symbolizes knowledge and wealth.

Early 20th century Books and Scholars Accoutrements - Eight-panel folding screen

Joan B. Mirviss Ltd
(Contemporary Japanese),
39 East 78th St., 4th Floor

A visit to Joan B. Mirviss to see “The Seven Sages of Ceramics: Modern Japanese Masters, is a not a mere visual delight. This is a rare chance to experience the creations of the rockstars of the Japanese ceramic world, Arakawa Toyozô, Ishiguro Munemaro, Kamoda Shôji, Kawakita Handeishi, Kitaôji Rosanjin, Okabe Minueo, and Yagi Kazuo. The twisted forms, asymmetric shapes, allow the eye and mind to wander and explore. Mirviss encourages guests to touch these masterpieces, which adds more wonder to this journey.

Joan B. Mirviss showing Round dish with angled walls by Kamoda Shôji (1966).

Okabe Mineo, Twisting, carved crackle celadon-glazed vessel, 1968. Stoneware with celadon glaze.


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