Highlights from Asia Week New York 2012

The Strange Elizabethans

Growing up in Hong Kong, at times, the artist felt lost with her identity, and often envisioned the Chinese population as anonymous, but with a strong tie to England.

By artist Annysa Ng from China 2000 Fine Arts

Imperial Pairs
Although my taste in porcelain is much simpler than these, I was attracted to this pair because of their commending stand and beauty. Their provenance is most likely tied to another pair of identical vases from a garniture from the Jiaquing period as illustrated in the Treasure in Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Quing Dynast, back in 2003.
From Ralph M. Chait Galleries.
Forced Happiness
Beautiful carved wood prints, and works on pencil have become the signature of Pace Prints on East 57th - right across the street from the Fuller Building. The cynical sense of humor of artist Yue Minjun, creates a potent sense of what the political climate feels like in communist China.
Layered In
The one man show of artist Tai Xiangzhou is now on display at the Chinese Porcelain Company. Tai's work (pictured in the background) is extensive, intense, and has a dreamlike quality about it.
He is the only existing artist whom have studied under Liu Dan.
Simple as a Ring
Eric Zetterquist on East 66 Street has a great exhibition of some of the more well known Chinese porcelain from the 6th Century A.D. I liked the Japanese jade-like porcelain vase pictured here on the top left corner.
It has an acute simplicity, and the look is quite modern.
A finely carved painted pottery figure of a Fat Lady at Courage and Joy.
The miniature statue looks right at home in its surroundings.
Closer Look
Ceramic technology reached its peaked and influenced the cultural tradition in ancient China and Japan. This plum blossom seemed simple, but upon closer look one discovers the masterful hands behind it. The roundness of the mouth is quite unusual, not to mention unique. While visiting Joe-Hynn's exhibition, I got to explore the individual beauty and relationship between each one of his pieces. This is a finely potted green-glazed stoneware bottle vase, with a globular 'garlic' mouth from the Sui Dynasty (581-618 CE).
Old and New
I took this shot because it reminded me of the ancient world mixed with the new. Looking at the outside world from the windows of Erik Thomsen's gallery, I appreciated even more the contrast of the sereneness of this scroll, with the hustle and bustle of a New York City's moment.
Although this is not included in the exhibit, I couldn't help but share it with you. The black lacquer vase looked exceptionally pleasing, and so are the orchads for that matter. Agreed?
A warm welcome from two of the members of Carlton Rochell Asian Art
Symbol Figure
This authoritive figure - a Schist Bodhisattva Gandhara, circa 3rd Century - was a site to behold.
Carlton Rochell explained how they have been pursuing this particular piece for 30 years, and after it stayed a few monhts in their possession, they can happily report that it found a new home - an institution to be exact.
So Wise
Ancient scroll from Jiyoung Koo on East 72nd Street. This particular scroll was from the private library of a collector in New Jersey. It is understood that he had the piece for several years not realising the importance of the provenance.

Fly Away
 I fail to remember the name of this artist, but remembered to take this picture since I loved it so much! In Japan, a butterfly is a symbol of abundance and wealth. This comtemporary piece can be found at Dai Ichi Arts.
En Garde!
An earthenware Guardian-Warrior from the Western Jin dynasty from the 3rd-4th century A.D.
Kaidodo Gallery on East 78th Street.
The Fine Prints
This image portrays a Prince inspecting manuscripts in a palace library attributed to Manohar, Mughal, circa 1600. The devil is in the fine details of this intricate photo from Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch. It's one of their priceless prints from the Indian Painting exhibition for Asia Week New York 2012

Photos courtesy High End Week™

1 comment:

ofhandandsoul said...

The Asia week galley walk was educational and quite inspiring. Thank you Vyna for the invitation and the wonderful selection of galleries which are now a must do on more occasions. The are numerous on the Asia Week guide list which I intend to visit in the near future as well.

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