Asia Week New York Rings Up $130M In Total Sales

Asia Week New York achieved $130 million in total sales.

Asia Week New York achieved $130 million in total sales.

Asia Week New York – the ten-day Asian art extravaganza – which concluded on March 19, 2016 achieved $130 million in total sales.

From the minute the 45 international galleries of Asia Week New York opened their doors on March 10, a whirlwind of activities swept the city. The annual event was celebrated with a magnificent reception co-hosted with the Asian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 14 when Thomas P. Campbell, the director of The Metropolitan Museum, welcomed more than 650 collectors, curators and Asian art specialists. The event ignited excitement that burned for the entire week, and the Asian art world buzzed with exhibitions and auctions that were thronged with international buyers from Mainland China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States. Continue reading

Asia Week New York 2016 : Exceptional Chinese Works Under $5,000

Although the Asian art market has been grabbing headlines in recent years for attaining one record price after another, many parts of that market are still undervalued, says Lark Mason, chairman of Asia Week New York, which runs from March 10 to 19. “Although there is a superabundance of exquisite objects on the market, the focus by the press is invariably on the high end, leaving many less expensive works under-publicized,” he says, adding, “For the beginning collector, now is one of the best times ever to acquire gorgeous artworks at very attractive prices.” Continue reading

Asia Week New York Galvanizes Asian Art Collectors And Connoisseurs With A Thrilling Profusion of Museum-Quality Exhibitions

March 10th kicks off Asia Week New York, the extraordinary ten-day extravaganza that animates New York with a glorious array of prized Asian works of art.

Walter Arader Himalayan Art (New York, NY). Palden Dorje Tibet, Ngor Monastery Late 15th – early 16th century 20 cm (7.8 inches)

Originating from every corner of the Asian continent, the artworks will be shown throughout Manhattan by international Asian art specialists starting March 10 through March 19. In the museum-quality presentations by 45 galleries, art lovers can take in the rarest and finest examples of painting, sculpture, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, jade, textiles, prints and photographs from all over Asia.

Berwald Oriental Art (London, UK)

Berwald Oriental Art (London, UK). Daoist Paradise Brushpot Chongzhen period 1628-1644 Height : 20.8 cm. 8 1/5 in. Diameter: 18.8 cm. 7 3/8 in.

“Each year at this time, just as the flavor of spring arrives in the air, another phenomenon electrifies the atmosphere of New York: Asia Week!” exclaims Lark Mason, Chairman of Asia Week New York 2016 and owner and founder of iGavel Auctions. “And each year, in-the-know aficionados look forward to this 10-day event with great expectation. And why shouldn’t they? Asia Week is now celebrating its seventh anniversary, and it’s now more exciting than ever.

For more information about the exhibitions held by participating galleries, please visit the Asia Week New York’s official website www.asiaweekny.com.

Klein Sun Gallery To Present “Fountain 泉” And “The Other Shore”

Cai Dongdong: “Fountain 泉”

Klein Sun Gallery Is To Present Cai Dongdong: "Fountain 泉".

Klein Sun Gallery Is To Present Cai Dongdong: “Fountain 泉”.

New York-based Klein Sun Gallery is to present “Fountain 泉,” a solo exhibition of mixed media installations by Beijing-based artist Cai Dongdong, from February 18 through March 19, 2016.

Outsider artist Cai Dongdong first discovered photography not in the confines of a studio, but out of the rigid environment of military service. Cai joined China’s People Liberation Army at a young age – he was handed a camera and given the instruction to use it, and quickly found himself in the role of a military portrait photographer. Thus, Cai’s first subjects were the soft, youthful faces of soldiers, the haunting visual remnants of which can be found even in his recent work.

Cai Dongdong was born in Tianshui, Gansu, in 1978. Recent group museum exhibitions include “Links – Locality and Nomadism,” The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China (2015-2016); “Beyond the Earth – The First Xi’an Contemporary Photography Exhibition,” Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China (2015); “Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Beyond,” Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China (2015); and “Unfamiliar Asia: The Second Beijing Photo Biennial,” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015).

Zhong Biao: “The Other Shore”

Klein Sun Gallery Is To Present Zhong Biao: "The Other Shore".

Klein Sun Gallery Is To Present Zhong Biao: “The Other Shore”.

Klein Sun Gallery is to present “The Other Shore,” a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings by Sichuan-based artist Zhong Biao, from February 18 through March 19, 2016.

Zhong Biao is a prominent contemporary painter known internationally for his hyper realistic interpretations of modern life. Maintaining a distance from the parameters of classical portraiture and composition, Zhong’s eye on the world seems a cynical one – his depictions of chaos and destruction are all consuming – yet symbols of purity prevail, proving the symbiotic relationships of opposites in life.

In “The Other Shore,” Zhong presents new paintings that focus keenly on the co-existence of diverse cultures, whether with respect to geography or in ideology. His goal is to use painting to challenge the limits of space and time which frame our experience.”

Zhong Biao was born in 1968 in Chongqing, China, and graduated from the department of oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, in 1991. Solo museum shows include “Zhong Biao: Blown Over,” Tivat Naval Heritage Collection Museum, Tivat, Montenegro (2014); “Tailoring Clouds,” Suzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu, China (2013); “The Universe of Unreality – Zhong Biao’s Visions,” Chiesa Santa Maria Della Visitazione, Venice, Italy (2013); “The Tendency of Events – Zhong Biao,” Yuz Art Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia (2009); and “The Fable of Life,” Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China (1996).

Asia Week New York Announces 46 World-Renowned Galleries and 5 Auction Houses For Its Celebration Of Asian Art 2016

The Asia Week New York Association announces that 46 international galleries and 5 auction houses will participate in Asia Week New York 2016, the nine-day celebration of Asian art and culture that spans the metropolitan region from March 10 through 19, 2016. Says Lark Mason, Chairman of Asia Week New York: “For connoisseurs and collectors who want to immerse themselves fully in the wonders of the Far East, they know there is a once-a-year celebration that they must attend. And it’s no wonder. Asia Week combines top-flight galleries and world-renowned Asian art specialists for over a week of outstanding events and exhibitions – all sprinkled around the world’s most exhilarating city, New York!”

An Iron-Brown-Painted-black glazed vase (Yuhuchunping) Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279) J.J. Lally & Co.

An Iron-Brown-Painted-black glazed vase (Yuhuchunping) Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279)
J.J. Lally & Co.

According to Mason, nine new galleries have joined the roster: Berwald Oriental Art (Chinese ceramics, pottery, sculpture, and works of art, London); DAG Modern (modern Indian art, New York); FitzGerald Fine Arts (Chinese ceramics and contemporary art, New York); Gallery Japonesque (contemporary Japanese ceramics and works of art, San Francisco); Alan Kennedy (Chinese textiles and paintings, Santa Monica); Laurence Miller Gallery (Japanese photography, New York); Renaud Montméat Art d’Asie (Indian and Himalayan Art, Paris); Phoenix Ancient Art (Chinese bronzes, New York); and Tenzing Asian Art (Hindu and Buddhist art, San Francisco).

The 2016 edition of Asia Week New York continues to offer a non-stop schedule of gallery open houses, auctions at Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, iGavel, and Sotheby’s, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and special events. To celebrate the week’s festivities, a private, invitation-only reception, jointly hosted with the Department of Asian Art of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will once again take place there on March 14. A comprehensive guide with maps will be available at participating galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions, starting February 2016 and online at asiaweekny.com. Emphasizing the strength of interest from Chinese-speaking buyers, a Chinese version of the website is available at cn.asiaweekny.com.

Curators Flock To NY For Asia Week

More than 100 Asian art curators from premier museums world-wide will make their annual expedition to Asia Week New York for an unprecedented nine-day extravaganza of 42 specially-curated shows by gallerists from around the globe, 25 auction sales and numerous museum exhibitions and special events all over Manhattan and the metropolitan area.

“We are delighted to once again welcome a distinguished contingent of Asian art curators, whose enthusiasm and scholarship are testaments to the importance of Asia Week New York as a not-to-be-missed destination for museums.” said Carol Conover, chairman of Asia Week New York.

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According to Ms. Conover, the curators, many of whom will be accompanied by their donors, represent museums worldwide, such as The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, The Rubin Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, China Institute, Asia Society, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

A comprehensive guide with maps will be available at participating galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions, and online at asiaweekny.com. Emphasizing the strength of interest from Chinese-speaking buyers, a Chinese version of the website is available at cn.asiaweekny.com.

Collaborated by 42 top-tier international Asian art specialists, five major auction houses-Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle New York, iGavel, and Sotheby’s, and 22 museums and Asian cultural institutions, Asia Week New York is a week-long celebration filled with a non-stop schedule of simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and special events.

Asia Week: Lark Mason Associates To Preview Important Sale of Asian

A Rare 18th century Chinese Imperial Parcel Gilt Lapis Lazuli and Inlaid Gilt Bronze Table Screen will be on view during Asia Week. (Estimate: $60,000/90,000)

A Rare 18th century Chinese Imperial Parcel Gilt Lapis Lazuli and Inlaid Gilt Bronze Table Screen will be on view during Asia Week. (Estimate: $60,000/90,000)

Lark Mason, founder and president of Lark Mason Associates, has announced that more than 500 lots of important Asian art will be on view during Asia Week New York, from March 13 through March 20 at the iGavel headquarters, 229 East 120th Street, in Manhattan.

“Asia Week New York is the most important international Asian art event in the world,” says Mr. Mason. “We are delighted to offer such an exemplary selection of important works of art from all the Far Eastern cultures, bringing them to the attention of Asian art collectors and aficionados.”

Chinese Porcelain Doucai 'Daoist Emblems' Bowl, Yongzheng Mark and Period  (Estimate: $100,000/200,000)

Chinese Porcelain Doucai ‘Daoist Emblems’ Bowl, Yongzheng Mark and Period (Estimate: $100,000/200,000)

According to Mason, the sale goes live on igavelauctions.com on April 8th through April 22nd. Works of art on view representing the breathtaking scope of Asian periods and disciplines, from the Sui dynasty through the 20th century.

Founded by Lark Mason in 2003, iGavel Inc. is an online international network of independently owned regional auction salesrooms, specializing in the sale of fine and decorative arts.

China’s Ex-government Cars Fetches 14.5 Million Yuan In Auction

Bidders flocked to an auction in Beijing to bid for cars that used to belong to central government.

This week, hundreds of Chinese bidders flocked to an auction in Beijing to bid for cars that used to belong to central government, reported South China Morning Post.

The first batch of 204 central government officials’ cars that went under the hammer were sold for a whopping 14.5 million yuan ($2,321,900) in total, about 75 percent higher than their staring prices on average. The remaining 2,980 cars will be auctioned at later dates.

During the auction, one of the bidders successfully bid more than 20 Audis and Volkswagens worth more than a million yuan, according to the report.

The question is why so many people are fascinated by used ex-government cars rather than other secondhand cars or brand new cars. As one bidder told China Business News,

“It makes me look good to drive a former official car to business gatherings, because it used to serve officials from the central government.”

Some bidders also felt that the cars used by government officials were usually better maintained than other secondhand cars.

With the ongoing anti-corruption campaign driven by President Xi, officials of all ranks below deputy minister are now banned from using government-owned cars on a daily basis except for specific tasks and emergencies. Unused cars are to be sold at public auctions, with the money raised going to the central treasury.

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair To Present Chinese Artworks

"Golden Years", Chen Yan.

“Golden Years”, Chen Yan. (The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair)

Running from January 21 through 25, this year’s New York Ceramics & Glass Fair will feature a large group of contemporary and culturally diverse artworks.

Among the contemporary artists is Chen Yan, a Chinese artist and professor who is making his U.S. debut at the fair with work utilizing unconventional combinations in handmade glazes and through the manipulation of chemistry.

Along with many other contemporary works, contemporary is presenting Made in China: The New Export Ware, an exhibition curated by Leslie Ferrin that explores the dynamics of appropriation and collaboration between Western and Chinese artists.

"Prickly Melons", Lee Gallery & Studio

“Prickly Melons”, Cliff Lee. (Lee Gallery & Studio)

The Imperial yellow glaze of Prickly Melons, a work by Cliff Lee (Lee Gallery & Studio) is a result of painstaking experimentation. Named for its high position in the Ming court beginning in the 15th century, Imperial yellow eluded Lee’s mastery for 17 years, but he finally re-created it successfully in this work. Lee’s work can be found at The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Smithsonian, among others.

For more information, visit www.newyorkceramicsandglassfair.com

Klein Sun Gallery To Present Shi Jinsong’s Art Fair

Shi Jinsong, Huashan Mountain Plan - Stool, 2014 Copper, 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches (25 x 25 x 26 cm)

Shi Jinsong, Huashan Mountain Plan – Stool, 2014 Copper, 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches (25 x 25 x 26 cm)

New York-based Klein Sun Gallery will present Shi Jinsong’s Art Fair – Free Download a solo exhibition of new sculpture, painting, and digital work on view from January 15th through February 28th, 2015.

Through interactive bronze and wooden mobiles, free digital downloads, sculptural furniture and tools, paintings, hand crafted color pigments, and extravagant Chinese knock-offs of Harley Davidson motorcycles, Shi Jinsong extends the boundaries of artistic creation while mocking and reflecting the current state of art collection.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with Shi Jinsong’s Art Fair, a project that began earlier this year, in which the artist has organized several exhibitions of his work in the fashion of an art fair.

Born in China’s Hubei province in 1969, Shi Jinsong earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world including the following solo exhibitions:  “Penetrate,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2011) and “Jamsil,” SOMA Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea (2010).