ASIA WEEK NEW YORK AN UNPRECEDENTED ARRAY OF
By Asian Fusion editorial team
Asia Week New York 2018 celebrated its 9th anniversary with its spectacular ten-day event which launched on March 15, showcasing 45 individually curated exhibitions throughout some of New York’s most illustrious galleries. Says Christina Prescott-Walker, Chairman of Asia Week New York 2018 and Senior Vice President, Division Director Asian Art and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s: “The radiant treasures of Asia Week New York always bring an energy and fission to the art scene, making it one of this great city’s revered traditions.”
From around the globe, Asia Week New York pulls together a top-drawer who’s who of international Asian art specialists. There were five major auction houses participating in this year’s event – Bonham’s, Christie’s, Doyle, Sotheby’s and iGavel-plus 19 world-class museums and Asian cultural institutions. “Asia Week New York 2018 is world-renowned,” says Prescott-Walker, “The calendars of some of the most discriminating collectors and curators are always marked with the dates of Asia Week. It is a not-to-be-missed event come March.”
Prescott-Walker also stated that Asia Week New York will co-host their annual by-invitation-only reception with the Department of Asian Art of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Asia Week New York exhibitions-as always, free and open to the public-promise the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, prints, photographs and jades from every quarter and period of Asia. Organized by category, here are some of the spectacular highlights that were on view at Asia Week New York’s participating galleries:
Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, Ancient through Contemporary
Carlo Cristi (Daverio, Italy), presents Art of India, Tibet, Central Asian Textiles in which it is a treat to discover an 11th-century Prajnaparamita the principal text of Mahayana Buddhism from West Tibet (Tholing). It is among the earliest miniatures (roughly four by four inches) to illuminate the first translations into Tibetan of Buddhist philosophical texts, which arrived from Kashmir, India, a thousand years ago. Gallery ValloisAmerica, 27 East 67th Street, 3rd floor.
A rare zitan wood statue of Vajravarahi from Tibet is one of the highlights in the exhibition Treasures from Tibet that Buddhist Art (Berlin) has put together. Rather large (30 centimeters) and full of energy, this dynamic statue dates from the 16th or 17th century and has a shiny bronze-like surface. Arader Galleries, 29 East 72nd Street.
In an exhibition of Recent Acquisitions, Walter Arader Himalayan Art (New York) will be displaying a rare and fine figure of Four-Armed Mahakala from the Dali Kingdom. A succession of 22 Buddhist Kings presided over the Dali Kingdom in present day Yunnan in China from roughly 937-1253, and the style of art they established came to have tremendous influence on the Buddhist art of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. 1016 Madison Avenue.
A not-to-be-missed six-and-a-half inch stupa that Dr. Robert R. Bigler (Ruschlikon, Switzerland) is showcasing-in his exhibition A Merger of Cultures: Buddhist Art of the Yuan and Ming Eras-ranks, so far, as the only known gilded example in its style that can be securely attributed to the Yuan period (1271-1368). The stupa is lavishly decorated with fine strings of pearls and narrow panels displaying various ornaments. Dickinson Roundell Inc., 19 East 66th Street.