Asia Week (March 13 -21, 2015) is underway in New York city as dealers, museums and auction houses celebrate and promote work from across that continent. Organizers state: “The annual event fulfills the broader aim of affirming the importance of Asian art in the citywide — and nationwide— cultural scene.” The annual event first began in 2009 with a group of 16 galleries on the Upper East Side. This year 42 galleries, five auction houses and 22 museums and Asian cultural institutions are participating.
Works on display include photography, historical artifacts, paintings and contemporary artwork. But, of course, we’re interested in the ceramics. Writing for the New York Times, art reporter Martha Schwendener states:
Ceramics have been a central discipline of Asian art from ancient tomb vessels to tea ceremonies. Zetterquist (3 East 66th Street) has a wonderful collection of Chinese ceramics from the Song dynasty (960-1279), including several delicate works glazed with a delicious minty blue-green celadon. Joan Mirviss (39 East 78th Street) is featuring Japanese tsubo vessels, which started out as storage jars and whose simplicity became a vehicle for creative interpretation and reinterpretation.
Mika (41 East 57th Street) has Japanese ceramics that range from the ancient period to the present, culminating in the work of Koji Toda, whose silver-inlaid vessels have a startling, futuristic look. Dai Ichi Arts, exhibiting at Hollis Taggart (985 Madison at 75th Street), also has a display of contemporary ceramics, including boxes that update the kintsugi tradition — repairing shattered pottery with gold to highlight the fissures — with purposeful breakage and reassembly.
Pictured below are some of the ceramic works you should look for, should you be lucky enough to attend this year.
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