Gallery open houses, auctions, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and opportunities galore to start or add to an Asian art collection: Asia Week, March 14-22, is nine days of fabulous excess.
Among the 47 dealers mounting special exhibits are these New York galleries:
• Carlton Rochell Asian Art (Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art)
• Kaikodo LLC (Chinese art of all media and periods, plus Japanese and Korean paintings and ceramics):
• Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. (Japanese ceramics and art):
• Zetterquist Galleries (early Chinese ceramics)
Several dealers are traveling from abroad and will show their treasures at New York host galleries during Asia Week. Among these international galleries are
• Gisèle Croës from Brussels (Antiquities), exhibiting at the Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Ave.)::
• Francesca Galloway from London (Antiquities), exhibiting at Leslie Feely Fine Art (33 E. 68th St.):
• Michael Goedhuis from London (Contemporary Asian works), exhibiting at Mallett, 929 Madison Ave.:
All the major auctions houses—Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle New York and Sotheby's—stage important sales throughout the week. On the block at Christie's on March 20 is an important archaic bronze ritual wine vessel from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou dynasty (12th/11th century B.C.). Known as the 'Min' Fanglei and standing an impressive 25 inches high, the piece is cast and covered with stylized animals and mysterious monster masks. When last sold at Christie's New York on March 20, 2001, it fetched $9,246,000 (hammer price plus buyer's premium), which was then the world record for an Asian work of art and is still the world record for any archaic Chinese bronze sold at auction.
Running concurrently with Asia Week is JADA 2014: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association, March 16-19, at the Ukrainian Institute of America (2 E. 79th St.). Five New York dealers participate, including Erik Thomsen Gallery, Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, Leighton R. Longhi Inc. Oriental Fine Art, Mika Gallery and Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. Works in the exhibition are arranged by period and school rather than by dealer. Highlights follow: