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Chinese New Year Gala Honoring Jon Huntsman, Weihua Ma & Long Yu

| January 28, 2015

Year of the SheepAs the Year of the Sheep begins, the contributions of  Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Weihua Ma, Deputy Head of the General Affairs Office of the People’s Bank of China, and Long Yu, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra will be celebrated by China Arts Foundation International (CAFI). The men will be […]

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The Art of Kano: Power, Taste & Splendor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

| January 27, 2015

Gold Screen in room of home KanoIn the 15th c., Kano Masanobu (1434–1530) established standards of artistic excellence that came to personify Japan’s golden military age.  The exhibition Ink and Gold, opening on February 27th  at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offers more  120 works of art spanning the Kano School’s illustrious history. While the show presents ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans, it […]

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JADA Announces Details of Asia Week Exhibition

| January 26, 2015

Japanese inkThe Japanese Art Dealers Association peesents a mini-fair within the larger context of Asia Week in New York. Count on it to be a break-out event with appeal to traditional collectors and new eyes. Highlights run the gamut of Japanese arts – ancient terracottas to scenes of nature to Japan’s emergent middle class entertainment to contemporary photographs […]

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The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection

| January 26, 2015

Japanese Woodblock PrintsOn February 20th, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum debuts 88 Japanese woodblock prints from the collection of Edwin Grabhorn (1889–1968). In keeping with the objectives of the collector, the co-founder of Grabhorn Press, a local printing firm, the exhibition offers a layered perspective on the phenomenon of woodbloock prints, tracing the form from its monochromatic inception to […]

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Monks Seek to Save Ancient Manuscripts

| January 26, 2015

A church in Mosul around 1850With the Middle East’s ancient art and artifacts under siege, the mission to rescue some of it has fallen to a group of Dominican monks.  A familiar component of life n Mosul since about 1750, the Dominicans introduced the printing press to Iraq in the early 19th century. Over the decades, they amassed thousands of […]

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“The 24 Hour Art Practice” Documents Leading Collector

| January 20, 2015

Film promoWe told you recently of the Asian Art Patrons initiative to document their participation in the rise of Asian contemporary art through publications and film. Now, the “The 24 Hour Art Practice,” a documentary focusing on the adventures of Dr Oei Hong Djien, a prominent Indonesian collector,  opens January 24th at the Singapore Art Museum’s Glass Hall. Patricia […]

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Chinese Antiques Lead 2014 Year-in-Review Asian Art Sales

| January 20, 2015

Sotheby's blue and white plateThere is much noise throughout the collecting world that the appetite for Asian items is slowing down. With Buddhist Art coming to the fore and Asia Week in New York now being sponsored by Anan, a Middle Eastern company,  and the banner exhibitions coming up that focus on Middle Eastern art, it would almost seem as […]

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Leading Patrons of Asian Art Advance Discourse Through Films and Publications

| January 16, 2015

Contemporary Asian artThe Leading Patrons of Asian Art  is an independent group whose mission is to advance the dialog on Asian art as it is seen through the eyes and voices of major collectors.  The website www.asianartpatronage.com hosts the groups efforts to document from an insiders’ point of view the rapidly developing history of Asian. It is helpful to […]

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Before Yongle: An Asia Week Selling Exhibition of Early Buddhist Art

| January 15, 2015

Buddhist ArtDuring  Asia Week in New York, which begins Friday, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 22 , Dr. Robert R. Bigler will present a group of religious works of art created in China and the Himalayas during the Yuan and early Ming period (ca. 1260 – 1400 A.D.). “BEFORE YONGLE – Chinese and Tibeto-Chinese Buddhist […]

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Ai Wei Wei Accused of Being CIA, Probably to Sell T-Shirts

| January 15, 2015

Ai Wei WeiAs strange as it seems, China’s  house-bound artist is being accused of working for the CIA. On the community page of  BuzzFeed.com, a social mediast  named guo.o.dong questions Mr. Ai’s message in “According to What,” the blockbuster show that ran at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In the post, the author states “According to What? shows […]

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