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Mosul Museum Destruction Included Replicas

| March 2, 2015

Mosul museumWhile the world was shocked last week by the attack on antiquities militants at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, it turns out that several of the destroyed items were modern replicas of ancient art. The other part of the story is that the ISIS took at least seven items before destroying the museum, purportedly for purposes of […]

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Mosul Museum Ravaged

| February 27, 2015

Mosul museumThe Mosul Museum, Iraq’s largest museum, has been ravaged by Islamic militant masked fighters.  A 5-minute video released by “press office of the province of Nineveh [the region around Mosul]” on Thursday, February 26th, documents the smashing of statues dating from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires. The video  begins with a Qur’anic verse on idol worship. An Isis […]

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China Institute To Move Downtown

| February 25, 2015

China Institute entry way.China Institute will soon move to new quarters in Manhattan’s thriving downtown district. As of June, 2015, the new address will be 104 Washington Street. About five times larger than the current headquarters, the new space in Tribeca will feature a 2,300 square foot gallery as well as a library, classrooms and offices. Founded in […]

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Sotheby’s Presents “History as Art” Auction During Asia Week

| February 24, 2015

Stone votive stelae: The Gao Shenpo Yizu Zaoxiang", Northern Wei DynastyHosting a full week of auctions and lectures that explore the vast region of Asia, Sotheby’s offers a new take on Chinese calligraphy. Reaching as far back as the archaic period, the auction includes a wide range of objects that demonstrate the development of Chinese calligraphy. Among the unusual offerings is a group of 34 inscribed […]

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Persian and Turkish Antique Textiles Get Their Day

| February 24, 2015

Cut and voided velvet with supplementary weft patterning, silk and metal-wrapped thread.Textile fragment, 1625–1675. India, Mughal period (1526–1858).The splendor of Persian and Turkish textiles has long been envied. Now the Asian Art Museum presents an exhibiton of the magnificent materials that from the royal courts of Mughal India, Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey, the three super powers of the early Islamic world. “Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Velvets from the Indictor Collection” […]

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Asia Art Fair Commands Bohemian National Hall March 13 – 17th

| February 22, 2015

Asia Week GuideThe Asia Art Fair, now in its second running, holds forth at Bohemian National Hall on New York’s upper east side from March 13 – 17th. The round up of more than 30 international dealers is the single-venue source that collectors, curators, designers and new audiences have been looking for since Arts of Pacific Asia […]

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Happy Lunar New Year

| February 19, 2015

Courtesy, Gianguan Auctions.The Year of the Sheep is here.  Celebrations around the world herald the coming of a new year. We wish everyone a brilliant and auspicious year. The editors, AsiaWeekGuide.com P.S. There has been some confusion in the media regarding the type of animal represented  by the Mandarin Chinese character yang: 羊 According to The Independent, […]

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Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection to Go Off at Christies During Asia Week

| February 17, 2015

Asia Week auctionThe so-called King of Ming was a collector and scholar who dominated the Asian art world for 40 years. His collection resided,as did he, in a 22 room Fifth Avenue Mansion. Some of it graces the Met, the Nelson-Atkins and other museums. Christie’s is auctioning more then 2,000 items from the collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth.

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Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ Sets New Record for Artist

| February 17, 2015

Ai Wei WeiAi Wei Wei goes from strength to strength despite the limitation on his travel. His most recent success came at Philips Auction house in London last week.  The artist’s 2010 work entitled “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” – each 24 inches to 35 7/8 high, mounted on 3-foot-tall wood veneer pedestals – went off at 2.9 million pounds […]

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The Art Crafts of Hime – Princess of Japan at Ippodo Gallery During Asia Week

| February 16, 2015

Asia WeekObjects of Hime – the Japanese royal princesses – are on view during an Asia Week selling exhibition at Ippodo Gallery in New York.

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