The New York art world is getting ready for one of its most fun events of the year: the eighth annual Asia Week New York. Beginning on March 10 and continuing for nine days until March 19, Asia Week New York will have participants from 45 international galleries and five auction houses.
Lark Mason, Chairman of this year’s event, explained:
“For connoisseurs and collectors who want to immerse themselves fully in the wonders of the Far East, they know there is a once-a-year celebration that they must attend. And it’s no wonder. Asia Week combines top-flight galleries and world-renowned Asian art specialists for over a week of outstanding events and exhibitions–all sprinkled around the world’s most exhilarating city, New York!”
This year nine galleries will be participating for the first time:
- Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, will feature Chinese bronzes
- Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, featuring Japanese photography
- Berwald Oriental Art, London showing Chinese ceramics, pottery and more
- DAG Modern, New York, featuring modern Indian Art
- Fitzgerald Fine Arts, New York, showing Chinese ceramics and contemporary art
- Gallery Japonesque, San Francisco, featuring contemporary Japanese ceramics and works of art
- Alan Kennedy, Santa Monica, Chinese textiles and paintings
- Renaud MontmÃ©at Art d’Asie, Paris, featuring Indian and Himalayan Art
- Tenzing Asian Art, San Francisco, with Hindu and Buddhist art
If you are thinking that major art events like Asian Art Week are only for the wealthy, Mason says this ain’t necessarily so.
“Although there is a superabundance of exquisite objects on the market, the focus by the press is invariably on the high end, leaving many less expensive works under-publicized” he said. “For the beginning collector, now is one of the best times ever to acquire gorgeous artworks at very attractive prices.”
Collectors looking for something beautiful yet unusual should stop by Phoenix Ancient Art at 47 East 66th Street. The irresistible combination of the ancient world with the faraway lands of the East, makes a trip to Phoenix thrilling. One piece on hand there is especially appealing: A bronze buckle from the Western Han Dynasty, 206 BC- 9AD, decorated with 10 monkeys. This artwork is one of the best preserved of it kind. Being that this year is the Chinese “Year of the Monkey” this piece is of special relevance today. The buckle is a key piece in the Glories of China exhibit at Phoenix Ancient Art.