“asian art”

“The Hidden Language of Plants” Exhibition in Prague

Until 3 January 2016, the exhibition “The Hidden Language of Plants”, which interconnects traditional Asian art with contemporary art and design, will be on display at Kinský Palace, in Prague. Authors and curators of the exhibition are Lenka Gyaltso (non-contemporary art, contemporary design – jewellery, fashion) and Petra Polláková (contemporary art). The exhibition merges contemporary art and design with the floral symbolism of traditional Asian art, creating unique works. A large range of materials: textile, lacquer, metal, porcelain and paper, have been used to create traditional floral motifs and all decorative and utility objects are embroidered with multi-layered floral symbolism. Works by contemporary Czech, Slovak and Asian artists are inspired by iconographic traditional floral motifs. The exhibition includes a wide range of media ranging from video art, animated work and installations to photography and painting. Traditional works are exhibited side by side with contemporary works by young fashion designers and prominent jewellery designers. The exhibition presents several floral-themed artworks by Jiřina Kaplická accompanied by floral-themed jewellery designed by Jan...

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Art Elysées : A glimpse of Asia art

This year from the 22 to 26 October 2015, the Art Elysées art fair in Paris welcomes up to 90 galleries divided among four pavilions of which around 25 exhibited Asian art, from China, Korea and Japan. The atmosphere of the fair is welcoming and intimate through the friendliness of the gallery owners and the fact that the show allows visitors to get close to the works. Galleries presenting Asian art include Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Heis Gallery (Japan), Galerie Françoise Livinec (Paris), Galerie Bert (Paris), Galerie des Modernes (Paris), Galerie Alexis Lartigue (Paris), Galerie photo12 (Los Angeles and Paris), Galerie Sabine Vazieux (Paris) and Galerie Protée (Paris). The Asian art offered varies from painting, sculpture, photography to design. A great choice and the year of Korea in France The Galerie Sabine Vazieux features only Asian art and presents two generations of artists including Fung Ming Chip. The brush gesture on the works of these artists “is inherited from the traditional techniques of ink and calligraphy” and some of the artists use Chinese “Xuan” paper which originates from China, is double-layered and made for calligraphy writing and sumi-e painting. Taiwan born artist Chen Hsing – Wan work practices with xuan paper and his technique is spontaneous as he flicks ink onto the paper while holding and moving it around, letting the ink form a unique image. Chinese artist Chuang Che’s work is also displayed in the galerie Françoise Livinec (Paris). Chuang Che, who lives and works in New York since 1973, is a pioneer in the evolution of Chinese painting towards abstraction. The artist plays with “transparency and opaqueness” in his subjects. The Galerie Françoise Livinec supports modern and contemporary artists at the crossroads of the East and the West. It aims to create a dialogue between American, French, Chinese and...

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ASIA NOW Paris Asian Art Fair

From 20 to 22 October 2015, Paris will host the ASIA NOW Paris Asian art fair on avenue Gabriel at the Espace Pierre Cardin. This will be the first art fair in Paris dedicated to the Asian scene. It promotes the Asian contemporary scene and artistic conversion between East and West. The fair has invited around twenty of so galleries who explore the richness and artistic diversity of this world as well as inviting artists, critics, collectors who have followed this scene for a long time. During the two days, there will be a programme of exhibitions and committed and relevant conversations which uncover the little known yet prolific Asian art scene. ASIA NOW Paris Asian Art fair was founded by Claude Fain and co-founded and written by Alexandra Fain. The selection of art galleries were initiated and finalised by Ami Barak and the members of the Asian...

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Parcours des mondes 2015 : A success for Asian art

The 14th edition of Parcours des mondes 2015, the international exhibition of primitive art that took place in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris from 8 to 13 Sept 2015, was particularly successful for the Asian art it put forward this year. Of the 84 exhibitors gathered in the show, about twenty specialized in Asian art, from Nepal, Japan, and China. The show was made up of thirty exhibitions of Asian, African, Native American and Oceanian works. The works from Lucas Ratton Gallery saw most of its works sold from day one. Among other successful sales, Dutchman Michel Thieme sold 60% of the pieces he presented, and American Donald Ellis made a sale of €1 million on the first day of the show, while museums reserved him Native American works. In regards to Asian art, Parisian gallery owner Christopher Hioco sold a particular Mucalinda Khmer Buddha in the style of Angkor Wat, dated from the twelfth century, posted at €65,000 and a Japanese Amida Nyorai wooden chest from the 12th-13th century, estimated at €88,000. In addition to an international clientele that is diversified by Lucas Ratton, several institutions such as the Musée Guimet (Paris), the Quai Branly Museum (Paris) and the Asian Art Museum of Singapore visited the...

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Asian Art Week sales at Christie’s in New York

Christie’s New York has announced its nine auctions that will take place in Fall 2015 as part of Asian Art Week , which runs from 15 to 18 September. The proposed lots date from a variety of eras and come from various collections. Asian Art Week will begin with the sale of works from the Sporer Collection of Himalayan Sculpture, when 61 sculptures dating from between the 12th and 14th centuries will be sold. The standout lots are decorated bronze Nepalese depictions of Umamaheshevara and a Tibetan 16th century depiction of Yamantaka. The sale “Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art” will auction off a large range of Indian stone sculptures and Himalayan bronze sculptures. The prize lots include two sculptures from the Chola dynasty and two bronze works from the Kushan dynasty as well as an 18th century painting of Kamarpa. The sale “Fine Chinese Paintings” will put to auction about 135 paintings and calligraphies which range from the Ming dynasty to the present day, all coming from American collections. The major lots will be a Qiu Ying painting from the Ming dynasty as well as important paintings from twentieth-century masters such as Zhang Daqian and Fu Baoshi. The Ruth and Carl Barron collection will auction off more than 140 snuff bottles decorated with various figures and motifs, whilst contemporary masters from the region will be put up for sale in “South Asia Modern + Contemporary Art.” The jewel in this sale’s crown will be one of Francis Newton Souza’s most important works, Birth, as well as works by Maqbool Fida Husain, Syed Haider Raza and Ram Kumar. Other sales that will take place in Asian Art Week include « Mandarin & Menagerie: The Sowell collection, Part II » ; « Elevated Beauty: Fine Chinese Display Stands From An Important Private American Collection » ; « The Lai...

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