7 Ways to Kick-Start Your Asia Week Art Tour
New York’s annual festival of Asian art has returned to full strength. Our critic selects seven of the most eye-catching works to anchor your itinerary.
By Will Heinrich
March 16, 2023, 9:58 a.m. ET
The annual convergence of Asia-themed auctions, gallery shows and museum exhibitions known as Asia Week New York is back, and it has returned to full strength. It may be a little smaller, but it still boasts a fantastic range of Mughal miniatures, shell necklaces, painted screens and contemporary works on canvas and paper from China, India, Korea and Japan — much of it being shown by out-of-town dealers here only for the week. These seven distinctive art works, listed by gallery or museum location from north to south, will get you started, but don’t forget to browse the website for details to see what else catches your eye.
#2. 'Hi', Takeo Yamaguchi’s “Hi” (1968), presented by the Kyoto gallery Shibunkaku at Joan B. Mirviss. Credit via Shibunkaku
Bold, deceptively subtle paintings by Takeo Yamaguchi, who turned to abstraction after World War II, are presented by the Kyoto gallery Shibunkaku at Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. (39 East 78th Street, 401). Primary-colored circles dodge in and out of simple black nets in Yamaguchi’s charming watercolors, while his oils on board, including “Hi,” or “exposure,” use thick applications of a deep red or brownish yellow to erase the distinction between color and texture. The crinkled, complicated surfaces make a beautiful complement to Mirviss’s concurrent show of ceramics, particularly a black and red “Wind and Grass Patterned Vessel” by Wada Morihiro (1944-2008).