For the art and antiques world, New York in the spring increasingly means turning attention to the East.
It is the time when the galleries and
auction houses get together to mount a burgeoning roster of
exhibitions, auctions and related events that make up Asia
Week New York.
At the core of its nine-day run from March
15-23 are the 43 galleries (a mix of local and guest dealers)
around Manhattan putting on a range of selling exhibitions.
The Arts of Pacific Asia fair
has been shelved this year following the lack of a suitable venue
but, in terms of dealers' shows, this year's Asia Week is bigger
than ever. Eighteen new galleries have joined the roster, half from
overseas, predominantly the UK and France.
Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian works
will be on offer at 19 different galleries, Chinese works of art at
18, Japanese at nine and Korean at two. Together they encompass
work dating back several millennia to pieces made only a year or
Complementing these events, five auction
houses will be offering 16 different sales, while museum
exhibitions, lectures and other non-commercial events add power to
the magnet that pulls collectors, dealers and other Asian
aficionados into Manhattan.
LikeAsian Art in London, its counterpart
across the pond, Asia Week New York kicks off with
an invitation only reception in an institution (The Solomon R
Guggenheim Museum this year) and features an open weekend on March
16-17 when participants open their doors to the public.
There is also an indispensable guide giving
the entire calendar of events with opening times, addresses and
contact details for dealers' shows, auctions, viewings and much
more, which can be found at www.asiaweekny.com
Pictured in the image slideshow a few
objects to give a flavour of what's on offer.