With a stellar panel of collectors, curators, gallery owners and auction house experts, Asia Week New…

The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection of Japanese Bamboo Baskets at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Courtesy of Diane and Arthur Abbey)

Continuing their series of lively and thought-provoking webinars, Asia Week in New York is pleased to present One Step Ahead: Collecting Contemporary Asian Art, a webinar on Thursday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST. To register click here : https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4ZviiQjzQruACvCh40kdNA

As contemporary Asian artists find more inventive forms, styles and mediums to express their creativity, there are growing opportunities to entice collectors, whether novice or seasoned, to start or expand a new or existing collection. Whether it’s a geometrically shaped Japanese bamboo basket, an intricate India ink drawing by a young emerging artist, a dramatic contemporary Japanese photograph or a contemporary Indian painting, there is one thing that unites them: the discerning eye of the collector.

Luminous Earth 148, 2019, gelatin silver print, © Yojiro Imasaka (Courtesy of Miyako Yoshinaga) Luminous Earth 148, 2019, gelatin silver print, © Yojiro Imasaka
(Courtesy of Miyako Yoshinaga)

In partnership with Joan B Mirviss LTD, the panel discussion will highlight four areas of contemporary Asian art: Indian ink painting, bamboo art, South Asian art and Asian photography. With expert advice from gallery owners, auction house experts and curators, alongside their passionate collector clients, Ahead of the curve will examine how this flourishing of contemporary Asian art has opened exciting avenues of interest for discerning collectors. Panelists will discuss the challenges of being at the forefront of their field: introducing and promoting an unknown medium, changing public perceptions, establishing new relationships with artists, and making their artistic quality and merits known to institutions and to the general public. This essential discussion will be moderated by Joan Mirvis, who was herself a pioneer in the collection of contemporary Japanese ceramics.

The distinguished panel includes:

Abbey of Diana and Arthur has been collecting Japanese bamboo baskets for over 25 years. The culmination of their collection resulted in a groundbreaking eight-month exhibition in 2017-2018 of 90 of their pieces in the Japan Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attended by over 400,000 visitors. Their outstanding collection, which was donated to the Met, helped fill a museum void in the Met’s Japanese collection. The couple have worked closely with the entire Asian department of the Met, in particular with Monika Bincsik, who served as curator of the exhibition and currently serves as Diane and Arthur Abbey’s Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts, the first position endowed in the field in the history of the museum. The Abbey collection was based on both emotional and visual appeal more than the identity of the artist. Some of the pieces are by artists designated as Living National Treasures and others by relatively unknown artists.

Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled, Oil on canvas board, circa 1964, 47 x 35 in. (119.3 x 88.9 cm.), sold for $437,500, world auction record for the artist, March 16, 2020
(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

Anne Havea holds the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has been on staff at the MFA since 1989 and has headed the Museum’s Photography section since 2001. Now that photography has become a separate department at the MFA, she is its first chair. Having strengthened the MFA’s photography collection in a number of ways, including building up its 19th century collections and developing a concerted plan – with Anne Nishimura Morse, William and Helen Pounds, Senior Curator of Japanese Art of the MFA – to collect Japanese Photography. Having has organized a variety of exhibitions, ranging from old photography to contemporary photography.

Jean and Denise Chevalier collect contemporary ink art and Chinese ceramics. Their collection also includes some examples of recent Western art by artists such as Brice Marden and Joan Mitchell. Knights are intellectually and aesthetically engaged in the areas they collect and have a particular interest in art that embodies an East-West Asian cultural dialogue. The Knights have spent half of their adult lives in Asia and the Middle East and the rest in New York, where they currently reside.

Bharti Malkani is a New York-based art collector and philanthropist. She believes in the transformative power of education and has been an advocate for systemic education reform in her native India for many years. Malkani received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and began his career in investor relations, representing small-cap, publicly traded technology companies to the investment community. After several years, she left the corporate world for entrepreneurial pursuits and now dedicates her time to several non-profit entities, including serving as a board member of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Her journey as an art collector began in the late 1990s and focuses primarily on modern and contemporary South Asian art.

Manjari Sihare Sutin directs sales of the modern and contemporary South Asian department of Sotheby’s for the Americas. She joined the auction house in 2015 and brings to her role a breadth and depth of knowledge acquired over eighteen years of experience in the field. Manjari has worked extensively with various cultural institutions and private collections in India and the United States. She holds two graduate degrees in Art History and Visual Arts Administration from the National Museum Institute in New Delhi and New York University respectively.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Art History at Stanford in 2006, Margo Thomas moved to Santa Fe, where she co-founded Eight Modern Gallery in 2007. In 2014, Thoma purchased Santa-Fe-based TAI Gallery, merging it with his American contemporary art gallery, Eight Modern, and the result is TAI Modern. She and bamboo expert, Koichiro Okada, continued gallery founder Rob Coffland’s mission to encourage and champion Japanese bamboo art around the world. Works by TAI Modern artists have been placed in some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

Craig L. Yee is co-founder and director of INK Studio, a gallery and experimental art space based in Beijing and New York dedicated to researching, documenting and exhibiting ink as a medium, language and discourse for the creation of contemporary art. Mr. Yee has played a pivotal role in organizing and writing a number of major academic and museum research projects on classical Chinese painting, including New songs to old tunes (2007) at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Selected masterpieces from modern chinese painting (2010) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and Alternative dreams (2016), a multi-year research and exhibition program on 17th-century Chinese painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Originally from Japan, Miyako Yoshinaga founded his eponymous gallery in 1999 in New York, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA. It has flourished as a leading showcase for promoting international artists with a focus on innovation and cross-border practices. The gallery has also been at the forefront of establishing Japanese and Asian photography as a viable component of the international art scene. She has curated investigative exhibitions for Japanese and Korean master photographers with a scientific focus, while fostering the careers of young artists and ambitious projects through exhibitions and international art fairs.

About Asia Week in New York

The collaboration of leading international Asian art galleries, the six major auction houses, Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby’s, and numerous Asian museums and cultural institutions, Asia Week New York is a celebratory week filled with an unbroken schedule of concurrent gallery open days, Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, conferences and special events. Participants from Britain, India, Italy, Japan and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of museum-quality treasures from China, India, the Himalayas, South East Asia , Tibet, Nepal, Japan and Korea.

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About Songtsam, Presenting Sponsor

Founded by Baima Duoji, in 2000, Songtsam Group is the only collection of Tibetan-style luxury retreats found on the Tibetan Plateau that offers guests sophisticated elegance, exquisite design, modern amenities and discreet service in luxurious venues. of natural beauty and cultural interest. With his lifelong interest in Chinese, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, Mr. Baima began collecting art long before establishing his first hotel, Songtsam Lodge Shangri-La, located in next to the famous Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La. Many properties across the Tibetan Plateau are decorated with Mr. Baima’s personal collection, with each hotel acting as a private art museum. For more information, visit www.songtsam.com.