Five Shows to See in NYC During Asia Week 2019

15 March–23 March 2019 | New York
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T he year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Asia Week in New York. As the city defrosts, a flurry of Asian art specialists, auction houses, and art museums extol the occasion by hosting an extensive series of events, auctions, and exhibitions. Above, preview our top five Asian Art exhibitions.

Five Shows to See in NYC During Asia Week 2019

  • The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated
    The Met | 1 March–15 June 2019

    Considered to be the first novel in history, scenes from The Tale of Genji are illuminated in an eponymous exhibition at the Met, with around 120 artworks on display. The literary masterpiece was penned by noblewomen Murasaki Shikibu around the year 1000; since then, the novel has influenced generations of Japanese artists.

    A Pair of Six-panel Folding Screens, entitled The Uji Princesses, Matsuoka Eikyu (1881-1938), Taisho period (1912-26), 1912. On loan from Himeji City Museum of Art.
  • Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism
    Rubin Museum | 1 February–15 July 2019

    The exhibition Faith and Empire surveys over 60 objects, spanning from the 8th to the 19th century, that illustrate the historical and political significance of Tibetan Buddhism in Asia. This presentation additionally traces the usage of certain images, such as portraits of rulers, as political tools and for religious rites.

    Scenes from the Life of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–1682); Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; 33 3/8 x 20 7/8 in. (84.8 x 53 cm); Rubin Museum of Art.
  • Infinite Blue
    Brooklyn Museum | Permanent Exhibition

    In Infinite Blue, the Brooklyn Museum offers an assemblage of objects from a myriad of cultures – all featuring the color blue. Alongside the African, Egyptian, American, and European blue-shaded pieces are remarkable Asian works of art – both historic and contemporary. An example includes Untitled by Korean artist Lee Ufan; a watercolor that represents the infinite and repetitive movement of flowing water.

    Lee Ufan (Korean, born 1936). Untitled, 1973. Watercolor on wove paper, 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Designated Purchase Fund, 74.112.1. © Lee Ufan. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum).
  • Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s
    Japan Society | 8 March–9 June 2019

    Radicalism in the Wilderness explores the evolution of contemporary art in postwar Japan. This comprehensive exhibition mounts the work of artists unknown to most in the United States, including Maeyama Tadashi, a radical creator who utilized snow-covered landscapes as a canvas.

    Event to Change the Image of Snow, 1970. Compilation of documentary photographs of performance art. Dimension variable. Photos © Hanaga Mitsutoshi; photo © Iso Toshikazu, courtesy of Geijutsu Seikatsu-sha; photo by Horikawa Michio.
  • Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
    Asia Society | 5 March–4 August 2019

    Seminal artworks are on view as a part of the showcase Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection. These collection highlights feature a diversity of media – Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics are displayed in tandem with sculptures created in the Himalayas.

    Flask. China, Jiangxi Province. Ming period, early 15th century (probably Yongle era, 1403–1424). Porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue (Jingdezhen ware). H. 18 1/2 x W. 14 3/8 x D. 5 7/8 in. (47 x 36.5 x 25 cm). Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.160. Photograph by Synthescape.
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