Asia Week Gallery Exhibition
Asia Week in New York - March 15 through March 23 this year - is one of New York City's great weeks for people interested in Asian art. There are museum exhibitions, lectures, auctions, and over 50 gallery shows in the Upper East Side.
One such over-sized work is Vying Peacocks by Ishizaki Kōyō (1884-1947), a pair of six-panel screens which span almost 32 feet. The dramatic painting in mineral colors, gold and silver is on a silk ground backed by gold leaf. The extravagant technique, called urahaku, came into being during the Taishō-early Shōwa periods.
The gallery exhibition also presents six contemporary abstract porcelain sculptures by the acclaimed Japanese ceramic artist Sueharu Fukami, three horizontal and three vertical works. A new work by Fukami, his largest work to date and standing almost two-meters tall, is currently on view in the Japanese gallery of the Metropolitan Museum.