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What to See During NYC's Asia Week (3/9-3/18/17)

February 17, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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Mark your calendars for March 9th through March 18th, when Asia Week takes over New York City to celebrate culture and artworks from every Asian culture. Dealers, auction houses, museums, and institutions open their doors for the much-anticipated event, both educating the public and providing opportunities to purchase some of the most coveted of Asian artworks. Check out our top five “to dos” during Asia Week below.

Asia Week NYC 2017: China Institute (Financial District)

China Institute

China Institute’s Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China: 3rd–6th Centuries exhibition will be open to the public through March 19th, so be sure to stop by and learn about recently excavated objects (celadon, sculptures, calligraphy, paintings) that demonstrate the artistic achievements of Six Dynasties Period. Additionally, the China Institute will be offering an introductory lecture on Chinese art on Wednesday, March 15th, followed by a an evening lecture and reception for its Asian Art Week Open House on March 16th. 100 Washington St., Floor 2, 212-744-8181, chinainstitute.org

Asia Week NYC 2017: Sotheby’s (Upper East Side)

NYC’s Asia Week isn’t just about the museums and institutions — in fact, it also hosts quite a few auctions for patrons to take home some of their favorite Asian artworks. Sotheby’s will be auctioning off Chinese paintings, Chinese Calligraphy, Francis Newton Souza paintings and drawings, modern and contemporary South Asian artwork, and an array of Indian and Himalayan work on the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 18th. Sotheby’s will also host online auctions for those who can’t make it to the Upper East Side location. 1334 York Ave., 212-606-7000, sothebys.com

Asia Week NYC 2017: Japan Society (Midtown East)

Japan Society

Over 65 woodblock prints, as well as paintings, ornaments, and luxury objects relating to gender performance and sexual expression will be going on display at the Japan Society on March 10th. A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints seeks to explore the “third gender”, neither men nor women, that existed in Edo-period Japan. This “third gender”, termed “wakashu”, were considered the most attractive male youths of the time, creating their own place in the social hierarchy of Japan. 333 E. 47th St., 212-832-1155, japansociety.org

Asia Week NYC 2017: Bonhams (Midtown East) 

For those wanting to get their hands on some pieces of Asian history, Bonhams will be holding auctions and viewings on March 13th, 14th, and 15th. Their list of collectibles includes Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles; Chinese Works of Art and Paintings; Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art; Portraits of the Masters: 108 Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages; The Zuiun Collection; Fine Japanese Works of Art; and The Korean Aesthetic: The Collection of Robert W. Moore. 580 Madison Ave., 212-644-9001, bonhams.com

Asia Week NYC 2017: Tibet House US (Flatiron)

Tibetan Thangkas Today: Masterpieces from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu, the Tibet House US’s newest exhibition, will be opening on March 10th, perfect for those who are in town for NYC’s Asia Week. The opening reception will be held from 6 – 8pm on March 10th, introducing the master thangka painter Karsang Lama’s notable artworks that feature deities, Mahayana Buddhism icons, and other various Vajrayana traditions. 22 W. 15th St., 212-807-0563, tibethouse.us

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