Asia Week | 16 - 22 March 2012

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16-22 March, 2012

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Representing some of the world’s oldest and most diverse cultures, the vast region of Asia is celebrated between 16th and 24th March in this week of exhibitions, lectures and events that are coordinated within a city-wide initiative of ‘Asia Week New York’. The auctions are led by the sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art which features historic modern Indian art by members of the Progressive Artists Group, the highlight of which is undoubtedly “Village with Church” by Sayed Haider Raza formerly in the John D Rockefeller III collection. The sale also features a novel introduction in New York - a selection of Modernist art from Bengal. The Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale is centered around a highly important 13th century South Indian Chola bronze group of Somaskanda and also includes eclectic selections of Himalayan bronze sculptures and Indian miniature paintings culled from private collections.

A significant development will be the first ever auction of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings to be held in Asia Week New York. Led by a handscroll of extremely rare samples of calligraphy of the Southern Song Dynasty emperors, this sale incorporates an extraordinary assemblage of works representing a broad swathe of artists from the Song Dynasty to the 20th Century, largely from private collections and therefore fresh to the market. The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale offers works from over 40 private collections, predominantly from North America, many of the pieces never having been seen at auction. The highlights are undoubtedly the two revolving brushpots of the Qianlong Period where the moving parts allow divinations to be made according to the famous Chinese Classic, the Yi Jing (“I-Ching”).

Asia Week | 16 - 22 March 2012