Members of the Japanese Art Dealers Association will hold special exhibitions that coincide with New York’s Asian Art Week. The exhibitions reveal highlights of Japanese art from the 14th through 20th centuries, with a narrow focus in one show on an important Ukiyo-e artist whose work is infrequently seen in significant numbers.
Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art is presenting Keisai Eisen: Seven Paintings from September 15 to September 19 (Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Keisai Eisen: Seven Paintings focuses on the art of this Ukiyo-e School artist who dominated the market for beauty prints and paintings in the second through fourth decades of the 19th century. Assembled by the gallery over an eleven year period, this is the first time such a large number of this artist’s work has been presented in an exhibition of this nature. The gallery is located at 17 E. 76 St., 3rd Fl. For more information, please visit www.izzardasianart.com.
Japanese Art from the 19th and 20th Centuries will be on view at Mika Gallery from September 15 through October 31 (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and features Japanese folding screens, paintings, ceramics, and textiles from the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by artists rarely exhibited in the west, such as Itaya Hazan (ceramics), Odake Chikuha (screens), Shibata Zeshin, and Arai Kanpo, whose works were until recently exhibited at the Arai Kanpo Memorial Museum as part of its permanent exhibition. Mika Gallery will also have on view kimono and obi by Serizawa Keisuke. Mika Gallery is located at 41 E. 57 St., 8th Fl. For more information, please visit www.mikagallery.com/exhibition2009.html
Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art will present The Japanese Aesthetic (September 15 through October 31, Monday through Friday, Noon to 5:00 PM). The exhibition opens during the semiannual New York Asia Week and focuses on Japanese ceramics, screens, paintings, gold lacquers and ikebana baskets. Please note that Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art will also be exhibiting for the first time at the Haughton International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in October, taking place at the Park Avenue Armory from October 16 to 22. Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art is located at 44 E. 74 St. For more information, please visit www.erikthomsen.com.
A rare and wonderfully complete 14th century wooden sculpture, Aizen My??, The Wisdom King of Passion will be among the highlights of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts’ Kokon Biannual: Fall 2009 (September 10 through October 9, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM). The exhibition presents select works of art from various periods. The gallery is located at 17 E. 71 St., 4th Fl.