|Moon on Laurel, Annysa Ng: China 2000, Fine Art|
CHINA 2000, FINE ART, 177 East 87th Street features paintings, Scholar objects and furniture. In ‘Moon on Laurel,’ the faceless portrait by Annysa Ng, the ink drawing figure is clothed in combination of European and traditional Chinese costume with Elizabethan collar that seems to reference Hong Kong void of identity. The faceless figure therefore evokes the message, “Never Going to Lose Face.” Scholar objects include a stunning Qiyang Stone table screen with Zitan stand, 18th/19th century; the green layer in the stone is skillfully utilized to depict grasses and shallow water, while the darker outer layer of the stone is carved in the textured shell of two lively crabs.
|A Court Beauty Kishangarh, Rajasthan, early 19th C, Prahlad Bubbar|
|Yagi Kazuo, 'Spring Cat': Joan B Mirviss|
TAISHO PERIOD SCREENS AND SCROLLS at ERIK THOMSEN GALLERY, 23 East 67th Street. ‘Vying Peacocks” by Ishizaki Koyo (1884-1947) is a breathtaking pair of 6-panel folding screens in eye-popping mineral colors with subtle sandy beige silk backgrounds that are backed with gold leaf to evoke a unique feeling of serenity. Contemporary sculpture by Sueharu Fukami has streamlined articulation in pale-blue glaze porcelain reaching for the sky as if on flight. Scholar pieces like a carved lacquer suzuribako writing box is exquisitely carved as is a Yoshio Okada, dry lacquer box with inlaid gold-foil sun.
There are many more wonderful venues to visit this weekend plus courses and lectures at Christie’s, Korea Society, Asia Society and Japanese Art Society of America. Further info at www.asiaweekny.com