ASIA WEEK 2010
One of the many things filling the March calendar in New York is Asia Week, Mar. 20-28, 2010, a loose gathering of a wide variety of events that includes major auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and other houses, an Asian art fair, museum exhibitions, and a wealth of gallery shows. A selection of highlights:
* Asian Art Dealers New York (AADNY) Open House, Mar. 20-21, 2010, includes more than 30 dealers in Chinese, Indian, Himalayan, Korean and Japanese artworks -- about double the 16 who participated last year. J.J. Lally is presenting "Chinese Ceramics in Black and White" while M. Sutherland has "Modern Calligraphy Masterworks and Joan B. Mirviss is presenting contemporary "liquid porcelain" works by Nagae Shigekazu.
* New York Arts of Pacific Asia, Mar. 25-27, 2010, at 7W, organized by Caskey-Lees, presents about 60 dealers from around the world at the 7W exhibition space, located at 7 West 34th Street, across from the Empire State Building. The special exhibition, "Legacy in Cloth: Batak Textiles of Indonesia," focuses on the woven designs of the Toba, Simalungun and Karo Batak peoples of North Sumatra. Admission is $20.
* The Japanese Art Dealers Association presents a special exhibition, "Humor in Japanese Art," Mar. 20-23, 2010, in conjunction with "JADA 2010," taking place at the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street. Admission is free.
* Risham Syed, Mar. 25-May 15, 2010, opens at Talwar Gallery (108 East 16th Street), in the first U.S. solo show of works by the Lahore-based artist, whose installations and tableaux investigate Pakistani society in the context of its colonialist, Victorian past.
* Conscious Inspiration: Juxtaposing Nature & Art Form is the title of a panel discussion at Japan Society at 6:30 pm on Mar. 23, 2010, featuring architect Shigeru Ban, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and artist Mariko Mori, and moderated by T Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi. Tickets are $15, and can be ordered online at the Japan Society website.
* Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art, Mar. 16-June 20, 2010, at Asia Society, the first-ever exhibition of art inspired by the practice of Buddhist pilgrimages to sacred sites in Asia. The show features over 90 paintings, sculptures, textiles, manuscripts, ritual implements and reliquaries and other objects. A companion film, The Buddha, narrated by Richard Gere, airs on PBS on Apr. 7, 2010.
* Dancing across Borders, a film by Anne Bass, premieres at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on Mar. 24, 2010. The documentary tells the story of the young Cambodian dancer Sokvannara Sar, who travels to the U.S. to audition at the School of American Ballet in New York.
NOTES FOR DOCUMENTA 13
Documenta, the global mega-exhibition mounted once every five years in the town of Kassel, Germany, is scheduled to open its 13th iteration on June 9, 2012, and the organizers of the show aren’t waiting till the last minute. Bettina Funcke, former editor at the Dia Art Foundation and Parkett art journal, has been appointed head of publications for Documenta 13. Her first task is to assemble, via the publisher Hatje Cantz, 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts, a series of notebooks with wide-ranging contributions designed "to explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of the active exercise of re-imagining the world." The publication is considered to be part of the exhibition.
HIRSHHORN PRESENTS YVES KLEIN RETRO
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is presenting the first U.S. retrospective in nearly 30 years of works by the French Nouveau Realiste Yves Klein (1928-1962), who in 1947 made his first artwork when he "signed" the blue sky over Nice. Dubbed "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers," May 20-Sept. 12, 2010, the show presents nearly 200 works, and is co-organized by Hirshhorn deputy director Kerry Brougher and Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne. Works come from the Yves Klein Archives and museums in Europe and America. The show is co-organized with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where it appears, Oct. 23, 2010-Feb. 13, 2011. The accompanying catalogue, with essays by the curators as well as Klein scholar Klaus Ottmann, art historian Kaira Cabañas and curator Andria Hickey, is largely underwritten by Sotheby’s, with additional support from L&M Arts.
FINAL SHOW AT ABC NO RIO?
Remember ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side collective and exhibition space that got its start by taking over a long-vacant Delancey Street storefront and mounting the "Real Estate Show" in 1980? Well, the ABC No Rio tenement at 156 Rivington Street is about to be disassembled, brick-by-brick -- to prepare the way for the construction of a new $4.5 million "green" art facility on the site.
In the meantime, ABC No Rio is mounting its final building-wide exhibition, "ABC No Rio’s Ides of March," Mar. 19-Apr. 9, 2002, featuring works by 50 artists on all four floors. Participants range from Cesar Arredondo, Fabian Berenbau, Doris Cacoilo and Kevin Caplicki to Vydavy Sindikat, Carol Warner and the Z Collective -- as well a handful of the original founders, including Rebecca Howland and Alan Moore.
LOVETT/CODAGNONE AT DIXON PLACE
The New York art team of Lovett/Codagnone are currently the artists-in-residence at the Alanna Heiss art-radio station AIR in the Clocktower Building on Lower Broadway, where they are preparing a radio play set to debut in May. But their fans don’t have to wait that long for a new performance by the pair, who last performed live in 2006. Lovett/Codagnone present Weighted, a performance by their band Candidate that involves sounds and spoken words, based on Arundhati Roy’s The End of Imagination (1998), read by actor Jim Fletcher and curator Jenny Schlenzka. The event takes place at Dixon Place at 161A Chrystie Street on Mar. 23, 2010. Admission is $6.
GIANT CLAM, SKATEBOARD PORN, MORE IN L.E.S. PERFORMANCE
At the White Slab Palace at 77 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side on Mar. 28, 2010, New York artist Marianne Vitale is presenting a kind of avant-garde review titled The Clipper, a show in which a group of writers, performers, poets and thinkers cross paths on the deck of an imaginary ocean schooner.
The cast includes poet Todd Colby, who plays the ship’s captain; filmmaker Dina Seiden, who recites skate porn; "malicious tinkerer" Josh Boyer as the giant clam; performance artist Brandon Olson plays the European Baroness, while painter Sandeep Bhuller is the Somali pirate scholar. The show’s live score is provided by a trio including Pete Drungle, Tony Lewis and Al Macdowell.
The show is presented by Kunstverein NY as part of the series "You Should Have Been Here an Hour Ago." Admission is free, but rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIZ PARKS CURATES "WE BETWEEN THE LINES"
Private art consultant Liz Parks, who once was a gallery sales rep for Artnet, has organized a show of text-based for Morgan Lehman Gallery at 317 Tenth Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District. "We between the Lines," Mar. 25-May 1, 2010, features works that involve literal or linguistic puzzles, to engage the Conceptual Art notion that "a work of art is not fully created until the analysis of the work supersedes the object itself." Participating artists are Charles Gute, Zach Houston, Nina Katchadourian, Kay Rosen, John Salvest and Rob Wynne.