The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018

Japanese Art Dealers Association to Hold Two Joint Exhibitions During New York City's Asia Week
Kawanabe Kyōsai, Gods Sumo wrestling (Jurojin and Daikoku as sumo wrestlers, Ebisu as a referee; detail).

NEW YORK, NY.- An exceptionally broad range of pre-modern Japanese art will go on view this March during New York City’s Asia Week in two exhibitions held by JADA, the Japanese Art Dealers Association.

The works of art range from a 12th century Buddhist sculpture to satirical ephemera of the 18th century and a four-foot tall model of pagoda once owned by New York railroad baron E. H. Harriman and later in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, the exhibitions will present a complete suit of armor formerly in the collection of Japan’s leading Hokosawa clan (one of three works of art once in the possession of the millennia-old ruling family to be presented). Also in the exhibitions will be goldleaf screens, sculptures, prints, lacquers, and hanging scrolls that illustrate a reverence for nature as well as those that illuminate Japanese artists’ love of humor.

JADA 2010: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association
Among the earliest works in JADA 2010, an episodic survey of traditional Japanese art, is a Standing Jizō Bosatsu (Skt. Ksitigarbha), a wood sculpture that dates from the Heian period, 12th century. The delicate hands, facial features, and the shallow carving of the drapery mark this work as stylistically related to the work of Jōchō, whose famous image of the Buddha Amida is worshipped at the temple Byōdō’in near Kyoto. Jizō, a merciful protector of abandoned souls, appears again in a 16th or 17th century elaborate, intact traveling shrine. Decorated with a robe with cut gold, the figure holds both a crystal jewel and staff, Jizō stands on a lotus and cloud base within a shrine that features interior gilding.

JADA 2010 also contains armor, paintings, and lacquers from the collections of Japan’s samurai clans, the feudal elite that ruled the country from the 13th century into the modern era.

Kano Masunobu’s 17th century four-panel folding screens, Poetry Gathering in the Imperial Palace during the Kenpō Era, bear the crest of the Tokugawa clan, whose shognunate ruled from 1600 to 1867 and who employed Masunobu as an official painter. The screens are both highly accomplished works of art and an object of luxury created for a patron in the highest echelons of Edo-period society. They include copious amounts of gold leaf, which give the screens a shimmering glow, and bear exquisitely crafted metal attachments around their lacquer frames.

Also in the exhibition are three works of art that were once in the possession of the Hosokawa, a Japanese samurai clan descended from Emperor Seiwa (850-880) that is still influential in current day Japan: Morihiro Hosokawa, one of its descendants, served as Prime Minister of Japan in the 1990s. (In 2009, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco organized Lords of the Samurai, an exhibition that was devoted exclusively to the Hosokawa family collection.)

JADA 2010 will present a complete and matching 18th century Hosokawa family armor with original storage boxes marked with its crest – with a unique helmet in the form of a lotus bud with a striking half moon helmet decoration and chest armor with silver inlays depicting waves. It is the most complete Hosokawa family armor to have reached the market in generations.

Other works with samurai provenance include Tani Buncho’s 19th century pair of hanging scrolls, Immortals of Water and Fire. They feature inscriptions by the high-ranking samurai, Sakai Hoitsu, an artist, friend of Buncho, and a member of the powerful Sakai clan that owned these paintings for generations. Buncho based his Immortals of Water and Fire is based on Fengshen Yanyi (The Creation of the Gods), an epic Chinese fantasy novel. While the Immortal of Water was original to the novel, Buncho invented the Immoral of Fire to present a counterpoint.

Among the highly decorative screens in the exhibition is Pine and Plum Trees, a 17th century Kano school six-panel screen in the style of Kano Eitoku and Kano Sansetu. Japanese artists frequently illustrated the four seasons, and the pine and plum trees, with red nandia and bamboo, illustrating winter and spring. Similarly, a 17th century pair of six-panel screens, Roosters and Chicken in a Bamboo Grove presents fowl by a bamboo grove in spring and autumn.

Also in the exhibition is an unsigned hanging scroll by Katsushika Hokusai, Courtesan with Lanterns, which also bears a poem by Santō Kyōden. Best known for his iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai’s Courtesan with Lanterns depicts a high-ranking courtesan dressed in full regalia as she poses confidently on the main street of the Yoshiwara, the pleasure quarters on the outskirts of the city of Edo.

One of the most striking works in the exhibition is a four-foot tall model of a pagoda by Koyano Kijo and Koyano Masami from 1898. Fabricated from copper alloys, silver and gold, the pagoda – which took eleven years to create – is both an example of Meiji-period metalwork at its finest and a record of eighthcentury architecture. The model may represent a generic pagoda, but some think it is based on the famous wooden pagoda at the temple Kōfukuji, in Nara, which hadbeen the capital of Japan until 794 A.D. New York railroad baron E. H. Harriman and his wife, the philanthropist Mary Averell Harriman acquired the pagoda in Japan in 1906 and later loaned it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which received it as a gift from Mary Harriman’s estate. The museum later deaccessioned the model.

Humor in Japanese Art
While the traditional arts are often associated with Buddhism, a reverence of nature, and the decadence of the Floating World, Japanese artists have investigated the subject of humor for centuries. Humor in Japanese Art explores the subject in an exhibition of over 15 paintings, prints, and sculptures.

Otsu-e painting, a form of Japanese folk art, was created by unknown artists during the early Edo Period (1624-1644) in the town of Otsu, Shiga prefecture, where the works of art were commonly sold as souvenirs. Bathing demons were an easy mark for otsu-e painters such as Ki Baitei (1734 – 1810), who is represented in the exhibition with Demon Takes a Bath. In traditional Japanese lore, demons were foul, rank creatures, known for their repulsive appearance and odor. The idea of a demon cleansing his external self satirized both demons and people who were aware of their external appearance but oblivious to the corrupt state of their mind and spirit.

Kishi Beizan’s 19th century hanging ink-on-paper scroll, One Hundred Blind Men comes out of the genre known as giga-e, which translates as paintings done in jest. In the painting, 100 blind men, each having been jostled, break out into a brawl: none of them realize that the person who bumped into him is blind, also. The painting is a metaphor for the folly of making judgments based on incomplete knowledge. Seen in another light, it is a Buddhist allegory that suggests that the average person, not having pursued or achieved enlightenment, lives and acts blindly.

Humor in Japanese Art also reveals a subversive sensibility. Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s 19th century color woodblock triptych, Turtle Fun, Wonderful, Wonderful skirted a governmental ban on portraits of actors, who were considered detrimental to public morals. Kuniyoshi grafted the faces of prominent actors onto turtles, whose shells bear stylized renderings of the actors’ crests. The turtles, who like the thespians were said to be inordinately fond of rice wine, are gathering around a floating wine cup.

In Kawanabe Kyōsai’s Gods Sumo Wrestling, two of the Seven Lucky Gods – who are said to bring good fortune during the New Year celebrations – are engaged in a playful match, while a third acts as referee. Ebisu, the god of fisherman and merchants, and Daikoku are ebullient and clearly enjoying the contest and prospects of the New Year. Jurojin, the god of longevity, is glum, contemplating the passing of another year, which brings the mortals who worship him closer to the end of their days.

JADA Members: Judith Dowling Asian Art • Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art • Leighton R. Longhi, Inc. Oriental Art • Mika Gallery • Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art • Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts

New York | Japanese Art Dealers Association | Pre-modern Japanese Art |

Last Week News

March 12, 2010

Unique Series of Craeyvanger Family Portraits On Display at the Mauritshuis Museum

Six Potential Heirs DNA Tested in Caravaggio Death Hunt

Mummy of Egypt's Monotheist Pharaoh to Return Home

Numerous Works by Irving Penn on Offer for the Very First Time at Auction

Restoration of Van Gogh's Masterpiece "The Bedroom" can be Followed Via Blog

Portrait of Rear-Admiral Who Burnt Down the White House to be Sold at Bonhams

Sotheby's to Hold Contemporary Asian Art Spring Sale in April

Rijksmuseum Launches Ambitious Restoration Program

Photographer Alexander Gronsky Wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2010

Leslie Hindman to Offer Property from the Estate of Ronald C. Sloter

Paul Johnson Appointed Deputy Director for Development at the Brooklyn Museum

Elvis' Clash with Media on View at Newseum in Washington

Bonhams Appoints New Paintings Specialist with Royal Track Record

A Special Service for Special W. K. Kellogg to be Sold at Christie's South Kensington

Matthew Barton Ltd. to Hold Silver Auction that is Full of Surprises!

Sex, Death and Sacrifice in the Mochica Religion at the Musee du Quay Branly

Milwaukee Art Museum to Show Raphael Painting

National Postal Museum Launches the Arago Featured Collection "Women on Stamps Parts III and IV"

DC Holocaust Museum Passes 30 Million Visitors

March 11, 2010

State Historical Museum Opens "The Year 1812 in the Paintings by Vasily Vereshchagin"

Multifaceted Artist Beat Takeshi Kitano Exhbits at Fondation Cartier

MoMA Opens "The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times"

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Presents "ColorForms"

Table by Diego Giacometti Makes Top Price at Bonhams

New Works by Mel Bochner in Exhibition at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Harriet Tubman Collection Unveiled by Smithsonian Museum

Jupiter Artland Announces Four New Sculpture Commissions

Art of the Islamic and Indian World at Christie's in April

Curators Claim "Lost" Emperor Portrait is Largest Mughal Painting Ever Seen

Bonhams to Sell ANC Charter that Recalls Century of Struggle in South Africa

The Ducks are Back! Duckomenta II-New Works and Finds

Works by Degas, Delacroix to Visit AGO in North American Exclusive

Musical Million is Made at Bonhams: Plague Survivor's 1692 Violin Sells for 54,000

Dozen Centuries-Old Shipwrecks Found in Baltic Sea

Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Ceal Floyer's First Solo Museum Exhibition

With Luis Camnitzer Exhibition, Daros Latinamerica Focuses on Conceptual Art

Marina Abramovic: Three Historic Films Presented by Creative Time

Jennifer Russell to Rejoin Metropolitan Museum as Associate Director for Exhibitions

National Postal Museum Announces Design and Architectural Firms for the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

March 10, 2010

Centre Pompidou Shows Fifty Large-Format Paintings in Tribute to Lucian Freud

Annie Leibovitz Agrees Loan Deal with Colony Capital: Report

Christie's to Sell the Collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody

Sotheby's to Sell Single-Owner Collection of British Watercolours and Drawings

Smithsonian Accepts Michelle Obama's Inaugural Ball Gown

Groundbreaking Acquisition by DeCordova: Antony Gormley's "Reflection II"

Peru Lifts Some Machu Picchu Claims Against Yale University

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Staff Promotions and Changes

Painting and Imperial Objects Highlight Sotheby's Fine Chinese Sale

UK Artist Nasser Azam Completes Major Antarctic Performance Painting Series

MUMOK Exhibition Explores Art and Television 1963-1987

Tim Van Laere Gallery Presents Paintings by Faris McReynolds

Winslow Homer Exhibition this Summer at the Portland Museum of Art

Eight Remarkable Canadians Win Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Aretha Franklin Honored at International Slavery Museum's Black Achievers Wall

Chen Man, China's Celebrated Avant-Garde Photographer, in Her First Hong Kong Show

SFMOMA Announces New Thursday Night Happenings

Rankin's Cheeky: An Exhibition of Erotica by Rankin at Annroy Gallery

National Portrait Gallery Presents First Ever Exhibition Devoted to Indian Portraits

Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard at Bellevue Arts Museum

March 9, 2010

Prado Museum Opens Exhibition Dedicated to the Armour and Paintings of the Spanish Court

'Secret' Painting by Giotto Uncovered in Florence Chapel

Matisse Museum Shows Paintings by Robert De Niro, Sr.

Ron Arad's Design Museum in Holon Opens to the Public

New Music Museum in Jamaica to Show Marley, Tosh

The Box Shows Robert Mallary's Work in Los Angeles for the First Time Since 1954

Sargent Masterpiece Travels to Spain for Meeting with Velazquez's "Las Meninas"

Israel Museum Commissions New Works by Olafur Eliasson and Anish Kapoor

Thirteen's SundayArts Teams Up with New Arts Correspondent Melissa Chiu

FBI Recovered Antiquarian Library to Be Sold At Auction

Sotheby's Sale of the Peter Stuyvesant Collection Realises 13,590,475 Euro

Erol Akyavas's "The Siege" Fetched 1.274.000 Euro at Antik A.S. Auction House

Pablo Picasso and other Modern Masters Announced at the Gibbes

Van Abbemuseum Welcomes Visitors to Experience the Museum on Transformation Mode

Sotheby's to Exhibit in Doha Treasures from Its Forthcoming "Arts of the Islamic World" Sale

Sugary Photographs with Tricks, Poses and Effects: A Festival on Photography

Bonhams Oxford Motor Car Sale Makes Record 1 Million Pounds

Brooklyn Museum Gala with New Format Celebrates the Major Exhibition American High Style

Latin American Cultural Event Slated for Denver

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women Announces Shortlist

March 8, 2010

Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts Presents Painting by German Artist Max Klinger

Leo Villareal Public Art Installation Illuminates Downtown with Sky

Albert Einstein's Relativity Manuscript Goes on Display

State of Michigan to Save Minoru Yamasaki's Architectural Records

Dutch Designer Joris Laarman Unveils New Work at Friedman Benda

Walk-Into Sculptures by Collective Atelier Van Lieshout at MUMOK

Rare Toys Debut in Bertoia's Auction of Donald Kaufman Collection, Part III

Much-Anticipated Reopening of the Morris Museum of Art

Paris Fashion Shows Do Performance Art, Exotic Locales

New Exhibition Shows how British Public Adapted to a World of Food Shortages

Rijksmuseum Shows Some of Its Best Tulip Prints and Drawings

Kopeikin Gallery to Open Exhibition of Drawings by William Steiger

The Field Museum Presents Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Worcester Art Museum Rock & Rolls All Night Long

More than 100 Works from the Thaw Collection Showcase Artistry of Cultures Across Millennia

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill Opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Juilliard Music Technology Center Presents Festival of Electro-Acoustic and Multimedia Art

Photographs by Michael Corridore at Aperture Foundation

Air Sculptures, the Grid, Space, and Beyond-New Los Angeles Gallery Presents Daring New Work

Singapore Art Museum Opens First of Four Solo Exhibitions for 2010

March 7, 2010

Edward Steichen Fashion Photo Exhibit Opens at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale

Turkish Chamber Given New Exhibition Space at Dresden Royal Palace

Ai Weiwei to Undertake Next Commission in The Unilever Series

Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society

Sophie Calle Announced as The 2010 Hasselblad Award Winner

Gary Snyder/Project Space Opens First Exhibition of the Work of John Griefen

Karl E. Willers, Ph.D. Appointed Director of Nassau County Museum of Art

American Naive Paintings on View at Taubman Museum of Art

Meadows Museum Presents "Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment"

Johanna Unzueta Presented Named Recipient of PULSE Prize New York 2010

Portraits and Still Lifes by Vera Mercer at Kommunale Galerie in Berlin

Dolby Chadwick Gallery Opens Kirsten Stolle's "Anatomy of a Future Forest"

Exhibition by Christian Jankowski at Friedrich Petzel Gallery

Evidence of Mormon Participation in Mexican War Found

Kemper Museum Acquires Two Magnolia Laurie Paintings from Causey Contemporary

March UBS 12 x 12 at Chicago's MCA Presents White/Light

News from the Near Future by Fiona Tan at Museum Kunst der Westkuste

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Presents a New Body of Work by Emile Clark, Its First Artist-in-Residence

The Weird and Wonderful Sydney Town Hall Collection Geso on Public Display

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Invisible Exports announces the New York solo debut of work and objects by Bob Mizer

Six weeks after, New York City artists seek help to scrub away superstorm Sandy's stains

Just discovered Scharl Portrait of Einstein up for sale for first time

New York State Museum exhibits historic images from Burns archives

La Dolce Vita: 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties at Eataly New York

The Art of Playboy, Gil Elvgren, Golden Age greats headline Fall New York illustration art auction

Costa Rica reclaims artifacts from the prestigious Brooklyn Museum in New York

Doyle New York to auction the Arthur Rothstein photograph collection in October

New study identifies pine bush as "Stop Over" for migrating birds

Chinese Gilt-Bronze Bell achieves $482,500 at Doyle New York's Asian works of art sale

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful