A Hybrid Spotlight on Asian Art

Melissa Smith, The New York Times, March 18, 2021

In the same way that last year’s Asia Week reflected how we grappled with the pandemic back then — tentatively moving forward only to soon realize that events had to be canceled or postponed — this year’s edition indicates the cautious optimism many of us are beginning to feel.

Through March 27, hundreds of works — from a South Indian bronze sculpture of a deity from the 11th or 12th century to the rich color paintings of the Tokyo-based contemporary artist Manika Nagare — can be seen in viewing rooms at Asia Week’s website, which also provides information on the participating auction houses and links to shows and programming from institutions like the Asia Society and the Peabody Essex Museum. Of the 29 exhibiting galleries, 13 are in New York and will be open to the public by appointment at least through Saturday. This hybrid of online and in-person viewing offers access to an array of pieces that we’ve come to expect from this annual spotlight on Asian art.

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