©Woolley & Wallis
Asian art is increasingly popular, with a variety of auctions offered by the most prominent auction houses, and many Asian art courses to choose from. According to the the Asian market has become the most upscale in the world, ahead of the United States and Europe. We have covered quite a few Asian art private views ourselves, such as that of renowned artists Anish Kapoor and Ye Hongxing.
As Asian Art London celebrates its’ fifteenth anniversary this year, you will be able to attend a variety of Asian art exhibitions, events and auctions. From the 1st to the 10th of November, curious art-aficionados and museum curators alike will indeed get a chance to discover remarkable Asian art.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st
To start your Asian Art week in style, attend the exclusive breakfast private view of Bronze at the Royal Academy of Arts. Celebrate the historical, geographical and stylistic range of this global art form with a talk by the curator, Cecilia Treves.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2nd
For a more hands-on experience of Asian art, you can put your talents to use at the Prince’s School, during the Ukiyo-e live demonstration and workshop on the procedure of Suri – applying colour onto a print.
In the evening, you can attend the opening of the Hong Ling: Contemporary Chinese Landscape exhibition at Soka Art at Asia House.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3rd
There will be an exciting Late Night opening on Kensington Church Street, with receptions held at Greg Baker Asian Art, Fleurdelys Antiquités, Marchant, Amir Mohtashemi Ltd, among others.
You can also enjoy a magical evening of Indian music at An Evening of Indian Classical Vocal Music, with performers Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4th
Book your tickets for Christie’s captivating lecture Chinamania! Too Utterly Utter given by ceramics specialist Lars Tharp’s. He will take a personal look at successive centuries of Chinamania; who was smitten and why and how satirists responded.
Take advantage of another evening of late night openings in St James. Receptions will be held at various galleries, including Joost van den Bergh, Christie’s, Grosvenor Gallery, Kitsune Japanese Art, among many others.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 5th
Bid away at the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale at Christie’s, or at the Chinese and other Asian works of Art auction at Bohams Knightsbridge.
If you’re planning on celebrating Bonfire night, don’t forget to first attend the Late Night Opening in Mayfair. Once again, receptions will be held at a multitude of venues, including Gregg Baker Asian Art, Sydney L. Moss Ltd, Nicholas Pitcher Oriental Art, Bonhams and Sotheby’s, among numerous others.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th
If you haven’t purchased anything at the auctions yet, buy a ball dress instead and attend the Asian Art in London Gala Party. The champagne reception will allow you to mingle with directors and curators of Asian art museums worldwide, academic specialists, visitors and collectors.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7th
Sotheby’s London will present an excellent selection of 400 Fine Chinese ceramics & works of art. They will offer two single owner sales – Treasures from the Qing Court, A Personal Perspective from the collection of Cameel Halim, and Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of Peter and Nancy Thompson.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8th
Head to Christie’s South Kensington for their exciting Japanese Art & Design auction.
Later on, for your fashion fix of the week, attend Pauline LeMoigne’s talk at the V&A museum about Kitty and the Bulldog – Lolita fashion, Victoriana, Gothic and Punk. You’ll discover Lolita fashion, a colourful and dramatic form of Japanese street style that emerged in the 1990’s and has a fervent following in Europe and the US.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th
On this most likely rainy Friday, attend the Re(O)rientations: China in the western Artistic Imagination symposium at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Speakers Prof. Sarah Wilson and Dr. Wenny Teo will uncover the impact of Chinese art, culture and politics on the Western artistic and intellectual imagination from the 1960s to the present day.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th
On the final day of Asian Art London, explore all the galleries you haven’t had time to visit during the week. For some extra cultural education, you can also head to the Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein’s Legacy and new Explorations international conference at the British Library.