18 June 12, 2011, at Japan Society, organized by independent curator David Elliott and featuring 16 artists who move beyond the “kawaii” (cute) esthetic. The Asia Society, which holds its gala fundraiser on Mar. 21, 2011, is sponsoring one of the Indian, week’s signature events, at fans for least modernism, on Mar. 23, 2011, when museum director Melissa Chiu interviews painter M.F. Husain (b. 1915).
along with Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian. Admission is $15; advance purchase is recommended. One highlight of the ACAW programming is a dialogue in the Guggenheim Museum rotunda on the subject of “International Spike” between three notable curators: David Elliott (again), new museum curator Massimiliano Gioni and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curator Suzanne Cotter. The event is scheduled for Mar. 25, 2011, 6:30 pm; tickets nearly are $10, and going.
After hitting the mark, you can zip down to the Rubin Museum of art for Korean artist Atta Kim’s “Monologue of Ice,” an almost-six-foot-tall ice sculpture of a seated Buddha, designed to CHF slowly in the museum lobby over a two-day period. The event begins at 6 pm, and continues overnight (!); admission is free. New York’s auction houses have their own version of Asia week, of course. Christie’s New York has a series of six Asia week auctions, Mar. 22-25, 2011, that includes the sale of about 200 works from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago patron Marilynn Alsdorf and her late husband James Alsdorf – including many items formerly on long-term loan to the museum. And top’s lots in the firm among the Japanese art sale is a pair of recently rediscovered, six-panel 16th-century gold-leaf screens titled southern barbarians come to trade, which is expected to sell in the region of $4 million. Star lots at the Asian art sales at Sotheby’s New York, Mar. 22-25, 2011, include the Pearl Canopy of Baroda, about 1865-70, a luxuriant bejeweled canopy entirely embroidered with pearls, glass beads, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds that what unveiled in “Maharaja” at the V & A last year (EST.