Asia Week New York ZOOM webinar
in partnership with Joan B Mirviss LTD
Recorded December 2, 2021
As contemporary Asian artists find more inventive forms, styles and media to express their creativity, there are more opportunities to entice collectors–both novice and seasoned–to start or build upon a new or existing collection. Whether it’s a geometric-shaped Japanese bamboo basket, a complex Chinese ink drawing from a young emerging artist, a dramatic contemporary Japanese photograph or a contemporary Indian painting, there is one thing that unites them: the collector’s discerning eye.
In partnership with Joan B Mirviss LTD, this panel discussion hosted by Asia Week New York spotlights four up-and-coming areas of contemporary Asian art: Chinese ink painting, bamboo art, South Asian art, and Asian photography. With expert insights from gallery owners and curators, alongside their passionate collecting clients, AHEAD OF THE CURVE examined how this flourishing of contemporary Asian art has opened up exciting avenues of interest for savvy collectors. The panelists discussed the challenges of being at the forefront of their fields: in introducing and promoting an unfamiliar medium, changing public perceptions, establishing new relationships with artists, and illuminating their quality and artistic merits to institutions and the general public. This essential discussion was moderated by Joan Mirviss, who herself has pioneered the collecting of contemporary Japanese ceramics.
CRAIG YEE, co-founding director of INK Studio, a Beijing and New York based gallery devoted to ink as a medium, language and discourse for the creation of contemporary art
DENISE & JOHN KNIGHT, collectors of contemporary ink art and Chinese ceramics
MANJARI SIHARE, Sotheby's of the Americas, Vice President, Head of Sale, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art
BHARTI MALKANI, collector of Modern and Contemporary South Asian art and philanthropist
MARGO THOMA, owner and director of TAI Modern gallery in Santa Fe, NM, specializing in Japanese bamboo art and contemporary art
DIANE & ARTHUR ABBEY, longstanding collectors of Japanese bamboo baskets, whose collection has been gifted to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, founder of Miyako Yoshinaga gallery in New York at the forefront of establishing Japanese and other Asian photography as a viable component of the international arena
ANNE HAVINGA, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair, Department of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
moderated by JOAN MIRVISS