Places Along the Tokaido (detail), Edo period (1615-1868), ca. 1700. Six-panel folding screen; ink, mineral colors, gofun (white powdered shell), and gold flakes on paper with gold leaf. H 47" x W 110" (119.4 x 279.4 cm). Courtesy Erik Thomsen Gallery

NEW YORK, NY.- The Japanese Art Dealers Association will hold its ninth annual Asia Week exhibition from March 11 to March 13, 2017, at the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York City.  

The exhibition, JADA 2017: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association, will feature six-panel folding screens, hanging scrolls of delicate and refined brushwork, bold woodblock prints, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles and has long been considered one of Asia Week’s highlights for the quality and breadth of works exhibited.  

In addition to JADA 2017, the Ukrainian Institute will house Japanese Screens and Scrolls from the Taisho Era, presented by Erik Thomsen Gallery, one of JADA’s five members. The Taisho Era (1912-1926) was celebrated for its liberalism, prosperity, early efforts in Japan towards democracy, and a vibrant flowering of the arts. The exhibition will include majestic folding screens and hanging scrolls. 


Places Along the TokaidoEdo period (1615-1868), ca. 1700. Six-panel folding screen; ink, mineral colors, gofun (white powdered shell), and gold flakes on paper with gold leaf. H 47" x W 110" (119.4 x 279.4 cm). Courtesy Erik Thomsen Gallery

The other members of JADA are Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, Leighton Longhi, Inc. Oriental Fine Art, Mika Gallery, and Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. Each of the galleries will also hold exhibitions at their individual galleries in Midtown and on the Upper East Side during Asia Week, an event that dates to the mid-1990s. 


Fujiwara Sadanobu (1088–1156); Poems from Tsurayuki-shū (known as Ishiyama-gire), page from a book, mounted as a hanging scroll; ink on paper decorated with silver, late Heian period, circa 1112. H. 8 × W. 6 1/4 in. (20.2 × 16.0 cm). Ex. coll. Nishi Honganji Temple, Kyoto; Hōonji Temple, NagoyaCourtesy Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts.


Soga Nichokuan (active mid-17th century); Owl on a Branch (detail). Hanging scroll; Ink on paper, Edo period, 41 x 11 in. (104 x 28 cm). Two seals of NichokuanCourtesy Leighton R. Longhi, Inc. Oriental Fine Art.


Shakōki Dogū (Goggle-eyed Clay Figurine)earthenware, early Final Jomon period, 1,000 – 800 BCE, Tōhoku region. H. 7 ⅞ × W. 5 . × D. 3 . in. (19.8 × 14.9 x 8.9 cm). Ex-collection Ken Domon, a renowned photographer, and the Teshigahara Family, which established the Ikebana Sogetsu SchoolCourtesy Mika Gallery.


Tōshūsai Sharaku (active 1794–95), Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Sakuragi, the Wife of Takamura Sadanoshin (detail), color woodblock print: ōban tate-e. H. 14 . × W. 9 5⁄16 in. (36.1 × 24.6 cm), signed: Tōshūsai Sharaku ga; seal: kiwame; publisher: Tsutaya JūzaburōCourtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art.

“Asia Week has become a significant cultural event in New York City’s expansive and dazzling cultural offerings,” said Sebastian Izzard, president of JADA. “Each March, thousands of collectors, curators, art historians, art aficionados, and dealers come to New York to explore the free exhibitions that present some of the finest – and rarely seen – works of Asian art, including the traditional fine arts of Japan. We are delighted to be part of the sprawling event, as most of our members have been for decades.”  

Highlights of JADA 2017 include a 17th century, blue and celadon ceramic serving dish that highlights the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Also on view will be a set of 19th century gold and silver writing and document boxes that feature dramatically posed horses. Another highlight will be a resplendent full suit of armor by Noguchi Zessai, a master Edo-period armor maker. Made of lacquered leather and iron, other metals, gourds, animal skin and fur, chainmail, and other materials, the armor is one of only two known examples with address, signature, and date. 


Writing and document box set with horses. Maki-e gold and silver lacquer. Edo period, 19th century. Document box: 15.5 x 40 x 31.2 cm; Writing box: 5 x 24.2 x 22.7 cm. Courtesy Erik Thomsen Gallery.

In addition to JADA and its members’ individual gallery exhibitions, JADA is affiliated with several galleries that will also be exhibiting during Asia Week. Among them are The Art of Japan, of Medina, WA; Bachmann Eckenstein Japanese Art, of Basel, Switzerland, and, from New York City, Carole Davenport Japanese Art, Ronin Gallery, of New York, NY and Scholten Japanese Art.


Koshiro Onchi (1891–1955), Winter, from the set, "Beauties of the Four Seasons", 1927. Color woodblock print. H. 11 × W. 9⅛ in. (28 × 23.2 cm). Courtesy The Art of Japan.


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), The Greengrocer's Daughter Oshichi Ascending a Ladder after Setting Fire to the Kanda District in Edo (detail), 1885. Color woodblock print; vertical ōban diptych. H. 29 × W. 10 in. (73.7 × 25.4 cm). Rare design in the first edition. Courtesy Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 –1901), Divan Japonais (detail), 1893. Lithograph. H. 31 7/8 × W. 23 . in. (81 × 59.1 cm) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806), Courtesan Hitomoto of the House of Daimonjiya (detail) from the series "Contest of Full Bloom Beauties", 1805. Woodblock print. H. 14 . × 10 . in. (36.2 × 26.0 cm). Courtesy Ronin Gallery


Inoue Yūichi (1916–1985), Kaze (A Wind), 1968. Ink on Japanese paper. H. 57 × W. 85⅝ in. (145 × 217 cm)Courtesy Shibunkaku