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National Museum of Asian Art Announces Its Newly Acquired Shirley Z. Johnson Collection of Contemporary Japanese Metalwork

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Source: Smithsonian

The latest exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, “Striking Objects: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork,” will display 17 contemporary Japanese metalworks alongside 18 metalworking tools that came to the museum as part of archival materials from the Shirley Z. Johnson Collection. “Striking Objects” will introduce audiences to how a basic metalworking technique—hammering—can achieve a variety of visual effects. The exhibition will be on view March 2 through early 2026 in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

In 2022, the museum received the Shirley Z. Johnson Collection of contemporary Japanese metalwork, an acquisition of unprecedented scale at both the museum and in the West. The unparalleled collection includes exquisitely crafted objects like vases, containers and jars made of silver, copper, gold and other metals as well as archival materials such as hammers, chisels and specialized Japanese stakes called ategane.

Read more: https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/national-museum-asian-art-announces-its-newly-acquired-shirley-z-johnson

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New art fairs Tokyo Gendai and Art SG hope to be catalysts for still immature markets

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Source: The Strait Times

“Why Asian Art Now?”, quizzes the cover of a special Spring edition of Bijutsutecho International, a Japanese contemporary art magazine, in bold block letters.

Today, this is no longer a novel or even interesting proposition, but the year of publication is not 2024, but 2016. Even eight years ago, those with expert knowledge of the art market were already presuming a surge in interest in Asian art, yet this diagnosis has proven to be premature, or at least overblown.

Read more: https://www.straitstimes.com/life/arts/new-art-fairs-tokyo-gendai-and-art-sg-hope-to-be-catalysts-for-still-immature-markets

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Upcoming Asian arts destinations 2024

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Source: Artshub

A hand-picked guide of contemporary arts festivals and biennales to add to your Asian travel itinerary in the second half of 2024.

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George Town Festival (Malaysia)

The George Town Festival is a 10-day celebration of arts, culture and the transformative power of human creativity. Featured events include Convergence from the Hong Kong Dance Company, Shadow Sculptures by Australian artist Gav Barbey, Alle Armi by Italian Hombre Collettivo, They All Die At The End by Theatresauce and more.

Read more: https://www.artshub.com.au/news/calendars/upcoming-asian-arts-destinations-2024-2735236/

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The first work of art was painted more than 50,000 years ago in Indonesia

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Source: EL PAIS

A drawing of humanoid figures hunting a wild pig is the oldest work of art reported to date: it was painted 51,200 years ago in a cave on the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia. The discovery, made by an international team of scientists and published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, suggests that scenes of people and animals in art date back even earlier than previously thought.

Prehistoric rock art extends our understanding of early human cultures, but reliably dating it is a difficult task. In 2018, archaeologist Maxime Aubert and his colleagues found the oldest figurative painting in a corner of the island of Borneo in Indonesia. The painting — of an animal being skewered by a spear — dated back 40,000 years. Months later, in 2019, an even older painting was discovered: a depiction of two wild boars, four dwarf buffaloes and eight humanoid figures was discovered on the island of Sulawesi. It was estimated to be 4,000 years older.

Read more: https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2024-07-03/the-first-work-of-art-was-painted-more-than-50000-years-ago-in-indonesia.html

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