Carrying forth a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in New York City, Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area. The Asia Week New York Association concentrates its efforts on presenting one non-stop, event-filled week in March of every year, drawing collectors and curators from every corner of the United States and an international clientele from across the globe. The annual event fulfills the broader aim of affirming the importance of Asian art in the citywide—and nationwide—cultural scene.
State of the Arts NYC host met with 24 art dealers participating in the 7th edition of Asia Art Week. It was an extremely full day that started at the Hotel Surrey on 76th Street.
We had special guests on our show to share their expertise in Chinese and Indian art.
Margaret Tao has had a distinguished career in the Asian art world, first at Sotheby’s in the Chinese department and then as the U.S. representative for Orientations,one of the leading Asian art publications. As a journalist covering the field for the past 25 years, she has been a regular contributor to Orientations, Art + Auction,Asian Art Newspaper and has also written articles for Architectural Digest and Departures, among other publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, Ms. Tao was the Gallery Director at the Didier Aaron, Inc. in New York.
Born in New York, Ms. Tao attended the Lycée Français in New York and in London, followed by Wellesley College, where she received a B.A. in Asian Studies. She is bilingual in French and fluent in Mandarin.
Nicholas Grindley was born in England in 1951. For 40 years now he has been dealing and researching Chinese art with particular interest in furniture and works of art. During most of this time he has conducted his business as a private dealer although since 1998 he has published two catalogues a year, and exhibited in London, New York and Hong Kong; many works from these exhibitions and his other dealing activities are in museums and private collections through-out the world. In 1996 he contributed to the catalogue of the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection of Chinese Furniture and in 1999 he co-wrote with Robert Jacobsen the catalogue of Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 2004 he wrote the catalogue for the collection of Dr. Ignazio Vok that was exhibited at the Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst in Cologne. In 2007 he contributed the entry on Chinese furniture for, ‘The Seventy Wonders of China,’ published by Thames & Hudson. He is asked by museums in the US and Europe to advise on the acquisition, disposal, cataloging and re-attribution of Chinese furniture in their collections. He continues to deal privately in Chinese art in New York.
Founded in 1975 by Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor, Kapoor Galleries Inc specializes in Indian & Himalayan Arts. It has been and continues to be an invaluable resource for museum quality works of art from India and the Subcontinent. The gallery has been instrumental in developing major museum collections as well as distinguished private collections worldwide. The gallery has placed works in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts among others.
Joined by their son Suneet, who studied Indian Art at School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], the gallery presents an annual Spring Asia Week NY exhibition, showcasing important and beautiful works of art to a focused audience. In 2013 Ramesh and Urmil’s grandson Sanjay became the fourth consecutive generation to join the family business. After completing the Indian Art course at SOAS Sanjay has been integral in developing the gallery’s presence on the web and various social media services.