It's International Asia Week in New York City from March 12 to March 18 and Berry-Hill Galleries is holding an exhibition of Traditional and Modern Masters
. The exhibit spans the Heian to the Meiji Periods (12th to early 20th centuries), showcasing Buddhist sculptures, ceramics, lacquer objects, folding screens, and hanging scrolls by leading masters.
A presentation of works by modern lacquer artist Shigenobu Mochizuki also accompanies the exhibition. He creates hollow-dry lacquer objects (urushi) through a painstaking process that involves building up layers of lacquer over a plaster mold and then removing this core, and treating the surface with vermillion and black lacquer. This process can take up to 6 months to complete for a single work.
Shown above is on the left is a seated figure of Buddhist divinity, Dainichi Nyorai, executed in wood with polychrome pigments and dating to the 14th century. On the right is a standing Amida Nyorai from the late Heian period dated to the 12th century. The exhibition will be open Thursday, March 12 –Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday, 12 noon-8 pm, Sunday, 12 noon-6:00 pm. Inaugural Open House, March 14th, 12 noon –8:00 pm. Berry-Hill Galleries are located at 11 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021.