New York Asia Week, launched by the auction houses in the early 1990s NEW YORK ASIA WEEK, 2011 – New York Asia Week, launched by the auction houses in the early 1990s, presumes that people who are interested in Tibetan somehow so be interested in Malaysian batik sculpture might and contemporary Chinese. Twenty years on, this fiction is stronger than ever, perhaps because it’s fun, the idea of looking at art made during the past three millennia on the world’s largest and most populous continent. Considering the beast, it’s no surprise that New York Asia Week has turned into a cacophony of branding. What is it? When is it? What does it include? Well, so-called Asia Week New York 2011, Mar. 18-26, 2011, chaired by dealer Carlton rochell, Dr is the initiative of the two-year-old Asian art dealers New York (AADNY) while the contemporary Asian art scene comes together for Asian contemporary art week(ACAW), Mar. 21-31, 2011, directed by curator Leeza Ahmady. And just to make it all more confusing, neither of the above umbrellas incorporates the arts of Pacific Asia show, Mar. 24-27, 2011, organized by Caskey Lees at 7 West 34th Street (the Merchandise Mart building), or JADA Asia week 2011, Mar.
19-23, 2011, the gathering of Japanese art dealers at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Trying to be helpful is the website for still another Asian Arts week, Mar. 18-27, 2011, which lists more than 80 events as part of a PR initiative designed to incorporate everything, and more (like “Japan Fashion Now,” which now closes at the Museum at FIT on Apr. 2, 2011). And don’t be confused by the dates listed on – it’s a leftover from 2010 with all this, it’s tempting to just send you all to the sites, and let you sort it out yourselves. JADA, for its part, has prepared a downloadable brochure listing all the Japanese art shows and events in the city – do not miss the newly discovered Hokusai painted scroll portraying a geisha holding her kitten (1805-10) at Sebastian Izzard Asian art, or “bye bye Kitty!