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New York's Asian art week a spellbinding affair

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 April, 2000, 12:00am
 

Chinese art expert Kai-Yin Lo has just returned from the Asian Art Fair in New York and is over the moon about the quality of art on show.


'Some of the items I saw, I have not even seen in Chinese museums,' said Kai-Yin, who was especially impressed with the Scholars' Rocks exhibition, mounted by the Metropolitan Museum, and Christie's 'Treasures from Ancient Beijing'.


Kai-Yin said the fair had become one of the most important of its kind in the world.


'London's Asia Week in November is very scholarly and informative but there's definitely a better selection of Asian Art in New York,' she said.


And what is an art fair without a glittering social gathering at which a who's who of collectors and dealers can hobnob.


Kai-Yin said the highlight of the five-day fair, held at the New York State Armory, was the opening reception and gala dinner - which benefited the Asia Society - co-chaired by Wendy Deng, Rupert Murdoch and Henry Cornell, head of Goldman Sachs.


Wendy Deng was very much in evidence at the fair, buying Chinese furniture and ceramics from the amazing array on offer for her and hubby Rupert's new apartment in trendy Soho.


Kai-Yin also marvelled at a display of ancient Chinese sculptures and bronzes put on by London oriental gallery Eskenazi, and Bob Ellsworth's show on Han Chinese lacquer and Song porcelain, which she described as spellbinding.


'There is a fever of Asian art throughout New York and one of the reasons is that it is much more affordable than contemporary American art or fine French furniture,' Kai-Yin said.


Next year, she plans to take a more active role in New York's Asia Week. She will curate the travelling exhibition 'The Living Heritage: Vernacular Environment in China', to be staged at the China Institute Gallery.


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