8 Things to Do This Weekend
New York Times  |  July 23, 2020

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.


Credit…Scholten Japanese Art

This year’s edition of Asia Week, the annual convergence of auctions, museum shows and private dealer exhibitions that provides a tour of the artistry of several ancient cultures, was mostly forging ahead despite the coronavirus. But that plan didn’t work out: Gallery shows were cut short, and auctions were postponed. Finally, after some retooling and collaborating with institutions such as Bonham’s to conduct online sales, the cultural-festival-cum-trade-fair has come up with a virtual version (on view through July 31 at asiaweekny.com; click on “Summer Redux”).

Featuring single pieces from more than three dozen galleries, the collection spans the continent and a millennium. Among the highlights: a gorgeous bamboo sculpture by Fujitsuka Shosei; a lush gold ring encrusted with jewels; fine carpets; silk robes; and a fascinating pair of vases by Kazuhito Kawai and Geejo Lee. Mr. Lee’s work — square, white and marked with extra lines and edges — is like a minimal Constructivist painting come to life. Mr. Kawai’s is a gaudy explosion of color, a bulbous, oozing, red and yellow pile topped with what looks like rainbow sprinkles. Needless to say, they go together nicely.