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Bohemian National Hall Presents First Annual Asia Art Fair March 14 - 18
March 13, 2014  | 

Kicking off Asia Week 2014, the historic Bohemian National Hall (BNH) will present its first annual Asia Art Fair, previewing on Friday, March 14, 2014 and running from Saturday, March 15 - through Tuesday, March 18th.

The Asia Art Fair at BNH will feature twenty-seven international art galleries and dealers who will display artwork and antiques from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and the Near East. The fair will offer collectors a unique and tantalizing array of high quality paintings, drawings, rugs, textiles, ceramics, carvings, sculpture, and jewelry - all under one roof.

One highlight of the fair will be a special display on the fourth floor by Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Inc. featuring antique rugs and textiles from private collections that will be offered at an exhibition in the city immediately following the fair. Recognized internationally by collectors and decorators as one of the foremost experts in antique oriental rugs, carpets and tribal weavings, Mr. Pap will be joined by other prestigious exhibitors at BNH, including,Alexander Gallery,Anavian Gallery,Asiantiques,Chinese Art Consultancy, Inc.,David Baker Oriental Art,Dharma Art,Eleanor Abraham Asian Art,Flying Cranes Antiques,Galerie Alexis Renard, Art Islamique-Art Indien, GILISTRA, Gallery Jewel of the Lotus, Gallery Jeff Shore / Ancient Objects, Lotus Asian Art and Antiques Gallery, Mark Walberg Fine Art and Antiques, Michael Bound - Japanese Art, Nader & Nader and Nicholas Pitcher Oriental Art Ltd.,Niki Art - Contemporary Japanese Works of Art, Oriental Treasure Box, Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Inc Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, Stallion Hill Gallery, Tamara Hill Studio, The Jade Dragon, The Tolman Collection: New York, Tony Dai Chinese Art and Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art.

According to Paul Anavian of the Anavian Gallery, who is organizing the Asia Art Fair, many of the exhibitors had previously shown at the Asian Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory and the New York Arts of Pacific Asia shows. "It is our goal to fill the void left by the absence of those shows by gathering leading Asian art galleries, dealers and artists under one roof at BNH during Asia Week 2014," he said. "The show will be vetted to assure that collectors, curators and connoisseurs will see authentic, unique and exceptional artwork and antiques from around the world."

The Asia Art Fair will be held on three floors at the Bohemian National Hall, which is conveniently located at 321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), two blocks from Sotheby's. All facilities are handicapped accessible. An onsite café will serve light refreshments, wine and other beverages during show hours.

Another highlight of the Asia Art Fair at BNH will be a series of lectures by experts in the field.

Saturday, March 15 (2 pm) - Professor John Stevens (Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan) will discuss "Art of the Awakened Mind" (Buntin Gallery Publications). Stevens will show examples of "enlightened art," works created by Buddhist masters, Shinto shamans, Confucian gentlemen, samurai warriors, master crafts people, and folk heroes that express their state of "raku" or enlightenment.

Saturday, March 15 (4 pm) - Majed Seif will present "The Aesthetics of Arabic Calligraphy." Seif is an NYU and United Nations instructor of Arabic Calligraphy, as well as a visual artist who specializes in Islamic Art-Arabic calligraphy, Arabesque and Islamic decorations.

Sunday, March 16 (2 pm) - Zhijian Qian, a specialist in modern and contemporary Chinese and East Asian art and art of the Chinese Diaspora, will present "Understanding the Contemporary Chinese Art

Market: How Changing Politics and Economy Reshape an Art World."

Sunday, March 16 (4 pm) - Asian art historian, curator and scholar Lara Netting will present her latest book, "A Perpetual Fire: How Chinese Art Made the Man: the Life and Collections of John C. Ferguson

(1866-1945). Dr. Netting earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies at

Princeton University in 2009. From 2011-2012, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she completed the research for "Perpetual Fire." She has just returned from five months as a visiting research fellow at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, where she studied the extensive collection of bronze rubbings preserved at the Institute of History and Philology.

Monday, March 17 (2 pm) "Deepen Your Understanding of Chinese Culture through Classical Chinese Dance" - Dancer/choreographer Tysan Lerner, who was trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and in classical Chinese dance, will present a slideshow and lecture from Shen Yun Promotions International.

Monday, March 17 (4 pm) - Dr. Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art at the Asia Society Museum, will lecture about the Tibetan Memorial Stupas of the Densatil. Dr.

Proser, who curated the Asia Society's exhibition Golden Visions of

Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, will introduce the original context in which numerous ancient Tibetan sculptural fragments would have appeared. The famed stupas at Densatil were made of gilt copper with semiprecious stone inlay. Eight of them dating between 1208 and

1432 stood in the main hall until their destruction during China's Cultural Revolution.

Hours and admission are as follows:

Friday, March 14, 2014 - Collectors preview and benefit from 5 pm to 9 pm, (admission is $180.00 to benefit the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies). By invitation only.

Saturday March 15 - Tuesday March 18, 12 Noon to 8 pm daily, $20 admission. Tickets may be purchased at the venue. For more information, call (212) 988-1733.

Media Partners - The Asia Art Fair welcomes the following media partners:

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Art and Antiques ( Asian Art News ( Elite ( Hali ( New Focus On ( NY Arts ( Orientations ( The Magazine Antiques (

About Paul Anavian

Paul Anavian is the owner/operator of Anavian Gallery, located at 1050 Second Avenue in New York City, which specializes in Ancient Near Eastern and Islamic works of art. Having been in business for over twenty years, he has procured and sold art objects to major museums and collectors across the globe. Currently he teaches a course on Middle Eastern art and design at the New York School of Interior Design. He has an advanced degree in computer science and has taught programming and web development as an adjunct professor at Pace University. Having participated in many exhibitions, shows, and fairs over the two decades, he is ideally qualified to be the Art Director of the Asia Art Fair at BNH during Asia Week 2014.

About Bohemian National Hall

For more than a century, the Bohemian National Hall has been a cultural, educational, athletic and social center for Czech and Slovak immigrants. This historic building was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by architect William C. Frohne and constructed between

1895 and 1897. Since its grand re-opening in October 2008, BNH has become a cultural cross-road, not only for Czech culture, trade and tourism in the US, but also for a variety of events outside the Czech community including art exhibits, music, dance and film presentations, and youth and family-oriented programs.

With its restored two-story ballroom, film/lecture hall, and several floors of bright, flexible space, BNH has become increasingly desirable as an arts exhibition venue. Recent arts fairs and exhibits at BNH include: the sixth annual American Art Fair (December 2-5, 2013); the Hans Sachs Poster Auction (November 20-24, 2013); Morteza Pourhosseini, Iranian Contemporary Art, presented by Nader & Nader LLC (Nov 16 - 25, 2013); the New York Satellite Print Fair (Nov 8 - 10, 2013); and the NY Ceramics Fair (Jan 22 - 26, 2014).

About the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies The Fund creates educational, professional development and enrichment opportunities for talented and ambitious Czech and Slovak youth and young professionals. Through its Young Talents Program and Center for Talented Youth (affiliated with Johns Hopkins University), it helps primary and secondary school children to develop their talents to full potential. It provides a system of support from pre-school to high school graduation. Through its Young Leaders Program, it supports young Czech and Slovak leaders in healthcare, education, and environmental science. Seventeen aspiring young leaders have received grants averaging about $15,000 per participant over the last six years. The Fund is a registered IRS 501(c) 3 philanthropic organization.

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