Resident Manhattan galleries and guest dealers from overseas and elsewhere in the US come together to mount a series of selling shows in the galleries around the Upper East Side.
AWNY, running from March 15-24, is now in its 10th year. What began as a small initiative by 16 Upper East Side galleries specialising in Asian art has now grown to more than 40 dealers and five auction houses (Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Doyle and I-Gavel).
Other satellite events and institutional shows add to the draw.
The format is the same as the longer-established Asian Art in London across the Atlantic with an open house weekend, auctions, lectures and museum visits, and an invitation-only reception staged at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
AWNY has almost as many participants from overseas as those from the Big Apple. A sizeable number come from London but others are from Continental Europe and Japan.
Among the handful of newcomers taking part in this year’s staging are Bardith, Findlay Galleries and Suneet Kapoor (all from New York); Robert Kuo (Los Angeles/New York); Tai Modern (Santa Fe) and Cohen and Cohen from the UK.
As our small foretaste of events on these pages suggests, there is plenty to make the trip worthwhile.