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Saturday University: Building Global Markets for Asian Art

Feb 12 2022

Seattle Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution due to the rise in local cases, the in-person component for this lecture has been canceled. This program will be offered exclusively online via Zoom.

Join author Yuriko Kuchiki (House of Yamanaka) for an exploration of Yamanaka & Co, one of the most influential Asian Art dealers of the 20th century. Yamanaka & Co, an art dealership of Osaka, Japan, opened the first store in New York in 1894. Several decades later, Yamanaka became one of the most successful Asian art dealers in the West, with prestigious stores in New York, Boston, Chicago, and London. Yamanaka’s rise was synonymous with growing interest in Asian art in the US. Many collectors and museums, including the Seattle Art Museum, built up their core Asian collections around this time. But at the start of World War II, all of Yamanaka’s assets were confiscated by the US government and sold off. Global geopolitics transformed the landscape of the international art scene.

Registration for this lecture is a two-step process. After you purchase a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email, which will include the Zoom registration link. Please click the link and fill out the Zoom registration form. Once you have completed this step, Zoom will send a link and a reminder to join the webinar. If you have any trouble with the registration process, please email us at



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Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Photo: © Yamanaka & CO.

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