Dai Ichi Arts is a fine arts gallery, private collection, and art dealership that presents contemporary art and ceramics from Japan. The gallery has introduced pieces to the permanent collections of several major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and many more. Since its beginning in 1989, Dai Ichi Arts has been focused on highlighting important Japanese contemporary ceramic works to the contemporary art space in New York.
DirectorBeatrice Lei Chang
Beatrice Chang is a leading expert on Japanese and Chinese ceramic works who has introduced pieces to the collections of about twenty museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, and San Diego Art Museum. Chang continues to be an authority in the field and advises a variety of clients, from the curious passerby to the life-long collector.
Following her studies at Fudan University in her hometown of Shanghai, Chang received an American master’s degree and an Asian Art course certificate from Sotheby’s. In 1989 Chang joined Gallery Zero, which was the first gallery to introduce contemporary Japanese ceramics to New York City. Chang co-authored the book Fired with Passion: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics(2006), which was received well by the ceramic community. On behalf of Dai Ichi Arts, Chang co-organized the exhibition Breaking the Mold: Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Sculpture (2009) with the Dennos Museum Center in Michigan. Fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese, Chang has lectured on both Chinese and Japanese ceramic work at universities in China and museums in the United States. As a Chinese-born expert on contemporary Japanese ceramics, Chang has often made fruitful “detours” to her homeland when traveling to Japan. Like with contemporary Japanese ceramics, Chang has sought to educate and ignite a love for Chinese ceramics in New York and elsewhere.
As the director and owner of Dai Ichi Arts, Chang has traveled extensively and established meaningful relationships with Japanese ceramic artists. Chang’s contribution to this field is praised in a letter from Jacques Chirac, at the time the president of France and a self–proclaimed Ambassador to Asia, in which he says “Je vous en remercie très particulièrement” (March 25, 2003).
Gallery AssistantKristie Lui
Kristie Lui is the Gallery Assistant at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. She is currently also a Master’s candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she studies pre-modern and classical decorative arts in China and Japan from the Tang dynasty and Heian period, respectively. She received her undergraduate degree at University College London, where she acquired a first class Bachelor’s of Arts degree in the History of Art and Material Sciences. She is fluent in three languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and can read and write in French and Japanese. She has had extensive experience working in museums, galleries, and cultural heritage institutions in Singapore, Beijing, and London.
In her spare time, she is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She also organizes forums and workshops on scholarship surrounding Contemporary Asian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA Contemporary Asia). She invites distinguished scholars, curators, artists, and writers to speak at the Institute to foster dynamic discussion of modern and contemporary Asian art as well as the Asian diaspora. She is interested in historical and contemporaneous conversations of cultural exchange, as well as promoting inclusive practices in the art world from a global perspective.