Edge auction preview

By

Sarah Abu Bakar
5 March 2018 - 12:15pm

At the launch of The Edge Auction 2018 preview last Wednesday, Au Foong Yee, managing director and editor-in-chief of TheEdgeProperty.com and managing director of The Edge Galerie, said: “With 124 lots on offer, there is a wide range of artworks from all genres to choose from.

“These include contemporary, modern, batik and Nanyang-style artworks to alternative mediums such as lithography and gelatine silver print as well as mixed-media works to serve the wide spectrum of buyers in the art market.”

As part of The Edge Media Group’s art initiative, the sixth edition of The Edge Auction — the annual sale of Southeast Asian art — is scheduled for March 11 at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Among the guests at the launch were art collectors Dr Krishna Gopal Rampal, Gouw Kim San, Mohd Suhaimi Ahmad and his wife Sarah Abdul Aziz, Yap Wing Chun, Gerald Ng, Iqbal Abdul Rahim, Raymond Lee, Tan Lip Peng and his wife Theresa Liew Oi Khin, Dr Hans Peter Holst and his wife Inge-Marie Holst, Syaharum Amin, WL Art Gallery director James Lee and his entourage as well as artists Fauzan Omar, Kow Leong Kiang and Chong Ai Lei.

Two of the prized works on offer are exquisite oil paintings by top Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin — Rimba series, dated 1997, 86cm by 96cm and Tao Landscape (Homage to Lao-Tzu) dated 1999, 91cm by 91cm. Estimates for the works are RM250,000 to RM300,000, and RM260,000 to RM300,000 respectively.

Latiff, 76, is being honoured with a solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou’s In-Focus Gallery in Paris, France. Presented by the National Gallery Singapore in collaboration with the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the show focuses on his Pago Pago series, which was produced during his formative years in the 1960s. The exhibition opened on Feb 28 and will end on May 28.

Another blue-chip artwork on offer is Hijrah (Pilgrimage) from the Hegira series by the late national art laureate Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal (1929-2011). Measuring 122cm by 213cm, the 1999 acrylic on canvas painting is estimated at RM430,000 to RM480,000.

Works by revered modernist and abstract artists include those by Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, Khalil Ibrahim, Yusof Ghani, Jolly Koh, Awang Damit, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir, Datuk Tajuddin Ismail, Zulkifli Yusoff, Rafiee Ghani and more.

There are also works by the top contemporary artists Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Fauzan Omar, Noor Mahnun Mohamed, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Chong Siew Ying, Tan Wei Kheng and Chong Ai Lei.

Fauzan said: “The Edge Auction 2018 offers works in diverse styles featuring mixed artworks from the old and the new. The versatility of the old and the new must be made clear to create a strong impact in order to generate more interest.”

For collectors of artworks by the older generation of distinguished Malaysian artists, there are rare works by Chia Yu Chian, Kuo Ju Ping, Khaw Sia, Tan Choon Ghee and Fung Yow Chork.

Nanyang-style works in the sale include those by artists such as Peter Liew, Yong Look Lam, Alex Leong, Eng Tay, Choo Beng Teong, Pheh It Hao, Yap Kim Boon, Calvin Chua, Loo Hooi Nam, Chia Tick Chiam, Ch’ng Kiah Kien, Lau Wai Leng and more.

Highly collectible works by Redza Piyadasa, Dzulkifli Buyong, Kok Yew Puah, Amron Omar, Anthonie Chong, Ismail Hashim, Ismail Mat Hussin, Juhari Said and Fauzul Yusri are also on offer.

Regional artists feature in the sale as well, including Boonchai Wedmakawand (Thailand); Jeho Bitancor, Daniel Coquilla and Roger San Miguel (the Philippines); and Indonesian contemporary and modern artists Dedy Sufriadi, Anak Agung Gede Oka Sudarsana, Tommy Tanggara, Kemal Ezedine, I Wayan Sadia, Sudjono Abdullah, Jeihan Sukmantoro, John Van Der Sterren, Mulyadi and Hudi Alfa.

The estimates range from RM3,500 to RM20,000, giving collectors a point of entry to diversify their collection by acquiring Southeast Asian artworks.

Said Southeast Asian art curator Inge-Marie Holst, 63, who was born in Denmark and is now based in Kuala Lumpur: “I think this is the best selection that The Edge Auction has done because of the unique variety. You are going for the extreme abstract to the old portraits and the old Malaysian way of painting. You even dare to go beyond the borders.

“In particular, I like the colourful paintings available this time. I think you really choose what Malaysian art is. You allow newer artists to come along with their message, which is quite unique: from a well-known contemporary artist like Fauzul Yusri — you dared to take his quite advanced paintings — to a younger artist like Aely Manaf.

“Of course you have to include well-known artists in your collection and that is important for newcomers so they can see what is upcoming and what is hot. But at the same time, you also incorporate artists who have been around for a very long time but are maybe not established yet and will be established.”

The Edge Auction 2018 will again offer live online bidding through Invaluable.com for the growing international clientele, alongside the conventional absentee and telephone bidding options.

The Edge Auction 2018 will be held at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur on March 11 at 1pm. Public previews of the 124 lots will be held at The Edge Galerie in Mont’Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, from March 1 to 9 (11am to 7pm) and on March 10 (11am to 3pm). The gallery is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Log on to www.theedgegalerie.com to view the e-catalogue and to register to bid.

Watch a highlight video of the preview here.

From left: Inge-Marie Holst and Dr. Hans Peter Holst
From left: Art collector Syaharum Amin and The Chicken Rice Shop customer service training executive Sherif Mohd Yusoff
From left: The Edge Media Group’s chief operating officer Lim Shiew Yuin, Au, Sarah Abu Bakar and Syn Tai Hung Trading Sdn Bhd's chairman Yap Wing Chun
From left: Gregory Lim, Rajahdurai Aruchadran and James Lee