“The two highly anticipated lots by Li Keran and Fu Baoshi transcended expectations today and scaled exceptional prices after rounds of fierce bidding", commented C.K. Cheung, head of Sotheby’s Chinese paintings Department after the Sotheby's Hong Kong Fine Chinese Paintings Autumn Sale which totalled HK$520mil or US$66.5mil.
“This season’s thematic sale, a 'confluence' of artworks with ink as the denomination, were selected with an international audience in mind, just as the geographic boundaries of ink art have become increasingly blurred," said Katherine Don, head of Sotheby's Hong Kong contemporary ink art.
“Has the reserve confirmation system caused the industry to lose buyer confidence and thus decreased the buyer pool?”
Justin Ochs asked the above question six years ago, and we answer his question here: https://mikebrandlyauctioneer.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/has-the-reserve-confirmation-system-decreased-the-buyer-pool/
Under the patronage of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Perak Zara Salim, the Special Art Sale organised by The Edge in aid of the Rohingya refugees raised RM1.205 million for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Oct 3. Donors of the artworks were top Malaysian artists Latiff Mohidin, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zuber and Chang Fee Ming as well as collectors Tan Sri Wan Azmi, Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan & Datuk Tong Kooi Ong.
Intriguing works that reflect current issues by contemporary artist Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, 48, drew over 100 art lovers to the preview of his 8th solo exhibition at The Edge Galerie last Wednesday.
The 23 paintings and mixed media works exhibited under the theme, Made in Malaysia by Ahmad Shukri Mohamed: Works from 2010-2017, included titles such as Happy Birthday to Mao Zedong, Made in Malaysia, Putrajaya-Beijing, I Was Here, Justice League, Land for Sale, Balloons from Neighbour, Do Not Allow as well as Kami Menurut Perintah, Yes Boss and Daulat Tuanku, Raja Kami.
Hardly anyone would remember the name Alan Kurdi or Sharbat Gula. Few today would know of Phan Thi Kim Phuc.
But photographs of these victims of genocide or war have been immortalised by photojournalists and influenced public opinion in a way that atrocities and mass killings have not.
Contemporary artist Ahmad Shukri Mohamed creates a body of works that celebrate the nation in an upcoming solo exhibition at The Edge Galerie.
Having practised art professionally for over two decades, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, 48, is showcasing 23 artworks in his eighth solo exhibition entitled Made in Malaysia: Works by Ahmad Shukri Mohamed from 2010 to 2017.
The spectacular landscape painting, Magnificent Mountains with Gushy Cascades, by Li Keran is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Paintings Autumn Sale 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Oct 2.
By one of the most important 20th century modern Chinese artists and spanning almost six feet long, this rare hanging scroll carries the highest estimate in the history of Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Paintings auction. However, the price estimate is only available upon request by bidders.
Distinguished octogenarian artist Wucius Wong will stage his solo exhibition in nearly a decade at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery from Oct 18-30 in Hong Kong.
The gallery will showcase Eternal Water, a selling exhibition of over 30 works by the critically-acclaimed Hong Kong painter.
He is recognised as a trail-blazing modernist of ink painting in Hong Kong, and is also revered for his masterful synthesis of traditional Chinese aesthetics with western culture and contemporary design.
Works by Hans Hartung, Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Krishen Khanna & Isamu Noguchi
On Oct 2, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will auction ink paintings by notable modern masters such as Hans Hartung, Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Krishen Khanna and Isamu Noguchi, whose works are distinguished for their use of ink, brush, and/or calligraphic principle.
Entitled, Contemporary Ink Art: Confluence, the thematic sale of contemporary art brings together a dynamic range of works by artists trained in, or influenced by, the ink painting tradition.