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Southeast Asian Art Hits New High

7 October 2013

The third day of the five-day Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Autumn 2013 sale series concluded yesterday with the day sales of 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asia Art.

The stellar line-up of works over the past three days included significant masterpieces by major artists, in celebration of Sotheby’s 40 years in Asia. Following the record-breaking Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary evening sale held on Oct 5, more auction records were established, bringing the total number of artist records from 12 to 16.

Launch of art gallery @ Kaffa Espresso Bar Penang

4 October 2013

Kaffa Espresso Bar, a Kuala Lumpur-based coffee bar, recently launched its second outlet in Georgetown, Penang alongside the launch of its art gallery.

Speaking at the launch event, Dr. Darren Ng, Group Managing Director of Kaffa Espresso Bar said, “Most people perceive an espresso bar as just another coffee place with a cool name. However, it is so much more than that. It is the distinct yet subtle concept of the connection between coffee and art behind it that gives it the wow factor.”

Art Expo chugs on

28 September 2013

The recent 7th International Art Expo Malaysia featured a fairly international spread with artworks from a number of countries including Russia, India, Hungary, Myanmar, Taiwan and the UK.

Held at the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 19-22, the art fair boasted some 60 exhibitors from 26 countries with about 2,000 works of art.

Art without barriers

28 September 2013

A group of local artists comprising the likes of Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Kow Leong Kiang and Chong Siew Ying have contributed artworks to mount an exhibition to help raise funds for a Buddhist centre.

Other participants  include senior artists Jolly Koh and Cheong Laitong as well as Eston Tan, Bibi Chew, Koh Choon Lee, Marvin Chan, Noor Mahnun Mohamad, Siund Tan, Khairul Azmir Shoib (Meme), Shia Yih Yiing, Lim Hui Lin, Pam Lim and William Mok.

Christie’s inaugural auction in Shanghai achieves total sales of RMB 154mil (US$ 25mil)

27 September 2013

Christie’s inaugural auction in Shanghai saw a total sales achievement of RMB 154  million (US$25 million) after having completed three days of gala events, exhibitions, forums and private sales.

Amongst highlights was Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawing, Homeland, which sold for RMB 15 million, proceeds going to the Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, or, more precisely, towards the the soon-to-be-opened Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (QMoCA).

Kniterature by Movana Chen at ArtisTree

24 September 2013

Sponsored by Swire Properties, a solo exhibition KNITerature by Hong Kong-based artist Movana Chen will be held at ArtisTree from September 20 to October 19. Movana started her knitting project in 2004; her early works sculpted a multi-disciplinary fusion of media, fashion, performance, installation and sculpture that extends till recent years. Highlight exhibits include Movana’s new work “Body Container Comes to Life in Hong Kong” and a 15-meter-long work entitled “Knitting Conversations” which is a two-year collaborative work with over 150 participants.

All Eyes on Asia

24 September 2013

This autumn, Sotheby’s will present an extensive line-up of selling exhibitions, non-selling exhibitions as well as auctions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taipei as it continues to move into high-gear as a multi-channel art business in the Asian region.

Selling Exhibitions

Hong Kong 

Life Portrait at Numthong Gallery

23 September 2013

Until Sept 28, Numthong Gallery  in Bangkok is showcasing a private collection of portraits belonging to gallery founder Numthong Sae Tang.

Primarily done by leading Thai artists over the years and many featuring Numthong himself, the paintings document more than 20 years of collecting art by the well-known art dealer who has an international clientele.

Entitled, Life Portrait, the exhibition also celebrates the 17th anniversary of the gallery.