Some 150 guests arrived at the preview opening of Favourites from the Zain Azahari Collection last Thursday. Presented by The Edge, the event showcases 40 of his total collection of around 400 artworks, which represent his personal collection spanning over a period of 50 years.
Here in George Town, we hope to see a glimpse of our own past,” points out Yong Kah Kin, the Singaporean artist-curator of the travelling group exhibition, Sense Making.
The exhibition of contemporary art by emerging artists from Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong is being shown at the pop-up art space, 179 Victoria Street in George Town, till Oct 31.
Galeri Petronas is showcasing contemporary artworks by 20 emerging Malaysian artists at the Young Malaysian Artists: New Object(ion) II (YMA II) exhibition.
First established by Galeri Petronas in 2010, the “Young Malaysian Artists” (YMA) series celebrates up-and-coming Malaysian artists who represent radical new voices in the local contemporary art scene with cutting-edge innovations, ideas and expressions ranging from video art to conventional paintings via a diversity of approaches – from painting to installation.
Veteran art collector Zain Azahari, 78, gave an interesting and revealing interview on BFM 89.9 radio station on Oct 16 on The Front Row, about what’s going to happen to his art collection when he is no longer around. Click here for the interview: Audio Podcast | Favourites from the Zain Azahari Collection
Abstraction, a 1958 painting by Zao Wou-ki – estimated at between RM18.1mil to RM23.2mil – will spearhead Sotheby’s auction of Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art on Dec 1 in Beijing. Riding on the momentum of its just-concluded Sotheby’s Hong Kong sales from Oct 4-8, which realised a total of RM1.7bil (HK$4.196bil/US$538mil), the auction house wasted no time in announcing how it will further tackle the China market which seemingly has a huge appetite for works priced in the multi-millions, whichever the denomination.
To mark is 20th anniversary, China Guardian offered over 600 lots in its Aututmn Auction in Hong Kong and achieving a total of HK$510mil (RM210.1mil) after two days of sales which ended on Oct 6.
The Aututmn Auction highlights included the evening sale entitled “Grand View: A Night in Hong Kong” and a dedicated sale of “20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art”.
The highest price achieved was Song Lizong’s Calligraphy in Regular Script which sold for HK$42.25mil, five times the estimated price.
Sotheby’s Chinese Paintings Department head C.K. Cheung said in a statement dated Oct 7: “The results of today’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings are testament to the appeal of Sotheby’s careful sourcing strategy of assembling works of great quality with high artistic value at attractive estimates. Sotheby’s stature as an international auction house allowed us to offer paintings from an Important North American Private Collection, and other curated sections, which appeal to our clients.”
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.
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.”