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30Art Friends Book 2: Collecting Southeast Asian Art

23 September 2013

A sequel to 30 Art Friends Book: Appreciating Southeast Asian Art (2010), is scheduled to be published at the end of this year.

The publication, 30 Art Friends Book: Collecting Southeast Asian Art, is a collection of 90 essays accompanied by photographs of personal art collection journeys, meetings and friendships with artists, and of acquiring the artworks by 30 collectors from Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines. Each collector focuses on 3 selected pieces from their collections.

Narratives in Malaysian Art, Volume 2 Book Launch

20 September 2013

The book launch of Narratives in Malaysian Art, Volume 2 : Reactions – New Critical Strategies will be at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market on 28 September 2013 (Sat), from 11am – 12pm.

Morning tea to be served from 10.30am.

Receive a complimentary copy of An A-Z Guide to Malaysian Art for all book sales at the launch.

Narratives in Malaysian Art, Volume 1: Imagining Identities and Volume 2: Reactions – New Critical Strategies will continue to be sold during Art for Grabs over the weekend at The Annexe.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art Autumn Sale 2013

12 September 2013

Featuring Important Works By Eminent Contemporary Asian Artists In Its Day And Evening Sales
– Introducing Liu Ye’s Large-Format Work Sword In The Evening Sale Taking Place On 5 October –


Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale
Hong Kong Public Exhibition: 3 – 5 October | Auction: 5 October
Contemporary Asian Art Day Sale
Hong Kong Public Exhibition: 3 – 6 October | Auction: 6 October

Christie’s 1st Auction in Shanghai

10 September 2013

Christie’s first auction in mainland China on Sept 26 is aimed at dazzling art buyers and investors with an impressive line-up of artworks, jewellery, watches, wine and decorative arts. Total estimates exceed RM53 million (RMB 100 million /USD 16 million).

According to a Press release, the milestone event which actually covers three days of activities, is touted to be a cultural gala. It is deemed to celebrate the great artistic traditions of both East and West and includes three forums covering topics such as Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Jan Krugier as well as Warhol and Calder.

A Dedicated Sale – Contemporary Literati: Early Ink Masters

5 September 2013

As part of its 40th Anniversary Autumn Sale, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will feature the early masters in Chinese contemporary ink in its Contemporary Literati: Early Ink Masters sale this Oct 5.

A selection of 41 lots (Sales estimate totaling approx HK6.4mil / USD$825,000) with works by Chen Qikuan, Fang Zhaolin, He Huaishao, Li Yihong, Liu Guosong, Lu Shoukun, Wang Jiqian, Zheng Weiquo and Zhou Luyun will be on sale.

Big Bucks for Contemporary Chinese Masterpieces

4 September 2013

Two Chinese masterpieces – Red Flag 1 (1971), an important political realist work by Chen Yifei and The Last Supper (2001), a major work by contemporary Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi– will be auctioned on Oct 5 in Hong Kong.

With top estimates of US$7.7m and US$10.3m respectively, the artworks are from the collection of Baron and Baroness Guy and Myriam Ullens de Schooten, renowned collectors and philanthropists based in Switzerland.

Seemingly propagandist

1 September 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Galeri Petronas is Zulkifli Yusoff’s installation work, Merdeka! A Work in Progress, commissioned to commemorate Galerie Petronas’ 20th anniversary.

The walls are lined with 10 intricately patterned panels, adorned with protruding hemispheres. Six inverted versions of these hemispheres, shaped like kawah, a wok, lay on the floor. Overall, the effect of this large-scale craftsmanship is stunning. Each of the components look like delicate Islamic metalwork, painstakingly engraved and decorated with jewels.

Alternative Realities in Malaysia

1 September 2013

Other Malaysia: Alternative Realities is the exhibition theme of a pop-up gallery in Bangsar showcasing the works of a group of local artists and photographers including the late Ismail Hashim, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Anurendra Jegavada, Liew Kung Yu, Chan Kok Hooi, Eiffel Chong and Justin Lim.

Named after academic and author Dr. Farish Noor’s book of the same title, the exhibition opens on Sept 15. The show actually spans three restaurants in Jalan Bangkung. The premise is simple – to create a space for stories that collectively form our complex Malaysian history.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong: Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Autumn Sale Series 2013

29 August 2013

As part of its 40th Anniversary celebration, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold a Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Autumn Sale Series 2013 on Oct 8 at Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The series consists of five sales, during which 400 lots worth a total of over HK$750 / US$ 96 million will go on sale.

The lots will be on public exhibition from Oct 3 -7.

Jolly Koh: Towards The Nebula opens at The Edge Galerie

23 August 2013

Some of Malaysia’s more prolific collectors and art-lovers attended the VIP preview of Towards the Nebula at The Edge Galerie at Mont’ Kiara Meridin on Thursday evening.

The show is the biggest exhibition of Jolly Koh’s works in Kuala Lumpur in recent years. The 34 works on display showcase the developmental phases of Koh’s work until its final evolution – The Nebula series.