News & Views

Sotheby’s HK Asian Art Auction

28 February 2014

On April 5, Sotheby’s Hong Kong evening sale offers over 50 exceptional quality works from 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art. The sale is estimated in excess of HK$400mil (RM170mil). The sale will feature works by leading Chinese realist Chen Yifei, top contemporary Chinese artists Zhang Xiaogang and Zeng Fanzhi, modern Indonesian artist S. Sudjojono and contemporary Filipino painter, Ronald Ventura.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring sales schedule is as follows:

April 4

Sanyu’s Potted Chrysanthemums

28 February 2014

On April 5, a seminal artwork of the 1950s by modern Chinese master Sanyu entitled ‘Potted Chrysanthemums’ will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Hong Kong evening sale of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art.

The museum-quality large-format masterpiece spans 130.3cm by 74.5cm.     It is from Sanyu’s celebrated Potted Flower Series.  It was specially chosen by the artist for the Jansonne Triennial Art exhibition in France in 1958.

Art that Wows

22 February 2014

Soon to showcase their core collection of Malaysian art at The Edge Galerie, Yoong Sin Min and Billy Too hope to inspire others to buy local art for the sake of enjoying them and not merely to turn a profit.

“The art market appears a lot more active today than when we first started collecting – we wish we had bought more then, looking at the prices now!”, quips elite art collector Yoong Sin Min, 53.

Sotheby’s Spring Sale

14 February 2014

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sale 2014 will be held from April 4-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. On offer are Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Contemporary Literati (contemporary ink paintings and aesthetic objects), 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, jewellery, watches and wines.

The schedule:

April 4

  • Wines

April 5 

Investing in Art

12 February 2014

Thinking of shifting part of your investment portfolio into art? Independent art consultant RAHEL JOSEPH gives a few pointers on where to begin.

With the increasing number of art galleries and the advent of auction houses generating record-breaking sales figures, there is a growing appreciation for Southeast Asian art, particularly Malaysian contemporary works, and its investment potential.

Christie’s Senior Appointments

11 February 2014

Global auction house, Christie’s announces five senior management changes with the appointments of  Eric Chang, deputy chairman of Asian 20th and contemporary art, Ben Kong, deputy chairman of Chinese paintings, Vickie Sek, deputy chairman of jewellery and jadeite, Jinqing Cai, president of Christie’s China and Rebecca Wei, president of Christie’s Asia (excluding China).

Christie’s new gallery in Hong Kong

7 February 2014

Christie will be launching  its new gallery space on Feb 28 on  the 22nd floor of Alexandra House in Hong Kong. Just like Christie’s galleries in London, Paris and New York, the space is named after Christie’s founder, James Christie (1730-1803).  Over 250 square metres, the space is available for exhibitions, art forums, sponsored and charity events, private sales and auctions.

Singapore Art Fair 2014

7 February 2014

Touted as the first art fair in Asia dedicated to promote the wealth of talent in the ME.NA.SA (Middle East, North Africa, South & Southeast Asia) region, this new event offers artists the opportunity to strengthen their impact on the global market.

The fair is organised by Orchilys Pte Ltd, founded by Cedralys  – the people behind the annual Beirut Art Fair since 2010 – and MP Singapore which organises exhibitions and conferences in Singapore.

Boundless: Contemporary Art Auction Results

29 January 2014

Held on Jan 23 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, the Boundless: Contemporary Art auction offered over 60 lots and achieved a total sale of HK$34,690,000 million (RM14,929,224 million).

According to Isaure de Viel Castel head of Mid-Season Sales, Contemporary and Modern, Fine Art Department, the sell-through rates chalked up 93.65% by lot and 96.1% by value. Over 65% of the lots were sold above high estimates.


Funding Creative Ventures

25 January 2014

Fancy being an art dealer, filmmaker or fashion entrepreneur? The Government has created a RM200 million fund under MyCreative Ventures Sdn Bhd to help talented entrepreneurs finance their dream projects.

Essential to the social infrastructure of any society yet occasionally overlooked, the creative arts are a key element that defines and unite a community, often transcending lines of racial and religious disparity.