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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.

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.