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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.

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.

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.

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.

Surrealism in Malaysian Art

19 August 2013

Behind the giant panel welcoming visitors is a curious mix of bizarre objects and odd paintings, hauntingly illuminated by an ominous lighting scheme that is ostensibly part of a curatorial decision.

Ilse Noor’s monochrome dream-world etchings line a wall while S. Amin Shahab’s paintings, reminiscent of Giorgio de Chirico’s, are juxtaposed with CD covers from the 80s and 90s. Yee I-Lann’s digital photo Fencing (2003) is, upon closer inspection, the image of the Petronas Twin Towers repeated to cleverly resemble a wooden fence.

Funny writings

19 August 2013

All paintings are either abstract or figurative/representational.  Some examples of figurative paintings are those of Raphael, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach, and some examples of abstract paintings would be those of Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, and Bridget Riley.

And because many modern figurative paintings are non-realistic (photographic), some untutored writers have described them as “semi-abstract”, a term not used at all by any reputable art historians.