HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold its Contemporary Asian Art Spring Sale 2013 on 5 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, following the sale of private collection of You Are Not Alone - Yoshitomo Nara Works from the Kurokochi Collection and In Transition – The Didier Hirsch Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art from The 1990s, presenting 110 lots of meticulously selected contemporary Asian works.
Estimated to fetch in excess of HK$140 million / US$13.3 million*, the auction this season underlines works of great historical importance by prominent contemporary Chinese artists, such as Fang Lijun, Liu Wei (b. 1965), Liu Ye and Zeng Fanzhi. Young Chinese artists including Jia Aili and Liu Wei (b.1972) along with a series of Pumpkin works by contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, will also be offered.
The Hong Kong Artists Section will showcase Hong Kong creative forces and their works under the influence of urbanisation, globalisation and the intersection of Chinese and Western culture. Evelyn Lin, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Asian Art, said, “We are honoured to present a group of important contemporary Asian works, including Chinese artist Fang Lijun’s important 1990-1991 painting – Series 1, No. 4, worthy for their scholarly and collecting value to commemorate Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary in Asia. Sotheby’s exceptionally curated Contemporary Asian Art auctions have been well received by collectors, which strengthen our forerunning status in the region.
This season, we continue to introduce special sections devoted to recent works by emerging mainland Chinese and Hong Kong artists – while the former show the transformation of contemporary Chinese artists through a period of rapid changes, with their focus shifting from political symbolism and social issues to subjective and personal feelings, the latter further signify Sotheby’s commitment to bringing Hong Kong art to the auction realm, following the 100%-sold special section in our Autumn 2012 Sale. Both sections serve to cater to collector’s eclectic taste.”
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