S otheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art Online auction brings together works by some of the most sought-after artists of the moment, including Ayako Rokkaku, Chiharu Shiota, Javier Calleja, Edgar Plans, Joan Cornella, Ronald Ventura, Chen Ke, and Li Shan. The assemblage features works from ‘Bridging Generations: Properties from an Important Southeast Asian Private Museum’, a single-owner grouping from a collector-founded space that makes art accessible to the public. Also included in the sale are works by members of the Gutai art collective Sadamasa Motonaga and Tsuyoshi Maekawa. Offered at a diverse range of estimates, this eclectic auction provides an unmissable opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to acquire highly sought-after art.
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Pop art imagery that streamed into the collective imagination through daily life was both subtle and powerful. Taking inspiration from comic books to the kitchen sink, Pop artists emerged in the 1950s and 1960s in reaction against the seriousness of Abstract Expressionism. Their irreverent creations ignited critical debate and forever altered the understanding of what art could be. Though indelibly linked to American visual culture, Pop art was a global phenomenon, and in Asia Pop art grew among the avant-garde. Time has not diminished the legacy of Pop artists, and many of the leading contemporary artists avow its principles, among them Philip Colbert, Joan Cornella, Lee Dongi.
Japan's kawaii culture entered into the global artworld lexicon in the early 2000s, but it is an aesthetic that has evolved over decades from its roots as a subculture aesthetic to a global phenomenon. The importance of kawaii is evidenced through the works of pioneering artists such as Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, who create nostalgic reimaginings of childhood fantasy or pop-infused satires of today’s hyper-consumer realm.
Art is the key to bridging generations within a community, with works that express shared ideas of beauty and experiences of diverse cultures. Following the successful debut of ‘Bridging Generations: Property from an Important Southeast Asian Private Museum’ at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fall Auctions Series, we present the next edition of works from the single-owner grouping. The star-studded lineup is led by Eko Nugroho’s mural-size painting, alongside pioneers of Contemporary Art in the region such as Agus Suwage, Christine Ay Tjoe, and Jumaldi Alfi.
In the decades following World War II, the period of unprecedented expansion gave rise to a plurality of artistic forms and movements. As American Abstract Expressionism was emerging as a force, parallel strains of innovation were occurring in Asia and around the world – opening to experimental movements, new trends in abstract artistic exploration and materialist aesthetics. This sale presents a selection of works by pioneers of Japanese and Korean abstraction including Sadamasa Motonaga, Yang Haegue, and Tsuyoshi Maekawa.
The Contemporary Art Online sale in Hong Kong presents works that demonstrate the breadth of contemporary painting practice – with highlighted artists in Asia who are pushing the boundaries of their medium to create powerful imagery within the traditional genres of still life and portraiture.
Vanitas paintings are often brimming with symbolism, using objects such as skulls and wilting flowers to represent the key motifs of death, vices, secular knowledge and resurrection. The movement originating from the 17th century has evolved and continued through today in the works of Damien Hirst, Agus Suwage and Chiharu Shiota.
There is great demand for KAWS at both ends of the price spectrum – from record-breaking results at auction to the frenzy over the artist’s fashion collaborations. The Brooklyn-based artist, whose real name is Brian Donnelly, began as a graffiti and street artist but is now famous for his alternative riffs on well-known cartoons.
"KAWS navigates seamlessly between street culture, high art and the mass commercial market. His references to popular culture truly capture the essence of zeitgeists past and present, subverting cartoon heroes to reinforce the idea that he makes no distinction between concepts of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art."