15 Artworks to watch at Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auction

Art Auction powerhouse Christie’s will be amazing the art scene in Hong Kong again with it’s 2016 Autumn Auction, taking place at the end of this month.

Whilst Christie’s is never just about Contemporary Art (they also do hold auctions on wine, jewelry, Chinese artifacts, etc), after a brief study of their Autumn Catalog, there are 15 artworks that we must all check out, before they become the possession of some private collector again.

Amongst the 15 chosen for this list, you might have noticed my strong inkling towards Post-War Japanese artworks from the Gutai School (especially anything by the renowned Astuko Tanaka and Yuko Nasaka).

As was stated in Gutai Art Manifesto:

“In concrete art, human spirit and materials are reconciled to each other in their natural state of opposition, to breathe life into material is to do likewise with spirit”.

There are around 500 artworks to be displayed at Christie’s Autumn auction this month, so there is bound to be something for everyone. After all, the connection between a piece of Asian Contemporary Art and it’s audience is always one of a highly personal nature.

I also recommend the nostalgically-depressing works of Yoshitomo Nara and the various artworks by Chinese artists with a slightly more cynical and political undertone (such as Zeng Fanzhi and Guan Yong). This might be a somewhat naive comment, but it seems like the only kind of artists that can make a break from China are those who conceptualize their works with a strong political message, unless you are specializing on contemporary ink paintings.

Without further a due, here is my list of 15 artworks to watch at Christie’s Sale this month:


YUKO NASAKA (JAPAN, B. 1938) WORK 38-1 signed, titled and dated in Japanese (on the sticker on the reverse) resin and lacquer on board 90.5 x 90.5 cm. (35 5/8 x 35 5/8 in.) Executed in 1963
YUKO NASAKA (JAPAN, B. 1938)
WORK 38–1
signed, titled and dated in Japanese (on the sticker on the reverse)
resin and lacquer on board
90.5 x 90.5 cm. (35 5/8 x 35 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1963

WANG CHM (WANG CHAOHUI, CHINA, B.1964) UNTITLED (TEAPOT) signed in Chinese; signed and dated '97.9. CHM. WANG.' (lower right) oil on canvas 64 x 52.5 cm. (25 1/4 x 20 5/8 in.) Painted in 199
WANG CHM (WANG CHAOHUI, CHINA, B.1964)
UNTITLED (TEAPOT)
signed in Chinese; signed and dated ‘97.9. CHM. WANG.’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
64 x 52.5 cm. (25 1/4 x 20 5/8 in.)
Painted in 199

ATSUKO TANAKA (JAPAN, 1932-2005) '84B signed '84B Atsuko Tanaka' (on the reverse) vinyl paint on canvas 194.4 x 259.4 cm. (76 1/2 x 102 1/8 in.) Painted in 1984
ATSUKO TANAKA (JAPAN, 1932–2005)
‘84B
signed ‘84B Atsuko Tanaka’ (on the reverse)
vinyl paint on canvas
194.4 x 259.4 cm. (76 1/2 x 102 1/8 in.)
Painted in 1984

JU MING (ZHU MING, TAIWAN, B. 1938) TAICHI SERIES signed in Chinese; numbered and dated ' 4/20 '95' (incised on the lower back); signed in Chinese; numbered and dated '2/20'95' (incised on the lower back) bronze sculpture 48.7 x 33.7 x 52 cm. (19 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.);& 34.5 x 39 x 42 cm. (13 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.) edition 4/20; & 2/20 Executed in 1995; & 1995
JU MING (ZHU MING, TAIWAN, B. 1938)
TAICHI SERIES
signed in Chinese; numbered and dated ‘ 4/20 ‘95’ (incised on the lower back); signed in Chinese; numbered and dated ‘2/20’95' (incised on the lower back)
bronze sculpture
48.7 x 33.7 x 52 cm. (19 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.);& 34.5 x 39 x 42 cm. (13 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.)
edition 4/20; & 2/20
Executed in 1995; & 1995

GUAN YONG (CHINA, B. 1975) SCENE - 2 signed 'GUAN YONG' in English (lower left); signed in Chinese; titled in Chinese; inscribed in Chinese and '160 x 130 cm'; dated '2006' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 160 x 130 cm. (63 x 51 1/8 in.) Painted in 2006
GUAN YONG (CHINA, B. 1975)
SCENE — 2
signed ‘GUAN YONG’ in English (lower left); signed in Chinese; titled in Chinese; inscribed in Chinese and ‘160 x 130 cm’; dated ‘2006’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
160 x 130 cm. (63 x 51 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2006

ZENG FANZHI (CHINA, B. 1964) PORTRAIT signed in Chinese; signed ‘Zeng Fanzhi’ in Pinyin; dated ‘2006’ (lower right) oil on canvas 220 x 150 cm. (86 5/8 x 59 in.) Painted in 2006
ZENG FANZHI (CHINA, B. 1964)
PORTRAIT
signed in Chinese; signed ‘Zeng Fanzhi’ in Pinyin; dated ‘2006’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
220 x 150 cm. (86 5/8 x 59 in.)
Painted in 2006

YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B.1959) NORTHERN LIGHT titled 'Northern light' (lower bottom) acrylic on canvas 150 x 160 cm. (59 x 63 in.) Painted in 2000
YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B.1959)
NORTHERN LIGHT
titled ‘Northern light’ (lower bottom)
acrylic on canvas
150 x 160 cm. (59 x 63 in.)
Painted in 2000

XUE SONG (CHINA, B. 1965) MAO signed in Chinese (lower right) mixed media on canvas 100 x 80 cm. (39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in.)
XUE SONG (CHINA, B. 1965)
MAO
signed in Chinese (lower right)
mixed media on canvas
100 x 80 cm. (39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in.)

FANG ZHAOLIN (1914-2006) Longevity Pine Hanging scroll Ink on paper 231.7 x 52.5 cm. (91 ¼ x 20 5/8 in.) Executed in 1997
FANG ZHAOLIN (1914–2006)
Longevity Pine
Hanging scroll
Ink on paper
231.7 x 52.5 cm. (91 ¼ x 20 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1997

AFFANDI (INDONESIA, 1907-1990) KA'BAH signed with artist's monogram and dated '1981' (lower right) oil on canvas 111 x 150 cm. (43 3/4 x 59 in.) Painted in 1981
AFFANDI (INDONESIA, 1907–1990)
KA’BAH
signed with artist’s monogram and dated ‘1981’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
111 x 150 cm. (43 3/4 x 59 in.)
Painted in 1981

YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B. 1959) JAILHOUSE KAMIKAZE signed and dated 'Nara 94' (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas mounted on panel 95.9 x 195 cm. (37 3/4 x 76 3/4 in.) Painted in 1994
YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B. 1959)
JAILHOUSE KAMIKAZE
signed and dated ‘Nara 94’ (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas mounted on panel
95.9 x 195 cm. (37 3/4 x 76 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1994

PANG JIUN (PANG JUN, CHINA, B.1936) EVERLASTING CLIFFS AND FARMLANDS signed in Chinese; dated '2016' (lower right) oil on canvas 100 x 200 cm. (39 3/8 x 78 3/4 in.) Painted in 2016
PANG JIUN (PANG JUN, CHINA, B.1936)
EVERLASTING CLIFFS AND FARMLANDS
signed in Chinese; dated ‘2016’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
100 x 200 cm. (39 3/8 x 78 3/4 in.)
Painted in 2016

WALASSE TING (DING XIONGQUAN, USA/CHINA, 1929-2010) BLACK AND WHITE signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'ting 14 july 1958 63 x 70 3/4 oil Black & White MARTHA jackson gallery new york city'; signed and inscribed in Chinese (on the reverse) oil on canvas 177.8 x 160 cm. (70 x 63 in.) Painted in 1958
WALASSE TING (DING XIONGQUAN, USA/CHINA, 1929–2010)
BLACK AND WHITE
signed, titled, dated and inscribed ‘ting 14 july 1958 63 x 70 3/4 oil
Black & White MARTHA jackson gallery new york city’; signed and
inscribed in Chinese (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
177.8 x 160 cm. (70 x 63 in.)
Painted in 1958

YUE MINJUN (CHINA, B. 1962) BACKYARD GARDEN signed and dated 'yueminjun 2005' (lower right); signed, titled and dated in Chinese (on the reverse) oil on canvas 170 x 140.4 cm. (67 x 55 ¼ in.) Painted in 2005
YUE MINJUN (CHINA, B. 1962)
BACKYARD GARDEN
signed and dated ‘yueminjun 2005’ (lower right); signed, titled and dated in Chinese (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
170 x 140.4 cm. (67 x 55 ¼ in.)
Painted in 2005

FANG ZHAOLIN (1914-2006) Peace is a Blessing Scroll, mounted and framed Ink and colour on paper 96 x 70.5 cm. (37 ¾ x 27 ¾ in.) Executed in 1987 (Info Source: Christie's)
FANG ZHAOLIN (1914–2006)
Peace is a Blessing
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink and colour on paper
96 x 70.5 cm. (37 ¾ x 27 ¾ in.)
Executed in 1987

Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auction will take place in the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 24th and 29th November with open exhibitions from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

All the information above was provided by Christie’s Hong Kong

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