Rock’n’roll rebellion meets poignant vulnerability in Nara Yoshitomo’s universally celebrated oeuvre, not least in Life is only one! and There is no place like home —two classical Nara pieces that bear two of the artists most signature inscriptions. The quintessential Nara phrase “Life is only one!”, an ambiguous yet striking affirmation that appears frequently in the artist’s oeuvre, was the headlining title of Nara’s major solo retrospective at Asia Society Hong Kong Center last year. “There is no place like home” is also an oft-repeated Nara axiom: juxtaposed against the artist’s iconic sulking and disgruntled child figures, the age-old idiom is subverted into an indignant accusation, proclaiming a personal and universal truth of childhood loneliness and alienation. NARA YOSHIMOTO, LIFE IS ONLY ONE! 2008 OIL ON WOOD 169X254CM ESTIMATE HK$6,000,000 – 8,000,000. © NARA YOSHITOMO
HONG KONG – The musician, rapper, actor and art collector known as T.O.P has been a member of Asia’s reigning K-pop band, BIGBANG, since 2006. Wildly popular in Asia and on the verge of becoming a global sensation, K-pop combines hip-hop, pop and electronic music into a hybrid genre that pushes boundaries in a post-postmodern whirl of musical styles, international fashion trends and synchronised dancing. It is perhaps not coincidental that K-pop’s cultural and geographical mash-up is congruent with T.O.P’s taste in art. Over the past few years, the 28-year-old multi-hyphenate has been steadily acquiring works by such blue-chip names as Gerhard Richter and Rudolf Stingel while also collecting Asian artists, including Takashi Murakami, Kohei Nawa and Park Jina, many of whom are his friends.
HONG KONG – Korean entertainer and art collector T.O.P has achieved superstardom as a singer, songwriter, actor and rapper. This fall, he will unveil his curatorial passion, transferring it from a private to a more public platform with #TTTOP, a special sale of contemporary art on 3 October in Hong Kong. Envisioned by T.O.P for young art buyers of his generation, the sale is also the first time Sotheby’s Hong Kong has collaborated with a collector as curator.
Continuing the momentum we saw for Contemporary Korean and Japanese artists during our ground-breaking selling exhibition in March, the spring sale offered a fine selection of works by leading figures from the abstract movements – Park Seobo, Chung Sanghwa and Tanaka Atsuko. All achieved extraordinary results and were sold at multiple times of their previous auction records, demonstrating Sotheby’s vision in showcasing this category at auction.
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