Contemporary Ink Art

Discovering the value of your contemporary ink art collection at Sotheby’s

Thinking of selling your contemporary ink art collection? Contact the experts. Showcasing innovations in the ink medium by artists from around the world, the Contemporary Ink Art sales this year achieved remarkable results. In April, the first single-owner collection of contemporary ink art at auction worldwide, The Origo Collection performed extraordinarily well with a sell-through rate of over 80%. Various artist records were set, including Liu Dan’s Poppy, which sold at HK$ 6.9 million / US$887,189. In October, the curated thematic sale Contemporary Ink Art: Journey saw a healthy momentum among collectors pursuing top quality works and established multiple records for artists such as Chen Chi-Kwan and Tseng Yuho. These results reaffirm Sotheby's pioneering role in the promotion of contemporary ink art to the international marketplace and our successful curatorial approach that meets the diversifying need of collectors worldwide.  HOW TO SELL Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments for the forthcoming Contemporary Ink Art auction in Hong Kong in April 2017. To discover the value of your collection, please contact our specialists at your nearest regional office: NEW YORK Mee-Seen Loong Worldwide Head of Contemporary Ink Art Department MeeSeen.Loong@sothebys.com +1 212 606 7332   HONG KONG Katherine Don Head of Contemporary Ink Art Department Katherine.Don@sothebys.com +852 2822 9019       BEIJING +86 10 6408 8771   SHANGHAI +86 21 6288 7500       TAIWAN +886 2 2757 6689   TOKYO +81 3 3230 2755       SINGAPORE +65 6732 8239   LONDON +44 (0)207 293 5958 Consignment closing : 20 January, 2017 Upcoming auction: April 2017

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The Contemporary Ink Art : Journey

The Contemporary Ink Art : Journey realized a total of HK$30 million / US$3.85 million with the top lot, Liu Guosong’s Blue Moon Landscape, fetching HK$4,880,000 / US$625,641. Two artists achieved record prices at auction, with Chen Chi Kwan’s Mood and Tseng Yuho’s The Fishpond, Hawaii-Kai (Diptych). Works from Liu Dan and Wang Jiqian also performed exceptionally well and attracted intense bidding with strong prices achieved.

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Contemporary Ink Art is a growing category at auction presenting works that demonstrate the versatility of a simple medium with complex applications. It is a platform for collectors worldwide seeking an art medium that expresses a facet of contemporary art in Asia today.

Over the past century, artists grounded in traditional ink painting and calligraphy actively explore the ink medium’s infinite possibilities. Working on paper or silk, or in combination with acrylic, pen, photography, video, or printmaking, artists working in global contexts provoke a dynamic dialogue with tradition, challenging viewers’ expectations about the nature of ink painting. While some artists’ works are deeply rooted in scholarly pursuits in the manner of early masters, others pursue individual expressions of Modernist iconoclasm or raise intriguing questions about art and cultural identity.

The inaugural sale, Early Ink Masters in Hong Kong in October 2013 attracted animated bidding from a group of multinational collectors, in particular for modern works by market leaders such as Liu Kuo-Sung, who is regarded as a “father of ink art” with his collage and water-painted landscapes. Achieving nearly four times the pre-sale estimate, the success of the exhilarating sale demonstrated the tremendous interest in contemporary ink art among critics and collectors alike.

More recently, in April 2016, Sotheby’s presented the first single-owner collection of contemporary ink art at auction – The Origo Collection, which achieved a solid total of over HK$ 43.5 million/ US$5.5 million. The sale also established multiple artist records with works by Liu Dan admired for his exquisite paintings of scholars rocks and flowers, by Wucius Wong known for his fusion of Western modernism and traditional landscapes, and by Wang Dongling who is recognized as China’s leading modern calligrapher. These results confirm our team’s pioneering role in introducing contemporary ink art to the international marketplace and providing this innovative aesthetic category with extraordinary momentum among worldwide collectors.

Major auctions of Contemporary Ink Art are held in April and October in Hong Kong. Contemporary Ink Art has also contributed to the curated Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sales presenting abstract objects and Chinese works of art. In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Ink Art department regularly organises selling exhibitions in Sotheby’s S|2 galleries in New York and Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery.

Related Selling Exhibitions:
Shuimo / Water Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink 2013 (New York)
Labyrinths - A Selling Exhibition Of Contemporary Ink Paintings By Zeng Xiaojun 2013 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo / Water Ink: Enchanted Landscapes 2014 (New York)
Xu Jianguo: Metropolis Reimagined 2014 (Hong Kong)
Roots of Pleasure: Recent Paintings and Sculpture by Li Jin 2014 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo: Ten Thousand Blossoms Spring 2015 (New York)
Crossroads: Wei Dong 2015 (Hong Kong)
Two Generations: Ink Art by Peng Xiancheng & Peng Wei 2015 (Hong Kong)
The Literati Within 2015 (New York)
Zheng Chongbin: Structures 2016(Hong Kong)

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Ink Art sales, please click here.
Hong Kong:
+852 2822 5549
New York:
+1 212 606 7332
Beijing:
+86 10 6408 8890
Shanghai:
+86 21 6288 7500
Taiwan:
+886 2 2757 6689
Tokyo:
+81 3 3230 2755
Singapore:
+65 6732 8239
London:
+44 (0)207 293 5958

Contemporary Ink Art is a growing category at auction presenting works that demonstrate the versatility of a simple medium with complex applications. It is a platform for collectors worldwide seeking an art medium that expresses a facet of contemporary art in Asia today.

Over the past century, artists grounded in traditional ink painting and calligraphy actively explore the ink medium’s infinite possibilities. Working on paper or silk, or in combination with acrylic, pen, photography, video, or printmaking, artists working in global contexts provoke a dynamic dialogue with tradition, challenging viewers’ expectations about the nature of ink painting. While some artists’ works are deeply rooted in scholarly pursuits in the manner of early masters, others pursue individual expressions of Modernist iconoclasm or raise intriguing questions about art and cultural identity.

The inaugural sale, Early Ink Masters in Hong Kong in October 2013 attracted animated bidding from a group of multinational collectors, in particular for modern works by market leaders such as Liu Kuo-Sung, who is regarded as a “father of ink art” with his collage and water-painted landscapes. Achieving nearly four times the pre-sale estimate, the success of the exhilarating sale demonstrated the tremendous interest in contemporary ink art among critics and collectors alike.

More recently, in April 2016, Sotheby’s presented the first single-owner collection of contemporary ink art at auction – The Origo Collection, which achieved a solid total of over HK$ 43.5 million/ US$5.5 million. The sale also established multiple artist records with works by Liu Dan admired for his exquisite paintings of scholars rocks and flowers, by Wucius Wong known for his fusion of Western modernism and traditional landscapes, and by Wang Dongling who is recognized as China’s leading modern calligrapher. These results confirm our team’s pioneering role in introducing contemporary ink art to the international marketplace and providing this innovative aesthetic category with extraordinary momentum among worldwide collectors.

Major auctions of Contemporary Ink Art are held in April and October in Hong Kong. Contemporary Ink Art has also contributed to the curated Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sales presenting abstract objects and Chinese works of art. In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Ink Art department regularly organises selling exhibitions in Sotheby’s S|2 galleries in New York and Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery.

Related Selling Exhibitions:
Shuimo / Water Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink 2013 (New York)
Labyrinths - A Selling Exhibition Of Contemporary Ink Paintings By Zeng Xiaojun 2013 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo / Water Ink: Enchanted Landscapes 2014 (New York)
Xu Jianguo: Metropolis Reimagined 2014 (Hong Kong)
Roots of Pleasure: Recent Paintings and Sculpture by Li Jin 2014 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo: Ten Thousand Blossoms Spring 2015 (New York)
Crossroads: Wei Dong 2015 (Hong Kong)
Two Generations: Ink Art by Peng Xiancheng & Peng Wei 2015 (Hong Kong)
The Literati Within 2015 (New York)
Zheng Chongbin: Structures 2016(Hong Kong)

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Ink Art sales, please click here.
Hong Kong:
+852 2822 5549
New York:
+1 212 606 7332
Beijing:
+86 10 6408 8890
Shanghai:
+86 21 6288 7500
Taiwan:
+886 2 2757 6689
Tokyo:
+81 3 3230 2755
Singapore:
+65 6732 8239
London:
+44 (0)207 293 5958

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Vice Chairman, Chinese Art, Worldwide Head, Contemporary Ink Art
+1 212 606 7332
Deputy Director, Head of Department, Contemporary Ink Art
+852 2822 9019
Specialist Trainee, Contemporary Ink Art
+852 2822 5549

Contemporary Ink Art is a growing category at auction presenting works that demonstrate the versatility of a simple medium with complex applications. It is a platform for collectors worldwide seeking an art medium that expresses a facet of contemporary art in Asia today.

Over the past century, artists grounded in traditional ink painting and calligraphy actively explore the ink medium’s infinite possibilities. Working on paper or silk, or in combination with acrylic, pen, photography, video, or printmaking, artists working in global contexts provoke a dynamic dialogue with tradition, challenging viewers’ expectations about the nature of ink painting. While some artists’ works are deeply rooted in scholarly pursuits in the manner of early masters, others pursue individual expressions of Modernist iconoclasm or raise intriguing questions about art and cultural identity.

The inaugural sale, Early Ink Masters in Hong Kong in October 2013 attracted animated bidding from a group of multinational collectors, in particular for modern works by market leaders such as Liu Kuo-Sung, who is regarded as a “father of ink art” with his collage and water-painted landscapes. Achieving nearly four times the pre-sale estimate, the success of the exhilarating sale demonstrated the tremendous interest in contemporary ink art among critics and collectors alike.

More recently, in April 2016, Sotheby’s presented the first single-owner collection of contemporary ink art at auction – The Origo Collection, which achieved a solid total of over HK$ 43.5 million/ US$5.5 million. The sale also established multiple artist records with works by Liu Dan admired for his exquisite paintings of scholars rocks and flowers, by Wucius Wong known for his fusion of Western modernism and traditional landscapes, and by Wang Dongling who is recognized as China’s leading modern calligrapher. These results confirm our team’s pioneering role in introducing contemporary ink art to the international marketplace and providing this innovative aesthetic category with extraordinary momentum among worldwide collectors.

Major auctions of Contemporary Ink Art are held in April and October in Hong Kong. Contemporary Ink Art has also contributed to the curated Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sales presenting abstract objects and Chinese works of art. In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Ink Art department regularly organises selling exhibitions in Sotheby’s S|2 galleries in New York and Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery.

Related Selling Exhibitions:
Shuimo / Water Ink: Chinese Contemporary Ink 2013 (New York)
Labyrinths - A Selling Exhibition Of Contemporary Ink Paintings By Zeng Xiaojun 2013 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo / Water Ink: Enchanted Landscapes 2014 (New York)
Xu Jianguo: Metropolis Reimagined 2014 (Hong Kong)
Roots of Pleasure: Recent Paintings and Sculpture by Li Jin 2014 (Hong Kong)
Shuimo: Ten Thousand Blossoms Spring 2015 (New York)
Crossroads: Wei Dong 2015 (Hong Kong)
Two Generations: Ink Art by Peng Xiancheng & Peng Wei 2015 (Hong Kong)
The Literati Within 2015 (New York)
Zheng Chongbin: Structures 2016(Hong Kong)

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Ink Art sales, please click here.
Hong Kong:
+852 2822 5549
New York:
+1 212 606 7332
Beijing:
+86 10 6408 8890
Shanghai:
+86 21 6288 7500
Taiwan:
+886 2 2757 6689
Tokyo:
+81 3 3230 2755
Singapore:
+65 6732 8239
London:
+44 (0)207 293 5958