NEW YORK – Comprised of seven auctions and two selling exhibitions, Sotheby's Asia Week brings together 1,200 works of art spanning over three milleniums of history and across a handful of collecting categories. From amorous Indian paintings to sinuous Classical Chinese furniture, learn more about some of our favorite works before they head to auction 15-19 March.
3,000 Years of History, 1 Week of Sales
Experience our exciting celebration of the remarkable arts of the East beginning 10 March 2016 in our New York galleries.
7 Artworks to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey
Swing into the year of the Monkey – that mischievous and clever animal that lends its fun-loving traits to those lucky enough to be born under its sign. In celebration, we take a look at the use of this playful motif in Chinese art, from classical painting to snuff bottles.
Chef and 'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator Eddie Huang on His New Book, Comfort Food and the Chinese New Year
Meet famed chef and writer Eddie Huang – a man who has never shied away from his identity as a Taiwanese Chinese American. While all his literary and culinary creations are an amalgamation of the varied influences on his life – and very distinctly Eddie – they also pay tribute to a proud, rich heritage.
Asian Art at Every Price Point
View the dazzling range of extraordinary and accessible art that will be offered in our exciting sale series.
Say It with Flowers
In Chinese art, flowers say a lot more than “I love you.”
Going With the Grain: The Shimmering Translucence of Huanghuali
When was the last time you took a moment to gaze into a panel of wood? Sound crazy? Maybe to us, but in China from the 16th century, the scholarly elite, wealthy aristocrats, courtiers and emperors derived great pleasure and satisfaction surveying the lively patterns and imagery produced by the grain of exotic hardwoods.
Visions of Love in Indian Painting
Few cultures celebrate the varied moods and nuances of love as comprehensively as India. Join Anuradha Ghosh-Mazumdar, Head of Sotheby's Indian & Southeast Asian Art department, for an intimate look into the imagery of love and lovers in our upcoming Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale.
Intelligent Angularity: Chinese Art and 20th Century Design from the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
When David Utterberg began travelling as a young man, he was fascinated and overwhelmed by the way art and design were entwined with history – how cultures around the world were so infused with art that they were virtually indistinguishable.
Fine Classical Chinese Art: Mastery of the Brushstroke
Twice every year, Sotheby's Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy auctions in New York bring forth impressive offerings from around the world that are often kept for generations in private collections in North America and Asia. Click ahead to preview highlights of classical pieces, including works by Kuncan, Wang Jian and Bada Shanren, to be offered this Asia Week.
Ryan Korban on the Modern Appeal of Asian Design
Ryan Korban may be known as the go-to interior designer for the downtown cool set, with clients such as Alexander Wang, James Franco and Jessica Stam, but his sleek minimalist aesthetic leaves plenty of room for more traditional styles – including classic Asian design.
Vasudeo S. Gaitonde: The Sky’s the Limit
The grand scale of Untitled, the largest painting ever created by renowned Indian modernist Vadudeo S. Gaitonde and the star lot of our Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale, effectively captured the zeitgeist of its time.
First Look: Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Learn more about the highlights from our Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art sale, includes a curated selection of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain devotional, ritual and decorative works of art.
Bicontinental Fashion Duo Babyghost Talk Chinese and Western Aesthetics
Cult favourite fashion brand Babyghost founders, Josh Hupper and Qiaoran Huang, create clothing with a contemporary, urban take on the idea of "East meets West." Ahead of our selling exhibition, The Literati Within, which also celebrates the conversation between Western and Chinese aesthetics, we asked both designers about the influence of their hometowns, the Beijing gallery you can't miss and the S|2 pieces they would love to take home.
Ink Art Today: A Chat with Arnold Chang
Ahead of his contributions in The Literati Within, Sotheby's sits down with practitioner and connoisseur of traditional Chinese ink painting, Arnold Chang, to discuss his collaborative process, ink painting and what it means to be a contemporary Chinese artist.
Diamonds & Dragons: 9 Jewels for Asia Week
The colours and materials of traditional Chinese artistry have long been a source of inspiration to master jewelers who have incorporated Eastern motifs to great effect.
Sayed Haider Raza’s ‘Mistral’: A Masterly Use of Colour
"I wanted my paintings to express the feeling of fervor and human tension that burned within me."
The Value of Good Brushwork
For centuries, brushwork has been the primary criterion for determining authenticity in Chinese paintings and calligraphy.
Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, ‘Untitled, 1960'
A key highlight in our Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale, Gaitonde’s monumental ‘Untitled, 1960’ was originally created for the the Air India building in Mumbai. When the commission fell through, renowned patron and artist Bal Chhabda purchased the impressive work and it became the centerpiece of his celebrated collection.
Architect David Ling Reveals His Asia Week Exhibition
For our upcoming auction Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, internationally-renowned architect David Ling designed an exhibition space that celebrates the traditions and history of Asia, as well as embraces its borderless, timeless understanding of sheer, understated beauty.
Actor Terence Stamp on Collecting Chinese Furniture
Cult icon and 1960s leading man Terence Stamp has starred in some of the most enduring classics – Far From the Madding Crowd, Billy Budd and Teorema to name a few. Ahead of our Asia Week auctions, where the actor will sell works from his exquisite collection of Chinese furniture, we asked about his varied taste and the influence of Swinging London on his collecting.
Asia Week: A Thrilling Mix of Ancient and New
Our New York galleries are brimming with property from Asia Week, on view 8 - 20 March. From the marvelous Chinese classical furniture collection of Reverend Richard Fabian to iconic paintings by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde and Amrita Sher-Gil, tradition and modernism converge in a week of auctions and selling exhibitions that are not to be missed.
Expanding the Definition: Contemporary Chinese Art
East and West. Old and new. Paint brush and camera. These opposites are in fascinating dialogue in our Asia Week selling exhibitions – The Literati Within and Liu Dan: Transitions. To celebrate the joint opening on 10 March, guests filled our second-floor galleries, where several artists participating in the exhibitions were on hand to discuss their work, the state of the art world and more.
Sunday at Sotheby’s: Contemporary Chinese Art Edition
"We started Sundays at Sotheby’s to welcome a wider audience to experience all that we have to offer."