An artistic journey urged Chinese artist Yun Gee to New York in the 1930s. Visit the dreamer’s playground he discovered in this CG animated video. Wheels: Industrial New York is part of Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong on 30 September.
Scratched on painted canvas, Chinese artist Sanyu imbues Léopard with feminine allure, vitality and a sense of motion. Watch the video to see it come to life through the magic of stop motion animation. Sanyu’s masterpiece is a highlight of our Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong on 30 September.
Outstanding results in traditional categories were joined by records for Western contemporary art and jewellery as Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales totalled HK$3.17 billion (US$406.1 million). Highlights included the record-smashing ‘CTF Pink Star’ diamond (US$71.2 million), an early Ming Xuande ‘Fish Pond’ Lobed Bowl (US$29.5 million), Andy Warhol’s ‘Mao' (US$12.6 million), a Fancy Intense Blue Diamond (US$4.8 million) and the Macallan Whisky Collection (US$990,000). Thirteen artists also set new records at auction, and eight of the week’s sales were ‘White Glove’ – or 100% sold. To consign with us for future auctions visit sothebys.com/consign.
"Mr Long’s simplicity is the seductive simplicity of genius, fascinating, stimulating, inspiring, but oh so deceptive! ... As I glance through its entrancing picture pages, I sigh with regret that Tung Yuan and Chu Jan, Kuo Hsi and Fan Kuan, Ma Yuan and Hsia Kuei are not with us today, to profit from the professional hints and pointers Mr Long could so easily and so usefully give them." –Sir Percival David, 21 July 1942, Shanghai
Hong Kong – Sanyu’s figure drawings are an embodiment of the artist’s creativity and imagination. These works opened the door of modern art to new vistas, and propelled the artist to the ranks of the great masters. The men and women portrayed under Sanyu’s brush are taken from the settings of the everyday, but under the artist’s unique facilities of observation and imagination, they are endowed with a new aesthetic. Using soft and dynamic lines, the artist captures transient flashes of inspiration. SANYU FEMME À LA JUPE VIOLETTE, 1920/30S. ESTIMATE HK$350,000 – 500,000.
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