Art Chinois du XXe Siècle

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s Bold Zao Wou-Ki Masterpiece

Zao Wou-Ki was an international master of abstractionism. Not only have his works been exhibited in countless important exhibitions in the last half-century, they have been inducted into over 120 public collections around the world. Publications show that his works have found an important home in American institutions, where a great number of important Zao paintings now reside. The majority of these works come from Zao’s ‘Oracle Bone Period’. Of these, the most prominent was Abstraction, formerly in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Abstraction was sold by Sotheby’s Beijing in 2013 for RMB 89,680,000 (approximately HKD 113,000,000), creating a new auction record for Zao at the time. In 1955, the artist was invited to participate at the Third São Paulo Biennial, as well as the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh in USA, where Foule noire (1954) (Black Crowd) received an Honourable Mention. The painting was later donated to the Carnegie Museum of Art – founded in 1895, it was the first museum in the United States which focused on contemporary art. Today it owns over 30,000 works of art and is considered one of the most active top-level art institutions. To many and most importantly to Zao himself as an Asian artist, the acquisition of his works by important American public institutions was seen as a highly significant recognition for his accomplishment and position in the post-war Western art world. This spring, Sotheby’s Hong Kong is honoured to be offering Sans titre (Lot 1032), a Zao masterpiece from the collection of the prodigious Carnegie Museum of Art, a truly rare and wondrous opportunity to acquire such a treasure.

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Sotheby’s 20th Century Chinese Art Department presents carefully curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, offering collectors the finest works of art by leading Modern Chinese artists. This genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who explored modern Western art and were integral to the Modernist movement in Chinese art, such as Lin Fengmian, Wu Dayu, Sanyu, Wu Guanzhong, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, and Realist artists such as Xu Beihong, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong and Ai Xuan. Sotheby’s set a world auction record for the artist when we sold Zao Wou-Ki’s 10.1.68 in Hong Kong in October 2011 for HK$68,980,000.

Since Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for 20th Century Chinese art in the autumn of 2008 in response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category have grown exponentially.

Sotheby’s is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to 20th Century Chinese Art, and to offer sales that focus solely on this category.

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Sotheby’s 20th Century Chinese Art Department presents carefully curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, offering collectors the finest works of art by leading Modern Chinese artists. This genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who explored modern Western art and were integral to the Modernist movement in Chinese art, such as Lin Fengmian, Wu Dayu, Sanyu, Wu Guanzhong, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, and Realist artists such as Xu Beihong, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong and Ai Xuan. Sotheby’s set a world auction record for the artist when we sold Zao Wou-Ki’s 10.1.68 in Hong Kong in October 2011 for HK$68,980,000.

Since Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for 20th Century Chinese art in the autumn of 2008 in response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category have grown exponentially.

Sotheby’s is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to 20th Century Chinese Art, and to offer sales that focus solely on this category.

ENVOIS

Si vous souhaitez vous renseigner sur la possibilité d'offrir un travail dans l'un de la vente de Sotheby's Art Chinois du XXe Siècle de, cliquez ici.
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Sotheby’s 20th Century Chinese Art Department presents carefully curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, offering collectors the finest works of art by leading Modern Chinese artists. This genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who explored modern Western art and were integral to the Modernist movement in Chinese art, such as Lin Fengmian, Wu Dayu, Sanyu, Wu Guanzhong, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, and Realist artists such as Xu Beihong, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong and Ai Xuan. Sotheby’s set a world auction record for the artist when we sold Zao Wou-Ki’s 10.1.68 in Hong Kong in October 2011 for HK$68,980,000.

Since Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for 20th Century Chinese art in the autumn of 2008 in response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category have grown exponentially.

Sotheby’s is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to 20th Century Chinese Art, and to offer sales that focus solely on this category.

ENVOIS

Si vous souhaitez vous renseigner sur la possibilité d'offrir un travail dans l'un de la vente de Sotheby's Art Chinois du XXe Siècle de, cliquez ici.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8197
TAIPEI:
+886 2 2757 6689
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1819
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771