This sale focuses on the crucial period in the development of Chinese contemporary art in the 1980s and early 1990s. Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline – Big Family: Family No. 2 from 1993 for instance is extremely significant as the second work in the renowned Bloodline series, as well as the earliest on the market from the series. Wang Guangyi’s Mao:AO (1989) is a continuation of his contributions to the seminal 1989 Beijing exhibition China/Avant-Grade, while A Good Dog (1995), painted by Liu Wei after his participation in the 1995 Venice Biennale, is an outstanding early work with a strong and nuanced visual impact. In parallel, this sale features few section devoted to emerging Chinese artist such as Jia Aili, whose large-scale painting installation It’s not only You Who Is Pale (2007) is an exuberant and affecting rendition of imaginary ruins.
Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Sotheby's Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art 2012 spring sale achieved HK$211 million / US$27 million (Est. HK$158 - 218 million / US$20 - 28 million), making it the second highest various-owner sale of this category at Sotheby's Hong Kong. Zhang Xiaogang's Bloodline - Big Family: Big Family No.2 sold for HK$52.18 million / US$6.69 million, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of HK$35 million / US$4.5 million*.
* Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer’s premium