Modern Asian Art

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 is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to modern Asian art. The Modern Asian Art Department presents expertly curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, bringing collectors the finest works of art by leading modern Asian artists.

The genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who engaged in both modern Western art together with the modernist movement in Chinese art. These artists include 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.

In response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category, in the autumn of 2008, Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for modern Asian art in Hong Kong and since then have seen sale results grow exponentially. Indeed in spring 2017, the first special sale of Long Chin-San - the pioneering figure in Chinese photography ‘Moments of Flash’ achieved 100% sold and setting a new artist record. In autumn, Yun Gee’s Wheels: Industrial New York was sold for HK$105 million/ US$13.5 million in Hong Kong, setting a world auction record for the artist. Sotheby’s also holds seven of the top ten prices for the artist Zao Wou-Ki at auction.

The Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2017 also saw the fourth consecutive ‘white glove’ themed section curated by the department with ‘Movimento Punto: A Post-War Legacy’. In the same sales period, ‘Foujita: Image of Elegance’ also drew an enthusiastic response from collectors. These successful results stand as testament to Sotheby’s commitment to curating sales which offer exciting collecting opportunities for buyers of Modern Asian Art.

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If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern Asian Art sales, please click here.
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Sotheby’s is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to modern Asian art. The Modern Asian Art Department presents expertly curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, bringing collectors the finest works of art by leading modern Asian artists.

The genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who engaged in both modern Western art together with the modernist movement in Chinese art. These artists include 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.

In response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category, in the autumn of 2008, Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for modern Asian art in Hong Kong and since then have seen sale results grow exponentially. Indeed in spring 2017, the first special sale of Long Chin-San - the pioneering figure in Chinese photography ‘Moments of Flash’ achieved 100% sold and setting a new artist record. In autumn, Yun Gee’s Wheels: Industrial New York was sold for HK$105 million/ US$13.5 million in Hong Kong, setting a world auction record for the artist. Sotheby’s also holds seven of the top ten prices for the artist Zao Wou-Ki at auction.

The Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2017 also saw the fourth consecutive ‘white glove’ themed section curated by the department with ‘Movimento Punto: A Post-War Legacy’. In the same sales period, ‘Foujita: Image of Elegance’ also drew an enthusiastic response from collectors. These successful results stand as testament to Sotheby’s commitment to curating sales which offer exciting collecting opportunities for buyers of Modern Asian Art.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern Asian Art sales, please click here.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8197
TAIPEI:
+886 2 2757 6689
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1819
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771

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Senior Director, Head of Department, Modern Asian Art
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Felix Kwok
Senior Specialist, Modern Asian Art
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Sotheby’s is the only international auction house with a specialist department dedicated to modern Asian art. The Modern Asian Art Department presents expertly curated sales of oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, bringing collectors the finest works of art by leading modern Asian artists.

The genre encompasses the first and second generations of Chinese artists who engaged in both modern Western art together with the modernist movement in Chinese art. These artists include 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.

In response to the remarkable expansion of the Asian art market sales in this category, in the autumn of 2008, Sotheby’s launched a dedicated auction for modern Asian art in Hong Kong and since then have seen sale results grow exponentially. Indeed in spring 2017, the first special sale of Long Chin-San - the pioneering figure in Chinese photography ‘Moments of Flash’ achieved 100% sold and setting a new artist record. In autumn, Yun Gee’s Wheels: Industrial New York was sold for HK$105 million/ US$13.5 million in Hong Kong, setting a world auction record for the artist. Sotheby’s also holds seven of the top ten prices for the artist Zao Wou-Ki at auction.

The Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2017 also saw the fourth consecutive ‘white glove’ themed section curated by the department with ‘Movimento Punto: A Post-War Legacy’. In the same sales period, ‘Foujita: Image of Elegance’ also drew an enthusiastic response from collectors. These successful results stand as testament to Sotheby’s commitment to curating sales which offer exciting collecting opportunities for buyers of Modern Asian Art.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern Asian Art sales, please click here.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8197
TAIPEI:
+886 2 2757 6689
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1819
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771