The Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale earned HK$605 million / US$77.5 million, with the Brushwork – From Asia to The World section 100% sold. Nine artist records were established, including the top lot of the sale, Wang Huaiqing’s Feet 2, which realised HK$54.52 million / US$7 million; Liu Wei’s The Revolutionary Family Series (triptych), which fetched HK$38.84 million / US$5 million; and Hendra Gunawan’s Ali Sadikin pada Masa Perang Kemerdekaan which achieved HK$33.24 million / US$4.3 million.
Chief among the many sale highlights are rare pieces representative of the artists’ oeuvres including Liu Wei’s largest and early work The Revolutionary Family Series (triptych) and Nara Yoshitomo’s Untitled, in which the mischief and anger of past subjects has given way to the signature sweetness that belongs uniquely to Nara. The sale also presents three classic masterpieces from Wang Huaiqing: Feet 2, the artist’s single large scale, red diptych from 1990s; Chairs in the Mirror; and Traces of the Nature 2.
Offered alongside Southeast Asian works by Cheong Soo Pieng, Vicente Manansala and monumental paintings by Hendra Gunawan, the sale celebrates these important figures of Southeast Asian art history.