Boundless: Contemporary Art will take place 11 June at Sotheby's Hong Kong
HONG KONG - In recent years, the economic boom in Asia has been a driving force behind the global art market. In major auctions and art fairs around the world, Asian collectors have repeatedly achieved exceptional sale results. Hong Kong, thanks to its strategic location, has entered an unprecedented phase of growth and development, in which important galleries and art expos from the West have set up bases in Hong Kong. In 2012, Sotheby’s Hong Kong launched the Boundless: Contemporary Art sale, which aims to introduce a range of Western and Asian art from different genres that would appeal to both new and seasoned Asian collectors.
The Boundless: Contemporary Art sale will take place on 11 June at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. By presenting Western and Asian contemporary art on the same platform, a dialogue between the two worlds also begins. Although artists come from drastically different nationalities, cultures and social backgrounds, upon closer examination, viewers will be amazed by what they have in common that transcends geographical boundaries. Such a vision of “art without borders” guides the Boundless: Contemporary Art sale.
The sale also strives to find a way to integrate art into everyday life. Most Asian collectors have extensive experience in paintings and sculpture, yet do not possess a comprehensive knowledge in design works. New technologies have significantly improved our material well-being and collecting is no longer an individual act; instead it conveys a lifestyle and spiritual aesthetic. After successfully acquiring an artwork, it is indeed a challenge for every collector to reflect on how to integrate it into daily life and share the pleasure with family and friends.
This season’s sale features quite a few design furniture pieces including the famous Spiral Staircase by French designer Roger Tallon, whose work has never appeared at auction before; the joyful Sushi Chair by the Campana Brothers from Brazil; three neon-light installation works reinterpreting basketball nets by Chinese contemporary artist Zhou Wendou (all three shown above), together with the specially-curated design lighting section including works from Japanese designer Shigeru Uchida, English designer Tom Dixon and Marc Newson from Australia. Those creative works of art are rarely seen in the Asian market and give collectors a precious opportunity to juxtapose them with their collections of paintings and sculpture, transforming the blank walls into something less severe but more interesting and creative.