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Collector’s Picks: JINGART, ART021 Co-Founder Kylie Ying Highlights Her Top Works from 'Art of Tomorrow'

Collector’s Picks: JINGART, ART021 Co-Founder Kylie Ying Highlights Her Top Works from 'Art of Tomorrow'

One of China's most prominent contemporary art collectors and an important figure in the art world, Kylie Ying talks us through her top picks from Art of Tomorrow: Works Sold to Benefit the Chu Foundation, the brainchild of prominent Hong Kong-based art patrons Natalie and Lawrence Chu. Advancing the independent not-for-profit Chu Foundation’s mission to empower young artists, part of the proceeds of Art of Tomorrow will fund the Chu Residency at Tateyama in Japan, which will foster a community of artistic and cultural exchange.

As with David Chau, Adrian Cheng and Alan Lo, who shared their favourites from the eclectic selection of works, Ying is also a visionary taste-maker and a personal friend of the Chus – brought together by a passion for art and travel. Read on for their highlight from Art of Tomorrow, which features 34 works offered across Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales in October.

Kylie Ying

Kylie Ying (Qing Lan) is a prominent art collector, co-founding both ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair as well as JINGART, a showcase of modern and contemporary art in Beijing. She is dedicated to promoting contemporary art in China and remains a successful investor in many industries, including media, design, fashion and health care.

She became friends with Natalie and Lawrence Chu years ago when when Ying first became involved in the art world. They have all been active at art fairs in Hong Kong and mainland China, and they share many mutual friends. She said of Lawrence Chu that he would invariably appear at many different places at the center of art events, actively involved in these circles. At the VIP premieres of top art fairs in Shanghai or in London, they would frequently cross paths and then afterward head over to a nearby favourite restaurant to continue their discussions on art.

"In Shanghai or in London, at the VIP opening of art fairs such as Frieze or galleries, you will not miss seeing [Lawrence] there on any busy day.
Kylie Ying

In the feature below, scroll to the right to read more about each work.

Kylie Ying's Picks from 'Art of Tomorrow'
  • Harold Ancart
  • Firenze Lai
  • Lee Kit
  • Liu Wei
  • Untitled
    "Harold Ancart is also one of my favourite artists among abstract works of art. It can be said that everyone's collection corresponds to their changing perspectives and aesthetics. The works I have chose are mixed with black and white as their main colours, which perhaps is in keeping with my current thoughts and state of mind."

    Harold Ancart, Untitled
    2012, oil stick and pencil on paper, in artist's frame, 170.7 by 113.5 cm
    Estimate: 800,000 - 1,600,000 HKD (103,000-206,0000 USD)
  • The Colleagues
    "I first discovered Firenze Lai at the Vitamin Creative Space in 2008’s Art Basel years ago. As the works and languages the artist depict resonate with me, I was fully enticed by the work though it was her debut exhibition. Hence, I have collected her works and keenly follow her rising status on art for years."

    Firenze Lai, The Colleagues
    2017, Oil on Canvas, 130 X 110 cm
    Estimate: 900,000 – 1,200,000 HKD (117,000 – 155,000 USD)
  • Superdrug ‐ Clear Plasters
    "This work invokes a sense of tenderness and ambivalence at the same time. The impact is both visual and tactile. Even though you can't touch it, you can still feel the softness all the same. The artist's use of such a sensory technique and expression is fascinating."

    Lee Kit, Superdrug ‐ Clear Plasters
    2011, acrylic, emulsion paint, heat‐melt glue and inkjet ink on acid‐free board, 42 by 42.5 cm
    Estimate: 80,000 - 100,000 HKD (10,300 - 12,900 USD)
  • Landscape (in 6 parts)
    "This is a very interesting piece. We’ve collected a number of works by Liu Wei. The images here are reminiscent of human bodies, which they are not. Such fusion is whimsical, intriguing and witty."

    Liu Wei, Landscape (in 6 parts)
    2004, gelatin silver prints, Ed. 7/8,
    image: 199 by 108.5 cm (each)
    sheet: 204 by 122.5 cm (each)
    Estimate: 220,000 - 300,000 HKD (28,400-38,700 USD)
"I am more than happy for Lawrence and Natalie that they have built their own foundation in these years."
Kylie Ying

Ying says that she hasn't yet had a chance to visit Japan to see the Chu Residency at Tateyama due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. "I would definitely like to visit if I have a chance in the near future," she says.

David Chau

Co-founder of ART021 and Shanghai-based patron of contemporary art, David Chau started collecting art in 2003 when he was still a student of art history in college. Since then, he has played an influential role in around the art ecosystem in China, starting many different initiatives and entities revolving – from the CC Foundation, which supports the development of emerging artists, and Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair. Chau supported the launch of the Antenna Space and Leo Xu Project, two of the most promising young galleries in China. Earlier this year, he has unveiled his latest project Immersive Art Gallery (IAG).

Having attended the same high school in Vancouver as Lawrence Chu, a few years apart, Chau shares a similar background. He has known Natalie and Lawrence Chu for many years, brought together by the same passion for art.

"We have very similar tastes and collecting philosophy when it comes to art. I am sure over the years we have resulted in some bidding wars at auctions, but without knowing it!"
David Chau

In the feature below, scroll to the right to read more about each work.

David Chau's Picks from 'Art of Tomorrow'
  • Firenze Lai
  • Installation View of The Colleagues
  • Installation View of The Colleagues
  • Korakrit Arunanondchai
  • Liu Wei
  • The Colleagues
    "The works is a good representations of [Firenze Lai's] most iconic works. This has great provenance and exhibition history."

    The Colleagues is exemplary of Lai's ability to paint psychological states, with a method that recalls influences from German Expressionism and Fauvism. Lai is an upcoming artist who has a strong following in Asia, with her record price achieved at Sotheby's Hong Kong in July 2020.

    Firenze Lai, The Colleagues
    2017, Oil on Canvas, 130 X 110 cm
    Estimate: 900,000 – 1,200,000 HKD (117,000 – 155,000 USD)
  • Installation View of The Colleagues
    Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, Saint-Étienne Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Firenze Lai: White Balance, November 2019 - August 2020. Credit: Marie Applagnat
  • Installation View of The Colleagues
    Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, Saint-Étienne Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Firenze Lai: White Balance, November 2019 - August 2020. Credit: Marie Applagnat
  • 2558
    Deemed one of the most acclaimed conceptual artists from Thailand, Korakrit Arunanondchai's first solo museum exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2014 drew the world's attention to this emerging artist. He has since had many important solo shows in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. 2558 is Korakrit 's debut at auction in Asia, and the first time his installation work will be sold.

    Korakrit Arunanondchai, 2558
    2014-2015; installation composed of a painting (inkjet print, burnt denim, synthetic gold leaf on canvas), video, and a mannequin sculpture; painting: 219 by 162.5 cm, sculpture: 183 by 55 by 49 cm, video: 23 min, 46 sec.
    Estimate: 600,000 – 1,200,000 HKD (77,500 – 155,000 USD)
  • Landscape (in 6 parts)
    "Out of the three, this piece is my absolute favorite. It is perhaps one of the most iconic Chinese contemporary work. I also think it is a sleeper in terms of its market value. When the photography and video market for Chinese contemporary art explodes, this piece will be the star."

    Liu Wei, Landscape (in 6 parts)
    2004, gelatin silver prints, Ed. 7/8,
    image: 199 by 108.5 cm (each)
    sheet: 204 by 122.5 cm (each)
    Estimate: 220,000 - 300,000 HKD (28,400-38,700 USD)
“Hong Kong for so long, has been a major city of art, but only in the sense of the market. But it has so much potential to become a true art powerhouse, if more artists can be supported, more museums and foundations created. Lawrence is leading this trend!”
David Chau

Chau praises the Chus' efforts and mission to support the art community: “I am totally loving it! What Lawrence is doing is a perfect example of what all true collectors should do; combining the love for art with a sense of social responsibility. Lawrence’s taste in art is exquisite. So is his mission with Chu Foundation."

Adrian Cheng

Adrian Cheng is the Founder of K11 Art Foundation and K11 Group, a non-profit art foundation in China that supports local and international creative talents through the promotion of public art programmes and project initiatives. Over the years the foundation has partnered with international museums and institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in, MoMA PS1 in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Adrian Cheng serves on the TATE Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee was recently named the first Global Ambassador of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

We ask Cheng to choose works from The Art of Tomorrow that particularly resonate with him, to which he responded, “With such a great line-up of artworks, this is a challenging task! If I can only choose three, it would be George Baselitz, Liang Yuanwei, and Zhang Enli.”

In the feature below, scroll to the right to read more about each work.

Adrian Cheng's Picks from 'Art of Tomorrow'
  • George Baselitz
  • Liang Yuanwei
  • Zhang Enli
  • Ein Werktätiger (A Worker)
    “In my opinion, Baselitz is one of the greatest Post-War European painters possessing a beautiful ability to be expressive through his emotive brushstrokes. This work is from 1960’s, his most powerful period in my opinion.”

    George Baselitz, Ein Werktätiger (A Worker)
    1967, oil on paper laid on canvas, 100 by 81 cm. 39⅜ by 31⅞ in.
    Estimate: 4,500,000-6,000,000 HKD (585,000-775,000 USD)
  • 2016.06
    “Liang is one of the most exciting contemporary Chinese female artists to look out for. Her artistic practice places emphasis on the journey of art-making.”

    Liang Yuanwei, 2016.06
    2016, oil on linen, 190.5 by 160.5 cm. 75 by 63¼ in.
    Estimate: 1,400,000 - 2,200,000 HKD (181,000-284,000 USD)
  • The Tuck Net (2)
    “Zhang is an artist I have held high respect for. We have worked with the artist on several occasions, including in 2019, when I invited him to Hong Kong to create his first ever site-specific installation, Parrot of Five Colours, which features a hand-painted dome-shaped ceiling.”

    Zhang Enli, The Tuck Net (2)
    2013, oil on canvas, 180 by 200 cm. 70⅞ by 78¾ in.
    Estimate: 600,000 - 1,200,000 HKD (77,500-155,000 USD)
“As a big believer in the power of Art Residency projects, I am delighted see the Chu Foundation providing exciting opportunities for artists and I cannot wait to see what they will do next.”
Adrian Cheng

When asked about the project in Tateyama, Cheng said, “Not only can residencies provide artists and designers with a wealth of resources and opportunities, such initiatives also serve as a platform for incubating exciting projects and emerging talents. I share this thought from seeing the success of our own projects at K11 Art Foundation, we where have created several Artist Residencies, both online and offline, most recently with Zhang Jian-Jun partnering with The Royal Academy of Arts in London.”

Alan Lo

Alan Lo is co-founder of Michelin-starred Duddell’s Hong Kong. He’s a staunch supporter of the arts and cultural community in Hong Kong, Lo serves on a number of nonprofit and museum committees including Serpentine Galleries Asian Council, Tate Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Para Site. Lo is a close friend of Lawrence and Natalie Chu, having met while they were still university students; the two young men were flat mates in London during the early aughts.



“I’m partly responsible for introducing Lawrence to the world of collecting when I dragged him to wine and art auctions back in 2004.”
Alan Lo

In the feature below, scroll to the right to read more about each work.

Alan Lo's Picks from 'Art of Tomorrow'
  • Chris Huen Sin Kan
  • Danh Vo
  • Alicja Kwade
  • Order
    A young talent emerging from Hong Kong, Chris Huen Sin Kan’s experiences of everyday life are well observed, intuiting those serene moments we recognize as minute and fleeting, and capturing them in spontaneous feather-like strokes, with colour that appear as soft daylight.

    Chris Huen Sin Kan, Order
    2016, oil on canvas, 60 by 90 cm. 23⅝ by 35½ in.
    Estimate: 95,000 - 200,000 HKD (12,300 - 25,800 USD)
  • We the People (Two Works)
    The originality of Danh Vo’s voice is informed by the multifaceted nature of his cultural experience – born in Vietnam, brought up in Denmark, and today based in Mexico. His art articulates that experience in a novel range, weaving together contradictions of cultural identity, religion and global politics. This work is a fragment of a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty, which asks us to rethink what it means to share this symbol of freedom.

    Danh Vo, We the People (Two Works)
    2011-2014, copper
    i) 88 by 53 by 13 cm. 34⅝ by 20⅞ by 5⅛ in.
    ii) 87 by 60 by 14.5 cm. 34¼ by 23⅝ by 5¾ in.
    Estimate: 1,200,000 - 2,000,000 HKD (155,000-259,000 USD)
  • Asia
    The focus of Alicja Kwade’s explorations are fascinating as they question our perceptions of time and commonly held assumptions. These metal rods represent the borders that segment the world into different time zones, confronting the accepted and arbitrary notions of divisions of time.

    Alicja Kwade, Asia
    2015, brass and stainless steel, 200 by 24 by 6.6 cm. 78⅞ by 9⅜ by 2⅝ in.
    Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 HKD (10,300-15,500 USD)

When asked about the role Chu Foundation is taking to create a creative community in Tateyama, Alan Lo was full of praise for the initiative and for the positive role of Hong Kong in contemporary art throughout Asia. “I think it’s great for a Hong Kong-based collector to initiate this residency,” Lo said. “It will activate the scene in Asia even more and hopefully more collector and patrons will join the bandwagon to support the art ecosystem.”

“The 'Art of Tomorrow' collection spotlights works by established artists and young and cutting-edge talent whose unique visions inspired Natalie and Lawrence throughout their collecting journey. We are honored to be entrusted with this remarkable collection, and are proud that the sale will benefit the Chu Foundation’s steadfast dedication to support and cultivate artistic exchange within Asia and around the world.”
Yuki Terase, Head of Contemporary Art

With a combination of works by Asian and Western blue-chip artists as well as emerging local talents, the Chu Collection represents a distinct perspective from Hong Kong where the Chu family is rooted. Its diversity in expression reflects Natalie and Lawrence’s belief that art can spark innovation and enrich lives.

The Contemporary Art Evening Sale will be live streamed on 6 October at 7pm. Viewers will be able to access the multi-camera auction on the page linked below.

Contemporary Art Hong Kong Autumn Auctions
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