S otheby’s Hong Kong Spring 2021 Contemporary Art Evening Sale presents an exceptional selection of Western and Asian masterworks of unprecedented caliber and diversity. Led by Clyfford Still’s PH-568 from 1965, a majestic late work from the artist’s Maryland period, the auction showcases a stellar line-up of international works.
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C reated in 1965, PH-568 is a masterwork from Still’s late period, painted a few years after he retreated from the New York art scene and relocated to the quiet countryside of Maryland. As exemplified by PH-568, Still’s mature canvases are characterized by a reductive aesthetic exhibiting a new sense of exuberance, sweep and power.
Notably, PH-568 was exhibited at the landmark exhibition at Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York in 1969. Extremely rare to come by, PH-568 serves as a powerful testament to Still’s singular and unparalleled importance within the narrative of postwar painting.
1965, oil on canvas
285.1 by 226.7 cm / 112¼ by 89¼ in.
Estimate: 105,000,000 – 145,000,000 HKD/ 13,540,000 – 18,690,000 USD
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Joining Clyfford Still’s PH-568 is a stellar line-up of works by Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter and Adrian Ghenie.
Asian highlights include a robust assemblage of early works by major Chinese Contemporary artists including Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Xiaodong and Fang Lijun. These seminal works all hail from the early 1990s period, which marks the nascence of Chinese Contemporary Art onto the international art stage.