Artists & Scholars Celebrate Contemporary Asian Art

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On 9 March, the Sotheby’s New York Asia Week festivities continued with two receptions devoted to contemporary Asian art. On hand at the opening of S2 selling exhibition, Different Paths: Explorations in Ink, were eleven of fifteen participating contemporary ink artists, including Arnold Chang, Peng Wei and Cai Xiaosong. Shown alongside their work was a preview of Li Jin: A Devout Foodist’s Journey to the West, a selling exhibition coming to Sotheby’s LA this June. Jin also attended the reception, where guests could see some of his newest pieces, one of which features Mee-Seen Loong, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Chinese Art and Worldwide Head, Contemporary Ink Art. A few floors up, guests enjoyed a colourful spread of South Asian art and food. Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke professor, author and recipient of numerous awards, led a talk on Maqbool Fida Husain, “a quintessential artist of the Indian nation.” Discussing Husain’s prolific career and tragic conclusion, Ramaswamy highlighted five works, on offer in the Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale, which capture the international Modernist’s most significant themes: women, deities and his beloved India. Click ahead for images from the evening.  –Stephanie Sporn

Artists & Scholars Celebrate Contemporary Asian Art

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