Trending Now! 10 Highlights from CURATED: TURN IT UP

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Works by some of the hottest contemporary artists – Yayoi Kusama, Nara Yoshitomo, George Condo, KAWS, Keith Haring and many more – will be offered at a diverse range of estimates in the CURATED: TURN IT UP auction in Hong Kong. Assembled to reflect and cater to the eclectic tastes of young Asian collectors, this specially curated sale is the premier destination for both new and seasoned collectors to acquire highly sought-after and cutting-edge art pieces. Find out more about the top ten unmissable highlights from the sale.

CURATED: TURN IT UP

Highlight Preview | 25–30 May
Exhibition | 3–8 June
Auction | 8 June

Trending Now! 10 Highlights from CURATED: TURN IT UP

  • © KUSAMA YAYOI
    Kusama Yayoi, Untitled (Pumpkin Sculpture), 2007. Estimate HK$6,000,000-9,000,000 (US$765,000-1,150,000).
    Untitled (Pumpkin Sculpture) is a prime example of Yayoi Kusama's most beloved and iconic figurative motif – her ubiquitous pumpkin decorated with her signature polka dots. The work, rendered in yellow and black, the most classic palette of Kusama’s corpus of pumpkin sculptures, exhibits the artist’s extraordinarily dexterous skill, meticulous technique as well as the singular hallucinogenic vision that drives her legendary career.

  • © 2018 TAKASHI MURAKAMI / KAIKAIKIKI CO. LTD.
    Murakami Takashi, Hollow, 2014. Estimate HK$2,500,000-3,500,000 (US$319,000-446,000).
    Murakami’s HOLLOW belongs to a highly distinctive series of paintings which Murakami called the Ensō or ‘circle’ series. It constitutes something of a personal epiphany for the artist, while also representing his satirical view of the art world. In his own words: “[Entering the art world is] like going into the hollow, there’s only a shape, only a frame, and then inside it’s hollow.”

  • Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana, Teddy Bear Sofa, 2015. Estimate HK$280,000-380,000 (US$35,700-48,500).
    Brazilian design duo Fernando and Humberto Campana are internationally celebrated for their boundless creativity and ability in transforming the most mundane and unconventional materials, ranging from scraps of iron and wood to ropes and toys, into highly expressive design pieces that challenge and surprise. Teddy Bear Sofa embodies a unique aesthetic by incorporating stuffed toys into a sofa’s fabric.

  • Keith Haring, Untitled, 1989. Estimate HK$150,000-260,000 (US$19,200-33,200).
    During the 1980s, Keith Haring produced a series of sculptural works by covering terracotta vases with his iconic characters in black marker ink. The works confront the history of vase paintings, reinterpreting the black-figure technique in Ancient Greek pottery with Haring’s contemporary marker drawings.

  • © Yoshitomo Nara
    Nara Yoshitomo, Untitled, 2009. Estimate HK$300,000-500,000 (US$38,300-64,000).
    One of the most recognized living contemporary artists today, Nara Yoshitomo’s endearing creations fuse anime, Pop art and punk rock, combining mischief and innocence to convey a beguiling sugary sweetness that melts to reveal darker angsts of childhood loneliness.



     

  • © 2018 George Condo / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    George Condo, Young Girl, 2007. Estimate HK$500,000-700,000 (US$64,000-89,500).
    Young Girl is an archetypal example of George Condo’s acclaimed visual vocabulary that delves deep into the depths of the fragmented human psyche. The painting forms part of a large corpus of fabricated portraiture that the artist began developing in the mid-1980s. It presents Condo’s adaptation of Picasso’s technique of analytical cubism to his own paintings, showing different and often conflicting psychological states.

  • Damien Hirst, Chlordiazepoxide 5mg 24 capsules, 2014. Estimate HK$110,000-190,000 (US$14,100-24,300).
    Chlordiazepoxide 5mg 24 capsules forms part of a series of Damien Hirst’s monumentalised pill sculptures that convey the artist’s fascination with the pharmaceutical industry and his deep belief that art heals. “I’ve always loved the idea of art maybe, you know, curing people,” says Damien Hirst. 



     

  • Dan Colen, TBT: Hills/Waterfalls/Seas/Rainfalls (Four Works), 2011. Estimate HK$450,000-550,000 (US$57,500-70,500 ).
    Executed in 2011, TBT: Hills/Waterfalls/Seas/Rainfalls is a sequence of four works from American artist Dan Colen’s steel studs series. While Colen is perhaps best known for his exuberant chewing gum and confetti paintings or his provocative post-pop phase in the early 2000s, this work is more restrained in composition and controlled in methodology. Nevertheless, it is a continuation of Colen’s quest to harness the full potential of artistic expression inherent to his chosen medium with minimal artistic intervention.

  • KAWS, Warm Regards, 2008. Estimate HK$150,000-260,000 (US$19,200-33,200).
    KAWS’s acclaimed oeuvre straddles high art, pop culture and his own signature style. The artist creates highly coveted limited-edition prints, sculptures and toys that transform imagery from popular culture with his own unique twist. Warm Regards presents one of the most recognised characters that KAWS has created, characterised by the artist’s signature X-ed out eyes.

  • © KUSAMA YAYOI
    Kusama Yayoi, Red Sunflower, 1979. Estimate HK$60,000-80,000 (US$7,700-10,200 ).
    Kusama began experiencing hallucinogenic visions as early as the age of ten, where she recalls menacing flowers speaking to her. Red Sunflower is a delicate yet exuberant testimony of Kusama using her traumatic experience as a therapeutic outlet in order to maintain a sense of control over the anxieties that plagued her throughout her life.



     

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