Rounding out the autumn auction season, which was given a remarkable start last month with Sotheby’s at the lead, Christie’s goes head to head with a Yoshitomo Nara painting anchoring its sales, while Phillips partners with HOCA Foundation and Bonhams turns its attention to Post-War Asia.
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Taking the lead is Christie’s Evening Sale, which will feature some 71 lots across three auctions including a single lot auction for art world darling Yoshitomo Nara’s Can’t Wait ‘til the Night Comes. With an estimate upon request, the painting hits the auction block for the first time and is included as a significant highlight in his forthcoming touring survey exhibition which is set to debut at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April 2020 before it travels to the Shanghai’s YUZ Museum in; the Guggenheim Bilbao; and the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
Street art continues to maintain its strong presence, particularly in Christie’s themed sale HI-LITE which is centered on contemporary neo-pop aesthetics. Meanwhile sales are scattered with the usual auction names from Chinese diaspora masters Zao Wou-Ki, Sanyu and Foujita to Post-War Japanese artists Kazuo Shiraga, Takesada Matsutani, Shozo Shimamoto, among others. Several ink on paper nudes by Sanyu are up for grabs in the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Afternoon Session. With a high estimate of HK$ 400,000, prices for these gloriously simple captures of the female body have more than doubled in the past three years. For those eyeing European abstraction, a 1954 gouache on paper laid on canvas by Georges Mathieu—who no doubt is experiencing resurgence in popularity of late—will be on offer with an estimate between HK$300,000 to HK$500,000.
20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale | Can’t Wait ‘til the Night Comes: A Masterpiece by Yoshitomo Nara | HI-LITE Evening Sale Saturday 23 November 2019
20th Century & Contemporary Art Morning Session | 20th Century & Contemporary Art Afternoon Session Sunday 24 November 2019
10:00am | 1:30pm HKT
Venue: Grand Hall, HK CEC
No. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai
Rising talents and Western contemporary art seems to be the focus of Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale on Sunday 24 November, followed by its Day Sale on Monday 25 November. While we have a full run-down of highlights here, no doubt one it is 10 lots belonging to the HOCA Foundation Benefit Auction during the Day Sale that is setting them apart from the rest.
Featuring works directly donated from eight artists including Futura, José Parlá, Shepard Fairey, VHILS and Daniel Arsham, among others, all proceeds from these 10 lots will go directly to supporting the initiatives of non-profit HOCA, an organization that has put together free, museum-quality exhibitions in Hong Kong since 2014.
20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale Sunday, 24 November, 2019
20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Monday, 25 November, 2019
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
88 Queensway, Admiralty
Closing the autumn auction season in Hong Kong, Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Art Sale has a strong focus on Post-War Asian Art including Indian modernist S.H. Raza’s La Terre(The Earth). Painted in 1983, the geometric abstraction is at auction for the first time and holds an estimate of HK$2,500,000 to HK$3,500,000. With auction lots covering a pan-Asia spectrum of artists, from Masaaki Yamada and Susumu Koshimizu to Lee Ufan, Luis Chan, and Ibrahim Hussein, the sale covers a wide breadth of Post-War Asia. Among other highlights, two works by the much sought after British-Taiwanese artist Richard Lin will also be appearing under the auction hammer for the first time. Situated at the two ends of arguably his most active periods, 14-May-1959 and Cadmium Green are representative of the artist’s minimalist abstraction. While the former holds a high estimate of HK$2,500,000, the latter, painted in 1974, is tagged with a high estimate of HK$2,200,000.
Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Monday, 25 November, 2019
Venue: Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery
Suite 2001, One Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Admiralty