The Art of Zao Wou-Ki
The highest price paid for any work at international auction in April 2013 was for a sublime blue abstracted landscape oil painting by Contemporary artist Zao Wou-Ki, one of the greatest Chinese artists of the 20th and 21st century.
The artist’s paintings and prints are considered to be a major art historical development of both Western abstraction and Chinese landscape painting.
We took a closer look at the nature and art of Zao Wou-Ki.
Cat Street Gallery
Here is an unmissable event to add to your Hong Kong Art Week circuit!
The famous Cat Street Gallery is opening their Wonderworks show at The Space on Friday, May 24. Wonderworks brings together a beautiful and intriguing combination of young and established artists from Asia, America, Africa, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Auctions in Texas
Mark your calendars: On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Heritage Auctions Texas will host their highly anticipated and beautiful European Paintings Signature Auction. From a lively Torriglia to a suspenseful Vlaminck and wistful Renoir, click through to get a sneak-peek of the sale.
We are very excited and proud to present Women’s Work, a superb, curated group of Contemporary female artists who push the boundaries of the political, feminist, and identity-based narrative. These unique artworks are by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Ruth Bernhard, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Lynda Benglis, and Chitra Ganesh, to name just a few!
The Guerrilla Girls joined us at the office for an ArtTable breakfast this morning! Thanks for sharing your amazing stories!
Art Basel Hong Kong
“I can assure you that the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong promises many discoveries and delights” - Art Basel director Marc Spiegler
The inaugural edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, which celebrated its champagne-fuelled VIP opening yesterday, boasts a fabulous array of international art, highlighting the city’s new role as a global arts hub.
Check out our first impressions from the four-day art extravaganza that is Art Basel Hong Kong!
Art Basel Hong Kong
Hong Kong is taking center stage on the global art circuit this week as art-loving billionaires descend on the city for Art Basel Hong Kong.
The fair is offering an impressive roster of over 250 established to emerging galleries hailing from over 35 different countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
A tour-de-force work by famed Contemporary African artist Osaretin Ighile, this sculpture is made of steel armature and rope.
Born in 1965 in Benin City, Nigeria, Osartin is among a generation of artists who no longer view colonialism as a constant source of trauma, drawing on a profound understanding of his culture, his openness to the world, and diversity.
Discovering Ruth Asawa
Talented Japanese/American artist Ruth Asawa’s work is currently being presented in a major exhibition for the first time in 50 years, courtesy of Christie’s. The show traces Asawa’s artistic journey from her works on paper, created while studying with Josef Albers, to her career as a modernist sculptor, which is now gaining international recognition.
On a journey to Mexico in the summer of 1947, Asawa was captivated by the looped-wire baskets used in markets to sell eggs and other produce. Intrigued, she began to loop and twist wire in a similar fashion. Asawa’s looped wire forms were often executed in her home, with her six children surrounding her, creating a poetic narrative in which life intertwines with art.
Good news for those of you on the west coast: San Francisco-based Jeffrey Spahn Gallery is showing her 1952 work, Classic Sphere within a sphere (pictured).
Nigerian artist Osaretin Ighile uses mundane materials such as asphalt, ink, rope, burnt wood, cut-up plastic crates, and metal to create his works.
Entanglement I: I am Black I am White (2010) is part of our inaugural Contemporary African Art auction.
Zeng Fanzhi at Lempertz
“Those of us living in China are at a turning point; we are witnesses to social change, the immense impact of which cannot be imagined by foreigners. This is our everyday environment and also the subject of our works.” -Zeng Fanzhi
Contemporary Chinese painter Zeng Fanzhi is known for his Expressionist paintings laden with psychological and political overtones. Along with the artists Yue Minjun and Fang Lijun, Zeng Fanzhi is considered to be one of the Cynical Realist painters seeking to question reality and current social conditions through the means of Figurative and satirical art.
The Madness of Art
Jim Kempner offers a glimpse of the day-to-day life at Jim Kempner Fine Art in his The Madness of Art web series.
In Season 1, Episode 10, Jim and Dru try to figure out why it’s so slow in the gallery. Could Glenn Dranoff of Dranoff Fine Art have something to do with it? Later that day, Jim tries to alleviate his new assistant’s anxiety. Complications arise when Jim asks her to type up a letter.
Julio Le Parc
Pictured is Movil cuadrado plateado sobre negro, an incredible 1968 kinetic installation by one of the most acclaimed artists of the 1960s generation, Argentine artist Julio Le Parc.
No longer just a fashion icon, supermodel enfant terrible Kate Moss has transcended into a symbol of the contemporary pop lexicon, equal parts girl next-door and rock n’ roll goddess. It’s no wonder that she has become a reoccurring subject for most of the top artists of her era. Damien Hirst, Banksy, Chuck Close, Mark Quinn, Lucian Freud, and Alex Katz have all incorporated her likeness into their work. Most recently, artist Kate Garner has returned to her original images of Kate.
Gallery 618 is bringing Kate Garner’s controversial photographs of Kate Moss to the United States and into a new light with Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil. Garner created 20 unique canvas works showing three scenes from the now legendary photo shoot that helped turn an unknown 16 year old into a cultural icon.
Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil runs from May 17 to 31, 2013.
Here’s your chance to re-discover and fall in love with New York City, through the eyes of artist David Dunlop. On view at Susan Powell Fine Art, his electrifying new series of New York City, the Connecticut Shore, and Abstract landscapes fuse light and color in motion. Dunlop puts us in a familiar place only to make it wonderfully unfamiliar, producing a vibrant mystery whose secrets are not easily revealed.
David Dunlop: Light and Motion is on view through June 16, 2013, at Susan Powell Fine Art.