Auctions in Asia
Art worth over $500 million was auctioned off in New York last week, setting several astounding records. With the international art-loving crowd hitting the Chinese auction scene this week, the question on everyone’s mind is: Who will emerge as the star of the fall auction season in China?
Interview With Mariko Mori
We sat down with New York-based Japanese artist Mariko Mori to discuss her solo exhibition at the Japan Society, Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori.
Famed for her performances, installations, and videos, Mori’s works focus on alternative interpretations of self and the exploration of space, spirituality, technology, and the various factors that influence the viewer’s perception of identity.
We’re thrilled to debut Asia POP!, a gorgeous sale that presents the various cultural manifestations of Pop Art in Asia, by a diverse range of artists from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia!
Headlining the sale is a stunning, super-cropped portrait of an alluring yet allusive woman. It is Painted by Feng Zhengjie (Chinese, b.1968), a pioneer of Chinese Pop Art in his signature palette of neon pink, green, and red.
Other highlights include works by Ling Jian, Shi Lifeng, and Takashi Murakami.
Considered one of the most important platforms for Asian Art, Art Taipei 2013 is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall. With a rapidly growing Asian Art market, Art Taipei will debut a fantastic mix of young, emerging talents, including Yan Xing and Julia Steiner, as well as established, international artists, such as Ai Weiwei and Jenny Holzer.
Due to its geographic location, Art Taipei serves as a hub to connect North- and Southeast Asia, creating a fertile ground to showcase the varied and vibrant Asian art scene..
Hong Kong Season
The Chinese/French artist Zao Wou-Ki once said, “I began working in oils in 1935, but it wasn’t until 1964—a full thirty years—that I truly understood the freest way to paint in oils.” When considered in relation to painterly traditions in both the East and West, Zao created new breakthroughs and possibilities, while preserving and carrying traditions forward.
Zao among a group of prolific artists such as Chu Teh-chun, Liu Ye, and Fu Baoshi, who are taking centre stage during Hong Kong’s 2013 fall auction season.
A Private Collection
As Asian art is rapidly growing in importance around the world, we’re very excited to feature a selection of work from a European private collection on artnet Auctions this week.
Be prepared to see rare paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures by Asian and South Asian stars such as Chitra Ganesh, Kim Kang-Yong, Li Songsong, the Luo Brothers, Wang Guangyi, and Zhang Xiaogang.
Icons & Motifs
These longer days of summer are perfect for gallery hopping! This weekend, we’re browsing exhibitions that delve into Asian cultures and their manifestations.
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.
With AIPAD The Photography Show taking center stage this week, we’re taking a closer look at Contemporary Asian Photography.
Happy Birthday Murakami
Happy birthday Takashi Murakami! The Japanese artist celebrates his 51st birthday today.
Born in Tokyo, the painter and sculptor is famous for his integration of Fine Art, commercialism, Japanese aesthetics, and cultural criticism into his work.
His embrace of the commercial side of art reached a high point in 2003, when the artist began collaborating with Marc Jacobs in the redesign of the Louis Vuitton logo and handbags. Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo and New York.
Art Stage Singapore
“If you want to see Southeast Asian art and don’t want to travel for two months, you have to come here,” said Lorenzo Rudolf, Art Stage Singapore’s director.
As other art fairs emphasize their global credentials, Art Stage Singapore is increasing its focus on Southeast Asia, particularly on fast-growing Indonesia. Of the 130 galleries showcasing their work this year, 80% are Pan-Asian galleries and 20% are western galleries.
As Art Stage Singapore gets under way this week, discover the various regional styles of Asian Art.
This week, we’re looking forward to The New York Academy of Art's presentation of From Beijing, an exhibition of artwork by the faculty of Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Don’t miss the opening reception on Tuesday, January 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.!
Renowned for alumni such as Zhang Huan, Liu Xiaodong, and Zhang Dali, CAFA is considered China’s preeminent art school. This exhibition marks the first time many of the prominent faculty members have been exhibited in New York City.
Mark your calendars for the panel discussion on February 14, featuring Pratt Institute’s Jonathan Goodman, Michelle Loh of Arts Asia Pacific, Art in America’s Richard Vine, Xie Dongming of CAFA, and Xu Bing of the CAFA Museum!
“We are thrilled to showcase the diversity and talent of our colleagues in Beijing and we’re excited to see the discourse generated by this exciting exhibition and panel,” said New York Academy of Art President David Kratz.
There are only a few days left to explore the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than a thousand years, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum.
In the densely populated urban centers of China, enclosed gardens have long been an integral part of residential and palace architecture, serving as an extension of the living quarters.
Artists were called upon not only to design gardens but also, as gardens came to be identified with the tastes and personalities of their residents, to create idealized paintings of gardens that served as symbolic portraits reflective of the character of the owner.
Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats ends on January 6, 2013.
Explore more Asian Art.
Curated by Nigel Hurst, Johnson Chang, and Serenella Ciclitira (CEO of Parallel Contemporary Art), the Saatchi Gallery's latest show, Hong Kong Eye, brings together 18 emerging Hong Kong artists.
In an effort to cast the Hong Kong art scene in a different light, the three curators consulted academics, galleries specializing in Hong Kong art, local curators, and professors in preparation for the show.
Hong Kong Eye is on view from December 5, 2012 through January 12, 2013 at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
"What single thing would improve the quality of my life? The freedom to express myself" - Ai Weiwei
Find out more about the Chinese dissident artist.