The Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale is set to be held on the 2nd April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
While the exhibition will include some familiar genres including Modern Asian Art, Contemporary Asian Art Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, for the first time a number of significant Western Contemporary works will be incorporated. Celebrated names such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Adrian Ghenie will be displaying their work alongside renowned Asian artists including Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-ki, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Ye, Kusama Yayoi, Le Pho and Affandi. The sale itself will consist of 50 lots with an estimated price of over US$60million.
Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, commented: “The success of the Western Contemporary art in last October’s #TTTOP sale, along with Asian buyers’ increased activity in our most recent auctions in New York and London have encouraged us to include Western works in our evening sale for the first time.”
Highlights of the evening
Adrian Ghenie, Self-Portrait in 1945, 2015 // Estimate: HK$4.8million – 5.8million/ US$620,000 – 740,000
Elsewhere in the Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Adrian Ghenie’s Self-Portrait is one of the most iconic within his repertoire of portraiture; the fragmentation of faces makes for an interesting and unique composition. It is immediately clear that the latest of Van Gogh’s portraits has lent a huge amount of inspiration for this piece.
Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: Mother and Son No.1, 1993 // Estimate: HK$25million – 35million/ US$3.2million – 4.5million
In 1993 Xiaogang’s style began to transition from surrealism and symbolism into realism. This year was pivotal for this artistic change, this piece if the first in his revered Bloodline series. Following this highly personal depiction of himself and his mother, he later when on to broaden the scope of the theme as he later released the Bloodline: Big Family collection.