Est-Ouest Auctions, one of the largest Auction House in Tokyo is holding their Art Auction in Hong Kong this May. The auction will be offering Post-War Japanese art pieces for sale. Titled Gutai: Splendid Playground, this auction is auctioning off important Japanese Post-War arts during the transition period after World War at the time of Japan’s rapid economic growth.
Gutai artwork has been the key driver of growth in Japanese art, beyond the works of top Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami. Since the success of Gutai art auction at the Guggenheim Museum in 2013, when one of the most famous Japanese artists’ Kazuo Shiraga’s art sold for USD5.5 million in June 2014, Post-War Japanese Art is experiencing a revival in the art market.
At this auction, art pieces from 12 Gutai artists from Japanese Post-War period include works from Takeo Yamaguchi, Kenzo Okada, Saito yoshishige, Jiro Yoshihawa, Toshinobu Onosato, Kumi Sugai , Kazuo Shiraga, Hajime Kato, Josaku Maeda, Masaaki Yamada, Key Hiraga and Yayoi Kusama.
- “Untitled (1968)” by Yoshihara Jiro, estimated sale HK$1,300,000 – 2,000,000
- “A Scene (2005)” by Shiraga Kazuo, estimated sale HK$300,000 – 500,000
- “Infinity-Nets (2004)” by Kusama Yayoi, estimated sale HK$1,800,000 – 2,800,000
- “Give You Water (1993)” by Nara Yoshitomo, estimated sale HK$2,800,000 – 3,800,00
Est-Ouest Spring Auction
Preview & Auctions Date:23rd – 24th May, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Location:Renaissance Harbour View Hotel (1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Source of pic: Jiro Yoshihara’s Untitled (L) and Kazuo Shiraga’s The Scene (R)