Contemporary Ink Art Sale, 4 April 2017

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By Butterboom Writers  /  March 29, 2017

Whether you are an art collector or an enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this upcoming auction by Sotheby’s Hong Kong: The Contemporary Ink Art Spring Sale highlighting some of the most stunning ink art through the decades by renowned artists such as early masters Liu Dan, experimental calligrapher Morita Shiryu and many more like Li Ji, Xu Lei, Qiu Deshu and Peng Jian. There will be a public exhibition on the works from 31 March to 3 April 2017 at theHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre while the auction will take place on 4 April 2017. 

Ink art has long been considered as part of the Chinese culture where it plays a significant role in our legacy of Asian philosophies and ideologies as well as cultural heritage. In recent years, there seemed to be an increasing demand for this medium especially amongst art collectors as recognition of Oriental art. “In a time when collectors are exceptionally discerning of quality and value in acquiring art, we see growing market interest in time-tested pieces with established track records and artistic significance.

This season, collectors will find museum-quality works by thought leaders in the ink art genre, who are not only guardians of culture heritage but also innovators who create fresh works that respond to globally-relevant issues of our time. We hope our meticulously curated sale this April will provide connoisseurs and ink art lovers a glimpse into a dynamic world of conceptually engaging, technically awe-inspiring and art-historically relevant contemporary art,” says Katherine Don, Head of Contemporary Ink Art, Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Highlights of the sale:

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Liu Dan’s Airy Mountains, Rushy Glens After Li Tang

Liu Dan’s Airy Mountains, Rushy Glens After Li Tang. Estimate: HK$4 to HK$6 million
As a student of traditional Chinese painting, Liu Dan expresses himself through his mastery of fine line and ink wash, creating a personal conversation with the past, cultural, historical and philosophical dimensions. Airy Mountains is part of a collection that represent his breadth of artistic vision in ink art.


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Morita Shiryu, Sugoi (Ghastly Cold)

Morita Shiryu, Sugoi (Ghastly Cold). Estimate: HK$120,000 to HK$220,000
Part of the Bokujinkai Group in 1950s post-war Japan, Morita Shiryu is known to turn the classical tradition of shodo (calligraphy) into a new liberating art form that is abstract and sometimes distorted to the point of unintelligibility, creating a contemporary artistic medium.


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Qiu Deshu, Rift and Cracks No.12

Qiu Deshu, Rift and Cracks No.12. Estimate: HK$220,000 to HK$300,000
Qiu Deshu is known for his commitment to abstract art, which represents a dynamic moment in China’s history when creativity began to flourish after decades of isolation. His work, Rift and Cracks No. 12, is his interpretation of the human portraits caught in abstract and representing the release of great energy through contrasting colours on canvas and ripped paper.


Sotheby’s HK Contemporary Ink Art Spring Sale
Public Exhibition: 31 March to 3 April; Auction: 4 April 2017
Venue: Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre



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