Zao Wou-Ki’s 04.01.79, 1979, on appearance at Phillips in Taipei Phillips
The paintings of the Chinese-French Modern adept Zao Wou-Ki bedeviled the Modern and abreast art sales at Christie’s and Phillip’s in Hong Kong’s this week, fueled in allotment by the aperture today of his abandoned exhibition L’espace est Silence (until 6 January 2019) at Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne.
At Phillip’s 20th aeon and abreast art and architecture black bargain on 27 May, which realised HK$233.6m ($29.8m)—the company’s accomplished anytime bargain absolute in Asia—Zao’s two and a bisected beat aerial painting 04.01.79 (1979) fabricated HK$69.8m ($8.9m). A able amount but, according to Artnet’s amount database, still alone the 14th accomplished at auction, the almanac actuality HK$202.6m ($25.9m) set by 29.01.64 at Christie’s Hong Kong aftermost November.
Zao provided the top lots over at Christie’s the antecedent night as well. During its Asian 20th aeon and abreast art black bargain and Contemporaries: Voices from East and West black sale—which totaled HK$1bn ($133.2m)—Zao’s 14.12.59 fabricated HK$176.7m ($22.6m), third accomplished amount for the artist. The afterward day’s HK$127.6m ($16.3m) Asian 20th aeon art day bargain was topped by Zao’s 04.03.63, activity for HK$7.9m ($549,347).
Born in China in 1920, Zao Wou-Ki emigrated to France in the backward 1940s, area he circuitous with Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miro and developed a signature appearance accumulation Chinese ink art with Western abstraction.
Zao’s bearing of 20th aeon Chinese, mostly emigrant, Modern painters abide to boss the Hong Kong sales, admitting Zao commands the accomplished prices. At Christie’s this week, his adolescent Chinese-French abstractionist Chu Teh-Chun’s Mille vies Se cachent dans le bois fabricated HK$28.9m ($3.7m) and the artist’s No. 81 awash for HK$38.3m ($4.9m). Several works by Wu Guanzhong went for over a actor US dollars, including By the Side of the Li River (I) for HK$10.6m ($1.3m) and The Sea of Potted Landscapes for HK$12.7m ($1.6m).
Yayoi Kusama additionally continues to be ubiquitous. Her Pumpkins (1982), a carve of two squashes on shelves, was the top lot at Christie’s 27 May Asian abreast art day sale, at HK$7m ($904,086).
Kusama and her adolescent Japanese pop artists Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara dot every catalogue, with the American artisan Kaws additionally adequate an broadcast Asia contour back his 2017 blockbuster exhibition at Shanghai’s Yuz Museum. Sotheby’s, which forth with Poly and Guardian captivated its Spring Hong Kong sales of Modern and abreast art in backward March and aboriginal April, will on 8 June authority a themed bargain blue-blooded Turn It Up, abundantly featuring this accepted accumulation as able-bodied as George Condo and Keith Haring.
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