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Upcoming Auctions: May 25 - 31

  • Christie's Hong Kong
  • Christie's Hong Kong
  • Christie's Hong Kong
  • Christie's Hong Kong
May 24, 2015

Hi, auction fans, next week is the right time for some Asian and Latin American art auctions! Two auctions will put on sale artworks made by artists from Latin America – the first one simply called Latin America will take place at Phillips auction house in New York, while the other one, Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary auction will happen at Sotheby’s New York. Then, in two days, three auctions of artworks made by Asian artists will take place at Christie’s Hong Kong: Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale), Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale) and Asian 20th Century Art (Day Sale).

Please, scroll down and find more details of most interesting lots that will be auctioned next week.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Phillips Latin America26.5.201510680590001184300093877
Sotheby's Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary26.5. - 27.5.2015165121800001696000088303
Christie's Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale30.5.2015944923839069772214633035
Christie's Asian 20th Century Art Day Sale31.5.2015310123777241780803448687
Christie'sAsian Contemporary Art Day Sale31.5.201521569685431000674039477

Featured image: – Anita Magsaysay-Ho – Gathering Poinsettias, 1977 (Lot 455). Estimated at $181,430 – $259,186. (detail)

Also in slider: – Chu Teh-Chun – Mirage Èa L’aube (Mirage At Dawn), 1990 (Lot 60). Estimated at $1,036,743 – $1,555,115. – Sanyu (Chang Yu) – Chrysanthemums in a Glass Vase, Painted in the 1950s (Lot 13), Estimate Upon Request (detail) – Ju Ming – Taichi Series, 1995 (Lot 503). Estimated at $388,779 – $544,290.

Images courtesy of Christie’s.

  • Phillips New York

Latin America at Phillips New York

First of upcoming auctions that we will focus is auction called Latin America. This auction, that will put on sale artworks by Latin American’s artists will take place at Phillips New York (450 Park Avenue) on May 26 at 4 PM. Total of 106 lots are estimated at $8,059,000 – $11,843,000, and the priciest lot will be Wifredo Lam’ s Présages from 1947 (Lot 25), which is estimated at $2,000,000 – $3,000,000.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Phillips Latin America26.5.201510680590001184300093877
Phillips New York
Matta – L’impossible de l’un et de l’autre, 1943 (Lot 28). Estimated at $800,000 – $1,200,000.
Phillips New York
Armando Mariño – The Raft (La Patera), 2002 (Lot 94). Estimated at $3,000 – $4,000.
Phillips New York
Enrique Metinides – Car Crash With Firemen, 1960-2013 (Lot 48). Estimated at $4,000 – $6,000.
Phillips New York
Gabriel Orozco – El Jardín Del Mundo (The Garden Of The World), 1998 (Lot 62). Estimated at $8,000 – $12,000.
Phillips New York
Carlos Cruz-Diez – Physichromie No. 655, 1973 (Lot 9). Estimated at $220,000 – $280,000. With this piece, Cruz-Diez tests the boundaries of perception and the spatial elements of our reality. He has removed traditional subject and form completely, replacing them with an entirely new focus, that of color as its own entity and something that should be explored and examined in its own right. As the viewer confronts the work, a remarkable thing happens: the entire color spectrum is visible despite the fact that only certain colors were applied to the surface.
Phillips New York
Wifredo Lam – Présages, 1947 (Lot 25). Estimated at $2,000,000 – $3,000,000.

Featured image: Luis Enrique Camejo – Evidencia, 2007 (Lot 104). Estimated at $5,000 – $7,000. Images and lot information courtesy of Phillips.

  • Sotheby's New York

Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary at Sotheby's New York

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and May 27, two sessions of Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary auction will occur at Sotheby’s New York: Lots 101 – 132 in Session 1 on May 26 at 7:30 PM and lots 150 – 282 in Session 2 on May 27 at 10 AM. The auction value is estimated at $12,180,000 – $16,960,000. Among most interesting lots there will be Rufino Tamayo’s La Familia from 1987, two works by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam and contemporary art by today’s most promising young Cuban artists.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Sotheby's Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary26.5. - 27.5.2015165121800001696000088303
Sotheby's New York
Armando Morales – Deux Baigneuses Aux Rapides, 1994 (Lot 129). Estimated at $175,000 – 225,000
Sotheby's New York
Jorge Blanco – Metalmelon, 2013 (Lot 276). Estimated at $12,000 – 18,000.
Sotheby's New York
Rufino Tamayo – La Familia, 1987 (Lot 125). Estimated at $1,200,000 – $1,600,000. La Familia of 1987 is a crowning achievement painted at the end of Rufino Tamayo’s remarkable seventy-year career. As a recurrent theme first explored in the 1920s, La Familia conveys Tamayo’s profound regard for the family unit as a central element of society. Firmly placed in the foreground of the composition, two frontal personages encounter the viewer with open and closed arms. Personifying archaic prototypes for every woman and man, their monolithic forms are intensified by fragmented and abstracted shapes. Together they proclaim their primal place in the “order of things”.
Sotheby's New York
Left: Fernando Botero – Desnudo Ante El Espejo, 1983 (Lot 120). Estimated at: $600,000 – $800,000. / Right: Claudio Bravo – White Package, 1969. Estimated at: $400,000 – $600,000.
Sotheby's New York
Wifredo Lam – Les Oiseaux Voilés, 1945 (Lot 117). Estimated at $1,000,000 – $1,500,000.

Featured image: Tomás Sánchez – Canal, 1987 (Lot 110). Estimated at $150,000 – 200,000. Images and lot info courtesy of Sotheby’s.

  • Christie's Hong Kong

Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie's Hong Kong

First out of three Asian art auctions at Christie’s Hong Kong (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai) is set on May 30 at 6 PM, where lots 1-95 will be put on sale. This Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, as well as other two auctions at Christie’s that we will cover, is part of Christie’s Hong Kong 2015 Spring Auctions, and this Evening Sale will present masterpieces by modern masters and leading contemporary artists. This auction is estimated at $49,238,390 – $69,772,214.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Christie's Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale30.5.2015944923839069772214633035
Christie's Hong Kong
Sanyu (Chang Yu) – Chrysanthemums in a Glass Vase, Painted in the 1950s (Lot 13). Estimated value wasn’t set.
Christie's Hong Kong
Paik Nam-June – Route 66, 1993 (Lot 44). Estimated at $323,982 – $453,575.
Christie's Hong Kong
Wu Guanzhong – A Lacebark Pine, 1984 (Lot 16). Estimated at: $1,943,894 – $2,332,672. / Right: Lee Ufan – From Point, 1979 (Lot 54) Estimated at: $1,166,336 – $1,814,301.
Christie's Hong Kong
Left: Zao Wou-Ki – 12.04.60, 1960 (Lot 29). Estimated at: $3,239,823 – $4,535,752. The entire composition, coherent and flowing, suggests the imagery of fire. But what Zao Wou-Ki wanted to depict in this work is not simply the phenomenon of burning as an expression of physical laws, nor did he aim just for resplendent luminescence. He wanted to capture something closer to the elemental nature of pure fire, the transition from a material state to nothingness, through a kind of dynamic or moving light. / Right: Zeng Fanzhi – Mask Series, 1998 (Lot 37) Estimated at: $1,814,301 – $2,332,672.
Christie's Hong Kong
Yoshitomo Nara – Yr. Childhood, 1995 (Lot 35). Estimated at $1,036,743 – $1,555,115.

Featured image: Kazuo Shiraga – Keicho 19 (Osaka Winter Campaign), 1968 (Lot 67). Estimated at $1,295,929 – $2,332,672. Images and lot info courtesy of Christie’s.

  • Christie's Hong Kong

Asian Contemporary Art Day Sale at Christie's Hong Kong

At the same place, at Christie’s Hong Kong, on Sunday, May 31 at 10:30 AM, a Day Sale of Asian Contemporary Art is set. There will be 215 lots on sale, worth in total between $6,968,543 and $10,006,740. This auction will offer works by Asian contemporary artists, including Yoshitomo Nara, I Nyoman Masriadi, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami, amongst others.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Christie'sAsian Contemporary Art Day Sale31.5.201521569685431000674039477
Christie's Hong Kong
Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkin Green [TOWHT], 2005 (Lot 102). Estimated at $129,593 – $194,389.
Christie's Hong Kong
Suh Do Ho – Gate-Small, 2003 (Lot 108). Estimated at $259,186 – $388,779.
Christie's Hong Kong
Ding Yi – Appearance Of Crosses 93-17, 1993 (Lot 103). Estimated at $103,674 – $155,511.
Christie's Hong Kong
Yan Pei-Ming – Black Selfportrait, 2007 (Lot 166). Estimated at $233,267 – $311,023.
Christie's Hong Kong
Liu Ye – Marie’s Brothers, 1992 (Lot 112). Estimated at: $259,186 – $388,779.Beijing based-painter Liu Ye is best known for his allegories of personal and Chinese historical experience depicted in parable like portrayals of children at play in adult games. These paintings always had an extremely personal aspect, even as Liu transformed those autobiographical elements to the level of universal metaphor.

Featured image: Li Chen – Float To Sukhavati, 2002 (Lot 130). Estimated at $90,715 – $116,634. Images and lot info courtesy of Christie’s.

  • Christie's Hong Kong

Asian 20th Century Art Day Sale at Christie's Hong Kong

Finally, 310 lots will be auctioned on Sunday, May 31 at 2:30 PM, at Asian 20th Century Art Day Sale at Christie’s Hong Kong. Total value of these 310 lots is estimated at $12,377,724 – $17,808,034, and most artworks on sale will have Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Cheong Soo Pieng and Haywen T’ang. Ju Ming’s sculpture Taichi Series from 1995 (Lot 503) will lead the way with estimated value at $388,779 – $544,290.

Auction HouseAuctionDateTotal LotsLow Estimate Total [$]High Estimate Total [$]Estimated Average Lot Value [$]
Christie's Asian 20th Century Art Day Sale31.5.2015310123777241780803448687

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Christie's Hong Kong
Luo Zhongli – Birth Record, 1984 (Lot 525). Estimated at $97,195 – $123,113.
Christie's Hong Kong
Pang Jiun – Dream Home, 2014 (Lot 517). Estimated at $103,674 – $155,511.
Christie's Hong Kong
Anita Magsaysay-Ho – Gathering Poinsettias, 1977 (Lot 455). Estimated at: $181,430 – $259,186.Anita Magsaysay-Ho is widely acknowledged as the leading female painter in modern Philippine art. She was named one of the outstanding Filipino artists in 1958 and went on to be closely identified with the emerging school of Modernist art which challenged notions of conservative painting, and was the only woman to be named one of the Thirteen Moderns in Philippine art, which was a great honour.
Christie's Hong Kong
Left: Ai Xuan – The Boy By The White River, 1980s (Lot 520). Estimated at: $207,349 – $285,104. / Right: Hendra Gunawan – Penjual Ikan (Fish Seller) (Lot 429). Estimated at: $129,593 – $194,389.
Christie's Hong Kong
Yang Feiyun – Girl With Green Apricots, 1989 (Lot 521). Estimated at $129,593 – $194,389.

Featured image: Lee Ufan – From Line, 1978 (Lot 496). Estimated at $285,104 – $362,860. Images and lot info courtesy of Christie’s.