Art & Culture

'Inverted Jenny' and $1.3m Chinese stamp to auction in Hong Kong

Over 2,200 lots of Chinese, Hong Kong and Asian stamps and postal history are going under the hammer at Interasia's next series of auctions, from July 31-August 1 in Hong Kong.

Lock of Napoleon's hair sells in N.Zealand auction

A lock of hair cut from the head of former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte shortly after his death has sold for just over 13,000 US dollars in an auction in New Zealand.

Wu Guanzhong, Chinese Modern Artist, Dies at 90

JOYCE HOR-CHUNG LAU The New York Times 27.06.2010
Wu Guanzhong, Chinese Modern Artist, Dies at 90

Wu Guanzhong, a master of modern Chinese painting, died Friday in Beijing. He was 90.

Hong Kong publisher halts Tiananmen memoir

MIN LEE The Washington Post 20.06.2010
Hong Kong publisher halts Tiananmen memoir

A Hong Kong publisher said Sunday he has scrapped plans to publish an insider account of Beijing's decision-making behind its 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy student protesters in Tiananmen Square because of copyright problems.

On the Block in Hong Kong, a Modern Mix of East and West

NICOLAI HARTVIG The New York Times 15.06.2010
On the Block in Hong Kong, a Modern Mix of East and West

Seoul Auction is creating a new niche. In Hong Kong, which has become the world’s third-largest art market after New York and London, the small but ambitious auction house has been quietly bidding for a foothold with high-profile Western contempor...

Former Chinese PM Li Peng's diary goes on sale in Hong Kong

A book presenting diary accounts on the 1989 Tiananmen Incident allegedly kept by former Chinese Premier Li Peng during the event will be released for sale this month in Hong Kong.

Christie's Hong Kong Sale Tallies HK$2.29 Billion on Chinese Bids

Paintings, imperial Chinese treasures and gems sold at auction for a total of HK$2.29 billion ($294 million) in Hong Kong, the second-highest tally for a sale in the city, with mainland buyers paying top dollar for the rarest objects.

Candida Hofer at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong

Malaika Byng 02.06.2010
Candida Hofer at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong

Ben Brown Fine Arts' new Hong Kong outpost is the first gallery dedicated to Western contemporary art in the city. Opened at the end of 2009, it has introduced residents to big names like Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha and Lucio Fontana, and dabbled i...

New Book Catalogs Unique Collection of Rare Antique Chinese Porcelain

Mr. Alan Chuang Shaw Swee announced the publication of a new book cataloguing his unique collection of rare antique Chinese porcelain, The Alan Chuang Collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelain.

The Chinese 20th Century sale star lot was Chen Yifei's String Quartet in the Evening Sale, which broke a new auction record at HK$61.1 million/US$7.85 million.

The Christie's Hong Kong completed its Day and Evening Sales of Asian Contemporary Art and Chinese 20th Century Art on May 30th, 2010. Together with the ground-breaking 100% sell-through Evening Sale that totalled HK$303 million/US$39 million, the...

Sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Realizes HK$44.5 Million

Christie’s Hong Kong Spring 2010 sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art marks a 33% increase over the Fall 09 sale total. More than 10 records were set for both established and emerging artists from both the modern and contemporary se...

Asia Art Star Zao's Works Fetch $43 Million in Bidding Frenzy

Zao Wou-ki showed he was Asia’s top- selling living artist at auction when all 17 of his canvases offered at a Hong Kong sale beat estimates. Works by other major painters sold at a fraction of pre-credit-crisis prices.

Miniature Chinese Art Makes World Record Prices at Bonhams

Bonhams Hong Kong today celebrated the first-ever “Golden Gavel Auction” in its history, when part of the world’s finest collection of important Chinese snuff bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, sold 100% and achieved world record prices.

Christie's man in Asia

Georgina Adam Financial Times 28.05.2010
Christie's man in Asia

At an age – just over 60 – when many people might be thinking of winding down their professional career, Christie’s François Curiel moved halfway across the world to take on a massive new challenge. Since the beginning of this year he has headed C...

Warhol's Mao, Ming Bronze Lead $192 Million Hong Kong Auction

A Hong Kong auction of imperial Chinese art, jewels and wine, starting today and worth more than HK$1.5 billion ($192 million) is “among the finest” the city has seen, says top Chinese art buyer Wu Qun. Yet big spenders might stay away.

ART HK 10: A quick guide to the biggest art sale in the world

Hong Kong welcomes investors and voyeurs alike with art worth everything from US$1,000 to US$10 million at the annual ART HK exhibition

The painting “Christmas” and late artist Le Pho, which will be auctioned in Singapore on May 16.

Some paintings by famous Vietnamese painters will be auctioned at Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on May 29.

Manon, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

Ken Smith Financial Times 12.05.2010
Manon, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

Last Saturday’s performance of Manon by Opera Hong Kong for Le French May, the territory’s annual celebration of all things Gallic, brought out the mad scientist in me. If it were possible to isolate the activities on stage and surgically replace ...

Hong Kong's Conceptual Circus

JOYCE HOR-CHUNG LAU The New York Times 11.05.2010
Hong Kong's Conceptual Circus

The opening last month of “Hope & Glory,” a large multimedia exhibition, was certainly interactive. Among the 2,000 guests were children skating on “Zorch,” a mirrored skateboard ramp. That was planned. What wasn’t expected were people climbing up...

Paik video piece at Christie's in Hong Kong

The global auction house Christie’s said Friday it will auction a work by Paik Nam-june, the late Korea-born American video artist, as part of its efforts to cater to the broad tastes of collectors from around the world.

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