Specially curated 3D art category in Sotheby’s 2011 spring sale


CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART AUCTIONS HONG KONG

A specially curated section of the 4 April Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art sale will focus on installation and sculpture. Historically, three-dimensional art has not been as easy to sell as two-dimensional paintings. Is this a turning point?

Yue Minjun, 'Contemporary Terracotta Warriors – 9 (Set of 25)', 2006, bronze, 190.5 x 61 x 61 cm, Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Yue Minjun, 'Contemporary Terracotta Warriors – 9 (Set of 25)', 2006, bronze, 190.5 x 61 x 61 cm, Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Auction catalogues and the categories they promote or drop are useful harbingers of where the art market is headed next. Auction houses not only follow new tastes and interests but also nurture and promote them, and these catalogues act as sources of trend information, providing a glimpse into how the art market and collectors’ tastes are evolving.

Information on the special section, named “Infinite Dimensions”, was announced in a March 2011 press release,

The sale is also marked by Infinite Dimensions, a specially curated section on ingenious works of three-dimensional art from sculpture and design to multi-media installation.

Highlights from this section include:

Tatsuo Miyajima (Japanese, b. 1957), Changing Time with Changing Self – Blue Wind, 2007, est. HKD2.4 – 3.2 million / USD310,000 – 410,000.

Tatsuo Miyajima, 'Changing Time With Changing Self-Blue Wind', 2007, LEDs, steel frame, glass mirror and electronic components, 180 x 300 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Tatsuo Miyajima, 'Changing Time With Changing Self-Blue Wind', 2007, LEDs, steel frame, glass mirror and electronic components, 180 x 300 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Michael Lin (Taiwanese, b. 1964), Cool and Sweet, 2008, est. HKD900,000 – 1.2 million / USD120,000 – 150,000.

Michael Lin, 'Cool and Sweet', 2008, acrylic on canvas, bicycle, pinwheels, coffee cans, electric fan, 200 x 200 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Michael Lin, 'Cool and Sweet', 2008, acrylic on canvas, bicycle, pinwheels, coffee cans, electric fan, 200 x 200 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Shao Fan (China, b. 1964), Project No. 1 of 2004, <date?>, est. HKD600,000 – 800,000 / USD80,000 – 100,000.

Shao Fan, 'Project No. 1 of 2004', 2004, elm wood, acrylic glass, 150.5 x 110 x 100 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Shao Fan, 'Project No. 1 of 2004', 2004, elm wood, acrylic glass, 150.5 x 110 x 100 cm. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Click here to read the full press release (PDF download).

More from the press release on other sales in the 2011 series:

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold its Contemporary Asian Art Spring Sale Series 2011 on 3 and 4 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 3 April will see the Evening Sale of The Ullens Collection – The Nascence of Avant-Garde China offering 106 important works, estimated in excess of HK$100 million / US$12.7 million, while 4 April marks the sale of Contemporary Asian Art, bringing forward a total of 153 lots estimated at over HK$121 million / US$16 million. Sotheby’s is also pleased to present an environmentally-themed sale, the Clean Air Auction, to support the projects of Clean Air Network (CAN), one of Hong Kong’s leading non-governmental organisations.

Takashi Murakami, 'Scarlet Heart', 2002, 125.1 x 152.4 x 152.4 cm, est. HK$3 - 3.5 million. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

Takashi Murakami, 'Scarlet Heart', 2002, 125.1 x 152.4 x 152.4 cm, est. HK$3 - 3.5 million. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

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