Ju Ming's martial arts sculptures set for Sotheby's auction

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2015-09-22 08:35:31

A collection of important sculptures by Ju Ming, representing the power and poetry of martial arts, will be offered in a special Sotheby's sale next month.

The Hong Kong sale, entitled 'Embodying The Dao of Martial Arts', will offer 26 works by the Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming, from the esteemed collection of Mr. Johnson Chang Tsong-Zung, director of Hanart TZ Gallery.

Chang has played a pivotal role in the promotion of Ju Ming's work for more than 30 years, and his private collection of sculptures is one of the finest of its kind.

"Ju Ming’s sculptures embody the aesthetics of martial arts through a process of unceasing self-transcendence," said a Sotheby's spokesperson. "He saw martial virtue as an aesthetic object, using sculpture to transform the dynamic state of Kung Fu into static imagery, transforming the beholder’s understanding and imagination of combat into a transcendent artistic experience.

“As early as the 1970s, Ju Ming caught my eye," said Mr. Johnson Chang Tsong-Zung. "His treatment of folk subjects elevated them, linking them to the literati xieyi style and creating a new form of art deeply rooted in Chinese tradition.!

!In this sense, Ju Ming’s Taichi series not only serves as an icon for modern Chinese art, but was also the vehicle that profoundly transformed the traditional figures of folk gods into something universal, representing the two forces of yin and yang."

Highlights from the collection will include the 1994 work 'Taichi Series: Single Whip', estimated at HK$5-$7 million (US$641,000-$897,000); 'Taichi Series: Thrust', executed in 1995 and estimated at HK$4-$6 million (US$513,000-$769,000); and 'Taichi Series: Turn Advance', created in 1996 and valued at HK$4.5-$6.5 million (US$577,000-$833,000).

“We are delighted to work together with Mr. Johnson Chang Tsong-Zung, to present to the market his collection of important Ju Ming sculptures this autumn," added Vinci Chang, Sotheby’s Head of Modern Asian Art Department. "His collection encompasses master works across various periods, series and media, and is impeccable in its depth, breadth and quality.”

Embodying The Dao of Martial Arts – Important Sculptures by Ju Ming from the Collection of Johnson Chang Tsong-Zung will be offered in the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale, which takes place in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 4.

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