Sotheby's to sell Origo Collection of Chinese contemporary ink art



2016-02-01 15:06:02

Sotheby's has announced it will sell The Origo Collection of contemporary Chinese ink artworks at a dedicated sale in Hong Kong.

The auction will be the world's first major single-owner sale of contemporary ink art, which combines traditional painting techniques with innovative modern themes and compositions.

"The Origo Collection at auction was meticulously handpicked to highlight the quality, diversity and range of the ink art genre in this one sale," said Katherine Don, Head of Contemporary Ink Art, Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

"The trailblazing vision of The Origo Collection encompasses the varied and expressive artistic styles and artists in the collection take the classic ink medium in expansive and exhilarating directions. As such, this sale presents a rare and exciting opportunity for both collectors familiar with the field of contemporary art in China and those around the world who are newly introduced to this vibrant medium."

The collection features 83 important artworks by the likes of Gao Xingjian, Gu Wenda, Li Huayi, Li Jin, Liu Dan, Liu Guosong, Qiu Deshu, Wang Dongling, Xu Bing, Xu Lei, Zeng Xiaojun, Yang Jiechang and Zhang Yu, and is expected to achieve in excess of HK$35 million (US$4.6 million).

Leading lots will include Universe is My Heart #4 (Quadriptych) by Liu Guosong, estimated at HK$4-$6 million (US$520,000-$775,000); Tree of Blue Underglaze by Xu Lei, estimated at HK$3-$5 million (US$387,000-$645,000); Poppy by Liu Dan, estimated at HK$2.5-$4 million (US$323,000-$520,000); and Flowers by Liu Wei, estimated at HK$400,000-$600,000 (US$52,000-$77,500).

"The Origo Collection surveys some of the most perceptive, sensitive and intelligent artists to have been working in recent decades," added Michael Macaulay, Head of Evening Sales, Contemporary Art. "These works are fundamentally contemporary, and as such should resonate with and appeal to collectors interested in today’s most important artistic innovators."

The Origo Collection sale takes place at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on April 4, as part of the company's Spring Sales series.

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