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Christie's announces the first virtual Asian Art Week
A Painting of Ganesha North India, Punjab Hills, Guler, circa 1760, Image 6.3/8 x 9.3/8 in. Folio 8 x 11.1/4 in. Estimate: USD $30,000-50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.



NEW YORK, NY.- This July Christie’s announces its biannual visual feast of Asian art is taking place in a fully digital format for the first time. Asian Art Week Online July 2020 presents a series of online auctions, virtual viewings, and digital events from July 7-24. From rare Song-dynasty ceramics and 17th-century Japanese screens to Tyeb Mehta’s seminal exploration of his Falling Figure, Asian Art Week offers an extraordinary breadth of work drawn from over 3,000 years of artmaking on the vast continent. View the art online in rich detail, explore our enhanced virtual viewing rooms, and read more about the highlights of the sales beginning July 7 on Christies.com. The virtual exhibition will be available on July 10.

Tina Zonars, Chairman of Asian Art at Christie’s, remarks: “We are delighted to announce our first-ever Online installment of Asian Art Week, which will include a comprehensive array of sales spanning many epochs and categories of Asian art. Throughout this unprecedented period, it has been encouraging to witness the extraordinary amount of online activity which is taking place. Clients from 80 countries have participated in online sales, with 35% of buyers new to Christie’s. Online sales for the Asian art category have performed with exceptionally strong results, with sell-through rates ranging from high 80s to 99%. This lockdown period has been an unparalleled time of change and innovation. As an organization we are leading the way with innovative offerings and developing digital platforms that allow us to serve our clients to the highest standards possible.”

The global calendar of upcoming Asian Art auctions follows the July 2020 online sales.

ASIAN ART WEEK ONLINE | NEW YORK | 7-24 JULY | AUCTION OVERVIEW:

Fine Chinese Paintings
7 to 21 July | Online | New York

Christie’s New York will present Fine Chinese Paintings, an online auction offering exceptional paintings and calligraphy spanning classical, modern and the contemporary periods. Key highlights include Qi Baishi’s Wisteria and calligraphic works by Zhang Daqian, Gao Jianfu and Kang Youwei. These pieces are complemented by an exquisite selection of paintings by renowned Lingnan School artists Zhao Shao’ang and Yang Shanshen from the collection of an artistic family, as well as masterpieces by contemporary ink artists such as CC Wang and Zeng Xiaojun, presenting a unique opportunity to acquire works from distinguished private collections from North America.




South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
7 to 22 July | Online | New York

The online auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art features a selection of works representing more than 100 years of creative endeavors and artistic production in the South Asian subcontinent. The sale is led by one of Tyeb Mehta’s earliest and most seminal explorations of the Falling Figure ($700,000-900,000), which is presented for the first time at auction, alongside exceptional paintings by Francis Newton Souza, Maqbool Fida Husain, Akbar Padamsee, Sayed Haider Raza and Ram Kumar. Other highlights include important works by other pioneers of modern South Asian art such as N.S. Bendre, M.V. Dhurandhar, Jagdish Swaminathan, Jehangir Sabavala, Sadequain, George Keyt and Zainul Abedin. Additionally, the sale includes sculpture and prints by the late contemporary artist Zarina.

Japanese and Korean Art
7 to 23 July | Online | New York

Christie’s sale of Japanese Art and Korean Art features approximately 40 lots of classical, modern, and contemporary works spanning Korean paintings, Japanese screens and articulated metal sculptures, alongside a fine selection of Japanese woodblock prints by renowned artists such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Hasui, led by the complete set of the iconic series ‘New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts’ by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. This season’s Japanese and Korean Art Online sale also includes cloisonné and metalworks, featuring something for those starting their collecting journey and more established collectors alike.

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
7 to 23 July | Online | New York

Christie’s Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art sale offers a wide range of artworks across mediums and origins spanning India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, China, and Thailand. Leading the sale is an important private collection of Indian paintings, including A rare painting of Zulaikha dreaming from a Yusuf wa Zulaikha of Jami series, signed and dated by the Kashmiri painter Muhammad Nadir. The sale also offers Indian sculptures and paintings from the esteemed collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Patricia Jacobsen; Tibetan and Tibeto-Chinese paintings, including a splendid Xumi Fushou-style painting of Nairatmya; and fine bronze sculpture from the Himalayas, South India and Sri Lanka, and mainland Southeast Asia. With estimates ranging between $2,000 and $50,000, this sale presents opportunities for both burgeoning and established collectors.

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
7 to 24 July | Online | New York

Christie’s New York is delighted to present our Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale as part of summer Asian Art Week online. The sale features an impressive variety of works, including ceramics from the Song to Qing dynasty, huanghuali and zitan furniture, scholar’s objects, textiles, and jade and hardstone carvings. Highlights include a selection of Song-dynasty ceramics from the Linyushanren Collection, as well as an impressive group of Song-dynasty Jun wares and Ming and Qing-dynasty porcelains from the Peter Tcherepnine Collection, including a superb Purple-Splashed Jun Bowl, Northern Song dynasty ($15,000-30,000) and a rare large Blue and White Ovoid Jar and Cover, Chongzhen period (USD $20,000-30,000).

RELATED ONLINE SALES

Cultivating Delight: Collecting Chinese Art
1 to 15 July | Online | Hong Kong

Christie's will present Cultivating Delight: Collecting Chinese Art, an online auction jointly curated by our Chinese Paintings and Chinese Works of Art departments, headlined by Important Chinese Paintings from the Wang Hsin-heng Family and a refined group of scholar’s objects from the Tanglongge Collection, of particular note a bamboo carving of a toad previously in the Wang Shixiang collection. In addition, key highlights include paintings by Zhang Daqian, Lin Fengmian, Li Keran, Feng Zikai, and a selection of Chinese works of art made of various media including ceramics, cloisonné, lacquer, huanghuali, aloeswood, and the finest contemporary Chinese furniture.

Note to Self: The Art of Contemplation
15 July to 5 August | Online | London

Note to Self: The Art of Contemplation, open for bidding from 15 July to 5 August 2020, presents an online auction of works that instill silence and serenity, uniting examples through the centuries and across cultures. From Asia to the Islamic world to Europe, this carefully curated selection of objects, carpets, paintings and contemporary photography delves into the way we interact with beautiful art—a calming experience for the current time of self-reflection. Sit in meditation with Koie Ryoji’s bold calligraphic Japanese screen, be transported by the scenery in Hugh Moss’ Mountain landscape by night, and rediscover the spirit of nature in the stillness of Daniel Eskenazi’s images.










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