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Market Upswing: Sotheby's reports third highest sales in Hong Kong

Reuters / October 8th, 2009

HONG KONG - Sotheby's made a higher-than-expected $168 million or so in total sales for its autumn Asian auctions in Hong Kong. The sales tally for the array of Chinese antiques and paintings, Asian contemporary art, wine, jewelry and watches was 88 percent higher than its spring sales tally, ...

Building a Taste for Contemporary: Seoul auctioneer aims to corner art market in Asia

Reuters / October 1st, 2009

SEOUL - South Korean auction house Seoul Auction is hoping to interest Chinese and other Asian collectors in modern Western and contemporary art, with the lofty aim of beating Sotheby's and Christie's in the region. The 11-year-old auction house, which earlier this year sold British artist Damien ...

Perennially Popular: This Weekend's Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair

Pioneer Local / September 30th, 2009

CHICAGO - Two local antique dealers are looking forward to showcasing their finds at the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, Oct. 2-5. Margaret Chung of Three Friends Studio is riding the market high for Chinese antiquities. Her stand will present a sandstone triad with a Buddha figure ...

New Video: Artists recall birth pains of contemporary Chinese art

Reuters / September 28th, 2009

HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - Just over 30 years ago, not long after the death of Mao Zedong, a group of young Chinese artists staged an exhibition that pushed back on a decade of tyranny and helped pave the way for Chinese art's global rise. Artwork was hung outside Beijing's National Art Gallery ...

Asian Art Week: New Chinese buyers, import restrictions jiggle the market

Wall Street Journal / September 24th, 2009

NEW YORK - Asian Art Week, amid the most entrenched art-market recession in nearly two decades, saw many auction prices go through the roof while other sales languished with 40% unsold lots. Together, Christie's and Sotheby's raised about $56 million, high above expectations. Works from the ...

Asian Art this Fall: Stellar provenance may buoy Sotheby's sales

Reuters / September 15th, 2009

Sotheby's kicks off its sales of Chinese and Indian works of art this week in New York confident that despite the worst recession in 70 years prices for Asian art will be buoyant. Works from the collections of the widow of Nelson Rockefeller, Dr. Arthur Sackler, and other prominent collectors ...

Recession-busting Blockbusters: Ohio museums serve up crowd-pleasing shows, even on small budgets

Cleveland Plain Dealer / September 14th, 2009

Paul Gauguin, Chuck Close, and Dale Chihuly are just a few exhibition headliners this fall in Ohio where blockbusters are keeping the visual arts scene lively. Of note, Cincinnati Art Museum is showing "Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting" with ...

Old Shards to New Video: LACMA exhibits 1,000 years of Korean history

LA Times Arts / September 13th, 2009

In May 1965, two months after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its doors, Yook Young-soo, the wife of Park Chung-hee, president of the Republic of Korea, paid a visit. She was so disappointed with the paltry display of Korean art that she gave the fledgling institution 23 ceramic ...

Collecting Fine China: Antiquities market has a new dynamic

Forbes / September 10th, 2009

The market for ancient Chinese works of art--terra-cotta horses, ceramic vessels, bronzes, jades, and Buddha statues that predate the Tang dynasty (a.d. 618 to 907)--is largely undervalued, and there's still a plentiful supply, from rarities with significant provenance to pieces that simply make ...

Digitized Culture: High-tech copies preserve original art, architecture

asahi / September 8th, 2009

TOKYO - The protection of cultural properties is going digital, with Buddhist sculptures, old paintings and World Heritage sites like Beijing's Forbidden City being preserved as digital images and in video. The move is a result of not just progress in image processing technology but of awareness ...

Indian Art: "Everything is sensuality, luxury and ease" in the royal paintings of Jodhpur

Financial Times / September 2nd, 2009

The British Museum has decided to extend its superb exhibition of Indian paintings from the palace at Jodhpur into October. Three rulers of Marwar, each with their very different interests and temperaments, commissioned these works from the 17th to 19th centirues. One of these warrior maharajas, ...

Serenity now: Chinese Buddha heads Jenack auction

Auction Central News / August 6th, 2009

CHESTER, N.Y. - William Jenack Auctioneers will conduct a 395-lot Fine Art & Antiques auction, featuring a special selection of Asian art, on Aug. 9. Highlights include a Chinese carved limestone head of Buddha, Sui (581-618 A.D.) with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000...