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Sotheby’s Highlights Melding of Traditions in Asian Ink Art Auction

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Liu Kuo-sung, ‘Blue Moon Landscape’ – $515,000–$645,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

 

Chinese art is hot (and sometimes even explosive), and Sotheby’s Hong Kong is banking on a subsection of the Asian art world that itself is rising in popularity: ink art.

With its roots in the tradition of Chinese painting, ink art has evolved quite a bit over the years, as is showcased in the upcoming “Contemporary Ink Art: Journey,” auction taking place on Oct. 4. Some of the works depict literati symbols, political satire, and complex calligraphy; and the auction’s “journey” theme is based on artist Liu Kuo-sung’s piece, “Blue Moon Landscape,” which was inspired by moon missions of the past (see the image above).

Take a look at a sampling of the lots below, along with their pre-auction estimates. To browse all the auction’s lots, click here.

Ink Art Auction
Chen Qikuan, ‘Mood’ – $19,000–$33,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Chen Qikuan, ‘Nymph’ – $23,000–$37,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Liu Dan, ‘Sunflower’ – $103,000–$155,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Liu Dan, ‘Warring States Procession’ – $36,000–$46,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Liu Huayi, ‘Untitled: Elements Series’ – $19,000–$33,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Irene Chou, ‘The Universe Is My Mind’ – $28,000–$37,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Li Huayi, ‘Pines in Pureland Mist’ – $425,000–$465,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Lui Shou-Kwan, ‘Zen Abstract’ – $51,000–$78,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Tseng Yuho, ‘The Fishpond, Hawaii-Kai (Diptych)’ – $25,000–$39,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)
Ink Art Auction
Wang Jiqian, ‘Snowscape No. 432’ – $19,000–$33,000 (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)