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Previewing Indonesian modern & contemporary art at Sotheby’s Hong Kong spring sale

Richard Horstman
Richard Horstman

Artivist, observes and reports on developments in the Bali and Indonesian art scenes

Bali, Indonesia | Mon, March 27, 2017 | 10:05 am
Previewing Indonesian modern & contemporary art at Sotheby’s Hong Kong spring sale

Lot 1047 Colosseum, Roma by Affandi (Sotheby's Hong Kong/File)

The year 2016 was the year China regained its status as the world’s top art market. The  April 1-5 Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales, a highly anticipated auction on the 2017 global calendar, inevitably will draw increased global attention to the Asian region.  

Sotheby’s first conducted sales in Hong Kong in 1972. For the first time, however, works by iconic Western contemporary artists Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst will be presented during the  April 2 Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

For collectors of Indonesian modern art,  the following works will be of interest, especially Lot 1047 Colosseum, Roma. Painted in 1972, this is one of the three known depictions of the famous Roman amphitheater by Affandi, (1907-1990). Arguably Indonesia’s most important modernists Affandi was the first Indonesian to exhibit in the Venice Biennale in 1954.

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Capturing afternoon sunlight emblazoning the arena, this rare work would compliment any Affandi connoisseur collection, and has an estimated price between HKD 2,200,000 – 2,500,000 (Rp.378,070,000–601,480,000). Lot 1048, Barong, 1966, also by Affandi, has an estimated price between HKD 1,800,000-2,800,000 (Rp.3,091,880,000-4,809,600,000).

Lot 1021, The Lotus Pond, is by Belgian impressionist painter Adrien Jean le Mayeur (1880-1958), who fist settled on Bali in 1932.  One of several pieces he left unfinished upon his death, it portrays Balinese beautiful women in, and surrounding a pond. It’s estimated price ranges between HKD 3,800,000 – 5,500,000 (Rp.6,527,310,000 –9,447,420,000).

Lot 1024, Balinese Procession by Lee Man Fong(Sotheby's Hong Kong/File)

Lee Man Fong, (b. Guangzhou 1913-1988) spent extended periods painting in Bali. Lot 1024, Balinese Procession is an excellent work, highlighted by his fusion of East and West styles with an estimated price between HKD 10,000,000-15,000,000 (Rp.17,177,100,000–25,765,700,000).

Three contemporary works are offered in this sale. Lot 1056, Cakrawala Warna #8 (Colour Horizon #8) 2012-2016, by renowned painter Rudi Manofani (b. 1973, Padang, West Sumatra) has an estimated price between HKD 650,000-950,000 (Rp.1,116,510,000-1,631,830,000).

Lot 1057, I Nyoman Masriadi, The Old Master (Snapping Provocation of Samuro) 2016 is estimated between HKD 1,800,000-2,800,000 (Rp.3,091,880,000-4,809,600,000),

An abstract composition by the most prized Indonesian woman contemporary artist, Aye Tjoe Christine, Lot 1059, Black and the Small White, 2014, has an estimated price of between HKD 500,000-700,000 (Rp.858,856,000-1,202,400,000).

A diverse array of more than 30 works by Indonesian artists, with price ranges to suit all budgets, are offered the following day during the 3 April Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Sale. Works from emerging, established, senior and deceased artists are presented.

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For new buyers wishing to enter the Indonesian market there are opportunities with works by prominent contemporary names going under the hammer within the lower range of estimated prices, including Heri Dono, Yunizar and Agus Suwage.  Some artists in the middle to upper price range are Rudi Mantofani, Nasirun, I Nyoman Masriadi, Rudi Mantofani,

One of the emerging artists featured is Angki Purbandono (b.1971 Yogyakarta), a pioneer in the use of digital scanning technology (scanography) in Indonesian contemporary art. Lot 212, The Plastic Guns – Violence for Beginners, a scanography transparency in neon box installation has an estimated price of between HKD 20,000-40,000 (Rp.34,351,500-68,703,000).

Another is East Javanese painter Agus Triyanto BR (b.1979), Lot 208, Savana Dance, 2016, is a surrealistic composition with an estimated price between HKD40,000-60,000 (Rp.68,703,000-103,063,000).

Lot 208, Savana Dance by Agus Triyanto (Sotheby's Hong Kong/File)

Lot 211, Multicolor, 2016 by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b.1978, Bandung) is a dynamic composition created by a moving blend of poured pigment paint suspended in resin and pressed upon glass. The three panel work, 180 x 465 cm has an estimated price of between HKD 40,000-60,000 (Rp.68,703,000-103,063,000).

Lot 211, Multicolor by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo(Sotheby's Hong Kong/File)

For seasoned collectors the sale features eight paintings by Lee Man Fong, four by Affandi, three by Srihadi Sudarsono, and three compositions by S. Sudjojono, who is considered the one of the fathers of Indonesian modern art. Lot 372 Pemendangan (Landscape), has an estimated price between HKD 650,000-950,000 (Rp.1,114,630,000-1,629,080,000).   

Lot 369, Cucu-cucu Witarsa Mengenang Bintang PSSI. Alm. Djamiart Dhalhar (The Grandchildren of Witarsa Commemorating Indonesian Football Star, the Late Djamiat Dhalhar), is by artist, poet, sculptor and guerilla fighter Hendra Gunawan (1918-1983).  It depicts a group of children playing football in a surrealistic landscape and is estimated between HKD 1,000,000-2,000,000 (Rp.1,714,820,000-3,429,640,000).

Lot 369,Cucu-cucu Witarsa Mengenang Bintang PSSI. Alm. Djamiart Dhalhar (The Grandchildren of Witarsa Commemorating Indonesian Football Star, the Late Djamiat Dhalhar) by Hendra Gunawan(Sotheby's Hong Kong/File)

Works by noted foreign artists include Dutch painters Willen Gerard Hofker (1902-1981) and Arie Smit (b.1916, The Netherlands – 2016, Bali), along with Theo Meier (Switerland 1908-1982), Adrien Jean le Mayeur.

Buyers bidding over the phone, and on the internet, who are unable to attend the previews days or auction are advised to contact Sotheby’s and enquire about the color reproduction accuracy of the images contained within the online catalog to ensure that what they wish to purchase can be realistically gauged.  Condition reports of the works, outlining the paintings current state and whether it has repairs or over painting are available upon request.  Provenance, the historical data of the works previous owner is also important.  

Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium up to 25 percent of the hammer price. (asw)

 

Previews open to the public March 31

Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale April 2 from 7p.m.

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Sale  April 3 from 10 a.m.

The Hong Kong Exhibition and Auction Venue,

Hall 5 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (New Wing),

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

 

 

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