Phillips, the auction house dedicated to modern and contemporary art, has announce its inaugural Day Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design in Hong Kong as part of its autumn auction season. 

As one of the sponsors of the Indonesia Tatler Ball 2018 last week, we spoke to Jonathan Crockett, Deputy Chairman and Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Asia about the upcoming event. “The Hong Kong Day Sale was added to our calendar following the strong results achieved from our spring 2018 sales, which grossed Phillips’ highest-ever total in Asia.

“The Day Sale will support the vibrant art market in Asia, where record prices continue to be achieved for exceptional artworks, as well as appeal to the growing number of younger Asian buyers that are starting to build collections. Phillips’ curated approach of offering both Asian and Western artworks alongside photography and design pieces presents a refreshing, holistic experience for buyers interested in 20th and 21st century works and sets our sales apart from others.”

More than that, we asked Jonathan to pick for us five works not to be missed on the upcoming November sale in Hong Kong. And here are his choices.

Yun Gee, Three Graces, Evening

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*Lot 18
Yun Gee
Three Graces
Oil on canvas
94 x 101.6cm
Painted in 1939.

Prices at auction have seen a significant increase over the last couple of years due to the rarity of Yun Gee’s works appearing on the market. The most expensive work for the artist was sold recently for more than US$14 million. Could this be the next Modern Chinese artist that can match the prices of Zao Wou-Ki, Sanyu, and Wu Guanzhong? Is this the newest darling for auction aficionados and art connoisseurs?

Arin D. Sunaryo, Day Sale **SEA Collection

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49. Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo
We are Having a Blast
Pigmented resin on digital print mounted on stainless steel panel
184.1 x 143.2 x 6.1cm
Executed in 2015.

If you recognise it, then you will know that this is the Phillips photo wall from the Indonesia Tatler Ball 2018 by our very own Indonesian artist, Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, which pushes boundaries with its innovative techniques. Following the exceptional results of Indonesian Christine Ay Tjoe's record prices achieved in past seasons, Phillips Hong Kong showcases the strongest selection of Southeast Asian Art across both Evening and Day sales. This Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo is part of the single-owner collection of Southeast Asian Art, featuring quality works by some of the best-known and most promising artists from the region. If you want to build a Southeast Asian art collection, look no further. 

Yayoi Kusama, Three Pumpkins, Evening Sale

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*Lot 5
Yayoi Kusama
Pumpkin (three works)
Acrylic on canvas
Each 53 x 45.5cm
Painted in 2002.

The Kusama craze continues worldwide. From MACAN Jakarta's successful show of Kusama’s works this year to auctions around the world, the popularity and cult of Kusama just doesn't stop. Phillips is offering this rare trio of Kusama’s iconic Pumpkin paintings. It's a trophy piece for a top-notch collection, indeed.

KAWS, Seated Companion, Evening Sale

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Lot 14
Companion (Resting Place)
Painted aluminium
152.4 x 160 x 203 cm
Executed in 2013.
HK$ 4,000,000-5,000,000
US$ 513,000-641,000

Did you know that Phillips holds the record for selling the most expensive KAWS sculpture? Moreover, Phillips also holds the most records for selling KAWS artworks than any other auction house (out of the top 10 current record). Provocative and rendered in a sophisticated greyscale palette this 2m-long Companion (Resting Place) sculpture is expected to cause a frenzy for KAWS collectors at auction this month.

Banksy, Two works, Abe Lincoln, Evening Sale

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Lot 28
Abe Lincoln
Spray paint on cardboard
89.9 x 59.9cm
Executed in 2008.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see two works by the elusive and mysterious graffiti artist Banksy go up at auction. These two pictures on cardboard were created in 2008 when Banksy visited New Orleans, three years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. There, Banksy painted Abraham Lincoln as a homeless man, pushing a trolley full of goods, using the same stencil he would employ for these works on cardboard. Tune in online for the live auction.


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