The Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art markets have experienced remarkable growth since the category began gaining popularity among collectors regionally and globally in the past decade. Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art have witnessed an extraordinary development that comes from the rising importance of Asia on the global world stage, and by extension, the world’s increasing fascination and interest in Asian art and culture.
Christie’s remains at the forefront of the art market with a visionary approach: Christie’s Hong Kong was the first international auction house in 2005 to present quality contemporary art from a combination of Asian nations, including China, India, Korea and Japan, and in 2008, Christie’s Hong Kong also pioneered the inaugural evening sale for Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, establishing Hong Kong as one of the key centers of the global art world.
Bringing works by Chinese artists such as Zeng Fanzhi, Yue Minjun, Wang Huaiqing, Cai Guoqiang, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Ye, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Te h-Chun, Liao Chi Ch’un, Sanyu and Chen Cheng-po to the attention of the world, Christie’s also presents an exceptional and diverse line-up of Asian Contemporary artists such as Mr., Nam Jun-Paik, Kang Hyung Koo, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Takashi Murakami, Kei Hiraga, Atsushi Suwa, T.V. Santhosh, Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kalla、Choi Yeong Geol and Kim Dong Yoo. With impressive exhibitions, catalogues, and sales results, Christie’s is a recognized leader and a renowned benchmark in setting standards for Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, and in establishing these categories firmly on the global art map.
Christie’s team maintains an unparalleled knowledge, passion, experience and the depth of relationships to reach the most potential buyers. Identifying buyers for works of art is one of the most critical steps in the sale process, and Christie’s team understands what today’s collectors desire. Christie’s ability to create new markets and attract buyers for Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art is incomparable, providing a valuable perspective on an art phenomenon that is here to stay.
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Eric Chang is Senior Vice President, International Director of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, based in Hong Kong. Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chang joined Christie’s Chinese 20th Century Art Department as a specialist in 2001, and was promoted to Senior Vice President, International Director in August 2006. In his role, Mr. Chang is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department. In addition to managing all aspects of Christie’s Hong Kong sales, Mr. Chang takes a key role in managing the inclusion of Asian contemporary art in Christie’s international contemporary art sales in New York and London. He travels extensively, sourcing objects for sale and introducing works of art to perspective buyers all around the world, and meets regularly with the most important collectors, curators and members of the trade in his field. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Chang worked with several reputable art organizations in Taiwan, including Dimension Art Gallery and New Age Art Gallery. With more than fifteen years of experience in the field of Asian art, Mr. Chang has made unrivalled contributions to the development of Christie’s sales of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, Christie’s has become the market leader for Asian Contemporary art, with a global market share of 56% and a 72% market share in Hong Kong in 2007. In May 2008, Mr. Chang and his team introduced a new element to the sale calendar in Hong Kong: the first-ever Evening Sales of Chinese 20th Century and Asian Contemporary Art. The inaugural Asian Contemporary Art Evening Sale set 8 important world auction records, including the auction record for Chinese Contemporary Art with Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask Series 1996 No. 6 which realized HK$75.4million/US$9.7million. Together with the companion Day Sales in both categories, the Spring 2008 sales of Chinese 20th Century and Asian Contemporary Art totalled a record HK$813.8million /US$104.6million, the highest total ever achieved in the category worldwide. A total of 66 world auction records were set across the spectrum of Asian Contemporary art, including multiple new auction records for Japanese, Korean, and Indian contemporary artists.
Marcello Kwan graduated from the Fine Arts department of Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has worked for Hanart TZ Gallery for ten years before he joined Christie’s in 2011. His role at Hanart involved planning exhibitions, publishing and selling its art works. His responsibilities at Christie’s include securing the success of the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auctions.
Sandy Ma began her career at Christie’s in 2008 and is a specialist in the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in Hong Kong. As part of the international team, Sandy focuses on client advisory and business getting in Hong Kong and overseas, and is responsible for research, cataloguing, exhibition and auction. Sandy received her B.A. in Art History and Studio in Painting from Colby College, Maine, USA, and studied Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007. Sandy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Ms. Dudek plays a central role in the rapidly developing area of Asian contemporary art, securing works for inclusion in the Post-War & Contemporary art sales in New York, London and Hong Kong. She has strong connections within the contemporary Asian art community, built during a career that took her from the International Center of Photography to the management of a private Chinese art collection in New York. Ms. Dudek holds a BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Anthropology from New York University. She spent several years in Beijing as both a Fulbright fellow and also as manager of the CourtYard Gallery, the renowned contemporary Chinese art gallery.
Zoe Chiu is the Associate Specialist for Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art for Christie’s Hong Kong. Zoe’s role extends to overseeing appraisals, the planning and execution of exhibitions, client services, catalogue preparation, identifying potential marketing opportunities and preparing various marketing materials for distribution. Prior to joining Christie’s in August of 2011, Zoe worked at ChinaSquare Gallery in Chelsea from 2007 through 2010 as Associate Director. Her position involved advising the building of private collections and museum art placement. Prior to relocating to New York, Zoe worked as Project Manager for the Unison Art Association in Taipei, where she worked closely with Taiwanese curators and several international artists. Zoe received her M.A. in Modern Art History, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education New York in 2006. She is native in Mandarin and fluent in English.
Virginia Chiang is a specialist in the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in New York. She contributes in consigning property, and is responsible for cataloguing and researching works held by American and European clients that are included in the twice yearly Hong Kong sales. Virginia received her B.F.A in Fine Art Media from the Art Center College of Design before completing her postgraduate M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Born and raised in the U.S., Virginia grew up speaking and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Before joining Christie's in 2011, Yunah Jung was an adjunct professor at Sang-Myung University in Seoul lecturing on the international art market and an art advisor to the notable private and corporate art collections in Korea. In Seoul she represents Christie's Hong Kong department of Asian 20th and Contemporary Art and is responsible for assessing Korean modern and contemporary art, gaining consignments, catalogue preparation, sales promotion and client service. Ms. Jung worked as a curator at the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul and the NY Center for Media Arts, the Space Untitled Gallery in New York before her teaching job in Seoul. She continues to teach for local educational institutions including art programs for corporate CEOs. Ms. Jung is a Ph. D. candidate at Ewha Womans University and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art Administration, with a concentration in the international art market, from Sook-Myung University and the State University of New York (FIT), respectively. She also studied aesthetics as a research student at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in the interval between her B.A. and M.A. degrees.
As Specialist, Southeast Asian Region, Wang Zineng is based out of Singapore and is responsible for the overall business strategy for the Southeast Asian region which has been an integral part of the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department and its sales since 2011. Working closely with colleagues in Singapore and Hong Kong, he played an instrumental role in registering the highest sale total for Southeast Asian art in a single sale season in May 2012.Prior to re-joining Christie’s in 2011, he was coordinating the collection development and acquisition strategy at The National Art Gallery, Singapore. Prior to that, Zineng had been a specialist in Christie’s Southeast Asian Modern & Contemporary Art Department. Zineng’s interests span different fields in visual and material culture, from craft and export textile to contemporary art. He has previous work experience as an independent curator and art writer, including curating the solo exhibition of top Indonesian contemporary painter Nyoman Masriadi, Black Is My Last Weapon (2008) at the Singapore Art Museum. Zineng received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2007. He is fluent in English, Indonesian and Mandarin.
Shuyin Yang is a specialist in the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art department, with a focus on the Southeast Asian region. She joined Christie’s London in 2009 as an Associate Specialist Trainee, working in Post-War and Contemporary Art, Old Master and British Paintings, Chinese Works of Art and South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art. In late 2010, Shuyin was seconded to Christie’s Asia and currently works on consigning and selling for the biannual Hong Kong auctions. She is especially interested in contemporary and emerging art, photography and new media. Shuyin holds a Masters in Art History and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.