KAZUO SHIRAGA (1924 – 2008)
oil on canvas
183 x 273 cm. (72 x 107 1/2 in.)
Painted circa 1967
20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale
HK$15,000,000 – 24,000,000/ US$2,000,000 – 3,100,000
Hong Kong – Christie’s is pleased to present a rare selection of museum-quality masterpieces by revered post-war Japanese artists, including Kazuo Shiraga, Takeo Yamaguchi, Jiro Takamatsu, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Jiro Yoshihara, Shozo Shimamoto and Takesada Matsutani, in the 20th / 21st Century Art Evening Sale and 20th Century Art Day Sale to be held on 26 and 27 May, respectively. The phenomenal group consists of the finest paintings created at the zenith of these celebrated artists’ careers, and encapsulates the most representative avant-garde art movements and styles from the late-1950s to 2000s – from Gutai to Mono-ha, across different themes and mediums.
Evelyn Lin, Deputy Chairman and Co-Head of the 20th and 21st Century Art Department, Christie’s Asia Pacific, commented, “In the 1950s, Japan underwent radical social, economic, and cultural transformations that made the country the epicenter for artistic creativity. Artists responded to the rapidly changing country with myriad avant-garde experiments that challenged conventional art forms, commercialism, and individuality, and their innovative explorations remain influential to global artists to date.
This spring, we are very honoured to showcase a wide spectrum of seminal works by some of the most important post-war Japanese artists in our Evening and Day sales, with many of them appearing on the market for the very first time. We look forward to convening collectors and art enthusiasts at our saleroom where they can appreciate and acquire these provocative and extraordinary creations that defy artistic traditions.”
Preview (by appointment only):
21 – 26 May | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
26 May | 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale
26 May | PARALLΞL UNIVΞRSΞ: NFT Evening Sale
27 May | 21st Century Art Day Sale
27 May | 20th Century Art Day Sale
Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).
Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.
Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.
Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats.
Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.
Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.