Introducing ICONOCLAST — a brand new evening sale

Works by 16 tradition-defying, media-savvy artists will be showcased in a groundbreaking auction at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 May

The ICONOCLAST  sale on 25 May in Hong Kong features works by 16 artists born between 1969 and 1989, all of whom came of age during a period of unprecedented advances in technology that transformed the way we communicate and disseminate information. Uninhibited by national or cultural borders, their era-defining images are uncompromising, unbounded by traditional conventions, and created for a global audience.

He Xiangyu (b. 1986), Tank Project, executed in 2011-2013. Dimensions 150 (H) x 890 x 450  cm (59 x 350⅜ x 177⅛  in). Estimate HK$4,000,000-5,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

He Xiangyu (b. 1986), Tank Project, executed in 2011-2013. Dimensions: 150 (H) x 890 x 450 cm (59 x 350⅜ x 177⅛ in). Estimate: HK$4,000,000-5,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

At the forefront stands He Xiangyu, whose deflated leather Tank Project  is based on a model T34 tank that was commonly found in the artist’s hometown of Dandong near the North Korean border. Despite its flattened appearance, the tank still has the power to intimidate, echoing the events in Tiananmen Square 30 years ago.

Jia Aili (b. 1979), The Wasteland, painted in 2007. Dimensions 267 x 200  cm (105⅛ x 78¾  in). Estimate HK$8,000,000-10,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Jia Aili (b. 1979), The Wasteland, painted in 2007. Dimensions: 267 x 200 cm (105⅛ x 78¾ in). Estimate: HK$8,000,000-10,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Others, like Jia Aili, are concerned with the profound isolation of the modern world. ‘The spirit has gradually lost its sense of belonging,’ the artist explains of Wasteland, depicting a figure wearing a Soviet-era gas mask.

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The same sense of dystopia is echoed in Filipino artist Ronald Ventura’s gothic picture Voids and Cages, where technology and the natural world are savagely pitted against one another.

Ronald Ventura (b. 1973), Voids and Cages (Untitled), 2013. Dimensions 213.5 x 152  cm (84 x 59⅞  in). Estimate HK$800,000-1,200,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Ronald Ventura (b. 1973), Voids and Cages (Untitled), 2013. Dimensions: 213.5 x 152 cm (84 x 59⅞ in). Estimate: HK$800,000-1,200,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Best known for meticulously recreating intricate floral patterns onto canvas, Liang Yuanwei makes oil paintings that shimmer with an intensity that reflects society’s obsession with order. Her painting Untitled 2013.17  was featured in the show The Tension between a Bow and an Elephant  at Pace Gallery in 2014.

Liang Yuanwei (b. 1977), Untitled 2013.17, 2013. Dimensions 250 x 200  cm (98⅜ x 78¾  in). Estimate HK$3,000,000-4,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Liang Yuanwei (b. 1977), Untitled 2013.17, 2013. Dimensions: 250 x 200 cm (98⅜ x 78¾ in). Estimate: HK$3,000,000-4,000,000. Offered in ICONOCLAST on 25 May 2019 at Christie’s in Hong Kong

Other highlights of the sale include works by Wang Guangle, Yuan Yuan, KAWS, MADSAKI, David Chan, Natee Utarit, Duan Jianyu, Harold Ancart, Christine Ay Tjoe, Huang Yuxing, Xie Nanxing, and Tomoo Gokita (see below). 

‘The curated selection of artists force us to reimagine what is possible, and to think outside of conventional labels,’ says Evelyn Lin, Head of the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art department at Christie’s. ‘They were selected for the ways in which they break new artistic ground and reflect on a multitude of complex issues facing modern-day society. Their works are both rebellious and singular in nature, and their influence in shaping the art world will continue in the years to come.’