Chinese art buyers help Christie's to record sales year

Christie's staff take phone bids at its Shanghai auction in September last year. The firm now has a Chinese-language website. Photo: AFP

Chinese buyers drove up Christie's sales by 14 per cent to US$7.13 billion last year, a record high not just for the British auction house but for any company ever in the art market.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 4:30pm

Singapore's scale models

Frayn Yong's fragile pencil-lead sculptures, displayed at this year's Open House! art walk at Marina Bay. Photo:

Singaporean artist Frayn Yong's recent work can fit into a few plastic containers, no bigger than a standard document box. It's not that he's a laggard. It's because his works - painstakingly fashioned out of pencil lead - are small and delicate.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:35pm

Sculptor Anish Kapoor's Berlin show

Anish Kapoor's Symphony for a Beloved Sun is part of his "Kapoor in Berlin". Photo: EPA

Sitting in a Berlin gallery with a cup of tea, Anish Kapoor is clearly at home in a city that is currently staging one of his largest-ever shows.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:48pm

Calculating how many BMWs artistic value buys

Calculating how many BMWs artistic value buys

I confess that I myself don't know what art is. It used to mean pretty pictures and you learned to appreciate them by consuming wine and cheese. I gather it now means anything awarded a government arts grant and it includes the odd obscenity in order to demonstrate free spirit.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am

Art Basel wraps up in Hong Kong after show of world's finest

More than 240 galleries from around the world showed their works at Art Basel's Hong Kong debut which closed yesterday. Mainland artist Zhang Xiaogang's works, above, were among the many on show. Galleries from the West brought in major works from big-name artists and reported strong sales last Wednesday. It was also reported that deals were still being negotiated by regional galleries in the minutes before the show closed. Photo: Jonathan Wong.

A week of art madness ended yesterday with the closure of exhibition Art Basel's Hong Kong debut, which turned into a showdown between 245 galleries from around the world.

27 May 2013 - 8:59am

Hundreds pack waterfront to cheer Rubber Duck’s return

Pedestrians walk pass rubber ducks outside Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui as rainstorm hits the city on Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.

The city has taken the 16.5-metre-tall yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it was towed into the harbour on May 2 to cheering crowds.

21 May 2013 - 9:27pm

Brothers grim: all's fair in art and gore for the Chapmans

The Chapman brothers Dino (left) and Jake. Photo: Corbis

The Chapmans have elevated the grotesque into fine art. While it confounds and disgusts, Fionnuala McHugh finds there is humour in madness

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Jacky Tsai talks skulls and fashion

Tsai poses with one of his digital collages. Photo: Edward Wong

After nearly eight years in Britain, the young Shanghai-born artist still speaks in hesitant English, albeit with a faint cockney accent. "Art is always a voice in me, which is pretty cool as I don't have any language talent," he says.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Arts preview: Frank Auerbach

The British artist uses multiple layers of paint and consistently uses the same models for years to convey history and emotion. Photo: Frank Auerbach

The reason Ben Brown Fine Arts is holding an exhibition of the portrait paintings and drawings of Frank Auerbach is simple: the 82-year-old figurative painter is one of the most important - and still living - British painters from his generation, which include the likes of Leon Kossoff, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

16 May 2013 - 2:17pm

Exhibition shows evolution of mainland conceptual photography


Blindspot Gallery’s latest exhibition tells the story of contemporary China – one that is seen through mainland artists who saw the need to have their own independent and critical voice.

16 May 2013 - 2:17pm

Giant rubber duck has united the city

Giant rubber duck has united the city. Photo: Sam Tsang

Who would have thought a rubber duck would stir such a frenzy? From news reports to social media, the giant inflatable is the talk of the town, drawing children and adults alike to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where the seaborne artwork is moored.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 2 comments

Ai Weiwei's new work inspired by milk powder debate

Ai Weiwei

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has drawn inspiration from the controversy over infant formula in Hong Kong and on the mainland for his new work, which will be unveiled at an exhibition exploring Hong Kong's identity and anti-mainland sentiment.

10 May 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

A contemporary art space with attitude and ambition

Hong Kong-based artist Cedric Maridet says his installation, which will be on display on May 22, was inspired by the site. Photo: SCMP

Oi!, operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's arts promotion office, will hold its first exhibition on the eve of the city's first Art Basel show in two weeks' time.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Artists bring natural touch to tram shelters

An 'Artram Shelters' design by Alice Lai outside the CC Wu Building in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

The colourful paintings with themes of natural landscapes and animals can be seen in stops at Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

Design duo foster debate on the built environment

Industrial Forest at Spring Workshop is an interactive installation that has already stimulated commentary. Photo: ESKYIU

One of the more creative projects to emerge in art-obsessed Hong Kong this year is an intriguing installation by architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu Kar-san, of ESKYIU studio.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am