2 Pinoy artists to join Hong Kong auction

Posted at 11/08/12 3:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino artists will take part in the annual fundraising auction of the Hong Kong-based non-profit Asia Art Archive (AAA) later this month.

An untitled piece by pioneering Filipino conceptual artist Roberto Chabet is among the works that will be auctioned on November 24 at a fundraising dinner at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

The pencil and watercolor on paper artwork that was donated by Chabet himself is estimated to be worth between US$8,330 and $10,900.

Chabet’s works span painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and installation, resist easy categorization. Since the 1970s, he has also been organizing exhibitions featuring works by young artists, many of whom are among the most active and innovative artists in Manila today. A series of exhibitions held in 2011-2012 at venues in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore, celebrated his 50 years of practice as an artist, teacher, and curator.

Meanwhile, “Little Red,” a mixed-media work by Filipino artist Geraldine Javier, is estimated to be worth between US$1,030 and $1,540.

Javier, who studied at the University of the Philippines, is best known for her photorealist paintings in oil and has participated in notable group exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Prague, Milan and Sydney among others.

In “Little Red,” Javier incorporated the figure of the red velvet-hooded young girl in pieces that included installation, photography, and sculpture.

“In this piece, Javier recalls a tale replete with metaphors of sacrifice, danger, and redemption. Javier contrasts the trust and youth of this unknowing girl ravished by the wolf with the dangers of the world around her. She entices us through her path in the enchanted forest which she presents to us in unearthly light and a delicate otherworldliness,” according to the auction catalogue, which can be viewed at the AAA website.

Endowment funds

AAA's annual auction is a major source of support for its operations, programs and endowment. Last year, the auction raised funds towards AAA's new website and Collection Online, enabling global access to AAA's extensive digital collection.

This year, AAA said it continues to raise funds toward its endowment goal of US$6.5 million to provide ongoing support for its research and programs, as well as its “long-term strategy for its growing extensive collection of physical and digital material documenting the recent history of contemporary art in Asia.”

The endowment campaign was launched in 2007 and to date it has raised US$4.3 million towards its goal.

Other highlights of its 2012 auction include a seminal limited edition work by leading Chinese artist Song Dong produced during his residency at AAA, a light sculpture from Korean artist Haegue Yang, documentation of "Cage Piece" from Hsieh Tehching's One Year Performance, an early sketch by American artist George Condo, a painting from established Chinese artist Liu Wei, a photograph from American photographer Taryn Simon's most recent series, a seminal work from Chinese artist Wang Gongxin, a cardboard painting from Lee Kit's recent series, an oil on canvas by Duan Jianyu, a work by Hong Kong artist Wilson Shieh, a reverse painting by Nalini Malani, and a set of two paintings by Chinese abstract artist Ding Yi.

All works will be on view at Sotheby's Hong Kong from November 20–23 as well as online. Absentee or phone bids will be accepted.