Force for Good

THE ASIA ART AR­CHIVE’S AN­NUAL FUNDRAIS­ING AUC­TION IS A GREAT CHANCE TO SNAP UP SOME EX­CEL­LENT ART WHILE AID­ING A GOOD CAUSE. Leanne Mi­randilla PRE­VIEWS THE EVENT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Art -

The work of some of Asia’s best-loved artists will go un­der the ham­mer for char­ity on Novem­ber 15 when the Asia Art Ar­chive stages a fundrais­ing auc­tion and din­ner at the China Club. Lin Tian­miao, Le­ung Kuit­ing and João Vasco Paiva are just three of the artists whose works will be snapped up, adding their names to such il­lus­tri­ous pre­vi­ous donors as Ai Wei­wei, Takashi Mu­rakami and Zeng Fanzhi. “Donat­ing my works to the Asia Art Ar­chive is some­thing I have al­ways loved do­ing,” says Le­ung, “be­cause it’s for a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that plays such an im­por­tant role in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing art in Hong Kong.”

Oth­ers fea­tured in this year’s invitation-only sale, which the ar­chive is con­duct­ing in part­ner­ship with Christie’s Hong Kong, in­clude prom­i­nent South Korean Lee Bul, lo­cal artist and de­signer Stan­ley Wong, In­dian artist Anju Dodiya and a promis­ing lo­cal new­comer, re­cent univer­sity grad­u­ate Ni­cole Wong. The works will be on dis­play at a pre­view ex­hi­bi­tion at Christie’s from Novem­ber 11 to 14.

Fifty per cent of the an­nual bud­get of the Asia Art Ar­chive, which houses more than 50,000 records and runs a va­ri­ety of free pro­gram­ming for the pub­lic, from artists’ talks to tours and open days for stu­dents, comes from the pro­ceeds of the auc­tion. Up to 70 works have been sold at pre­vi­ous auc­tions, which used to be run in part­ner­ship with Sotheby’s but switched to Christie’s last year.

The ar­chive is the brain­child of Claire Hsu, who re­alised 15 years ago that no one was doc­u­ment­ing the Asian art world. After fin­ish­ing her masters in art his­tory at London Univer­sity, she raised HK$1 mil­lion to kick-start the ar­chive. She says the pro­ceeds of this year’s auc­tion will fund “a new dig­i­tal plat­form, a move to adopt the Cre­ative Com­mons li­cence and ef­forts to bet­ter un­der­stand our au­di­ences... as we con­tinue our quest for a per­ma­nent home.” In the fol­low­ing pages, seven artists dis­cuss the works they have do­nated for the auc­tion. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, go to aaa.org.hk/an­nu­al­fundraiser

hearts of art Clock­wise from top left: Lin Tian­miao; Le­ung Kui-ting; Anju Dodiya; Lee Bul; Ni­cole Wong; João Vasco Paiva. Cen­tre: Stan­ley Wong

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