Urban Reveries; My Top 5 Favorite Works at This Year’s AAA Fundraiser

Non-profit Art organization, Asia Art Archives (AAA) ultimate aim is to raise $6.5Million US for their endowment in order to continue their core work in Hong Kong, which is to archive and accumulate works, stories, and idedas as it relates to Asia’s contemporary art in the new millennium.

85% of their archive is donated material, and whether it be online or their physical space in Sheung Wan, all materials are free and open to the public to access. Starting today you too can support AAA as well as own a piece of work by any one of Asia’s hottest contemporary artists to date via the Archives’ Annual Fundraiser 2012. Proceeds of the pieces at auction can be bid online or bid live depending on the block for each work. All pieces for auction go on exhibit starting today at Sotheby’s One Pacific Place from 10AM to 5:30PM. Preview ends on the 23rd and live auction is this Saturday, November 24th. 

Check out my Top 5 Favorite works on the Auction block.

+ Dream 2007 No. 8 / JING Kewen / Lithograph, 65 x 65cm (SILENT LOT 37)

Jing Kewen’s works have been exhibited prominently in Europe and the United States. Primarily using Oil as his main medium, Jing Kewen’s very formal approach to painting often depict young figures amidst city scapes and architectures, using old 1950s photographs as a jumping off point. It’s not really political as it is aiming towards iconic romance.

+ Lanwei20 Tomorrow’s Resort Taipei, 2009 / anothermountainman (Stanley Wong) / Archival Inkjet Print / 109.2 x 174 CM (LIVE LOT 9)


Lan Wei reflects Stanley Wong’s obsessions with mankind’s abandoned construction projects when the economic bubble bursted in Asia in the mid 1990’s. This study, which began in China in 2006, has spread to documentation of other equally haunting ghost sites in the region such as Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. 

+ Al Gubaiba, 2012 / Joao Vasco Paiva / Acrylic and Offset Print on Canvas / 60 x 60 x 2 CM (SILENT LOT 68)

Joao Vasco Paiva is a Portuguese artist who has actively been producing great work from Hong Kong since he moved to the city in 2006. This particular painting reflects his formal studies in 2D and 3D which lean towards symbols, shapes, and topographies with an architectural implication. For example he took the Al Gubaiba (DUBAI) Subway Map and removed it of lines, text, and content, whats left is an alternate reading of the same subject matter via new form. His aim is to create or reveal a new facet of information from his urban studies.

+ Gloucester & Gloucester, 2001 printed in 2012 / LEUNG Chi Wo / C-Print / 35.5 x 55cm (SILENT LOT 47)

Co-founder of Para/Site Art Space, Leung Chi Wo is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent independent art figures. Leung Chi Wo usually works with Hong Kong as the main subject of his works, questioning history and identity through text and photography. This work is an offshoot of the artist’s Colour Series (1999-2003) and deals with perception of the urban space through the photographic capture and subsequent tweaking of the composition. 

+ Light Year No.9, 2006 / LIU Wei / Oil and Acrylic Paint on Metal Plate / 80 x 80cm (LIVE LOT 11)

Beijing born Liu Wei was recently named Artist of the Year in 2007 via the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards and showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Lyon Biannial in 2007. Since then Liu Wei has shown in the Shanghai Biennial and exhibited his first show in London via White Cube Gallery this year. Liu Wei works with multiple mediums from sculpture, to film, to installation, to print. His works touch upon the human and social condition via dream figures and fantastical narratives.

Do you see a common thread in all the work above? Anyway, curious to know what your favorite pieces are in the auction. Check it out at the preview, and let me know!

SUPPORT AAA Fundraiser 2012 / Preview 20-23 November and Auction 24 November at Sotheby’s 5F One Pacific Place, Admiralty HK.


Annual Fundraiser for Asia Art Archive, This Week. Previews Start Monday. Auction on Saturday.

The first time I met the insanely cool Natasha K. Whiffin was on Twitter while I was covering ArtHK11 back in May. There was supposed to be a Tweetup amongst the group (3 of us) covering ArtHK11 during that time, but while the other one, the HEART FAIRS BLOG’s Suraya Warden, showed up, Natasha was nowhere to be found, then she went back to England. Now Natasha is back, and we actually met in person several times since she’s been back to Hong Kong, taking on a position at the Asia Art Archive (AAA) (amongst other things) aiming to be really active promoting Hong Kong’s evolving art machine, via new media channels.

Asia Art Archive’s, Natasha at 10 Chancery Lane, Suzie Wong show a few months ago.

There always seems to be something going on with the Asia Art Archive, and recently they just hosted artist friend, Yuk King Tan, for a talk and a discussion on her works at the end of last October. Yuk King’s talk is just one of the many programs that the Asia Art Archive hosts in order to bridge the gap between the Asia’s art world and public education through the collection and archiving of works and the hosting of forums both in public and online. And now its time for you to help the Asia Art Archive!

Yuk King also at 10 Chancery Lane.

This week, more than 60 works from artists like sculptor Nadim Abbas, painter Simon Birch, Philippine National Artist Roberto Chabet, Chinese Artists Cao Fei and Wang Keping, all artists I’ve highlighted on this blog, will be donating their works directly or via their galleries to help raise funds for the Asia Art Archive through an auction. The AAA will host a dinner + preview at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in Admiralty this week, ending with an auction on Saturday at the China Club on Saturday. And yes… Murakami’s FLOWER series will be available at this auction full of significant works.

From AAA Executive Director Claire Hsu:

One of AAA’s priorities in the past few years has been working toward making our collection more accessible to the public. In 2010, we began work on a new website which will launch in spring 2012 along with the Collection Online, a new database platform which will gradually make as much of AAA’s collection as possible publicly accessible globally well into the future.

Preview is open to the public, but Auction at China Club is by invitation only. If you’re interested in either email the email shown below. Sound good? Get art AND help a great cause.

AAA Asia Art Archive Annual Fundraiser 2011 / Preview Period: 14-18 November 9:30 AM-6PM / Sotheby’s, Suites 3101-3106, 31F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong / email: fundraiser@aaa.org.hk / web: www.aaa.org.hk/fundraiser2011


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Help HandsOn Hong Kong

Founded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a charitable organization dedicated to community based volunteerism.  Where there is a need from Hong Kong’s charities, HandsOn is there to help them out with Volunteers who are truly looking to help those in need, but have no idea how to help or where to even start looking.

This is where HandsOn is needed most, they fill the gap, and provide the infrastructures necessary, so that as much as possible, the charities under their umbrella have the support they need. HandsOn organizes a range of activities benefitting children, women, the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities, abandoned animals, and others.  

For the second year in a row, HandsOn Hong Kong will be hosing a Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 11th at the American Club to help raise funds for their organization. More than 25 corporate sponsors, have generously donated to the evening’s silent and live auctions which will include a variety of items including: a five-day stay for four in a Niseko ski chalet, an exceptional dining experience for ten at the  Crown Wine Cellars private members’ club, a catered luxury junk trip exploring Hong Kong’s islands, and much more.   

 Some of the Art works to be auctioned through Christie’s include Stephanie Ho via Art Beatus, Graphic Airlines, Dee Dee Choy, Esther Yip, Eileen Chan, Mok Wai Hong , Sean Lee Davies, and Erkka Nissinen x Amy Cheung @ Handkerchief Production.

The reason why I know about HandsOn Hong Kong and what they do, is that my friend Rachel, who has to be one of the busiest people I know, has been a volunteer and a member of HandsOn Hong Kong for a few years now:

Here is what she says about why HandOn Hong Kong and volunteering her time is important to her:

The major reason I am an avid volunteer is that I find satisfaction in being able to serve others in need. What Hands on Hong Kong does is provide the invaluable service of matching charities with volunteers. Most charities can’t even develop or run their own programmes without the help of people who are willing to pool together their time to help those who need them so you can see how this is so crucial.

So there you have it.  Here is a very touching video produced last year about HOHK:

I know it is the end of the month, but you may still be able to grab tickets for the three course Gala at the American Club by calling 3796-2700 or emailing hohk@handsonhongkong.com / Prices per ticket is 1600 per person / Cocktails at 6:30 and Dinner at 7:30. Located at the American Club, Vista Ballroom, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Black Tie. 

And if you cannot make the gala, you’re always welcome to volunteer as a member of the organization and/or donate to the charity. Please visit http://www.handsonhongkong.org for more information

x JJ