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: / web:


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