ART021 Co-Founder Kylie Ying Curates Her Favorite Pieces From Our Latest Online Auction

The art world star shares her favorite pieces from our latest "Contemporary Asian Art" online auction.

Kylie Ying, founder of ART021 and JINGART. Courtesy of Kylie Ying.

There is no bigger name in the Chinese art world than Kylie Ying. As an art collector and co-founder of ART021—Shanghai and Beijing’s most prestigious fairs—she is known as tireless champion for young emerging artists and regularly tops lists of the art world’s most influential people.

With such expertise, she’s the perfect person to curate highlights from our Contemporary Asian Art sale on artnet Auctions. In the sale, collectors will find exceptional works by the most influential and in-demand artists from Japan, China, India, South Korea. And with styles from gestural abstract works to vibrant Pop pieces, this auction has got something for everyone.

We caught up with Kylie in between preparations for ART021, which just announced its participating gallery list that includes international dealers like Kasmin, Hauser & Wirth, and Kurimanzutto. Check out her Contemporary Asian Art  picks below and find out just what caught her eye — remember, you can place your own bids on each of these works now through September 17 on artnet Auctions.

DOB & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead (2013)
Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, DOB & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead (2013).

This high-impact painting by superstar Takashi Murakami is one of the boldest and highest-value works in the sale, and it’s easy to see why. “This is a very typical work of Murakami, depicting himself and his signature character Mr. Dob standing on a pile of colorful skulls,” says Kylie. Executed in 2013, this self-portrait is embedded with key symbols of the artist’s creative path. Though at first glance bright and colorful, Kylie notes the work’s inherent contradictions: “It looks super kawaii, but with sinister undertones.”


Blue and Chrome (1970)
Tadaaki Kuyama

Tadaaki Kuwayama, Blue and Chrome (1970).

This elegant acrylic-on-canvas painting represents a major turning point in Japanese artist Tadaaki Kuwayama’s career—which didn’t escape Kylie’s notice. Breaking from the more traditional Nihonga practice, “the artist started to create Minimalist, large-scale work after this Blue and Chrome,” she observes, “The subtle and subdued color and the scratchless surface of the artwork created a field of visual purity.”


Interspace-Musing (2000)
Lee Dong-Youb

Lee Dong-Youb, Interspace-Musing (2000).

“The artist has been painting white on white background for years,” notes Kylie about this Lee Dong-Youb work. As one of the leading South Korean contemporary painters from the Dansaekhwa movement, Youb’s monochrome paintings sought to create a visual rupture the past. “The soaking of color and the little white gap he created for the interspace makes me ponder and want to fill the white canvas with my own thoughts,” she muses.


Untitled 76-6 (1976)
Chung SangHwa

Chung SangHwa, Untitled 76-6 (1976).

“Here, Chung SangHwa repeated his own method of ‘rip’ and ‘fill’ and created an interesting crunchy texture,” Kylie notes of the canvas Untitled 76-6. Executed in 1976—just one year after a seminal Tokyo exhibition launched Dansaekhwa artists to international stardom—this piece outlines SangHwa’s key role in the group. Its soothing, repetitive composition particularly appealed to Kylie: “Looking at this is a type of meditation, just by thinking though how he created the work.”


Find these and other works in Contemporary Asian Art, live for bidding now through September 17 exclusively on artnet Auctions.

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