M WOODS Co-Founder Michael Xufu Huang Picks His Favorite Artworks from Our Contemporary+ Auction

The young collector has quickly become a force in the contemporary art world.

Michael Xufu Huang, Co-Founder of M WOODS in Beijing.

Michael Xufu Huang started collecting art early—very early.

Born in Chongqing, China, Michael kicked off his own private collection with a Helen Frankenthaler lithograph purchased at the age of 16. His passion grew from there; by the time he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Huang was fully immersed in the contemporary art scene and developed a reputation for his ability to spot up-and-coming talent.

Today, he’s one of the most powerful and respected tastemakers in the art world. He sits on the board of the New Museum and runs the nonprofit Beijing museum he co-founded with collectors Lin Han and Wanwan Lei, M WOODS. With a slew of critically acclaimed exhibitions that have featured the likes of Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei, and, most recently, Richard Tuttle, M WOODS has emerged as an important curatorial voice that draws thousands of visitors each week.

As a savvy collector, it’s no wonder Huang appreciates our new artnet Auctions sale, Contemporary+.

“As a young collector, I always look for new talents that I can grow together with,” he says. “I’m particularly interested in artists that challenge what has been done in art history and incorporate our technology-driven life into their art-making to represent the aesthetics and beliefs of our generation.”

Live for bidding now through May 21, Contemporary+ is an opportunity to acquire works by some of the most cutting-edge artists of the moment at values accessible to both new and seasoned collectors. 

Find Michael’s favorite pieces from Contemporary+ below.


Untitled (circa 1990)

Mary Heilmann


007LLCHRCTRSCHT_passw0rds.IPA (2016)

Petra Cortright


Untitled (2013)

Ethan Cook


Untitled (2011)

Ella Kruglyanskaya


Borderline Painting No. 60 (2014)

Kasper Sonne

Check out these works and more in our Contemporary+ sale, live for bidding now through May 21.

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