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Christie’s Unveils New Evening Sale Highlighting Artistic Iconoclasts


The Wasteland

oil on canvas

267 x 200 cm. (105 1/8 x 78 3/4 in.)

Painted in 2007


JIA AILI (CHINA, B. 1979) The Wasteland oil on canvas 267 x 200 cm. (105 1/8 x 78 3/4 in.) Painted in 2007 HK$8,000,000-10,000,000 US$1,100,000-1,300,000

This season, Christie’s unveils a new evening sale entitled “ICONOCLAST”, which will directly precede the 20thCentury and Contemporary Art evening sale. This visionary auction features a generation of artists born between 1969-1989 who are defying traditional boundaries and cultural conventions to create art for a global audience.

The title of this sale – ICONOCLAST – was chosen to highlight the tradition-defying tendencies that unite this diverse generation of artists. Iconoclasts challenge and critique widespread beliefs or institutions, and these artists have shattered familiar categorisations about stylistic ideologies.

Evelyn Lin, Deputy Chairman, Head of Department commented “The curated selection of artists force us to reimagine what is possible, and to think outside of conventional labels. They were selected for the ways in which they break new artistic ground in their work, and push against the boundaries of the expected. By reflecting on a multitude of complex issues facing modern-day society, their works are both rebellious and singular in nature, and their influence in shaping the art world will continue in the years to come”.  



Date: 25th May 2019

Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong


About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2018 that totalled £5.3 billion / $7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

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