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Asia Art Archive’s 2021 Annual Fundraiser: Building A More Generous Art History

ByThe Artling Team
Asia Art Archive’s 2021 Annual Fundraiser: Building A More Generous Art History

Asia Art Archive (AAA)’s 2021 Annual Fundraiser offers an auction of forth-eight works, generously donated by artists, individual donors, institutions and galleries across the globe. The fundraiser is an essential source of funding for AAA, an independent non-profit. All proceeds will go directly towards building collections on the history of contemporary art in Asia, as well as towards keeping the materials free and accessible for research and education. The fundraiser supports the work of AAA to contribute to a more generous art history. 

Thanks to the generosity of so many, AAA has played a pivotal role in enabling the history of modern and contemporary art from Asia to be studied, written, and shared globally for more than two decades. Recently, on its twentieth-anniversary, AAA launched the Oscar Ho Hing Kay Archive. The archive provides a tantalising glimpse into a multifarious career, and into art education and cultural policy in Hong Kong from the 1980s to the present. 

This year’s auction features work by artists including Birdhead, Luis Chan, Elizabeth and Iftikhar Dadi, Simryn Gill, Jeff Koons, Andrew Luk, Sopheap Pich, Song Dong, Angela Su, Charwei Tsai, and Cecilia Vicuña. Scroll down for some highlights! 

Works on Paper by Women Artists

Untitled by Mithu sen2021, Mixed media and collage on handmade paper, 41.5 x 29 cm. Unique Generously donated by the artist.

Don’t Rock the Boat by Rekha Rodwittiya1985, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 40.5 x 30.5 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Aicon Gallery.

Studies from Maria's Garden: Loquat & Persimmon by Simryn Gill, 2021, Ink on paper, 70.5 x 48 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Tracy Williams.

Studies from Maria's Garden: Plum by Simryn Gill, 2021, Ink on paper, 69 x 49 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Tracy Williams.

Hong Kong Artists

Temptation by Oscar Chan Yik Long, 2019, Chinese ink on paper, 42 x 29.5 cm. Unique Generously donated by the artist.

Another Day by Cheng ting ting, 2019, Lithograph on paper, 56.5 x 38 cm. Generously donated by the artist. 

Milk Debt (Hong Kong) by Patty Chang2020, Letterpress on French Paper Speckletone paper, 1) 14 x 6 x 23 cm 2) 19 x 11 x 38 cm 3) 7 x 10 x 39 cm 4) 11 x 6 x 10 cm 5) 8 x 8 x 22 cm 6) 9 x 11 x 12 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Queens Museum.

Moray Eel by Brian Chan Kwan Lok, 2020, Ink and colour on paper, 36 x 46.5 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Grotto Fine Art.

Lines and Shapes

Wind-R by Il lee2014, Etching on paper, 45.5 x 30 cm (image); 66.5 x 43.5 cm (paper). Generously donated by the artist and Art Projects International, New York.

Bauernzug by Georg Baselitz, 2010, Drypoint and aquatint on Somerset paper, 66 x 49.5 cm (image); 90.5 x 65 cm (paper). Generously donated by the artist and White Cube.

1) Lissitzky Curves and Breuer’s UNESCO 2) Lisssitzky Letterhead 3) Lissitzky Curves and Herman Miller Logo by David Diao2021, Lithograph on paper, 56 x 76 cm (each). Generously donated by the artist.

Object-Based Works

Number 5 by Pinaree sanpitak, 2020, Unniyappam bronze pan, Thai, Laotian, Japanese mulberry paper, needles 9 x 22 x 23.5 cm. Generously donated by the artist.

Deep Earth Resources No. 4 by Andrew Luk, 2020, Plaster, steel, extruded aluminium, aerosol paint, varnish, 83 x 60 x 14.5 cm. Generously donated by the artist.

Marina ss–north to south, sink or swim, salt and sun by Law Yuk Mui2021, Magnet and modified music box machine with protractor on acrylic base, and magnetic needle with metal rod on river stone 6 x 10 x 10 cm; 4 x 7.5 x 4 cm (stone). Generously donated by the artist.


Holding this photograph with yeema and yee-jeung by Ka-man tse2018, Archival inkjet print on Gloss Baryta Warmtone paper, 41 x 51 cm. Generously donated by the artist. 

Half a Sky by Shilpa Gupta, 2019, Digital print on Diasec mount, 50 x 66.5 cm. Generously donated by the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery.

AAA’s public programmes continue to pay tribute to artist-teachers, schools, and independent art collectives who have shaped contemporary practice in the region. Among them is the upcoming collaboration with Gudksul, a public learning space established by three Jakarta-based art collectives: Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa, and Serrum. 

AAA’s 2021 Annual Fundraiser is supported by Altaya Group, Christie’s Hong Kong, Chubb, Corney & Barrow Hong Kong, SALONI, Willis Towers Watson, and media partners, the Artling, ArtReview, CoBo Social, Design Anthology, Tatler Hong Kong, and Ocula

Preview Exhibition
20 October (Wed), 12–5:30pm 
21–22 October (Thu–Fri),10:30am–5:30pm 
23 October (Sat), 10:30am–3pm 

Preview Reception
20 October (Wed), 6–8pm 
Christie’s Hong Kong 
The James Christie Room 
22/F Alexandra House 
18 Chater Road, Central 

Online Bidding
12pm on 12 October to 11pm on 29 October via

About Asia Art Archive 

Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit organisation initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region. With one of the most valuable collections of material on art freely available from its website and onsite library, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programmes. For more information, visit them at

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