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The Rise of Asian Art
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent and also home to some of the world’s oldest civilisations - from the Indus river valley to the Jōmon era of Japan. When collectors think of Asian art, however, the emphasis is usually on Chinese art, which is understandable due to the buzz created by items such as the Ming “chicken cup” which sold for $36.3 million in 2014 at Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong.
But, one reason for the dramatic increase in the value of Chinese art is the equally dramatic increase in the size and wealth of the Chinese middle class, who are spending a....Read More
The production and enjoyment of art seems to be in the DNA of humanity. Cave paintings from about 40,000 years ago have been found as far apart as Spain and Indonesia, seeming to evolve along with mankind’s larger brain and use of tools. In the intervening millennia, the role of art has changed as much as those first, prehistoric artists had changed from their humble, single-celled origins.
First cave art was an attempt to understand the world around and contemplate the meaning of our surroundings with the limited means of expression as
In Medieval times, art was generally commissioned by a patron who would giv....Read More