British-Taiwanese Artist Richard Lin's 1.3.1964
Painting Relief leads Hong Kong Modern and Contemporary Art Sale

Hong Kong – The international auction house Bonhams is honored to present 1.3.1964 - Painting Relief, the most significant work by the renowned British-Taiwanese minimalist artist Richard Lin (1933-2011), in its forthcoming Modern and Contemporary Art sale on 27 May 2019 in Hong Kong. The work is the largest of the artist's only three works selected to exhibit at documenta III in 1964, the third edition of the leading international contemporary art exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Appearing on the market for the very first time after 55 years, 1.3.1964 - Painting Relief represents Lin's most acclaimed and sought-after body of work.

Ralph Taylor, Bonhams Global Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art commented: "Following Bonhams' two successful retrospectives of Richard Lin – first in London in October 2018 and recently in Hong Kong in March 2019, we are thrilled to continue the celebration of the artist's legacy with 1.3.1964 - Painting Relief on offer at our forthcoming May sale. Already a centerpiece of the March exhibition, the work is the artist's most important painting ever to come onto the market."

The Making of A Global Artist
The broadly acclaimed career of Richard Lin found its roots in the artist's truly international upbringing between the East and the West. Born in 1933 into an eminent family in Taiwan under Japanese ruling but raised in Hong Kong under an orthodox British high school education, Lin moved to London in 1952 for university training in art and architecture.

Situated in the Western world, Lin pondered what art could be his own. In his early works of the 1950s, Lin experimented with representational paintings and lyrical abstraction, in which the influence of Chinese landscape paintings through the employment of ink and wash brushstrokes can be observed. Completing his degree at Regent Street Polytechnic in London in 1958, Lin quickly made his mark with solo shows, including his first solo show at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in that same year.

A Transformative Opportunity from documenta III
In 1964, Lin was selected as the first British-Taiwanese artist to participate in the prestigious contemporary art exhibition documenta III, representing the UK. Established in 1955 on a post-war idealism to restore modern international art that were banned under the Nazi regime, documenta aimed to revive global culture and civilization at the time. The third edition of documenta featured 353 international artists in total, where Lin's works were exhibited alongside those of the greatest names in the 20th century art history, such as Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Piet Mondrian, and Ellsworth Kelly, affirming his artistic talents among Western contemporaries.

1.3.1964 - Painting Relief
Representing Lin's artistic maturity and relevance in the international art historical context, 1.3.1964 - Painting Relief echoes a realm of quietude and harbors an unimposing allure through its understated palette and geometric harmonious composition, serving as the ultimate epitome of Lin's disciplined pursuit of simplicity.

Combining pieces of acrylic and aluminum at precisely calculated angles, the grid composition draws similarities to Piet Mondrian's geometric abstractions, as both Lin and Mondrian hoped to use the purest methods to achieve harmony, employing balanced arrangements to unite the material and spiritual worlds.

The cosmic idea of the eclipse, presented in the work as a black reflective square, was rooted from his philosophical education by the teachings of Laozi and Zhuangzi, and his upbringing in the East during his formative years.

Other highlights include:

- Chu Teh-Chun, Untitled, 1988, oil on canvas, 115 x 89 cm.
Estimate: HK$1,800,000-2,500,000
*Fresh to the market*

- T'ang Haiwen, Summer Day in the Mountain, circa 1975, oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm.
Estimate: HK$400,000-600,000

  • Fresh to the market and of exquisite rare colors*

- Huang Yuxing, River (White Bush), 2014, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 99.5 cm.
Estimate: HK$400,000-600,000

  • Fresh to the market*

Takashi Murakami, A Little Flower Painting: Yellow, White, and Purple Flowers, 2017, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 41.7 x 33.5 cm.
Estimate: HK$1,500,000-1,800,000

*Fresh to the market*


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