ACC & Christie's Auction

20th and 21st Century Art Afternoon Session
Property Sold for the Benefit of the Asian Cultural Council

Sale date:            May 25th, 2021, 12:30PM HKT (12:30AM EDT)
Sale venue:         Hall 3D, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Preview dates:    May 21st-24, 2021

Auction Overview

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On behalf of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) and our global Boards of Trustees, we are delighted to continue our partnership with Christie’s for a special auction of Liu Kuo-sung’s ink painting, Untitled (1966). We are honored to showcase the work of one of ACC’s earliest grantees, whose work transcends cultural divides through innovations of material, theory, and technique.

Asian Cultural Council advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect by providing artists, scholars, and arts professionals opportunities for cultural exchange across Asia and the United States. Founded by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963, ACC is headquartered in New York with offices and foundations in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo. Over the past six decades, ACC has invested over $100 million towards more than 6,000 exchanges across 16 artistic disciplines and 26 countries and regions. This expansive network of alumni is a testament to the significant impact of immersive, cultural exchange on an artist’s worldview, and the ripple effect of their art on communities worldwide. Building on the success of ACC & Christie’s July 2020 auction, proceeds from this sale will support fellowships, grants, and educational opportunities for the next generation of visionary arts leaders.


Wendy O'Neill

LIU KUO-SUNG 劉國松 (ACC 1966) 
(Liu Guosong, b. 1932) 
Untitled, 1966 
Ink and color on paper 
60 x 92.5 cm. (23.5/8 x 36.3/8 in.) 
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller 
Asian Cultural Council 

Sold for HKD$ 812,500*
includes buyers premium

Liu Kuo-sung (Liu Guosong, b. 1932) is an artist, writer, and arts educator. Born in Anhui, China, Liu settled in Taiwan in 1949 and later graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). In 1966, Liu was one of the earliest artists to receive a grant from the Asian Cultural Council, known then as the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund. This two-year grant supported Liu to serve as artist-in-residence at the University of Iowa and research contemporary art in the United States. Trained in both Western and traditional Chinese painting, Liu co-founded the Fifth Moon Group in 1956. The pioneering group is credited with the development of modern art in Taiwan through its incorporation of abstract expressionism into traditional Chinese ink painting. Throughout his career, Liu has innovated new materials and techniques—among them, “Liu Kuo-sung paper,” characterized by a layer of thick fibers affixed to cotton paper. As seen in Untitled (1966), color and ink are added to the surface, then fibers are removed, giving rise to atmospheric, abstract forms in white. Known today as the “father of Modern Chinese ink painting,” Liu Kuo-sung continues to encourage the development of contemporary ink art through his prolific artistic practice, research, and teaching. 

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