The market for Chinese art and antiquities has been booming with objects exceeding their high estimates and collectors vying for market-fresh pieces with esteemed provenance. Yet when we talk about the Chinese Market, about what and whom are we specifically referring? Where are the buyers from, where are the sales taking place, and what works are most valued in the market? The logistics of buying Chinese art is also complex, with import and export restrictions as well as the prevalence of frauds and fakes.
This one-day course will examine the Chinese market from a variety of perspectives, with lectures on the sales, collectors, and legal issues as well as talks on the taste of collectors and what is most valued in Chinese art and antiquities.
Ling-Yun Tang is a cultural sociologist with a focus on art markets and a regional specialization in Asia. Her research projects have included a study of Hong Kong art collectors and their role in the globalization of Chinese art.
Currently, she is researching the history of 20th century painting and modernity in Taiwan through the lens of the island’s colonial and martial law history. She has previously consulted for the Department of Development at the Freer-Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution and has work experience from a commercial art gallery in Beijing and Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
She has taught as an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, and also lectures about Asian contemporary art at Christie’s Education in New York.