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Pride, Passion, and Patriotism: Exploring China’s Hunger for Antiquities

March 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30PM Reception, 7:00 – 8:00PM Talk
Speaker: Cai Jinqing
Event Fee: Members $10; Non-Members $20; Students $5
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Christie’s Hong Kong auctions hit record numbers last March – bringing in a stunning $332.7 million in all, for important Chinese classical paintings, porcelains, bronzes and furniture from private collections. The high prices reflected what the auction house called “deep bidding” from buyers in mainland China. It wasn’t the first time Chinese buyers have stunned the Chinese classical art market. Remember the tiny “chicken cup” that fetched a record $36 million at a Hong Kong auction in 2014? The buyer, of course, was Chinese, a prolific art collector named Liu Yiqian. He celebrated his Ming Dynasty purchase by drinking tea from it. Join us for a conversation with Cai Jinqing, President of Christie’s China, and Michael J. Hatch, Assistant Professor of Art History at Miami University, who will share their insights on China’s high-flying collectors and the burgeoning Chinese art market.

Cai Jinqing is the Chairman of Christie’s China. Ms. Cai joined Christie’s as the Managing Director of Christie’s China in 2012. She was appointed President of Christie’s China in 2014 and hence appointed to the current role in 2016. Ms. Cai has successfully led the strategic business expansion and client engagement for Christie’s China ever since. Christie’s became the first international auction house to obtain the license to operate independently in China in 2013. Christie’s launched its inaugural sale in China in 2013 and subsequently opened two new art spaces in Shanghai in 2014 and Beijing in 2016. Ms. Cai plays a senior advisory role to art collectors, funds, private and public art institutions on art collecting and market trends. She is also responsible for expanding Christie’s educational and cultural activities and bridging cultural exchange between the East and the West. As Christie’s senior representative on the ground, she supports the company’s participation in cooperative programs between China and other countries, with a strong focus on promoting Chinese art on global stage, while both protecting and celebrating its cultural heritage. Ms. Cai was listed as “Art+Auction Power 100” by Blouin Artinfo in 2013 and “The 100 Most Powerful Women” in Art by artnet in 2014, both for her influence in the art world. She was also nominated by Foreign Policy and listed in “The Pacific Power Index” in 2015 as one of the 50 people shaping the future of U.S. and China relationship, acknowledging her efforts in raising the profile of Chinese art, at home and abroad. Ms. Cai received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University. She was born and raised in Beijing and entered Beijing University before pursuing overseas education.

Michael J. Hatch teaches the history of East Asian art at Miami University. He specializes in research on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th century to the 21st century, with interests in: theories of painting, concepts of modernity, the historiography of painting, contemporary Chinese art, and inter-material relationships between painting and other visual cultures.

Prof. Hatch also has background experience in museums, auction houses, and galleries. In 2012 he curated a show titled “Qian Du (1764–1844) and Style in Qing Dynasty Landscape Painting” at the Princeton University Art Museum. He has written arts criticism for The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum International, Artforum.com, and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. From 2006 to 2008 he lived in Beijing, where he was a client relations officer at China’s preeminent auction house, China Guardian, and before that he worked in New York at Kaikodo Gallery.

蔡金青,现任佳士得中国区主席。她于2012年加入佳士得成为首任中国区执行董事,主管佳士得中国区的客户服务及业务拓展。蔡女士成功推动了佳士得位于中国的业务拓展与良好稳定的客户关系建立。任职期间,佳士得成为第一家获准于中国大陆独立举行拍卖的国际艺术品拍卖行,并于2013年9月举行中国内地首场拍卖,此后又相继于上海及北京开设全新艺术空间。蔡女士为中国艺术机构、基金及藏家通过佳士得购藏艺术品提供了重要咨询及市场趋势建议,并负责扩展了佳士得于艺术教育及文化领域的活动,搭建了东西方艺术交流的平台。此外,作为佳士得驻中国高管,蔡女士同时为佳士得有关中国与国际的合作项目提供支持,尤其致力于向全球市场推广中国艺术,保护及弘扬中国文化遗产。蔡女士凭借其对艺术及拍卖行业的贡献,多次入选全球各大评选榜单:包括BLOUIN ART+AUCTION杂志2013年度“Power 100”、 artnet 2014 年度 “100 Most Powerful Women in Art” (“全球艺术界100位最有权力的女性”)。2015年1月,蔡女士入选美国Foreign Policy(《外交政策》)的“The Pacific Power Index”,被评选为年度影响未来中美关系50人之一。蔡女士出生于北京,曾就读于北京大学并赴海外留学,并先后于美国韦斯利女子学院及普林斯顿大学取得学士及公共事务专业硕士学位。

For questions please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


March 20, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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