Thursday, November 3, 2016

Otto Djaya | Sidharta Fine Art Auction 20 November & 11 December 2016

Raden Otto Djaya (1916-2002)

R. Otto Djaya is one of the great masters of Indonesian fine art. He is a legend strongly grounded in the history of art in Indonesia. He would have become one hundred years on 6 October 2016. Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, celebrated his life and art with a large solo exhibition 30 September to 9 October 2016.

Otto Djaya was a non-conformist. He painted with a distinct and recognizable style to explore and express both the mundane and spiritual lives of Indonesians, especially of the Javanese. He was deeply analytical of humanity, and was able to synthesize natural beauty, myths, folklore and satire. Otto Djaya caricatured, never ridiculed.

Otto Djaya painted through six decades of Indonesian history and politics, from colonial times through war, revolution, the Sukarno and Suharto regimes, to democracy. He served in the first revolutionary army as a Major and company commander and fought in the Sukabumi battle of Bojong Kokosan in 1945.

In 1947 Otto Djaya went to The Netherlands to obtain formal education as a painter. He enrolled in Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and in addition studied philosophy at Gemeentelijk Universiteit van Amsterdam.

During his three years in Europe he and his brother Agus had two successful exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and several other exhibitions around Europe receiving excellent critique. While painting in the Netherlands he stayed loyal to Indonesian motifs and the figurative painting style that survived in his paintings all his life.

Returning home in 1950, he first settled in Semarang, then moved to South Jakarta in 1966.

Otto Djaya painted throughout his life paintings of his military time and paintings showing Indonesian folklore, myths, traditions and social changes. In a majority of his paintings OttoDjaya incorporated the legendary Punakawan characters in order to help his message get through more easily to the general public.

--by Marie-Inge Holst, author: World of Otto Djaya (Jakarta: Hexart, 2016) 

Lot #054, Otto Djaya, R, Balinese Dancer

Lot #055, Otto Djaya, R., Surat Al ‘Ashr

Lot #056, Otto Djaya, R. , Balinese Dancer

Lot #057, Otto Djaya, R., Dewi

Lot #058, Otto Djaya, R., Party

Lot #059, Otto Djaya, R., Jaipongan Jakarta

Lot #062, Otto Djaya, R., Sepasang Penari Jaipong

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Soeparto's Opulent Decorativism | Sidharta Fine Art Auction 20 November & 11 December 2016

Lot #328, Soeparto, Nabi Nuh

Soeparto's Opulent Decorativism
(lots #326 - 329)

Along with Mulyadi W., Arief Soedarsono, Irsam, Hatta Hambali and a number of other artists, Soeparto developed Soedibio and Widayat's "school of Decorativism in their own ways in Jakarta starting around the late 1960s and early 1970s. Decorativism developed organically and never developed a discourse and therefore each proponent was free to interpret their Decorativism accoring to their own paradigms.

Soeparto's Decorativism was quite particular and distinct from the others. He often used horizontal bands of contrasting pastel colors, usually light pastels for figures and darker pastels for sky or grounds to subtly define foreground from background. The application of paints of colors do not follow the form, but rather become elements of embellishment. Yet, the figures and forms are perceived as objects with clear dimensionalities. Soeparto's Decorativism is not only particular. The artist seems to be gifted with a unique talent that allows him to create such wonderful art pieces with distinguished opulence.

We are proud to feature four among the best of Soeparto's works in this auction.

Lot #326, Soeparto, Banteng (Ibu Anak)

Lot #327, Soeparto, Nudes 

Fine Art Auction, 20 November and 11 December 2016 | Message from Sidharta Auctioneer

Lot #130, Rustamadji, Women Carrying Baskets of Fish

Message from Sidharta Auctioneer

Since last year, we have managed to once again hold two Fine Art auctions annually. This is our second Fine Art auction this year, and it will be held in two separate auctions, combined with a Collectibles auction.

Our first session (Fine Art), will be held on Sunday, 20 November 2016. In order to present our clients with auctions, we have to find interesting works or art that someone or another would like to sell. Auction houses usually get works from galleries or dealers, but the most exciting lots usually come from the collections of old connoisseurs who have become detached from the current network of art collectors due to a generational gap or other social matters.

Old collections that consist of a select number of authentic artworks are very hard to come by, and therefore when we do come across one or two it give us great pleasure and satisfaction. It makes us happy and at the same time proud because we envision that our discovery will bring pleasure to our valued clients who also would like to acquire the wonderful art pieces for their collection.

Once in awhile, through our networks of families, friends and acquaintances, we get introduced to families who consider it time to let go of their collections. Recently, a small yet wonderful collection of Indonesian fine art, property of a gentleman, has been entrusted to be auctioned through our auction house.

The collection consists of various Indonesian art works, some of which we highlight here. From the selection of paintings in the possession of the collector, it seems evident that he was fascinated with people a work, and in particular women at work. Various forms of Balinese dances performed by women are shown in different artistic styles by Bagong Kussudiardja, Lim Wa Sim and Nyoman Gunarsa.
Lot #127, Lim Wasim, Pendet Dancer 

Lot #125, Bagong Kussudiardjo, Women Figures

Lot #132, Gunarsa, Nyoman, Legong Dancers

While Sudarso's painting is of a woman with a basket taking a rest, Tatang Ganar depicts a socially active yet culturally conscious Indonesian woman elegantly and smartly dressed in her kebaya.   

Lot #117, Sudarso, Seated Woman Holding a Basket

Lot #118, Tatang Ganar, Seated Woman in Kebaya

Lot #129, Iwan Sulistyo, J.B, Two Women with Terracotta Water Vessels

In the collection there is one of JB Iwan Sulistyo's early works, which is a painting of two women carrying water vessels. This painting seems to show a different and in many ways more interesting phase of the artist's oeuvre, which shows traces of his artistic influences.
Rustamadji's painting of women carrying baskets of fish, suggests not only the women's determination to work hard but also their communal spirit of progressing together, which should be the spirit and ethos of how people do business in the country today.

Lot #119, Dezentje, Ernest, View of Lake in Mountain Region

For the online catalog of the auction, click 

The second (Collectibles) session will be held on Sunday, 11 December 2016. Our collectibles auction feature ceramics, textiles, furniture and decorative items that have originated from various collections, primarily from collectors residing in Jakarta. Some of the most exceptional items can be found here.

The third (FIne Art) session immediately follows the second session. In this session we feature some great works by noted Contemporary artists including Jumaldi Alfi, Saftari, Lucia Hartini, Ivan Sagito and Pintor Sirait. We also present a special section about Indonesian-Chinese (Tionghoa) artists, which include Lee Man Fong, Lim Wa Sim, Liem Tjoe Ing, Lim Kwie Bing and Huang Fong, among others. From the property of notable collectors, there are also a number of works by masters of abstraction from Jakarta, Bandung and Yogya schools of art, namely Zaini, Popo Iskandar, Ahmad Sadali, Mochtar Apin, A.D. Pirous, Handrio, and Rusli.

Lot #330, Soedibio, Kuda Lumping

Lot #334, Abas Alibasyah, Cili

Lot #343, Ivan Sagita, Figures in Suspension

Lot #358, Lee Man Fong, Bunga Kembang Sepatu

Lot #408, Sadali, Ahmad, Gunungan Hijau Putih

Lot #411, Apin, Mochtar, Langkah dan Lirik

Lot #307, Godon, Alain, L'orthographe

In total, we present you with 310 lots, in the three sessions. We hope that there will be some pieces in our auctions that will attract your interest. Happy viewing and bidding!

Amir Sidharta

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Abas Alibasjah | Sidharta Fine Art Auction 20 November & 11 December 2016

Lot #333, Abas Alibasyah, Scenery

Abas Alibasyah  
(Purwakarta, W. Java, 1928 - Jakarta, 2016)

In the 1990s, Abas Alibasyah was most famous for his paintings of rather surrealistic masks and landscapes, but his works could not be easily categorized as coming from the Yogya school of Surrealism nor Decorativism. Devoid of human figure, his landscapes seemed to reveal the artist's melancholy. Although his masks seem to suggest human presence, they also enhance the melancholic spirit of his paintings.

While in Session I, there is a painting entitled Flowers and Mask dating from 1989 (lot #112), in this section there are four other relatively early Abas Alibasjah paintings from two collections. Mascot, 1969 (lot #331) Abstraksi Warna, 1967 (lot # 332) are typical of his paintings from the 1960s, in which the artist seemed to explore colorist abstraction.

Scenery, 1971 (lot #333) is a predecessor of his later melancholic and rather surrealistic landscapes that are devoid of human figures. In this painting, the landscape appears more realistic,  but no less haunting. Somehow it seems to remind us not to neglect our environment.

Last but not least, Cili, 1991 (lot #334) also seems to be a predecessor of his later paintings of masks. The painting extends the artist's exploration of abstraction while including the mask as an icon. Hence, the painting appears more of an artistic expression rather than a realistic description of the subject matter.

Lot #112, Abas Alibasyah, Flower and Mask

Lot #331, Abas Alibasyah, Mascot

Lot #332, Abas Alibasyah, Abstraksi Warna

Lot #334, Abas Alibasyah, Cili

Artworks by Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese Descent) Painters (lots #355 - 371)

Lot #360, Lim Kwie Bing, Gunung Kawi Bali

Lot #127, Lim Wasim, Pendet Dancer

Artworks by Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese Descent) Painters

(lots #355 - 371)

The Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese descent) played an important role in shaping the

history of Indonesian art. As early as 1955, Lee Man Fong already held an exhibition at the

Kolff Bookstore in Batavia and participated in an exhibition that was held by the Dutch

Indies Art Association at Hotel Des Indes the following year.

Lot #358, Lee Man Fong, Bunga Kembang Sepatu

The Indonesian Proclamation of Independence in 1945, was followed the Indonesian

Revolutionary War in 1945-49 and eventually the Dutch recognition of Indonesian

sovereignity at the end of 1949. In 1955, along with other Tionghoa figures and artists, Lee

Man Fong established an organization called Yin Hua Meishu Xiehui (The Organization of

Indonesian Chinese Artists) in Jakarta. They held their first exhibition in January 1956.

Among the names listed as members (other than Lee Man Fong), are Tjio Tek-Djin (whose

portrait by Trubus Soedarsono appears in lot #073 of this auction), and Lim Kwie Bing who

was known to have also chaired the Tsing Feng She and M.M Art Club in Malang. Later on,

Lim Wa Sim also joined Yin Hua.

Lot #355, Lim Wasim, Mencari Kutu

As the definition of national art was never conclusively formulated, the complexity

of the Tionghoa identity (being a mixture or cross section of Indonesian and Chinese),

actually contributed to the diversity of national aesthetics stated Brigitta Isabella, a

researcher who has done research on Yin Hua. Lee Man Fong, for example, often painted

Indonesian subject matter using the hanging scroll format of Chinese landscape painting.

Yet, his European training and aesthetics further complicated and at the same time enrich

the enculturation.

In this auction section we feature the works by several Tionghoa artists, including some

historic works. Liem Kwie Bing's Boy with Kite (lot #369) dates from 1947, while Lee Man

Fong's drawing of a Buddha Figure (lot #357) dates from 1958. Lim Wa Sim's Mencari Kutu

(lot #355), Anton Huang's sketch of a Balinese market scene (lot #364), and Lim Kwie Bing's

intricate renditions of Balinese rituals (lots #370 & 371) all date from the 1960s and '70s).

Lee Man Fong's impressionistic Bunga Kembang Sepatu (lot #358), Liem Tjoe Ing's and From

the 1980s are among others Huang Fong's expressive renditions of horses (lot #359, 360 &

362), Adam Lay's serene painting of gold fish (lot #361), Huang Fong's elegant painting of a

Balinese dancer (lot #365), Liem Tjoe Ing's painting of fishermen by the beach (lot #366).

and his watercolor of reliefs of a Javanese temple (lot #367).

Lot #369, Lim Kwie Bing, Boy and Kite

Lot #365, Huang Fong, Siap Menari (Legong)

Although not grouped in this section, there are a number of other Tionghoa artists whose

works appear here. Among the woman artists, Maria Tjui (whose painting appears in lot

#115), is a Tionghoa artist famous for her expressiveness in her art, and also Ivan Sagito

(whose painting appears in lot #343), was very influential in the development of

Contemporary Indonesian art in the 1980s and 1990s.

Each Indonesian Chinese artist, with their unique cultural paradigms, contributes to the

diversity of Indonesian art.

lot #356, Lim Kwie Bing, Gadis Bali

Lot #357, Lee Man Fong, Budai

Lot #359, Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #1

Lot #360, Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #2

Lot #361, Adam Lay, Goldfish

Lot #362, Huang Fong, The Power of Spirit

Lot #363, Tatang Kuntjoro, By the Riverside

Lot #364, Anton Huang, Sketsa Pasar

Lot #366, Liem Tjoe Ing, Nelayan

Lot #367, Liem Tjoe Ing, Relief Candi

Lot #368, Liem Tjoe Ing, Lumbung

Lot #371, Lim Kwie Bing, Temple Ceremony