Friday, March 15, 2013

An auction reflective of the region’s impressive art scene

South Asian art scene is the focus of many noteworthy international museums and institutions with exhibits of artworks by Zarina on view at the Guggenheim Museum in currently, New York currently. Rashid Rana’s retrospective has opened at the Mohatta Palace, Karachi recently. Atul Dodiya’s first solo in the US opened at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center last month. Rina Banerjee, Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Ravinder Reddy participated at the ‘India: Art Now’ show at the Arken Museum, Copenhagen.

In tune with the trend, an upcoming Spring sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art will present an impressive showcase of modernist & contemporary works spanning the entire South Asian region. Reflective of the artistic tradition of Pakistan, minimalist artist Zahoor ul Akhlaq (price estimate: $6,000 – 8,000) is the one who bridges the gap between modern & the region’s contemporary art. During his stint at Lahore’s National College of Arts, he served as both teacher and mentor to several artists, including Rashid Rana, many of whose works are going to be included in the auction.

Recipient of the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award this year, Imran Qureshi, incidentally a student and also teacher at the NCA, looks to challenge ideas about what can be treated as contemporary art with his ‘Moderate Enlightenment’ (price estimate: $10,000 – 15,000).

Consisting of no less than forty-five chrome plated bamboo sticks’s aluminum casts, Subodh Gupta’s work, ‘Magic Wands’ (price estimate: $150,000-200,000) is a great example of the artist’s knack for locating common objects, which reveal the flaws of oversimplifying the differences that exists between the rural and, rich and poor, East and West, tradition and modernity. It serves as a sharp social commentary on India’s urbanization over the last two decades or so. The combination of medium and message in ‘Magic Wands’ is critical albeit playful.

In addition, a collection of early artworks done by by Francis Newton Souza is going to highlight five decades of Goa’s independence.

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