Friday, May 31, 2013

Works by top contemporary artists and modern master of India on offer

At Christie's auction house (London), some of the most cutting edge and dynamic contemporary artists drawn from across the Asian subcontinent will witness their exquisite artworks being on offer at a major sale along with those of the several renowned modern masters on June 11, to make it a truly memorable and important one in this particular category.

It’s led by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde’s untitled work, also among the largest canvases ever by him to be presented at any auction, dating from the period of mid-1960s. The piece is from this recognized as the celebrated yet reclusive artist's peak artistic phase. From a credible collection, and on offer just a year before a show of art by the Indian artist at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, it’s estimated in the range of £500,000-700,000. Among the most noteworthy works in the prestigious sale is ‘Rome’ by Francis Newton Souza  (estimated at £40,000-60,000) acquired from Gallery One,. 

The sale includes a vast selection of pieces by Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011), India’s internationally most recognized modern master. An apt tribute to mark the centenary of the late artist’s birth, the showcase belongs to the key periods of his oeuvre. It shows the evolution of Husain’s illustrious career. His ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1971) from the Bhownagary Family Collection is estimated in the rage of £400,000-600,000. Jehangir 'Jean' Bhownagary, incidentally, was the government's film advisor-producer of 'Through the Eyes of a Painter', the artist's award-winning film in 1967.

Works by George Keyt, the Sri Lankan modern master are considered among the outstanding pieces by him. Highlights include ‘Gopika Vastra Paharana’ (estimate:£40,000-60,000) and ‘Courtship’ (£25,000-35,000). This well documented selection is on offer for sale courtesy Rene Margies and Matthias Servais, the European collectors, among Keyt’sa close friends.

The sale will also feature contemporary works by acclaimed contemporary Indian artists including Jitish Kallat's Rickshawpolis (estimate: £60,000-90,000), Ravinder Reddy’s golded head of a woman (estimate: £25,000-35,000), and Subodh Gupta’s iconic airport trollies (estimate: £70,000-90,000). The scope of this upcoming sale will make it one of the major events involving South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art in recent times. It forms part of Christie's 'Indian Art Week' in London aimed at building on its success of New York sales held in March 2013.

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