Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Christie's auction presents important works

What makes the upcoming Christie's auction memorable and important one is the diversity of works executed by some of India’s iconic masters and contemporary artists who have attained international acclaim for their versatility.

Throwing spotlight on other talented artists, whose works feature in the event, a press release states: ‘Generations of Indians have grown up on the comic-book images of the Amar Chitra Katha and the New York-based artist Chitra Ganesh has created a complete series, in an edition of five, based on these stories which take mythological scenes from Indian legend as their inspiration.

These witty, highly colored, pop-art images are estimated at £8,000-12,000 (for all 21 works). A pair of photographs by Yamini Nayar is typical of her work which documents the miniature installations built in her studio from raw and found materials, (estimate: £2,500-3,500 sold as a pair).  A rare example of photography by renowned artist Subodh Gupta captures a crowded train station- a quintessential element of Indian culture (estimate: £2,000-3,000).”

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

Works by George Keyt, the Sri Lankan modern master, are considered among the outstanding pieces by him. These 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’s close friends. To sum it up, some of the most cutting edge and dynamic contemporary artists drawn from across the Asian subcontinent will witness their exquisite artworks being part a major sale along with those of the several renowned modern masters at the event.

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