Sunday, June 16, 2013

Female artists who did well at the recent international auction - I

Yamini Nayar’s ‘Being There; What is Essential’

Price Realized: £3,125 ($4,866); Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500 ($3,880 - $5,432)

The artist’s creations seem trapped in between post-explosive moments of reality and dream like scenarios in which humanity has almost been wiped out. At the root of Yamini Nayar’s geometric interventions lies latent inventiveness. Her redesigning of damaged cityscapes is done in order to suggest further possibilities. Here, she builds order out of chaos, to seek sense where there are only the post-destruction remnants. Another architectural drawing on photograph has the artist using previous documentation as a starting point.

‘The Ethnographic Series; from the project 'Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs' by Pushpamala N. and and Clare Arni

Price Realized: £7,500 ($11,678); Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000 (($9,312 - $12,416)
The performance artist refers to various genres of image-making in her works, resulting in richly layered hybrids with multiple references. The artist is always the central protagonist in these dramas and the works function as documents of performances, as critiques of representational constructions, and as oblique self-portraits.

‘Tales of Amnesia’ by Chitra Ganesh

Price Realized: £27,500 ($42,818); Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000 ($12,416 - $18,624)
A prominent and internationally celebrated artist, she uses her work as a means of questioning the many opposites, which exist within the framework of the so-called ‘society’ that we live in. Recovering buried histories to consciously bring them into a public and contemporary realm has informed her art practice and her working with contemporary/ historical political figures and mass mediated imagery.

She states, “This imagery has not been fully explored; these stories contain question marks that can be best articulated through imaginative visual language.” Her diverse oeuvre that includes installations and sculptural works is largely an outcome of a mélange of factors, such as queer politics, present day imperialism, lyric poetry, mythological narratives, and erased moments in South Asian history. Treating these as a starting point, she integrates them with her mythic imagery, to conceive a hybrid world, which articulates both psychic transformation and historical conflict.

(Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction; 11 June 2013 - London, King Street)

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