Sunday, June 16, 2013

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

Nasreen Mohamedi's Untitled

Price Realized: £6,250 ($9,731); Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000 ($9,312 - $12,416)

Nasreen Mohamedi's diary entries from around the time that these works were executed allow the viewer a very personal insight into the thought processes that motivated the artist to execute these complex works. Whilst a precursor to the austere geometric paperworks of the mid-1970s and onwards, her works of the mid-1960s are an equally critical, yet often under-estimated, part of her oeuvre. This period saw Nasreen creating works of great vitality: we are presented with landscapes that are almost blown apart by quick daubs of ink and use of wash technique. There is an undeniable debt owed in this period to her training at Central St. Martins, London, and to her interaction there with the British artist Peter De Francia. (Text by Mortimer Chatterjee)

Zarina’s Untitled

Price Realized: £2,500 ($3,893); Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000 ($3,104 - $4,656)

Her multi-faceted practice embraces and amalgamates architecture, sculpture, woodcuts etc; tactile in the diverse materials used, minimal in its expression, and packed with meaning. Her preferred media are wood that she carves, (the wooden printing blocks), and paper that she manipulates with dexterity (including papier mâché forms).

Meera Mukherjee’s Untitled (Earth Carriers)
Price Realized: £6,875 ($10,704); Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000 ($7,760 - $10,864)
Having trained at the prestigious Munich Art Academy in the '60s, under Expressionists Tony Staedler and Heinrich Kirchner, she returned to India, determined to seek her artistic idiom and creative expression closer home. She evolved an iconography that was unique. Opposing pulls of mass and movement, strength and vulnerability give an intense character to her figures enhanced by the textural play created by the use of decorative elements on the surface. Many of her sculptures portrayed women working on and off the field, repairing fishing nets, stitching and generally toiling away.

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

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