Thursday, June 6, 2013

Husain’s exquisite works up for grabs

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 part a major sale along with those of the several renowned modern masters. It’s led by VS 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. ‘Rome’ by Francis Newton Souza (estimated at £40,000-60,000) acquired from Gallery One is also the one to watch out for. The sale includes a vast selection of pieces by MF Husain.

An apt tribute to mark the centenary of the late artist’s birth, the showcase belongs to the key periods of his oeuvre. 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.

Meanwhile, followed by the significant Amaya Collection sale, its first ever Indian art’s Evening Auction, Sotheby’s has now sourced a very impressive line-up of works - many of them fresh to the art market and also with great provenances - for its upcoming Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art auction in London.  The event is to be held on 11th June. 

Done in 1972, Khakhar’s 'Air, Steam and Speed' (price estimate: £100,000-150,000), makes its appearance on the market for the first time in over 30 years from an English collection. Sabavala’s Untitled of 1977 is coming to auction for the first time (price estimate of £100,000-150,000). His oeuvre is unique amongst Indian artists practicing during the Modernist era. The sky and sea dominate the subject matter of his canvases from this period.

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