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Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Sotheby's
Date: March 16, 2020 to March 16, 2020
Where: Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue, New York, New York, United States, 10021
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Event Type: Arts & Theater
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In June 1995, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art was catapulted into the international art auction arena with the groundbreaking sale of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection at Sotheby's New York. The Indian and South Asian department is proud to mark our Silver Jubilee in 2020 with a year-long round of celebrations in the form of robust offerings in our sales worldwide. Our upcoming, March 2020 auction of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in New York features a spectacular array of works with storied provenances, most fresh to the market or unseen for at least a generation. The sale is led by two 1960s paintings of pioneer Indian abstractionists, Nasreen Mohamedi and Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. The sensibilities of these two artist friends meshed by the shores of the Arabian Sea when both shared a studio at the Bhulabhai Desai Memorial Institute in Bombay. Recalling the quality of being washed by ocean waves as they contemplated the remote and limitless horizon, these works transmit an ethereal and enthralling aura that is immersive, engulfing the viewer within their captivating compositional vigor and chromatic intensity. A counterpoint to this non-objective mode, and an important centerpiece of the sale is Indian National Treasure artist Raja Ravi Varma's depiction of Vishwamitra, one of ancient India's most revered sages. This painting once belonged to Fritz Schleicher, Varma's German printer who set up his renowned press in Lonavla and is among a very limited body of his work that is in free circulation outside India and available for acquisition by international buyers. Other highlights include early paintings of Maqbool Fida Husain Padmini Mohini Shankhini (circa 1969) and Mehndi (1962) Bhupen Khakhar's In the Coconut Groves from the 1990s, shown at his Tate Modern retrospective in 2016; and Prabhakar Barwe's Blown Hour Glass (1980), an exquisite deconstruction of form and space. A selection of sculptures featured in the sale is led by modernist work
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