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Unveiling the Avant-Garde of the Art World
By Simone Mody
25 Mar 2021
In recent years, Indian art has etched new niches for itself in the global and national art market. With more and more attention aligned towards Modern Indian Artists, we have a growing class of old and new patrons who have transformed the way Art in India is perceived.
Let us take a look at the leading lots from Astaguru’s Modern Indian Auction.
Beaconing the lineup, we have not one but two paintings by the master of abstractionism - V.S Gaitonde - Lot No. 16 Untitled (Circa 1970) and Lot No. 17 Untitled (Circa 1971). Gaitonde’s oeuvre underwent dramatic transformations through his tenure and his final destination found itself in the vastitude of absolute abstraction. His works gradually delved away from the restrictiveness of lines and form and these artworks are exemplars of his artistic brilliance.
Indian Art is incomplete without the works of M.F Hussain and his 1966 painting titled ‘Blue Ganges’ is an ode to the mighty river Ganga (Ganges) and its importance in the lives of the common Indian man. The artist’s technique does complete justice to the scenic imagery created on canvas. The subjects seem to be in momentum along with their surrounding and pulsate with an aura of timelessness - a consistent element in all of Hussain’s works.
Another noteworthy artist that will grace the auction is Tyeb Mehta. His untitled painting dated 1981 is a speculative take on the human form from an abstractionist’s vantage point. The amalgamation of the protagonist with its surrounding, accented by the vividness of the palette used gives this artwork a life of its own. Tyeb Mehta’s art of distortion is a testimony to the morbid happenings that the artist witnessed as a cognizant individual during tumultuous times in Indian history.
One is bound to be entranced by Jogen Chowdhury’s work that not only speaks in artistic volume but also physical magnitude. One of his largest and most important works till date titled ‘Story of a Woman’ from the year 2013 spans over 5 panels and narrates an episode about the sexual tension which looms over the relationship between the genders.
Yet another artwork that will be showcased is the untitled painting by Manjit Bawa. His artistic style is deep-rooted in the Indian sensibilities with their bright backgrounds all the while portraying the subjects in refined aesthetics.
The Modern Indian Art Auction will also see rare artworks from eminent Indian artists such as S.H. Raza, Krishen Khanna, Akbar Padamsee, K.H. Ara, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Bikash Bhattacharjee and many more.