The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, April 17, 2014


Seminal Masterpiece by Syed Haider Raza Leads Christie's Sale
Syed Haider Raza (b.1922), "Saurashtra", 1983. Estimate: £1.3 million-1.8 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.
LONDON.- On 10 June, the day after Christie’s unprecedented sale of art works selected from the Estate of Francis Newton Souza, the momentum continues with Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art auction. The renewed confidence in the market for this category was signalled by the success of the New York sale in March, which realised $8.9 million and was 95% sold by value, with many new private collectors bidding. The international appeal of this field continues to grow, with participation from buyers in Singapore, Hong Kong, U.A.E, the United States and Europe. The London sale is led by Saurashtra, 1983, a seminal masterpiece by Syed Haider Raza (b.1922) (estimate: £1.3 million-1.8 million), which is the most valuable modern Indian work of art ever offered at auction. This auction presents an exhilarating array of important works from private collections, with excellent provenance by the leading Indian and Pakistani artists of 20th and 21st century. Featuring the celebrated masters of the Progressive Artists Group, through to the biggest names in contemporary art, attractive estimates cross the spectrum of artists, styles and media with estimates ranging from £1,000 to £1.8 million. The sale is expected to realise in excess of £4 million. Please see the separate press release for details on the sale of art works selected from the Estate of Francis Newton Souza.

Yamini Mehta, Christie’s Senior Specialist, Director, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, London: “The global art market is receptive to the best. As international collectors converge in London this June prior to heading to Art Basel, where an increased number of South Asian Art will be on view this year, we are thrilled to be offering iconic works by the masters as well as important contemporary works, including examples by Pakistani artists. It is important that Christie’s, as well as galleries, art fairs and institutions, continue - as they do - to broaden concepts of what constitutes Sub-Continental art.”

Modernism:
The top lot of the sale is the most valuable modern Indian art work ever to be offered at auction: Syed Haider Raza’s Saurashtra, 1983, (estimate: £1.3 million-1.8 million), from a Private French Collector who acquired it directly from the artist, illustrated above. This large work (78¾ x 78¾ in. / 200 x 200 cm.), by one of India's leading modern masters, belongs to a key period in Raza's career when his artistic path brought him full circle and he began to integrate vital elements of his Indian childhood and cultural heritage into his paintings. Combining powerful and expressive brushstrokes with a very rich palette, Saurashtra provides a transitional bridge into his structured geometric works which are characteristic of his most recent body of paintings. Exploring landscape and nature; gesture and expression; geometry and spiritualism, this painting is one of Raza's most ambitious works to date. This is a remarkable opportunity for collectors and institutions around the world.

Further Modern Highlights:
• Untitled (Arjuna and Krishna), circa 1980s, by Maqbool Fida Husain (b.1915) (estimate: £500,000-700,000) which portrays the heroes of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The strong influence of classical Indian painting and sculptural traditions upon Husain is evident in this work, which exemplifies the characteristic energy of Husain’s canvases.

• Falling Bird, 1999 is a tour de force by Tyeb Mehta (1925 -2009), one of India's greatest Modernist masters (estimate: £400,000-600,000). Having executed only a relatively small body of work, it is very rare that such an important example comes to auction. With mythological thematic roots, this work skilfully combines concept, line, colour and composition.

• Untitled (Gulammohammed Sheikh with Tom Hancock), circa 1970s by Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2004) (estimate: £100,000-150,000). Gulammohammed Sheikh was Khakhar’s lifelong friend; Tom Hancock (1930-2006), a British architect who taught at Baroda during the seventies and designed the Battersea Peace Pagoda in London, also became part of the artist’s circle. Drawing inspiration from the West and India, this painting stylistically alludes to early Italian painting and Bengali pata painting from Kalighat, but also imbues the spirit of Henri Rousseau and David Hockney.

Contemporary Works:
The strong array of contemporary art featured provides collectors with an opportunity to acquire significant works by some of the best known South Asian practitioners today. Subodh Gupta is one of India's leading contemporary artists, whose powerful vocabulary is firmly rooted in the vernacular of everyday India. Chimta, 2003, (estimate: £200,000-300,000), transforms hundreds of stainless steel tongs or 'chimta' - a common Indian kitchen staple used for handling chapatti and naan bread - into a metallic explosion of wonder. Offered from a private European collection, this semi-globed constellation continues the legacy of Duchamp’s ready-mades whilst simultaneously revealing the sensuous splendour of familiar objects, as if they are precious or luxurious commodities. Gupta stirs questions about the dramatic changes and shifts that accompany India's strengthening economy and its effect on the country's deeply spiritual and ancient culture.

Further Contemporary Highlights:
• Untitled by Ravinder Reddy (b.1956) (estimate: £90,000-120,000), who contemporises traditional Indian goddesses, whilst referencing Jeff Koons and playing with the American concept of "super-sizing." Through such transformations and re-appropriations of ancient Indian temple sculpture, the artist is possibly commenting on how India's religious and cultural histories are being diluted and Westernised by the surge of ‘progress.’

• Dis-location 3, 2007, by Rashid Rana (b. 1968) illustrated left (estimate: £60,000-80,000) who charts a new course with his ‘Dis-location’ series by using one location photographed over a duration of twenty four hours to create the large composite image of the same location. Disorienting the viewer’s sense of time and place, the 'pixels' of the work illustrate the frenetic nature of busy street life in contemporary Lahore, whilst the overall image possesses the charm of a historical photograph.

Christie's | Syed Haider Raza | Yamini Mehta | South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Auction |


Last Week News

June 1, 2010

Influential French-born American Artist Louise Bourgeois Dies in New York City at 98

Rijksmuseum Exhibits Paintings of the Expansion of the City from the Golden Age

Prado Museum Exhibits Tapestry Series by Willem de Pannemaker

Sale of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Totals US$ 86,452,715

It's Never Too Late: Carlos Urroz Returns to ARCOmadrid

Ode to Winter by Helena Vieira da Silva to be Auctioned at Sotheby's

PHotoEspaña 2010 Opens with an Exhibition by Collier Schorr

Forty Drawings Made by Hanns Schimansky at Galerie Jaeger Bucher

Christie's Asian Contemporary and 20th Century Art Sales Total $67.2 Million

British Sculptor Antony Gormley Eyes Public Art in Asia

Serious Art Collectors Appraise their Fine Art For Insurance Purposes

Julian Opie Takes His Human Figures to the Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Fallingwater Announces Winner of Design Competition for On-Site Cottages

UK's Longest Running Photography Festival Celebrates 20 Years

WW Gallery Presents 17 Time-Keepers and Chroniclers in New Exhibition "Time"

Gantt and McColl Centers Unite to Highlight Culture and Diversity Initiatives

First Solo Show in Spain Devoted to Bas Jan Ader's Work Opens

New Book Catalogs Unique Collection of Rare Antique Chinese Porcelain

Florentine Codex, Great Intellectual Enterprise of 16th Century

May 31, 2010

Exhibition of Drawings by Pablo Picasso Opens in Argentina for the First Time Since 1934

Old Master Paintings from a Private Collection to Be Offered at Sotheby's

Sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Realizes HK$44.5 Million

Collection of Italian Paintings Exhibited in Its Entirety for the First and Only Time

New Book "Leo and His Circle" by Annie Cohen-Solal Tells the Life of Leo Castelli

Works to Go on Display at the 37th London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia

Carefully Curated Ensembles of African & Oceanic Art to Be Offered at Sotheby's

American Academy in Rome Awarded 2010 McKim Medal to Miuccia Prada

Caravaggio's Friends and Foes Opened at Whitfield Fine Art

Exhibition Between IMMA and Art Alongside Opens at Wexford Arts Centre

Comic Hero Tintin Nets $1.3 Million in Auction at Drouot-Montaigne

Moderna Museet Presents Paintings from the Last Five Decades by Ed Ruscha

Gothic Art Collection Back at Popular Rhode Island Mansion

Hans P. Kraus Jr. to Show Landmark Works from the Early History of Photography at Art Basel

Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Opens One Fine Morning in May...

Artist Anita Glesta Creates CENSUS Public Art Project

The Vader Project Helmets to Be Sold at Auction

Silver Forged Mexican History Exhibited

Phillips de Pury & Company to Launch New Uptown Space in New York

May 30, 2010

Hamburger Bahnhof Opens First Major Exhibition of American Artist Bruce Nauman in Berlin

Diana's Daring Black Dress Goes on the Auction Block

Actor, Filmmaker and Artist, Dennis Hopper Dies at 74 in California

Advanced Technique, RTI, Used to Decipher Maya Glyphs

Exhibition Offers Unique Opportunity to Enter Mike Kelley's Studio

Museum Langmatt Celebrates Anniversary by Swiss Video Artist Pipilotti Rist

Alexandra Exter Retrospective Opens at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Candid Photographs from 1950s-1970s at the Art Gallery of South Australia

New Paintings by Mark Harrington at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

Whitney Announces Exhibitions of Artists Working with Performative Actions

Christie's Sale of Asian Contemporary and Chinese 20th Century Art Totals $39 Million

Offerings to Tlaltecuhtli to be Exhibited at Moctezuma II

American Artist Eduardo Kac Presents an Exhibition at Gallery [DAM]Berlin

Glastonbury Paintings by Kurt Jackson Auctioned for Charity

Liverpool's Slavery Museum Expansion Plan Approved

Sotheby's Presents Furniture, Silver & Old Master Paintings Formerly from the Collection of Madame Antenor Patiño

David Bomberg Burton-on-Trent Bomb Store Picture to Sell at Bonhams

Lowave Releases New DVD on Experimental Film and Video Art from the Middle East and North Africa

Regency Caricatures Saved for Brighton's Royal Pavilion

May 29, 2010

The Global Art World Gathers in Hong Kong for the City's Third International Art Fair

Albertina Opens Major Survey of Printed Works by Alex Katz

Christie's to Present Magnificent Gustav Klimt Portrait in London

Cuban Voodoo-Variant Art Tops Sotheby's Latin American Sale

New York Judge Urges Settlement in Obama Poster Dispute

New York Public Library President Receives Spanish Civil Order

Tiffany's Dazzling Designs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Group Exhibition of Street Art on View at Affirmation Arts

Internationally Renowned Director to Lead The San Diego Museum of Art

Christie's to Present an Important Auction of Orientalist Masterpieces

Exhibition of Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Opens at Tate Modern

Miniature Chinese Art Makes World Record Prices at Bonhams

Artist Fred Tomaselli to Have Solo Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Athens' Parthenon Scaffold-Free for First Time in Years

Amon Carter Museum Exhibits Ansel Adams Photographs

New Book Features Candid Photographs from Ivy League Universities by Teruyoshi Hayashida

Europeana Public Domain Charter: Libraries, Museums and Archives Support Europe's Heritage

Most Comprehensive Exhibition of Work by Atlanta Artist Radcliffe Bailey to Premiere at the High

Phillips de Pury & Company's Africa Auction Totals $1,401,038

INAH, Candidate to Win Prince of Asturias Award

May 28, 2010

Contemporary Art Museum Designed by Iraqi-Born Architect Zaha Hadid Opens in Rome

Seattle Art Museum to Close for Two Weeks to Balance Budget

Long-Unseen Painting by Frida Kahlo Tops Latin America Art Auction

Kimbell Art Museum Unveils Final Design by Renzo Piano for New Building

Van Gogh Museum Acquires Exciting Painting by Louis Anquetin

Eight New Paintings by Christopher Wool at Gagosian in Rome

Phillips de Pury Announces Details of Halsey Minor-Design Sale

Canadian Museum Mounts Major Angela Grauerholz Exhibition

Timothy Taylor Gallery Presents New Work by Sean Scully

Sir Michael Caine Opens the New Galleries of Modern London

Spencer Museum of Art Taps I.M. Pei Firm to Produce Expansion Plan

Natural History Museum Exhibition Takes Visitors 11,000 Metres Down

Raphael's Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel Announced at the V&A

When You Wish Upon a Tsar - Romanov Photos at Bonhams Book Sale

An Impressive Gold Coin from the Reign of Napoleon III was Discovered.

AOL Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Chuck Close's Project on Creativity

Climate Capsules: Means of Surviving Disaster at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Exhibition of Masterpiece Prints by Albrecht Dürer Opens at Lade Lever Gallery

Aga Khan to Launch New Museum in Toronto, Canada

Metropolitan Museum Announces Departure of Concerts & Lectures General Manager Hilde Limondjian

May 27, 2010

Georg Baselitz Visits His New Exhibition Space at Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden

Whitney to Break Ground on New Downtown Building in 2011

Oldest Unpublished Votive Painting Exhibited in Coyoacan

Marilyn Monroe's Gown From "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" for Sale

ROMA: The Road to Contemporary Art Offers 8,000 Square Meters of Art

Sabine Breitwieser is New Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA

Six Million Pounds of Victorian Paintings to Be Offered at Christie's

Fall Focus on Spanish Art through Two Frick Presentations

Exhibition of New Paintings by Medrie MacPhee at Von Lintel Gallery

Yale Showcases a Century of Exceptional Poster Art from the London Underground

Richard Hamilton Curates an Exhibition of His Own Work at Alan Cristea Gallery

Crystal Bridges Announces Work by Leading Landscape, Pop Artists

Christie's to Offer Syd Levethan: The Longridge Collection in London

NYPL Takes Giant Step In Preserving Its Digitized Collections

New York City Community Board OKs Ground Zero Mosque Plans

Google Earth Tool will Provide Online World Trade Center Access

Morris Museum Executive Director Steven H. Miller to Retire

New Portrait of Channel Four News Reader Jon Snow on Show at the National Portrait Gallery

Corcoran Gallery of Art Director Paul Greenhalgh Resigns

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 'World's oldest message in a bottle', tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter

2.- East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

3.- Ming-era 'chicken cup' sells for $36.05 million breaking record for Chinese porcelain

4.- United States pastor Kevin Sutherland convicted over Damien Hirst fake paintings

5.- Major exhibition at Pinacothèque de Paris explores the myth of Cleopatra

6.- Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opens with inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh Live!"

7.- Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

8.- Palm-sized scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient: Harvard Theological Review

9.- Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: British television documentary

10.- Bonhams to sell Madame de Pompadour's favourite porcelain which surfaced in Devon after 350 years

Related Stories



Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Christie's New York wraps 2012 with over $163 million in jewelry auction sales

Christie's sale of masterpieces formerly in the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi realises $31.9 M

Christie's presents a week-long series of auctions devoted to magnificent jewels, watches, wine and design

Christie's Launches Spring 2011 Season of Post-War and Contemporary Art with First Open

Most Important Peploe Ever to Come to Auction Leads Scottish Colourist Paintings at Christie's

Extravagant Official Publishing Entreprise Leads Christie's Auction of Books and Manuscripts

Christie's Celebrates American Artistry and Craftsmanship with Exceptional Offerings

Christie's International Leads the Market for Watches in Europe, Asia, and the America's

Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Works Shine at Christie's New York



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site