The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 27, 2014


Sotheby's Sale to Be Hghlighted by Maqbool Fida Husain and Sayed Haider
Maqbool Fida Husain, The Sixth Seal. Signed 'Husain' in Devanagari lower centre and inscribed 'M F Husain, The Sixth Seal, "64"' on reverse. Oil on canvas, 91.5 by 203.3 cm. (36 by 80 in.). Estimate: 400,000 - 500,000 GBP.Photo: Sotheby's.
LONDON.- Sotheby’s London announce its sale of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art to take place on the 31st May 2011. Comprised of 62 lots, several with unprecedented provenance, the auction is expected to fetch in excess of £2.8 million.

Highlighting the sale will be works by Sayed Haider Raza. His Bindu is an important 1985 work and is one of the earliest large depictions of the Bindu by the artist. Raza’s preoccupation with nature is apparent in his use of primary colours to highlight the elements of nature; red, blue, yellow, white and black respectively represent fire, water, wind, earth and the sun. It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

Another important work by Raza from his Paris period is Rue des Fossés St Jaques, an oil on canvas estimated at £300,000-500,000. Raza and his wife, the painter Janine Mongillat, were friends of the current owner’s family and they rented a studio from them at Rue des Fossés St Jaques. Painted a year after Raza was awarded the ‘Prix de la Critique’, this painting depicts the view from the studio window and represents an important early phase in Raza’s career where he abandons the confines of traditional watercolour and takes on oil developing a unique idiom where space and colour seem to feed into one another. In 1958, the painting was photographed with the artist by Henri Cartier Bresson.

Maqbool Fida Husain’s The Sixth Seal, estimated at £400,000-500,000, exemplifies the eclectic balance between Husain’s cubist modern style of painting and Indian traditional sensibility and subject matter. This work, which was formerly in the Collection of Chester and Davida Herwitz , incorporates so many of the artist’s most recognisable themes and symbols. Traditional forms of ancient Indian miniatures, sculptures, dance and folk art manifest themselves in one painting. The painting is made up of six vignettes a compositional device used by the artist in a number of his early works from the late 1950s and early 1960s. This work is published in Bartholomew and Kapur’s seminal book on Husain and was exhibited at Oxford’s Museum of Modern Art’s India: Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian art in 1982.

Illustrated is Jehangir Sabavala’s oil on canvas The Tree, which is estimated at £65,000-75,000. This painting is part of the Tungabhadra landscapes that were painted in 1965 following a visit by the Sabavalas to South India. The artist was moved by the ruins at Hampi and in particular by the starkness of the artificial lake in the Tungabhadra river, at the border between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

A further highlight is Manjit Bawa’s Untitled estimated at £100,000-150,000. Manjit’s subjects are often inspired by ancient iconography and myths but his primary concern was not with the narrative of the works but with their spatial and chromatic relationships. The artist’s use of colour was grounded in his formal training as a silk-screen printer and his study of Rajput and Pahari miniature paintings. The simplicity of line and form is contrasted by the subtle graduation of colour and the artist’s use of chiaroscuro. His figures possess a plasticity; sculptural in form yet suspended weightlessly in a space that is void of time and context.

The sale will also include Subodh Gupta’s Hungry God, estimated at £300,000-400,000. Subodh Gupta's monumental sculpture Hungry God, which in 2010 was exhibited at SESC Pompéia’s Urban Manners 2, Contemporary Artists from India in Sao Paulo, is composed of a wavelike mass of stainless steel pans, milk pails and tiffins. These steel utensils have now become iconic symbols of Gupta's work. The artist uses these domestic household objects to comment on the underlying social and economic tensions that arise from India's progressive modernisation. These objects represent familiar features of Indian life which continue to transcend the conflicts between urban and rural existence; wealth and poverty; the religious and the vernacular.

The auction will also feature Subodh Gupta’s Untitled, estimated at £120,000-180,000, which was exhibited in The Empire Strikes Back Indian Art Today show at London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2010. Gupta’s preoccupation with ready-made objects from India transcends the boundaries of the mediums with which he works in. In this painting, stainless steel and copper-bottomed pots, pans and tiffins occupy a position of importance. Immaculately painted, these objects are revered by the artist and suggest an air of ambition and prosperity, congruent with India’s flourishing economy. The photorealistic detail of these pots are starkly contrasted with the abstract, minimalistic background. They hang seductively in the foreground, alluding to the complex and evolving aspect of consumerism in India.

Two early oils by Francis Newton Souza’s Untitled, estimated at 25,000-35,000, is an oil on board dated 1954. The sale will also include Francis Newton Souza’s Untitled, an oil on board, estimated at £35,000-45,000. Acquired directly from the artist by the writer and poet Stephen Spender, both these works are property from the Estate of Sir Stephen and Lady Spender.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium





Today's News

May 18, 2011

The Hayward Gallery Presents the First Major London Exhibition of Artist Tracey Emin

Getty Museum Displays Photographs of Cuba Before, During, and After the Revolution

Egyptian Princess, Who Lived More than 3,500 Years Ago, was First to Have Heart Disease

Rare Never Before Printed John F. Kennedy Photographs Available Now in a Limited Edition

The Metropolitan Art Show: New Art and Antique Fair Replaces the American Antiques Show

Sotheby's Geneva Sale of Magnificent & Noble Jewels Sets a World Auction Record for a Tiara

Significant Unique Works by American and Contemporary Artists at Swann Auction Galleries

More than 45 Extraordinary Works by Austrian Artist Egon Schiele at Richard Nagy Ltd.

Modigiliani Portrait to Feature in Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art Auction

Rarely Seen 18th-Century Pastel Portraits on View in New Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum

Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story, a New Exhibition Sails into the Museum of London Docklands

Bonhams Spring Auctions Offer Snuff Bottles, Soapstone Figures & Chinese Works of Art

Pre-Hispanic Cities Reproduced the Narration of the "Sacred Mountain" with Construction of Great Temples

Bonhams Auctioneer to Sell Cream of South Africa's Wine at 37th Nederburg Sale

Pug Dog Porcelain Snuff Box for Sale at Bonhams

Centre Pompidou-Metz Presents Daniel Buren "ECHOS, Work in situ"

Halcyon Gallery Presents Pedro Paricio: Master Painters

Online Platform Connects Artists with Charities to Create Wearable Philanthropy

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City Presents Siqueiros: Landscape Painter

Phillips de Pury & Co.'s Design Auction to Present 20th Century Ceramics

Bonhams to Sell Contents of the St Lucia Home of Lord Glenconner

Expanded "Masterpiece London" Art, Antiques, and Contemporary Design Fair on Inaugural Success

Dulwich Picture Gallery Receives Multiple Award Nominations

Christie's Chinese Imperial Ceramics & Works of Art Sales Valued at Close to HK$1 Billion

Camera Work Gallery in Berlin Presents Comprehensive Insight into Herb Ritts' Photography

Exhibition of James Castle's Isolated World Opens at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

Sascha Weidner Celebrates the Beauty of the Perfect Moment at C/O Berlin Gallery

Exhibition of Eco-Friendly and Modular Furniture at Industry Gallery in Washington

Sotheby's Sale to Be Hghlighted by Maqbool Fida Husain and Sayed Haider

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



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 Ramírez - 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