Sotheby's London - Indian Art - May 2, 2008 On May 2, 2008, Sotheby’s London will hold its annual sale of Indian Art. Presenting some 120 lots of exceptional quality and provenance, the sale will trace the course of Indian Art.
commodity, is an interesting aspect of Kher’s work which appears to be
influenced by her experiences of having lived and worked in both the UK and
India. The overlying theme of Kher’s work relates to identity, both that of
individuals and that of communities, and this has led her to explore issues such
as class, consumer society, feminism and the relationship between tradition
and contemporaneity. Many of her works possess a dry wit or ironic stance but
all show a deep-rooted understanding of the culture of India from both inside
and out. Missing was executed in 2006 and is expected to fetch £30,000-40,000.
Jitish Kallat (b. 1974) is another artist who is at the forefront of the Indian
Contemporary art scene and his work is from a series collectively titled
Humiliation Tax, with each mixed media canvas in the series dominated by the
centralised image of a young underprivileged child, who is symbolic of the most
vulnerable and impoverished members of Indian society. The series continues a
more general theme concerning the polarities of experience within urban India
that the artist has explored through several series over a period of a few years.
Executed in 2005, Humiliation Tax - II (illustrated right) is estimated at £25,000-35,000.
A striking diptych by Thukral & Tagra (b. 1976 and
1979) entitled Stop Think Go also looks set to be hotly
contested. Dating from 2006, the acrylic and oil on
canvas (illustrated right) was part of Thukral & Tagra’s
first exhibition in New York that addressed the problem of
HIV and AIDS in India. Estimated at £30,000-40,000, the
colourful large-scale painting shows couples of all genders
sleeping amid Thukral & Tagra’s signature devices.
** Please see separate press release for details on the eleven paintings from the collection of
William and Mildred Archer**
* Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer’s premium
LONDON EXHIBITION DATES
Sunday 27 April (12noon – 4pm)
Monday 28 April (9am – 4.30pm)
Tuesday 29 April (9am – 4.30pm)
Wednesday 30 April (9am – 4.30-pm)
Thursday 1 May (9am – 4.30pm)
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