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Artists Anonymous

At this untitled art auction, you’ll have to bid for paintings without knowing who created them

art and culture Updated: Oct 20, 2012 18:10 IST
Shweta Mehta

It’s a known fact that in the art world, the creator is often considered bigger than his creations. So while a number of artworks may go under the hammer simultaneously, it’s usually the established artists who fetch higher prices, irrespective of the quality of their work.

That’s set to change today when an auction puts up 50 paintings and sculptures by various artists for bidding. For the first time, the names of the artists won’t be revealed. “Several artists share the thought that galleries host shows for only renowned artists, and they throw fancy parties just for celebrity presence rather than the appreciation of art,” says Daxa Khandwala, who came up with the concept along with four other artists.

Buyers will be asked to bid by secret ballot and will be told the artists’ names only after the auction is concluded. “We have a wide range on offer, from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2,00,000,” says another of the founders, Monica Jalota.

There are already plans to take this format forward more frequently. “We got an overwhelming response when we approached artists. We’re doing a show in Dubai early 2013, followed by Singapore and UK,” confirms Khandwala.

The participating artists, a mix of well known and lesser-known names, seem more than willing to sell unsigned work at the auction. Jalota says, “They’re really kicked about the concept and are looking forward to the opening night. Even at the last minute, we’re getting calls from artists who want to join in. They’ve all set their own base price, from where the bidding will begin.”

The Anonymous Art Show is being held today and tomorrow at CK Nayudu Hall, CCI Club, Churchgate.