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Indian art to make waves at Sotheby's

india Updated: Aug 17, 2007 12:41 IST

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Come September and Sotheby's will hold two sales of Indian art, which will include important works by MF Husain, VS Gaitonde, FN Souza and Atul Dodiya.

While the auction house in New York will hold its sale of Indian art, including miniatures and modern paintings on Sep 19, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video art by Subodh Gupta and Mrinalini Mukherjee amongst others will be the highlight of the Sep 21 sale of Contemporary Art South Asia: India and Pakistan.

Works from both sales will be on exhibition beginning from Sep 14. The offering of approximately 118 lots in the Sep 19 sale is estimated to bring in between $6.4 million and $9.4 million.

The sale will feature Husain's 'Pagan Mother', painted almost entirely in blue with the figure delineated by thick black contours and highlighted with flashes of white and terracotta. The painting is estimated between $500,000 and $700,000.

Another highlight of the sale by Husain is an Untitled (Horse), oil on canvas (est. $200,000-250,000), from a private Maryland collector.

Also being offered is 'The Other Space', an important painting by R Broota estimated at $600,000-800,000. This work from the 1990s is representative of a brief and rare period in Broota's career where the human figure completely disappeared from his canvas.

The artist's unusual and painstaking technique of scraping paint from the canvas to reveal the white beneath creates a monochromatic work of intricate detail.

An untitled work by VS Gaitonde in 1973, estimated at $500,000-700,000, will also be on offer. A great untitled work by SH Raza (est. $280,000-380,000) will also be featured.

Raza says of his work: "Music, poetry, dance, as much as literary thought, have always inspired me in my work. But as a painter, I have to realise the ideas, the moods, the sentiments in a visual language of form and colour."

Akhar Padamsee's Untitled (Nude), 1962, demonstrates the artist's preoccupation with mapping the human form and capturing its emotive qualities and is estimated between $150,000 and $200,000.

The second sale of Contemporary Art South Asia: India and Pakistan, to be held Sep 21, will be highlighted by an untitled work by Subodh Gupta from 2006.

The life-sized sculpture, depicting an Indian family on a motorcycle, is estimated to sell for $200,000-250,000. The second sale is estimated to bring in between $1.9 million and $2.6 million.

A 2001 work by Atul Dodiya, "Man from Kabul", is made of acrylic with marble dust on fabric and estimated between $100,000 and $150,000.

Another highlight is "Aspara" by Mrinalini Mukherjee from 1986 (est. $60,000-80,000). This sculpture made of natural fibre explores the hidden character of the material.

Also featured in the sale is a work by Ashim Purkayastha, "He is not my Enemy", from 2004 and is estimated at $30,000-40,000. This acrylic on canvas work is a self-portrait of the artist with Gandhi.