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Contemporary art auction

The upcoming Saffronart Contemporary Spring Online auction focuses on the younger post independence lot.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 15:00 IST
Uma Nair
Uma Nair

The upcoming Saffronart Contemporary Spring Online auction, which will take place on on March 15-16, 2006 moves away from the ususal big names of senior Progressives and focuses instead on the younger post independence lot who are within range and reach of new collectors.

"There will be 125 lots, featuring 44 contemporary artists - the post independence generation who I believe have created their own sensibilities with an eye on international trends," says Dinesh Vazirani, Director, Saffronart, in Mumbai.

Title: As Though he Listened

Artist: Atul Dodiya

"The objective of the auction is to introduce a selection of artists that broaden the market, and give an opportunity to new, young collectors to particiapate on the auction platform,because we have in the recent past had a lot of queries from them. Additionally, the auction also introduces new media like installation, sculpture and photography (aside from paintings and drawings)," he adds.

Only 5 years old with 12 auctions to its credit Saffronart seems to have created more than a stir in the art mart both in India as well as New York.While price fixing allegations by bloggers and websites rule the roost the auctions have have given an impetus to market trends in more ways than one.`We are looking at a functioning that works at making clear and transparent all transactions in the auction,'says Vazirani a Harvard Business Graduate.

The highlights of this time's spring auction are:

Three works by the star of the younger pack, Mumbai based Atul Dodiya, which are:

The Kitchen

(Circa 1995),

Oil on Canvas

, 72" by 48", estimated at $80,000 - $90,000 (34 to 38 lakhs).

As though he listened,

1987, Oil on Canvas, 60" by 64", estimated at 35 to 40 lakhs,and

German Measles


Polkes Eye,

Enamel on Laminate, 71 by 47", etimated at 30 -35 lakhs .There are a total of 5 works by Atul Dodiya (which is the largest collection of his work to come into auction).

Dodiya recently made news in Singapore for his brilliant exhibition of works on Sabari entitled

Wet Sleeves of My Paper Robe

at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, in conjunction with Bodhi Art in Singapore.

There are a few works by Chitravanu Mazumdar,who prefers to stay away from the media altogether . His most promising work is a large five panel work, Oil on canvas, 120 by 72", estimated at 35 lakhs to 40 lakhs

On display will also be works by Subodh Gupta, who has in the past wooed the west with his surreal /pop iconographic style. It has sentimental references to an innocent village life or gleaming, barely concealed aspirations of upward mobility.

Title: Just for your information

Artist: Barun Chowdhury

Gupta does not judge but simply depicts the imperfect and everyday world as he sees it. While his painting marries a Pop/Photorealist style with Surrealist touches, his installation pieces use 'readymade' objects, referencing Duchamp and posing as anti-monuments.

A set of his double bronze bicyles with milk cans, which is a contemporary sculpture and is estimated at 25 - 30 lakhs There is also a large dyptch oil on canvas, 2005, 80" by 166", estimated at 18 -22 lakhs.

Both Atul Dodiya and Subodh Gupta are also part of the Christies auction that will take place in New York on March 30 and Subodh Gupta is slated to be a head turner.

Two enigmatic works by Anju Dodiya who fetched a high price at Sotheby's last year are also expected to do well -


,a Watercolor on paper, 2001, 69" by 44", estimated at 18 - 22 lakhs and

White Heat

, Acrylic on Mattress, 2004, 85 by 45", estimated at 20 -25 lakhs.

Among the others there are a few works of Nataraj Sharma -

Pipe Layers

, Oil on Canvas, 1991, 60 by 48", estimated at 12 - 14 lakhs, anUntitled, Oil on canvas, 1993, 71 by 36", estimated at 10 - 12 lakhs.

Among the abstractionists in the genre there are Sujata Bajaj, Manish Pushkale and Akhilesh.

Manish Pushkale 's


is a mesmeric oil on canvas, 70 x 70 in (177.8 x 177.8 cm) and is estimated at $10,470 - 12,800 (Rs 450,000 - 550,000). His second work an equally charming work, Samayik

Darshan, Samayik Shaan, Samayik Charitra, o

il on canvas , 48 x 72 in ( 121.9 x 182.9 cm) and is likely to fetch $7,560 - 9,890 (Rs 325,000 - 425,000) under the hammer.

Title: Beyond

Artist: Sujata Bajaj

Paris-based Sujata Bajaj's




are both brilliant works.


, signed and dated in English and Devnagari (lower right and verso), 2005 is an acrylic on canvas, 51 x 39 in (129.5 x 99.1 cm) and has been put at an estimated $12,000 - 14,000 (Rs 516,000 - 600, 000). Her work


, signed and dated in English and Devnagari (lower left and verso), 2005, Oil on canvas, 58.5 x 58.5 in (148.6 x 148.6 cm) is estimated at $17,450 - 19,770 (Rs 750,000 - 850,000).

Then there is Akhilesh's Mahawar Ke Rang Jaisa Lahoo, signed and dated in English (verso), 2005, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 in (121.9 x 182.9 cm), estimated at $8,140 - 10,470 (Rs 350,000 - 450,000). Akhilesh's second work is fine textured work called Has it something to do with Benaras, signed and dated in English (verso) 1995, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 in ( 182.9 x 182.9 cm) estimated at a comfortable $12,800 - 15,120 (Rs 550,000 - 650,000). It will be interesting to watch the bids on these abstractionists who have just been brought together for Roop Adhyatama,which will open at Bodhi Art Singapore on March 3.

There are a number of sculptures and installations by Nataraj Sharma, Sunil Gawde, Sudarshan Shetty, Navjot, Riyas Komu, Jagannath Panda, and Ravinder Reddy. Of particular note is Ravinder Reddy'sFibre Glass Head, 33" high, estimated at $30,000 - $35,000 (12 -15 lakhs)

In a deviation from the usual there are photographs practicing contemporary artistsAnita Dube, Bharti Kher, Anant Joshi, and Riyas Komu.

"The range of estimates for the works allows new buyers to enter the market," says Vazirani. The lowest is Rs. 30,000 and the highest (Atul Dodiya) is 35 lakhs.
Obviously modest and humble collectors can move into the investment in art web that widens.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 14:03 IST