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Sotheby's too will auction Indian art

Just a day before the Christie's previously announced March 30 auction, Sotheby's will offer its spring sale of Indian and Southeast Asian art.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 13:23 IST

It's Indian art's time under the sun in New York with Sotheby's and Christie's staging back-to-back auctions later this month.

Just a day before the Christie's previously announced March 30 auction, Sotheby's will offer its spring sale of Indian and Southeast Asian art.

Syed Haider Raza seems to be the flavour of the moment with his "Tapovan" likely to go under the hammer at a whopping $800,000-1 million.

"Tapovan", or Forest of Meditation, represents a visual expression of Raza's own meditation on the mystical power of nature. The artist spent his childhood in the forests of central India, and the potency of colours and symbols in nature are central to his visual vocabulary.

The second important work is by Tyeb Mehta. "Falling Figure with Bird" ($800,000-1 million) contrasts a simple colour-block background of blue and brown with the contorted outlines of a plunging figure and bird that suggests comparison to the anguished forms in Picasso's "Guernica".

Other highlights include a canvas by FN Souza, titled "The Pope and his Nephews" ($200,000-300,000) based on the famous portrait by Titian of Pope Paul III and his grandsons, a large "Untitled" abstract work by J Swaminathan ($300,000-400,000) and an exceptional early "Cityscape" by Akbar Padamsee (est $500,000-700,000).

Apart from MF Husain, the sale will also feature contemporary works by younger artists like Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Surendran Nair and Jagannath Panda, all of whom have recently gained respect and stature in the international market.

Over 200 lots will be included in the sale, which will also feature an impressive assortment of Indian miniature paintings and stone and bronze sculptures from across Southeast Asia. The sale is expected to bring $8-11 million.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 13:19 IST