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Indian modern art 1905 – 2005 at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Posted by artradar on June 29, 2008


USA EXHIBITION INDIAN ART UNTIL DECEMBER 7 2008 Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005 (on view at Philadelphia Museum of Art June 14 – Dec. 7, 2008  consists of more than 25 drawings, prints and watercolor paintings produced by South Asian artists before and after the region’s independence and subsequent partition into India and Pakistan.

The exhibition illustrates the range of artistic traditions and experiments in visual culture that emerged as South Asia transformed from a British colony to independent nation-states to a world economic power.

Many of South Asia’s preeminent artists of the past century are represented. Jamini Roy (1887-1972), for example, looked toward regional eastern Indian folk traditions for his simplified forms and bold, flat colors.

One of the most significant individuals in the fight for cultural regeneration was Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), who collaborated with a group of artists and intellectuals to launch what has been called the “Bengal Renaissance.” A writer, educator, and Asia’s first Nobel laureate (Literature, 1913), Tagore did not focus on visual art until he was well into his 60’s. The exhibition includes a rare and never-before-displayed group of seven of his imaginative and enigmatic drawings and paintings from the Museum’s collection.

The Progressive Artists Group in Bombay, formed in 1948 and disbanded a few years later, searched for their individual artistic voices, rather than solely a national vision. Its members and associates included some of the major artists who shaped modern India, such as F.N. Souza, M.F. Hussain, and Tyeb Mehta, all represented in this exhibition.

During the 1960s and 70s, a younger generation modeled in part on the Progressives renewed their search to infuse art with powerful individuality. Their variety of voices is evident in works including Bhupen Khakhar’s Shame (after 1983) and Gieve Patel’s Dead Politician (1972).

Representing the latter half of the 20th century a recently acquired collage-lithograph by Atul Dodiya is on show. Based on a minor episode in the great Hindu epic Ramayana, Sabari with her birds (2005) explores the power of faith through the tale of a tribal woman who spends her life alone in the forest preparing to encounter God. The work is part of a series inspired by three paintings by Indian artist Nandalal Bose (1882-1966), whose retrospective will be on display concurrently in the Museum.

“ Multiple Modernities offers an unusual opportunity to appreciate the breadth of South Asian art from the 20th century, and gives insights into the challenges that artists confronted in developing both a national identity and authentic personal voices,” Darielle Mason, the Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, said.

http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/321.html 
Source: www.theartwolf.com
Image details: Atul Dodiya Sabari with her Birds 2005

 

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Christie’s June 2008 South Asian Modern + Contemporary Sale records dominated by Indian works

Posted by artradar on June 13, 2008


Justin PonmanyINDIA Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary 111 lot sale, held on on June 11 2008 in London, realised US$10,614,225.

While 30% of the lots by over 50 Asian artists remained unsold, Indian master Francis Newton Souza’s ‘Birth’ realised US$2,487,931 setting a world auction record for both the artist and any work of contemporary or modern Indian art .

“12 artists’ records were set in total and reflects the continuing strength of this important category” said Hugo Weihe, Christie’s International Director of Asian Art.     

The top ten highest prices at Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale:

Francis Newton Souza – Birth 1955 – US$2,487,931
Tyeb Mehta – Figure on a Rickshaw 1984 – US$1,918,926
Subodh Gupta – Intitled 2007 – US$1,174,842
Rameshwar Broota – Havaldar – III 1980 – US$658,986
Subodh Gupta – Magic Wands 2002 – US$330,714
T.V. Santhosh – Untitled 2005 – US$283,818
Subodh Gupta – Bucket 2007 – US$236,922
Ashim Purkayastha – Attached Wings 2004 – US$213,474
Justin Ponmany – Staple Agony – II (Plastic Memory) 2006 – US$213,474
Syed Haider Raza – Rajput House 1965-66 – US$190,026

Source: Christies http://www.christies.com/presscenter/pdf/06122008/103447.pdf
Image details:  Justin Ponmany, Staple Agony – II (Plastic Memory)

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