Delhi Displays Modernist Masters
New Delhi -- Starting today, Sotheby's will exhibit works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney in India for the first time.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are already attending this stunning exhibition.
Situated at the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi, the show has been designed to allow Indian collectors to view selected highlights from Sotheby’s forthcoming London sale of Contemporary Art alongside highlights from its New York sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art.
The Contemporary highlights include a rare and only recently rediscovered early David Hockney portrait (Est. £150,000-200,000, shown left), an iconic Andy Warhol Dollar Sign, shown right, from the collection of Jade Jagger (Est. £180,000-250,000), and a captivating work by leading Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki (Est. £300,000-400,000).
The highlights on view from the Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale are fresh to the market and come from distinguished American and European private collections.
They include Buffalo Among Flower Bed, an important landscape by Bhupen Khakhar (Est. $150,000-200,000), Maqbool Fida Husain’s dynamic canvas Untitled (Three Horses)(Est. $100,000-150,000), and Ram Kumar’s early abstract Untitled (Est. $80-120,000).
Alongside these Contemporary pieces, there will be prime examples of Indian Modernism from an evocative landscape by Bhupen Khakhar to one of Ram Kumar’s early abstract works.
Contemporary Western Masters
Completely fresh to the market, having remained in the same private collection for over half a century, David Hockney’s Self Portrait, is a work of historical importance.
Hockney was only seventeen when he created the composition, which recalls his later portraits. There is a mastery of detail and perspective that display his inherent talent even at this young age.
Painted in 1984, Gerhard Richter’s 'Untitled', center, is a striking watercolor that echoes the vibrant colours and techniques that the artist was using for his large-scale abstract canvases during this period.
Estimated at £60,000-80,000, this work embodies many of the characteristics that define his distinctive experiments in the field of abstract art.
Richter has become one of the greatest living artists, achieving a new auction record for his work with the sale of Domplatz, Mailand for $37,125,000 in New York in May 2013.
Combining the influence of both Eastern and Western artistic traditions, Zao Wou- Ki’s distinctive compositions have earned him a place among China’s most celebrated artists. Painted in 1988, '15.11.88', achieves a beautifully delicate balance between abstraction and figuration.
Inspired by the artist’s fascination with linguistic and numeric systems, Alighiero Boetti’s work Senza Titulo (estimated at £170,000-200,000) is a vividly realized balance between order and disorder.
Embroidered in a workshop in Afghanistan, this piece reflects Boetti’s belief in a collaborative process that removes the work beyond his artistic control, allowing for a further element of playful uncertainty.
Chris Ofili’s lavishly wrought Pramnian Odyssey I, estimated at £120,000-180,000, is part of a series that has occupied the artist since the late 1990s and was the inspiration for the large-scale installation he created for the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Inspired by classical mythology, but realized in the symbolic black, red and green of the Pan-African flag, these works seek to unite the wide-ranging influences that characterize Ofili’s working practice.