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Sculptures , Legitimate Editions, etc

Firstly a kudos to the Piramal Museum of Art – their exhibition “Likeness Without Reference – Cultures of Forgery” was something that has been needed for a while  – and is an essential visit for collectors. The issue of what is “Good Art” and what is “Bad Art” is based on personal tastes, perception among other collectors, commercial interests, etc and we can argue on this ad nauseum. But certainly we don’t want to collect “Wrong Art” and this was the first of such exhibitions that I know of in India – an essential education for collectors. Continue reading Sculptures , Legitimate Editions, etc


Auction Catalogue’s Revert A Hundred Years

It has been a trend to have either a Vasudep Gaitonde Canvas (from the 1960’s and beyond) or a Tyeb Mehta canvas (from the 1980s) as auction catalog covers.

This autumn a new trend appears , it appears auction houses are now highlighting (as cover lots) works from earlier – from the late 19th century. They seem to have gone back in history almost a hundred years !!!
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Making Sense of Gaitonde Canvas Valuations

This an analysis of Vasudeo Gaitonde’s auction realizations . From about the time of the Guggenheim exhibition – his prices have seen exponential increases with comparisons being made to Mark Rothko. An almost insatiable appetite for his works have propelled his prices – three-four times in a few years. Some inferences can be made about collector behaviour and preferences from his auctions. Continue reading Making Sense of Gaitonde Canvas Valuations


What Happened To The Contemporary Art Market ?

The Saffron September 2016 sale just ended – my question to them was the following – how come there is no Contemporary Indian art ? (with one exception – Gieve Patel). While there will be an online auction possibly in December which will include contemporary art, the lack of these in the September sale says it all ! Continue reading What Happened To The Contemporary Art Market ?

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Jamini Roy’s Studio/Factory – Dispelling the Myth

Jamini Roy’s studio from the 40’s or so basically consisted only of his son Amiya (nicknamed to ‘potol’ in the classic bengali tradition of coming up with the most useless nicknames that one can find) and another (of last name chatterjee) whose job was to mix and create the tempera  – AND NO ONE ELSE !!!

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Highlighting Marie-Louise Chassany

Most write-ups on Amrita Sher-Gil have a note on the purported relationship between her and Marie-Louise Chassany.  What I do find odd is that while people love talking about the contents of her letters and highlighting her sexual preferences – I have never seen anyone identify the two portraits of Marie-Louise Chassagny  at the NGMA. Continue reading Highlighting Marie-Louise Chassany

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Which Are Some Good Works By Francis Newton Souza ?

In a serious effort to “shoot myself in the foot” and stir up unnecessary controversy, have decided to also create a list of some of Francis Newton Souza’s “good” works.

Most collectors consider the 1950s-1967 as his best period. 1967 was when he had to leave for the New York as apparently his relationship with a much younger person (he was in his 40s – she was 16) was not well received by many. Continue reading Which Are Some Good Works By Francis Newton Souza ?

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School of Raja Ravi Varma Sells For $412000

Raja Ravi Varma was a commercially successful portrait painter in 19th century India. He had even established a printing press to make prints of his canvases and these prints/oleographs became very popular. The spread and the popularity of his art spawned many painters who were inspired by him and took to replicate his works. This is what makes Ravi Varma so challenging given that these copies are now themselves a hundred years old. Continue reading School of Raja Ravi Varma Sells For $412000