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
Philately or stamp collecting is a great hobby – it is an interesting mix of history and technical studies. The usual areas of interest among collectors include the early issues of a country / state or errors. Continue reading Philately / Collecting Stamps – pre-SG1 Jasdan
Dhanraj Bhagat , a master sculptor and Padma Shri recepient, was active in Delhi during the mid 1940s to the1960s. Two of his sculptures (Reunion-1947 and Three Women-1953) are listed as belonging to the collection of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. An early Indian modernist ! Continue reading Mis-Reading Dhanraj Bhagat And His Durga
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 !!!
Continue reading Auction Catalogue’s Revert A Hundred Years
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
The “contradiction” in Ganesh Pyne‘s oevre refer to the change in style (theme) which occurred around the time of his marriage to Meera di in the 90s. And the discussion around “Early Pyne” vs. “Late Pyne” which in my opinion also distills down to the same issue . Continue reading The Contradictions In Ganesh Pyne’s Oeuvre
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 ?
I just received a new research publication – “Group 1890, India’s Indigenous Modernism” from DAG and this re-kindled the various arguments on modernism in India and my thoughts on the history of modernism in India. Continue reading India’s Indigenous Modernism
The Saffron 2016 September sale in Delhi looks like a major sale – a hundred crore sale , the second live auction in Delhi after the recent DAG Modern auction. Quite a few interesting lots – I would like to point out a few that I like Continue reading Saffron Sep 2016 Auction
To be precise my garden is currently two flower pots but as any other Oval Maidan (Mumbai) or Central Park (NY) facing resident would say – the entire oval(park) is my garden ! Continue reading My Sculpture Garden Grows
Jamini Roy And His Painting Mediums
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 !!!
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
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 ?
As a collector it would be a common thing to ask – which are the top (best) works of India’s esteemed artist – M F Husain. Continue reading Which Are M F Husain’s Best Works ?
Recording the possible disappearance of two works by Jamini Roy & Abanindranath Tagore Continue reading Jamini Roy, Abanindranath – Jewels Of Indian Art Go Missing
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
There are nine artists considered to be National Art Treasures – The three Tagores (Abanindranath, Gananendranath, Rabindranath), Ram Kinker Baij, Jamini Roy, Nicholas Roerich, Nandalal Bose, Amrita Sher-Gil and lastly Sailoz Mukherjee (also spelled Mookherjee). Continue reading For After Amrita – There Was Sailoz
Francis Newton Souza‘s oeuvre was immense – however, the current fixation appears to be over his 1955 (or thereabouts) heads (portraits) and his landscapes. Nudes which are an important part of his oeuvre are mostly under-valued and not given their due.
Art works from the 1850s and around that time are highly sought after. Ravi Varma is of course a household name from that era.
What about our Architectural Art from that time ? Continue reading What About Our Architectural Heritage (Architecture As Art) ?
The SaffronArt 2016 online auction has just commenced. I find two art works – one by Maqbool Fida Husain and another by Prabhakar Barwe to be very interesting and surely museum quality. Continue reading SaffronArt June Auction 2016 – Husain & Barwe