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
Jamini Roy And His Painting Mediums
Continue reading Oh My Gwash !
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 !!!
Continue reading Jamini Roy’s Studio/Factory – Dispelling the Myth
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 ?