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Sotheby's evening sale in Hong Kong to feature seven Indian artists

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Sotheby's first ever evening sale of modern & contemporary Asian art in Hong Kong will present, also for the first time, works by Indian contemporary artists. An untitled work by renowned Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta is being offered at an estimated price of HK$ 12-16 million ($1.55-2.05 million). Hong Kong is the world's third largest market after New York and London in terms of art traded at auction.

In total, seven Indian artists will be presented for sale and the cornerstone of this carefully curated group will be an untitled oil on canvas by Subodh Gupta which is estimated at HK$ 12-16 million, translating into $1.55-2.05 million. This large scale painting (it has dimensions of 203 by 421 cm), which illustrates migration, a common theme of Contemporary Indian Art - ranks among the most important works by Gupta to ever appear on the auction market, in terms of value and size, "Zara Porter-Hill told ET. The untitiled canvas is an insightful tribute to India's constantly changing society." Ms Porter-Hill is director and head of Indian Art at Sotheby's.

In many of his works, Gupta elevates gharti to the status of a ceremonial icon, often showing it being carried in procession through airports. On this occasion, it has been placed on the top of the iconic Ambassador taxi. "It is always deliberately unclear though whether this is the beginning or the end of the journey, a factor which emphasises the continuous cycle of migration," Ms Porter-Hill said.

Another notable highlight of the group is Rickshawpolis-3 by Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat, and this has an estimate of HK$1,200,000-1,600,000 / $155,000-210,000. The work of Kallat has affinities with many elements of contemporary India culture, from film and political posters to the slick billboards of international advertising. TV Santosh, Jagannath Panda, Justin Ponmany, Thukral & Tagra and Chintan Upadhyay are also well represented.

"We're very excited to be offering works by Indian Contemporary artists in Hong Kong for the first time. Hong Kong is a market that has seen rapid growth in recent years and we feel that now is the perfect time to be introducing Indian artist to our contemporary Asian Art sales there. The seven works on offer were carefully selected. They are all top quality pieces and Gupta, in particular,  is, without doubt, one of the most major works to surface in auctions.




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