Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First dedicated auction of Pakistani art in India goes online on November 7

Archana Khare Ghose, TNN Oct 29, 2012, 06.55PM IST
NEW DELHI: The country's premier art auction house, is going to host the first ever auction of Pakistani art in India on November 7 and 8. The 24-hour online auction that will begin at 9.30pm on November 7 will feature 70 works of art by masters past and present from across the border.
Nish Bhutani, COO of Saffronart says, "This is the first time that we are hosting a dedicated auction of Pakistani art though we've had representations of art from Pakistan in our other auctions on and off. India and Pakistan have so much of shared history, geography and culture that this auction is a natural progression of the collaboration we already have at various levels." 

Faiza Butt Justice League: Justice League, a 2005 ink on polyester film work by Faiza Butt (Photo:
The special feature of the auction, titled Modern and Contemporary Art of Pakistan, is that the art works are affordable compared to the prices commanded by Indian art at top auctions the world over. The highest priced work, for instance, is Jamil Naqsh's 2007 untitled acrylic on canvas which is expected to go for anything between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh. The 74-year-old London-based artist is one of the foremost modern masters of Pakistan. His position in the Pakistani art space is often compared to that of MF Husain in India.    ...... read more

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