Saturday, August 17, 2013

Art+Auction's : 50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists - Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi makes it into the Art+Auction's prestigious 50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists list for 2013. The magazine publishes its widely followed list in the middle of the year and this is the first time that a Pakistani artist has made it to the list. Qureshi is also the only locally based artist from the sub-continent to make it to the list. Other artists with subcontinent connections are the London based Idris Khan and Raqib Shaw.

50 Under 50, Part 2

Art+Auction June 2013
Art+Auction June 2013
"Last year we set out on what some might call a fool’s errand by selecting the 50 most collectible living artists. Hoping to elevate this sort of list-making beyond a parlor game, we defined the parameters and embarked on research to find those artists who have a proven record in the market and also show promise of the continuing innovation and devotion to craft that will warrant attention for decades to come. The result was a list that peered beyond the headlines. A year is no time at all in the long game that is serious collecting. For this second outing we decided to add to the challenge by focusing on artists under the age of 50. For such a group, auction stats can be erratic, and artists may just be adding a major museum solo to their exhibition history.

Qureshi's artwork used in the article (click here to see the slide show of all artworks)

Qureshi shot to fame after winning the 2011 Sharjah Biennial prize for his poetic and political site-specific installation, Blessings upon the Land of My Love, spread across a brick courtyard at the Beit Al Serkal show site. Qureshi’s work, steeped in traditional Mughal miniature painting techniques that make use of squirrel-tail brushes and natural pigments, is infused with the current sociopolitical pathos of his native Pakistan, where he is represented by Canvas Gallery. According to Abha Housego, a specialist at Indian auctioneer Saffronart, “this year he was awarded Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year prize, invited to undertake the roof commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and selected for the Venice Biennale, indicating that he is moving from strength to strength.” Adding fuel to the fire was the $35,000 final bid on one of his miniatures at Christie’s New York in March, besting prices for similar works in the Armory Show booth of his London gallery, Corvi-Mora, which ranged from $20,000 to $30,000. —SM

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