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December 06, 2014

Mixed Palette

A Christie’s auction, a satirical show and an exhibition encompassing sports – Verve presents a variety of offerings for art aficionados

Christie’s Art Auction
At Christie’s art sale in India last year, a Vasudeo Gaitonde painting was bought for a record-breaking price.

The art house’s show that returns this month will have around 80 Indian artworks that will go under the hammer. Popular works on auction include Jehangir Sabavala’s The Green Cape (1974), Girl In Love (1957) by Tyeb Mehta and an untitled painting by Bhupen Khakar. Contemporary works by artists including Subodh Gupta, Rashid Rana, Nilima Sheikh and Bharti Kher will be on offer for the benefit of Khoj, an artist residency in New Delhi.

The Christie’s auction takes place at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai on December 11, 2014. The preview is from December 9 to 11, 2014.

TenArt at NGMA
Art organisation TenArt will host the show A Deconstructed Innings – A Tribute to India’s Greatest Sporting Icon at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. The project is a collaboration between cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Indian contemporary artists. The line-up of artists whose works feature in the exhibition include Anand Trilochand, G R Iranna, Hema Upadhyay, Jagannath Panda, Manjunath Kamath, Remen Chopra, Riyas Komu, Shreyas Karle, Sunil Gawde and Vibha Galhotra.

Kiran Desai, co-founder of TenArt, says, “We are trying to bring the worlds of sport and art together.” He will curate the show along with Veerangana Solanki, and philanthropist Pheroza Godrej will mentor it.

A Deconstructed Innings – A Tribute to India’s Greatest Sporting Icon will showcase at the NGMA, Mumbai from December 18, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

MokshaShots by Jenny Bhatt
In Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, Moksh means salvation. According to Jenny Bhatt, a ‘Mokshashot’ can be made of anything one finds fulfilling. Her paintings – MokshaShots– use satirical humour to comment on socio-cultural practices.

Bhatt believes that we create gods out of actors, politicians and sportspersons, while advertisers put brands on a pedestal. To satirise this, Bhatt says, “I have created deities called MokshaPets.” Bhatt’s works are multi-layered, with ironies and cultural references.

MokshaShots Episode 12: The Conquest of the Mind will be on display at Gallery Art n Soul, Mumbai from January 7 to February 1, 2015.

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