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Lot 49
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Bharti Kher

Estimate
70,000 - 100,000 GBP
Sold
85,250 GBP
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Description

  • Bharti Kher
  • Right in the Middle of it All
  • signed and dated 2008 on the reverse
  • bindis on painted board

Provenance

Hauser & Wirth, London
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Literature

Tony Godfrey, Ed., Painting Today, London 2009, p. 424, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

“The Bindi- that symbol of fertility that married Indian women wear on their foreheads as a fashion statement. With these velvet dots, Kher smothers her sculptures of animals (mating dogs, life-size elephants, pink-skinned jungle cats), coats her paintings and bedecks statues of slim females. The Bindi, a domesticated version of the revered Bindu (in Hinduism) … is usually associated with demure femininity – though Kher’s multi-coloured spots often slyly undermine this association by being sperm shaped.”

Zehra Jumabhoy in: Exhibition Catalogue, London, Saatchi Gallery, The Empire Strikes Back – Indian Art Today, 2009, p. 56
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