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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, AMSTERDAM

Various Artists
GRAPHIC WORKSHOP 1973
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
8

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, AMSTERDAM

Various Artists
GRAPHIC WORKSHOP 1973
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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Various Artists
GRAPHIC WORKSHOP 1973
Quantity: 20
Edition 9 of 50 each
Suite of Prints in a cloth bound portfolio
Folios: 50.4 x 37.8 cm. (19 ¾ x 14 ⅞ in.); Prints of variable sizes
Executed in 1973-4
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Provenance

The current owner was travelling in India with Huub Kuijpers - a PhD scholar, businessman and collector who developed close friendships with many of the artists practising in India in the 1970s. Chandralekha, a famous Indian dancer and choreographer, introduced Mr. Kuijpers and the owner to Bhupen Khakhar and Vivan Sundaram at The Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1974 where this suite of prints was acquired.

Literature

L. N. Reddy, Lonely Butterfly, 1973 illustrated in R. Bartholomew et al, Richard Bartholomew: The Art Critic, BART, Noida, 2012, p. 247 (another from the edition)

Catalogue Note

The present portfolio of prints is a result of a Graphic Workshop that was organised by Vivan Sundaram at the Graphic Arts Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, 1973.

Vivan Sundaram recalls, "I had returned from London in 1971 to Delhi after being a student and an activist in the May 1968 movement, where I had worked in a silkscreen workshop making political posters as well as fly posting them. In Delhi, I helped students in JNU make posters.

A flash back. I received a pdf of the 'The White Review' which I had not heard of. I was taken aback to see a long article on the American Pop silk screen artist, nun Sister Coreta. A Fulbright Scholar Demi Hunt, a follower of hers, while at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, convinced the graphic department to start a silkscreen workshop in 1964. 

In 1973 I moved to Baroda and proposed to the same Graphic Department to give over the studio for five weeks. Readily, two of my teachers, K. G. Subramanyan and Jyoti Bhatt participated. But the very special presence of Somnath Hore, who I had just met in Santiniketan, agreed to come all the way at his expense. He took a liking to me for my communist sympathies as well as the series I had just done on based on Pablo Neruda's poem 'The Heights of Macchu Picchu'. Manu and Madhvi Parekh also came from Calcutta at their own expense. Laxma Goud  already an accomplished graphic artist, came from Hyderabad.  From Baroda, colleagues as Gulam Mohammed Sheikh and Bhupen Khakhar. Rajesh Mehra, one of the artists from Group 1890  brought along a young artist, who he said had worked in a silkscreen workshop  in London from 1964 to 71. We could not include him as we already had a large number. His name was Manjit Bawa."

                                                                     - Vivan Sundaram, 9 September 2018

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art

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