Lot 71
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SHAHZIA SIKANDER | Untitled; Collective Experiences

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 USD
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Description

  • Shahzia Sikander
  • Untitled; Collective Experiences
  • Signed and dated 'Shahzia / 97' lower right and further bearing Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco labels on reverse 
  • Gouache, watercolor, acrylic, pencil and clay on paper; Vegetable dye, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pencil and clay on paper 
  • 27⅝ x 21¾ in. (70.3 x 55.2); 27⅝ x 21⅝ in. (70.3 x 55)
  • Painted in 1997

Provenance

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above in October 2012

Exhibited

New York, The Drawing Center, Selections Spring 1997, 20 February - 29 March 1997  San Francisco, Hosfelt Gallery, A Kind of Slight and Pleasing Dislocation, 26 April  - 31 May 1997

Condition

Untitled: Minor staining, stray graphite marks and wear along the edges and light creasing to the corners. There is very minor craquelere to spots of thicker white paint but this is visible only upon very closer inspection. Collective Experiences: Minor staining, stray graphite marks and wear along the edges of the work. Undulation in the works is inherent to them being float mounted. These works are in good condition, as viewed. They have not been inspected outside their frames. Colors are lighter in reality, notably the pink background.
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Catalogue Note

These two works on paper are examples of Shahzia Sikander’s process of exploration as her art evolved from the miniature tradition. The artist’s characteristic layering and interlacing of forms is also present in these paintings. The floating figure of a headless female with connected fingers and toes is one which recurs in Sikander’s work from the early 1990s. This now archetypal form gains new significance in each picture it inhabits. Here, it is multiple, skeletal, veiled; as polyvalent as ever. One takes a form similar to Durga, the goddess of war, with many arms brandishing various weapons, but with a concealed identity and gender. The other is similarly hidden under a helmet and cloak, with spectral figures in the background. Sikander re-visited this imagery for larger scaled works as shown in Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power, Asia Society, 2016, plates 2, 27, 31 and figure 19.