A work by the modern master sold for a record price at Christie's last week. Saffronart waits to see how he will fare at its forthcoming auction
The abstract figures in Tyeb Mehta’s works, which have become a metaphor for human suffering, have long resonated with collectors and art enthusiasts. On 25 May, his Untitled (Woman On Rickshaw) sold for Rs22.9 crore at Christie’s annual South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale in London, setting not only a new world auction record for the artist, but also becoming the most expensive work of South Asian art sold globally this year. In this work, Mehta transforms the traditional hand-pulled rickshaw from a simple means of transport into a sign of bondage.