Focus on the diaspora

Focus on the diaspora

A riot of blues, yellows and greens, serene black and white portraits from a bygone era, and some cutting-edge contemporary works will greet art connoisseurs and collectors when they log in to bid at this year’s winter art auction of Saffronart.

Timeless favourites such as S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta and Akbar Padamsee are featured alongside Arunkumar H.G., Sudhanshu Sutar, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Anju Dodiya and Jagannath Panda.

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Saffronart will also, for the first time, present Raqib Shaw, a London-based artist of Indian origin. “We are especially delighted to be presenting this particular artist, mainly because he is very difficult to get," said Dinesh Vazirani, CEO and co-founder of Saffronart. This is also a part of their initiative to showcase works by diaspora artists from the subcontinent. “The diaspora artists developed a trajectory very different from the work done by the mainland artists, yet they are very much Indian. So we would like to bring in more diaspora work."

The two-day auction will have 100 works by 51 modern and contemporary Indian artists, with the total estimate ranging from approximately Rs15 crore to Rs19.4 crore. The price estimates in the catalogue seek to introduce a new class of collectors and the strategy seems to have worked—catalogues have been ordered by many entering this field for the first time.

The Saffronart Winter Online Auction will be held on 9 and 10 December on its website. The first lot will open at 9 am IST on 9 December and the last lot will close at 9.30 pm IST on 10 December. View the complete catalogue .