The Art of the Deal
DAG Modern is gearing up for its third auction, the 20th Century India Art Auction, in Mumbai this week. Offerings include 75 paintings and sculptures by some of the finest Indian artists of the 20th century, including M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza and K.G. Subramanyan. The collection includes less well-known pieces, such as a selfportrait by Amrita Sher-Gil from when she was 14. Another, S.H. Raza’s Peinture is a visually enchanting work that marks his departure from landscape to abstraction. Jamini Roy’s folk-style art is another big draw. Other works include those by modernists like V.S. Gaitonde, Manjit Bawa and Shanti Dave. The auction catalogue, with Husain’s Maya on the cover, has been broken up into themes to allow bidders to compare styles and genres. The real draw, though, is the lure of finding a deal: “Pricing is 20-25 per cent lower, since bidders won’t have to pay a buyer’s premium,” says Kishore Singh, president of DAG Modern.
MAYA III Oil on canvas by M.F. Husain