This month, Sotheby’s IN­SPIRED BY IN­DIA ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether a co­teri of artists who pay homage to the coun­try

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - HOT LIST - By Juhi Baveja

Revered by many in­ter­na­tional artists, In­dian arts and crafts have long held a draw of their own. Ex­otic, colour­ful, in­tri­cate, and fea­tur­ing metic­u­lous crafts­man­ship, it is these very leit­mo­tifs that have cat­a­pulted our eth­nic items to global re­pute.this month watch out for Sotheby’s In­spired by In­dia, an ex­hi­bi­tion that show­cases the work of a bevy of artists fromthe­worl­dover,whoare­payin­gob­ei­sance to tra­di­tional In­dian crafts.

The ex­hi­bi­tion-cum-sale will fea­ture ce­ram­ics, jew­ellery, fur­ni­ture, and pho­tog­ra­phythat­pickaleafout­ofthecul­ture, colours, and crafts of In­dia. Cu­rated by Jan­ice Black­burn and de­signed by Tri­cia Guild of De­sign­ers Guild, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cor­po­rates tra­di­tional In­dian designs like hand-bead­ing, em­broi­dery, and wo­ven silks from Varanasi and the South that ex­em­plify the tableau of In­dian her­itage.

“While trav­el­ling through In­dia, I was fas­ci­nated by the skills of indige­nous ar­ti­sans and their ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship. But I found that these artists were fast mi­grat­ing to cities for other jobs since these long ap­pren­tice­ships did not sus­tain their liveli­hood,” says Jan­ice Black­burn. The cu­ra­tor’s oeu­vre in­cludes an­other In­dia-in­spired ex­hi­bi­tion that took place in 2008, and was re­stricted to the works of In­dian artists. “All the de­sign­ers I have se­lected for this ex­hi­bi­tion share a pas­sion for In­dia, and have suc­cess­fully cap­tured the essence of its rich crafts­man­ship.” Perusethe­workof Katiem­cbride—fa­mous for her won­der­ful, ir­rev­er­ent ce­ram­ics—who has cre­ated beau­ti­ful porce­lain teapots and bowls based on the theme of ‘Bollywood Nights’. Al­sopart of the­ex­hi­bi­tion­is­christina Kim’scol­lec­tionof­shawls in­spired­by­phulkari work. The grand­mas­ter of In­dian de­sign, Sabyasachi Mukher­jee show­cases his prow­ess with wed­ding saris, along­side a range of spe­cially com­mis­sioned shawls and head­bands. Mas­ter enam­eller Alice Ci­col­ini will present dis­tinc­tive sets with pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones from Jaipur. Wrap, the In­dian lux­ury de­sign com­pany, will present wood fur­ni­ture wrapped in gold and sil­ver. The show will also fea­ture Mi­lan-based Luisa Cevesa’s bags that in­cor­po­rate saris from In­dian hin­ter­lands. And lastly, pho­tog­ra­pher Gita Pan­dit’s images of In­dian life will be of­fered along­side vin­tage Bollywood film posters by In­dian Hippy, a Mum­bai-based col­lec­tive of bill­board artists, which com­pletes the plethora of ex­pres­sions.

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