Bhupen Khakhar’s Eighties painting on homosexuality breaks file, sells at $3.2 mn in London
LONDON: “Two Men in Benares”, the 1980s portray by Indian modern artist Bhupen Khakhar has set a new public sale document for the painter with the aid of selling at a whopping $three.2 million here.
The sale befell at the Sotheby’s public sale residence on Monday. Going underneath the hammer became the “Coups de Coeur: The Guy and Helen Barbier Family Collection”, an providing of 29 artworks from one of the greatest collections of 20th-century Indian artwork in private arms.
When Khakhar (1934-2003) first unveiled “Two Men in Benares” in Mumbai in 1986, he had become the primary Indian artist to freely disclose his sexual orientation thru his work.
The painting shows two naked men in Embody. It “is the maximum specific of what the artist himself called his ‘efforts to come back-out in open’, and to create a new iconography of homosexual love”, Sotheby’s said on its website.
Khakhar was India’s pioneering overtly gay artist.
Widely taken into consideration many of the artist’s high-quality works, the painting later starred in Tate Modern’s 2016 “You Can’t Please All” exhibition of Khakhar’s work, the first retrospective of an Indian artist to be held at the group, Sotheby’s stated.
Other works of art at the public sale protected M.F. Husain’s “Marathi Woman” (1950) that sold for $553,146; an extraordinary figurative paintings by using Ram Kumar, “Untitled (Man and Woman Holding Hands)” painted as a present for the artist’s spouse in 1953, bought for $659,960.
The “Anatomy of that Old Story” (1970) from Rameshwar Broota’s ‘Ape’ series additionally bought for $537,887.
Ishrat Kanga, Head of Sales at the global auction house stated: “These fantastic outcomes are a becoming tribute to the pioneering spirit of Guy and Helen Barbier, who passionately sought out great examples of Indian artwork at a time whilst few others notions too.
“They collected with a ‘coups de Coeur’, acquiring works that they sincerely cherished and with an actual commitment to coming across and celebrating Indian artwork.”
Another sale on Monday right here noticed Francis Newton Souza’s monumental Untitled painting being sold for $1.Five million.
Described via the artist himself as an ‘in all likelihood masterpiece’, the portray tells the Old Testament story of Susanna and the Elders — which has been being rendered artistically in Europe, maximum notably for the reason that European Renaissance.
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Both stocks seemed set to increase their dropping streak to 1/3 consecutive session amid reviews that Sebi and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs are looking into the unexpected resignation of PWC as auditor of Reliance Capital and Reliance Home Finance and feature asked the inventory exchanges to acquire all essential information which include alternate info and statements made by means of the 3 entities.
Price Waterhouse & Co (PwC) had knowledgeable the Ministry of Corporate Affairs approximately positive alleged irregularities inside the books of accounts of both the businesses.
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Meanwhile, Reliance Capital termed the allegations by PwC as “baseless” and “unjustified”.
In a BSE filing on Thursday, the Anil Ambani-led firm said PWC acted prematurely without even statutory discussions with the audit committee.
Around 10:05 am, shares of Reliance Capital traded 6.28 in line with cent down at Rs 79.10 at the same time as the ones of Reliance Home Finance traded zero.33 percent down at Rs 14.Ninety.