The auction showcases a group of important early paintings by members of the seminal Progressive Artists’ Group including Sayed Haider Raza, Francis Newton Souza, Maqbool Fida Husain and Hari Ambadas Gade, as well as important works by other pioneers of modern South Asian art such as George Keyt, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Zainul Abedin, Shakir Ali and Mohammad Kibria. Alongside significant paintings by Arpita Singh, Jehangir Sabavala, Akbar Padamsee and Bikash Bhattacharjee the sale also includes a strong selection of works by the most sought-after contemporary artists from the region like Zarina, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Jitish Kallat, Muhammad Imran Qureshi and Subodh Gupta, among others.
A special section of the auction features works donated to Columbia University Press by artists, galleries and collectors to raise funds for their project, the Library of Bengali Literature. These include paintings, sculptures and prints by Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghose, Jogen Chowdhury, Rina Banerjee, Raqs Media Collective, Rana Begum, Naeem Mohaiemen, Tayeba Begum Lipi and Ayesha Sultana, among others.
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