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AstaGuru's Upcoming 'Present Future' Contemporary Art Auction Is An Eclectic Medley of Works by Leading Indian Contemporary Artists
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MUMBAI, India, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- AstaGuru Auction House is set to unveil its much-anticipated 'Present Future'  Contemporary Art Auction. Scheduled for September 23-24, 2023, this auction promises to be a visual feast for art enthusiasts and collectors alike. With a meticulously curated catalogue featuring over 100 works by some of the most influential contemporary artists, the fine art auction perfectly represents the prevalent art trends and gives an insight into the future of contemporary art.

Talking about the upcoming auction, Ankita Talreja, AVP – Client Relations at AstaGuru Auction House, says: "We are thrilled to present this exceptional collection of artworks by leading artists who are reshaping the narrative of Indian art in the contemporary era. Rooted in their unique personal histories and cultural backgrounds, these experiential creations embody a distinctive fusion of individual and universal elements. They reflect the rich diversity of contemporary Indian art, not only in terms of subject matter but also in the range of styles and techniques employed. Moreover, the artists' unconventional use of materials adds an innovative aesthetic dimension to the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art in India. These exploratory practices have consistently piqued the interest of collectors who seek to diversify their art collections."

Three remarkable works by internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor take centre stage. Lot no. 31, part of his iconic series of mirror-esque stainless steel discs, is expected to fetch between INR 3,32,00,000 and 4,98,00,000. Kapoor's 'Mountain,' featured as Lot no. 59, is a breath taking example of his mastery of dimension and perspective and is offered with an estimate of INR 1,00,00,000 to 1,30,00,000. Lot no. 111, an untitled piece from 2012, estimated to sell for INR 3,32,00,000 to 4,98,00,000, stands as a testament to Kapoor's innovative use of materials.

Lot no. 73 is a work titled 'Seeing Some Things Better' by Bharti Kher, a senior artist known for her distinctive bindi creations. This work is a kaleidoscope of meticulously arranged bindis, creating a multi-layered visual experience, and is estimated to be acquired for INR 40,00,000 to 50,00,000.

Valay Shende's signature style comes to life in three striking sculptures depicting wildlife. Lot no. 22, created in 2022 using stainless steel discs and plated fibreglass, is expected to sell for INR 15,00,000 to 20,00,000. Meanwhile, Lot no. 100, a stunning representation of a peacock, carries an estimated value of INR 30,00,000 to 40,00,000.

A large-scale masterpiece titled 'Frozen Footnotes – 1 from the oeuvre of artist Jitish Kallat is estimated to be acquired for INR 17,00,000 to 20,00,000. Atul Dodiya's Lot no. 15, 'Gau-Raksha' meeting, executed in 1998 with watercolour on paper, offers a fresh perspective on Mahatma Gandhi's legacy and is expected to be acquired at INR 15,00,000 to 20,00,000.

Two captivating works by artist Nalini Malani are also important highlights of the auction. Lot no. 52, 'Quietly Flows The River,' delving into the complex relationship between women and their environments,  is offered with an estimated value of INR 15,00,000 to 20,00,000. Lot no. 88, 'First Romance,' executed in 1981 with oil on canvas, is estimated to sell for INR 15,00,000 to 20,00,000.

Among other important lots is also Baiju Parthan's colossal 24-foot creation, 'Gargoyle River.' This tetraptych presents distinct scenes infused with mythic implications and historical references and is estimated to be sold for INR 30,00,000 to 40,00,000. Artist Nataraj Sharma's Lot no. 95, 'Sama Talav,' a large-scale depiction of Lake Sama in Vadodara, is expected to be acquired for INR 30,00,000 to 35,00,000.

The auction also features works by other accomplished artists, including Lakshman Rao Kotturu, Shibu Natesan, Mousumi Biswas, Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi, Vasundhara Tewari Broota, Milburn Cherian, Nikhil Chaganlal, Dhananjay Singh, Hema Upadhyay, Schandra Singh, Gigi Scaria, Anjum Singh, Gieve Patel, A. Balasubramanian, Raqib Shaw, and many more.

With its impressive lineup of contemporary art, the 'Present Future'  auction at India's premium auction house AstaGuru promises to be a landmark auction, providing a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary Indian art. Art enthusiasts and collectors should mark their calendars for September 23-24, 2023, as this auction is sure to captivate and inspire.

About AstaGuru

AstaGuru is a premium Indian auction house, conceptualised in the year 2008 with the sole purpose of creating a safe and secure platform to conduct online art auctions for Contemporary & Modern Indian Art. Over the years, AstaGuru has curated auctions encompassing diverse categories, our portfolio includes art, jewellery, fine silver, timepieces, textiles, celebrity memorabilia, rare books, numismatic, philately and vintage cars. In 2018, AstaGuru became the first Indian auction house to present an exclusive edition for vintage and classic cars. "AstaGuru has strived to successfully bridge the gap between prospective buyers and consignors by transcending the limitations of live auctions. AstaGuru imparts effortless transparency to the process of acquiring and selling art and rare collectibles. The online module offers bidders the opportunity to bid from the comfort of their houses or while they are on the go.

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