Atul Dodiya - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Christie's, Hong Kong, Asian Contemporary Art, 24 May 2008, Lot 181
    Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New Delhi, Vadehra Art Gallery, Real in Realism, October 2002
    London, Saatchi Gallery, The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, 29 January - 8 May 2010
    Lille, Tri Postal, La Route de La soie, Lille 3000, 20 October 2010- 16 January 2011

  • Literature

    Real in Realism, exh. cat., Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2002
    Y. Dalmia and S. Hashmi, Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007, p 124 (illustrated)

    The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, published in 2009 by Jonathan Cape, p 30
    La Route de La soie, Lille 3000, published by Tri Postal, 2010, p 38-39
    History of the Saatchi Gallery, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions 2011, p 799

  • Catalogue Essay

    Woman from Kabul is a work about living in Afghanistan at the turn of the new millennium. The artist recalls a country rich in history and resources that has collapsed under the weight of war. A figure of an elderly woman, stripped of most of her black burka, squats over a very decorative backdrop of wall paper. Her body is revealed as skin and bones, representative of the oppression and squalor that has become endemic of the city. Dodiya’s work is a potent reminder of the plight of the refugee.


Woman from Kabul

acrylic, marble dust on fabric, in artist's frame
186.2 x 125.1 cm (73 1/4 x 49 1/4 in.)
Signed and dated 'Atul Dodiya 2001' on the overlap. Further signed, titled and dated 'ATUL DODIYA "WOMAN FROM KABUL" - 2001' on the stretcher.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £20,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 October 2014 2pm