Subodh Gupta - Under the Influence New York Friday, September 23, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie d'art Art & Public, Geneva

  • Catalogue Essay

    I am surrounded with my own people, own culture, own day to day objects, and since I’m very influenced with day to day life objects, you can see my work, but as long as the visual art fits with the context of the language of art, you can be anywhere and do what you like. –Subodh Gupta

    (Subodh Gupta speaks at Queensland Art Gallery, Artist Talk, 2009)

    Subodh Gupta is best known for creating sculptures by selecting signature objects of the Indian sub-continent and reframing them as art objects in monumental installations. By employing many of the original techniques of French conceptualist Marcel Duchamp, Gupta elevates the ready-made into an art object and transforms the subject into an icon of his heritage. India’s rich and varied cultural traditions are thus eternalized through his artwork. The present lot, Sans Titre #2, Ballot rond (gros), 2006 displays a “ballot” (bundle) cast in aluminum. This transformation of a typical bundle into sculpture maintains Indian tradition in a society that surges forward. By pushing everyday life and ritual into the future and dealing with the economic transformation of his country through his art, Gupta has heightened himself to one of India’s most celebrated and widely known contemporary artist.


Sans Titre #2, Ballot rond (gros)

26 x 38 x 23 in. (66 x 96.5 x 58.4 cm)
This work is from an edition of three.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $74,500

Under the Influence

23 September 2011
New York