Subodh Gupta - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New Delhi

  • Catalogue Essay

    Subodh Gupta is best known for his sculptural works that elevate the status of found objects from everyday items to artworks. In the past this has involved casting bamboo sticks, kitchen utensils and a scooter in metal. The objects with which Gupta works refer to a traditional way of life in the sub-continent that is rapidly disappearing as India becomes a homogenised, urban society. Gupta has said about these works that he enjoys their absurdity and density, as well as their ability to become a bridge between Eastern and Western cultural traditions. Gupta's practice simultaneously embraces the local and the global. Using his own personal experiences and background as the source material for his work, he teases out the current state of Indian society for his audience. Gupta reveals the rapid changes in the country's identity that have resulted from an increasingly globalised vision of travel, communication and economics. However, his works often show, on both an individual and national level, that this transition is not entirely without difficulty, as conflict points can arise when the urban meets the rural, and when contemporary India collides with its traditional past.
    K. Ogg, ed., Subodh Gupta - I Go Home Every Single Day, London, 2004, n.p.



Oil on canvas.
65 3/4 x 98 3/4 in. (167 x 227.5 cm).
Signed and dated "Subodh 05" on the reverse.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £144,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm