Thukral & Tagra - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nature Morte, New Delhi
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New Delhi, Nature Morte, Put it on, again, 29 January - 26 February 2011

  • Literature

    Paris-Delhi-Bombay, exh. cat., Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2011, pp. 318 and 360 (illustrated, p. 318)

  • Catalogue Essay

    From India to Venice
    A Selection of Works by Indian Artists from an Esteemed European Collection

    The following selection of works by artists living and working in India are linked by a mutual theme of exploration into the changing environment in which they are created and the influence of both Eastern and Western culture. Housed in an esteemed European collection, this year Atul Dodiya's and Shilpa Gupta's work has been selected to represent India at the country's second ever appearance on the Western stage of the Venice Biennale.

    Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively, utilising a wide range of mediums to increase the possibility and realms of art, breaking from arbitrated and punitive rules to create sensory and immersive works that involve the viewer. Creating a canvas that protrudes and subsequently includes the viewer through invading the mutual space, Kingdom Come I (Couple) invites intrigue and further investigation. Their work is a dynamic dialogue on shifting moral codes in India's modernising cities. Thukral and Tagra utilise bright, colourful palettes and the glossy lustre of pop aesthetics to critically scrutinize taboo subjects like sexuality in this socially-aware vibrant work.

Property From An Esteemed European Collection


Kingdom Come I (Couple)

signed 'Thukral & Tagra' on the reverse
acrylic and oil on canvas stretched on foam
188.5 x 129.5 cm (74 1/4 x 50 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2011.

£14,000 - 18,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019