Christie’s has been handling works of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art since 1994 and is the only auction house with consistent representation in India. As the market leader in this field Christie’s attracts and offers exciting, high quality works from the Indian Subcontinent and provides unparalleled expertise and trusted advice. The category brings together the eclectic artistic styles from a subcontinent that over the better part of a century has experienced extreme socio-political and economic change. From Colonial India to post-Partition the geopolitical map of the region has been redrawn to create an independent India, the emergence of Pakistan and later Bangladesh. Both modern and contemporary artists often travelled to Europe and the United States, exchanging, absorbing and developing new ideas and techniques. These conditions of flux have produced a rich array of artwork, exploring complex notions of identity, reconfiguring and juxtaposing classical traditions and history with the contemporaneity which surrounds them.
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