• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    ARPITA SINGH (B. 1937)

    31 Days of December 1998

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    ARPITA SINGH (B. 1937)
    31 Days of December 1998
    signed and dated 'ARPITA SINGH 98' (lower left); bearing label 'Arpita Singh 31 Days of December 1998 oil on canvas 47.5 x 23.5 inches' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    47.5 x 23.5 in. (120.7 x 59.7 cms)
    Painted in 1998


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    One of the recurring images in Arpita Singh's works is a central figure surrounded by smaller vignettes and objects. Made of fragments put together according to her own personal system, Singh incorporates familiar, everyday images such as flowers, birds, chairs, traffic, airplanes, numbers and even guns, into her work. Having spent four years working in the Weavers Service Centre, Calcutta and Delhi, her paintings draw partly on the stylistic devices of Kantha embroidery. Consuming the entire canvas, sacrificing baseline and perspective for figural relationships and pattern, these works very much quote this textile tradition. I feel so many of us ordinary people who have not actually done anything still live under a feeling of constant threat...a fear, of some unknown kind. These pictures are documents of my mind, my thoughts. It hangs over people like a cloud. (In conversation with Srimati Lal, Arpita Singh, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 1992)

    Provenance

    Christie's New York, 17 October 2001, lot 281
    Saffronart, 6 December 2006, lot 20