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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    ASHIM PURKAYASTHA (b. 1967)

    Dilli Dilwalon Ki

    Price Realised  

    ASHIM PURKAYASTHA (b. 1967)
    Dilli Dilwalon Ki
    perforation on handmade board
    21¾ x 29 5/8 in. (55.2 x 75.5 cm.)
    Executed in 2005


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    A master of allegories, Ashim portrays his experience as a migrant in the city of Delhi through varied images of butterflies in a series of works titled Dilli Dilwalon Ki.

    There is a certain amount of playfulness in this image. The butterfly is invertible, with a head on either end. When the image is flipped the wings appear as hearts, signifying love, while the butterfly itself represents the fleeting moments of life.