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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    BARI KUMAR (b. 1966)

    Descent

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    BARI KUMAR (b. 1966)
    Descent
    signed 'Bari Kumar' (lower left)
    oil on canvas--diptych
    60 x 72 in. (152.5 x 182 cm.)
    Painted in 2007


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    Fascinated by the ambiguity of popular images with multiple reference points, Kumar appropriates them to create a narrative with several layers of meanings and interpretations. A Mexican image of Christ juxtaposed with a popular image of a snake from Kalighat patta painting is fused seamlessly by the artist in this work. The snake or snake-like pattern is used by Kumar in several of his paintings to inject opposing meanings, the sacred and profane, revered and repulsed.

    Exhibited

    New York, Bose Pacia Gallery, Acceptance of Denial, 2007