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    Sale 2025

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    Justin Ponmany (b. 1974)

    Trojan

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    Justin Ponmany (b. 1974)
    Trojan
    signed, titled and dated 'Justin Ponmany 2004 JUSTIN PONMANY 2004 "Trojan" (on the reverse of each canvas)
    acrylic and hologram on canvas; diptych
    40 x 104¼ in. (101.5 x 264.5 cm.)
    Painted in 2004 (2)


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    ... Oh then our maze of tunneled stone, grew thin and treacherous as air.
    The cause was lost without a groan, the famous citadel overthrown,
    and all its secret galleries bare... (The Castle by Edwin Muir)

    Equestrian statue, a monument raised to commemorate military leaders and politicians, is a larger-than-life symbol of some heroic deed; while the Trojan horse speaks of deceit and terror. The artist is intrigued by the polemic life of these monuments - the act of installing and dismantling them based on the popularity of the leader. An impregnable castle, a symbol of power and security both permanent and ephemeral. In Trojan the artist explores this vulnerability of power.

    Exhibited

    New Delhi, The Palette Art Gallery, The Bombay Boys, December 2004 - January 2005