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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62


    Untitled (Ape Series)

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    Untitled (Ape Series)
    signed and inscribed 'R. Broota (Ape Series)' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    16¼ x 18 in. (41.9 x 45.7 cm.)

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    In extreme contrast to lot 17 is this untitled work from Broota's Ape Series. In the 1970's Broota embarked upon his earlier renowned allegorical 'Ape Series,' marking a clear departure from the darker and more realistic portraiture that signified his earlier work. This series was the precursor to Broota's proto-man and showcases the artist's sense of humor. Depicting the anthropomorphic ape in telephone conversation, Broota employs these serio-comic settings to satirize pillars of society, normally the police and the judiciary as documentary on India's decadence and corruption.