• South Asian Modern + Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 2299

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 70

    REKHA RODWITTIYA (B. 1958)

    Sharing Secrets

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    REKHA RODWITTIYA (B. 1958)
    Sharing Secrets
    signed, inscribed, titled and dated '"SHARING SECRETS" OIL + ACRYLIC 1996 Rodwittiya' (on the reverse)
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    71 3/8 x 47 7/8 in. (181.3 x 121.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1996


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    Who bangs so loudly on the doors of my mind and insists that I let them in?
    Do you not know that saffron stains forever;
    And that strident voices that call to arms
    Bring the scourge of death disguised as marching bands
    That betray their prophet's wisdom?
    Maybe I can find the twilight that neither holds the sun or the moon in its skies.

    Rekha Rodwittiya (Artist Statement, Rekha@fifty, 2008)
    Rekha Rodwittiya raises compelling questions by exploring notions of femininity and objectivity through striking colors and monumental forms. Challenging India's patriarchal restrictions, the female body acts as a vehicle for cultural, social and political critique. Here the relative absence of the male figure is not so much a measure of exclusion as it is a positive assertion of the female protagonist.
    Sharing Secrets (1996) was conceived within a politically alert feminist practice and reaches toward an interventionist purpose. The viewer is left to wonder what primordial secret the shell is transmitting.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, NEW YORK


    Literature

    N. Tuli, Indian Contemporary Painting, Ahmedabad, 1997, p. 180 (illustrated)