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    Sale 2025

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 161

    Sudarshan Shetty (b. 1961)

    Untitled

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    Sudarshan Shetty (b. 1961)
    Untitled
    signed and dated 'Sudarshan Shetty 06' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    48 1/8 x 72¼ in. (183.5 x 122 cm.)
    Painted in 2006


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    While looking at published images of the ideal interior space, Shetty noticed a jarring dichotomy as the images repeatedly lacked all forms of human habitation - the eventual buyers of this utopian environment. Playing on the complete absence of humans, these paintings also challenge notions of painterly investment for Shetty as he renders the images in a staid and controlled manner, marking a stylistic shift from his earlier works.

    I am interested in the idea of absence, a human absence, of being elsewhere. I think most of us are condemned to be elsewhere: I embrace this predicament and rejoice in it.

    Sudarshan Shetty (Artist Statment, S. Shetty & A. Mehta, "The Presence of Absence", Verve Online: Life and Soul, Vol. 12, Issue 5, November-December, 2004, www.verveonline.com/31/life/sudarshan/full.shtml)

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM