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    Sale 1975

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10

    SYED HAIDER RAZA (B. 1922)

    Bindu Pancha Tatva

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    SYED HAIDER RAZA (B. 1922)
    Bindu Pancha Tatva
    signed and dated 'Raza '99' (lower center); signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'RAZA 1999 120 x 120 Bindu Pancha Tatva Acrylic on canvas' (on the reverse); titled in Hindi (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    47¼ x 47 1/8 in. (120 x 119.7 cm.)
    Painted in 1999

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    The realization of the innate force of the bindu has been an integral part of Raza's oeuvre since the late 1980's. The bindu, or the black point, can be variously interpreted as zero, drop, seed, or sperm, and is the genesis of creation.

    The circle becomes less of a graphical component and more of a central point representing concentrated energy. This circle or bindu manifests itself in various forms throughout Raza's more recent work, bindu is seen as the point or genesis of creation as well as a focal point for meditation. Formally, it becomes the principle around which Raza structures his canvases, this compositional construct has age-old precedents in meditative aids such as yantras and mandalas.