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    Sale 7585

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    11 June 2008, South Kensington

  • Lot 62

    Subodh Gupta (b. 1964)

    Magic Wands

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Subodh Gupta (b. 1964)
    Magic Wands
    chrome plated cast aluminium
    59 x 1 x 1 1/8 in. (150 x 2.54 x 4.6 cm.)
    Executed in 2002
    Set of 28


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    In this work, Gupta fetishises the ordinary bamboo pole and by titling the work, Magic Wands, he elevates its mystical and shamanistic qualities. Its common-ness is prevalent in Indian society as the most basic of building and scaffolding material in a newly burgeoning economy. Channeling Gandhi (see lot 47) and Minimalist artist, Eva Hesse's 1968 fibreglass installation, Accretion, Gupta cleverly layers his work with multiple interpretations that belie its simple elegance.

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    Provenance

    Phillips de Pury, New York, 17 November 2006, lot 150
    Art & Public, Geneva


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the diameter is approximately is 2.8 cm.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Manhattan Collection


    Literature

    Subodh Gupta: Gandhi's Three Monkey's, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2008, p. 91, illustrated
    C. Mooney, 'Subodh Gupta: The Idol Thief', ArtReview, December 2007, p. 54, illustrated