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Event Date17 March 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 19561

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works by Benodebehari Mukherjee from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation

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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works by Benodebehari Mukherjee from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation

Sale Overview

Christie’s is delighted to announce the live auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works by Benodebehari Mukherjee from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation taking place on 17 March alongside an online auction running from 4-18 March. Together, these two sales celebrate a wide variety of artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Part I of the live sale is led by important early works by Tyeb Mehta (Confidant, 1962) and Francis Newton Souza (Family, 1946). Also included are exceptional examples works by of modern masters Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza and Narayan Shridhar Bendre. Complementing these is a fine group of paintings by Krishen Khanna from the collection of Arthur and Lilly Banwell, acquired directly from the artist over the course of a long family friendship and held privately for over half a century. A diverse contemporary section includes impressive prints and a sculpture by Zarina, and significant works by the region’s most renowned practitioners like Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Ranjani Shettar, Jitish Kallat and Subodh Gupta, to name a few. 

Part II includes a significant collection of works by Benodebehari Mukherjee (1904-1980) from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation. Ethereal landscapes by this pioneer of modern Indian art are complemented by a group of figurative works and nature studies representing every phase of his career. Particularly important are collages, sketches and prints from the final stage of his life, executed after the artist’s complete loss of eyesight. Christie’s is honored to present this notable selection of works by one of the most respected artists and teachers in India from the collection of his daughter Mrinalini Mukherjee’s foundation.

Auction times
17 Mar 10:00 AM (EDT) Lots 1001-1117

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Nishad Avari

Nishad Avari

Head of Sale | South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

Nishad Avari is Specialist, Head of Sale for the South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art department at Christie’s New York. His career in the arts began at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, where he served as a docent for the international exhibition Picasso: Metamorphoses 1900-1972. After graduating from Macalester College with a dual degree in Political Science and International Studies, Nishad joined Saffronart New York in 2006 and moved back to Mumbai with the auction house a year later. In addition to his role as Associate Vice President and Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Indian art, as Editor Nishad handled cataloguing, research and content for the auction house. Nishad joined the South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art department at Christie’s in 2013 as an Associate Specialist with over eight years of experience in the field, and relocated to New York in 2017 to head Christie’s auctions of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art there.

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