PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLEM BAARS (LOTS 12-43) Willem and myself became friends while I was on a residency at the Rijksakademie. I found we shared a common interest, cricket. (Willem likes to open the innings and play like Kieron Pollard). In the art world, Willem is a man of significant actions and always a thorough professional who has always delivered. — Anant Joshi

May Look Closer Than They Appear - 5

May Look Closer Than They Appear - 5
titled, inscribed, dated and signed 'MAY LOOK CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR / Painting 5 / mixmedia & goldleaf on canvas / Joshi / 2007 / Anant Joshi' (on the reverse)
mixed media, collage and gold leaf on canvas
47 7/8 x 95 7/8 in. (121.6 x 243.5 cm.)
Executed in 2007
N. Adajania, Anant Joshi, Mumbai, 2008 (illustrated, unpaginated)
Mumbai, Chemould Prescott Road, Navel: one and the many, 2007
Rotterdam, Art Rotterdam, May Look Closer Than They Appear, 2008

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Lot Essay

Anant Joshi’s monumental canvases from the series May Look Closer Than They Appear communicate the artist’s experience of urban sprawl and the explosive growth of consumption in cities like Mumbai. Like his large scale installations, these paintings offer an immersive experience for the viewer, first attracting them with their sheen and then challenging them to look beyond it and understand why all that glitters is not necessarily gold.

As the art critic of The New York Times, Holland Cotter, writes, "Cities in Asia are changing fast. They're going up and coming down at about equal speed. Urban culture, flooded with global goods and media, is changing too. Inevitably, such transformations have a big impact on art and are the subjects of new work by Anant Joshi, who lives and works in Mumbai.” (“Art in Review; Anant Joshi”, The New York Times, 27 October 2006)

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