Jangarh Singh Shyam Sotheby's Auction New York September 2010 realized $31,250

Jangargh Singh Shyam "Paysage avec araignée" 1988 Gouache/paper on canvas, 220 x 155 cm, 86.6 x 61 in. Provenance : T & S Ltd. Exhibition : Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne-Centre Pompidou. Catalogue : Les Magiciens de la Terre, 1989, illustrated in color page 230.

In the September auction of South Asian art by Sotheby’s in New York, among the modernism of Husain and Padamsee, will lie a relatively unknown folk idiom. In a bold move, the auction house has included works by the Gond tribal artist Jangarh Singh Shyam in the same collection. /.../ However, a number of interventions are helping turn this around. Mumbai galleries Chemould and Pundole held tribal art exhibitions last year. Delhi gallery, W+K Exp, hosted an exhibition of Gond sculpture called Dog Father, Fox Mother, their Daughter & Other Stories that concluded in May. This was the first year that Sotheby’s included Indian tribal art in its auctions. A painting by Jangarh realized $31,250 (Rs. 14.5 lakh) in September. /.../
This is the third time that Sotheby’s has included Shyam’s work, the first being in its March auction, when a 2001 work estimated for $5,000-7,000 was sold for $13,750. Two large paper works executed in 1988 and 1989 were sold in July for $15,000 and $18,000.

Jangarh Singh Shyam Sotheby's New York, March 2010

Jangarh Singh Shyam Sothebys New York
Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962-2001), signed and dated 2001, acrylic on canvas 28 by 46 7/8 in. (71x119 cm). Estimate 5000-7000 $. Sold 13750 $

Jivya Soma Mashe bags Prince Claus Award

Renowned Warli artist Jivya Soma Mashe has bagged the prestigious Prince Claus Award for his contribution to Warli painting. On behalf of the Prince Claus Fund, the award will be presented to him by the Netherland Ambassador Bob Hiensch on January 13, 2010. The award will be accompanied by a cheque of 25,000 Euro (about Rs 17.5 lakh), a release said. "Mashe honoured for his creative reinvention of an art vocabulary that was disappearing, for his vivid representation of the Warli vision of nature and culture in equilibrium, for highlighting the contemporary relevance of local forms of knowledge, and for his significant contribution to the culture and development of the tribal people," the release quoted the jury of the awards as saying.
Source Press Trust of India

Hervé Perdriolle invites you in his new art gallery in apartment in the heart of the Latin Quarter, near the Sorbonne and the Pantheon - rue Gay Lussac, Paris, to discover his collection of tribal & folk Indian arts, contemporary art and outsider art.
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Leading auctioneer Osian’s has notched up a total sale of over Rs 8 crore at its recent auction of Indian Modern & Contemporary Art and Craft.
By Ashok Nag Economic Times.
"Interest for India’s first professional public auction of contemporary craft was evident as the prices attracted three times more than its lower estimate. Bids climbed as bidders upped the price of each lot that went under the hammer," Niranjan Desai, Osian’s spokesperson told ET... "The consequences of this auction will be enormous for all the artisans and crafts people of India. It is a huge challenge to absorb this financial high," said Desai.
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Looking back to look ahead

by K S Shekhawat Business Standard
Gallerists say 2009 will mark a transition in the way collectors hedge their choices. The aborted Osian’s auction — it was scheduled to be held at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai on November 27 — would have been a pointer to a major trend in 2009 : The emergence for collectors of traditional and folk art forms.
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Artcurial Contemporary Art Sale April 3, 2008

Jivya Soma Mashe born in 1934, "The Ant", natural pigment and acrylic on canvas, 136 x 176 cm (53,5 x 69,3 in).
Clic on these links to enlarge details : detail 1 - detail 2 - detail 3.
Artcurial Paris Contemporary Art Sale 1406 lot 44 catalogue 1.
Estimates : 5 000 - 7 000 €
Sold for 13 631 € - 21.589 $

"The Ant" is a major work of Jivya Soma Mashe, known as the M.F. Husain of Indian tribal art (Gulf News, Sept. 2007).
For this painting the artist creates for the first time, in this size and for main motif, a spiral made of several hundreds of ants. The spiral is an evocation of the Tarpana, the most important ritual dance of the Warli tribe, to which belongs Jivya Soma Mashe.
The countless number of details which characterize Jivya Soma Mashe's work in general and this painting in particular, make it a unique work, celebrating in this infinite repetition of pictorial gestures, similar to a visual mantra, to a graphic psalmody, a fantastic tribute to life and to movement, founder principles of Indian thought.
The art of Jivya Soma Mashe, as that of the aborigines of Australia, has this outstanding uniqueness of being at the same time resolutely primitive in its spirit and incredibly contemporary in its form.
Contemporary: which is of the same time, of the same epoch. Gandhi, born in 1869 and Proust, born in 1871, are contemporary to one an other as are Andy Warhol, Sayed Haider Raza and Jivya Soma Mashe.

India Today, April 7, 2008 Mashe’s inclusion in the Contemporaray Art Sale is another milestone, for folk/tribal artists have so far been ignored in auctions dealing with Indian art… read more

The Economic Times, April 8, 2008 “We can think that these Other like Jivya Soma Mashe could be more successful during the next few years and their estimates could be still very low compared to the best works by the most renowned native Australian artists”... read more