“Blue Flower,” acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas, 2013, by Takashi Murakami. Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000 (Rs 1.99 crore – Rs 3.32 crore). (Courtesy AstaGuru)
AstaGuru’s upcoming online auction of Indian and Southeast Asian art on August 22-23 will offer work by Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for the first time in the Indian market. The work on offer is the famous “Blue Flower,” a 2013 canvas in acrylic and platinum leaf, measuring 31.3 x 22.4 in (79.5 x 57 cm).
Murakami was popularly known as the Warhol of Japan when he first entered the global art market. The similarity with Andy Warhol lies in the fact that quite like his American counterpart, he developed a new idiom for Contemporary art which marries fine art with pop culture. As a result, popular manga and anime characters appear in Murakami’s work, making it highly distinctive.
“Blue Flower” is estimated at $300,000 – $500,000 (Rs 1.99 crore – Rs 3.32 crore). Murakami’s studio in Japan, the Hiropon Factory, has grown into the famous art production and artist management company called Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd.
Besides Murakami, other top names from countries other than South Asia whose works are on offer at the AstaGuru auction are Yue Minjun, Qin Xiong, Hua Qing, Wang Guang-Yi, Li Tianbing, Zhang Xiaogang (all from China), Young Deok Seo (South Korea), Entang Wiharso (Indonesia) and Ronald Ventura (the Philippines), among several others.
Of the 90 lots on offer, 71 are by top Indian Contemporary artists such as Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, N S Harsha, Nilima Sheikh, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Sudarshan Shetty, Gieve Patel, Valay Shende, G Ravinder Reddy, Jayashree Chakravarty, TV Santhosh, Thukral & Tagra, Ranbir Singh Kaleka, Hema Upadhyay, Vibha Galhotra, Jagannath Panda, Dhananjay Singh, and Suryakant Lokhande, among many more. Indian artists based outside the country whose works will figure in the auction include Raqib Shaw and Shibu Natesan (London), LN Tallur (Seoul), Praneet Soi (Amsterdam) and Schandra Singh (New York).