Bonhams offers South Asian art preview at XVA Gallery (DIFC) during Art Dubai

Bonhams is proud to present a preview of highlights from its June 7th Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale in London, at XVA Gallery in Dubai from March 21st to March 22nd during Art Dubai, the biggest art fair in the region.

The Bonhams preview will include artists such as A.R. Chughtai, Jamil Naqsh, Allah Bux, Gulgee and Sadequain, the top modern artists of Pakistan.

An image of horsemen playing the traditional game of Buzkashi with a headless goat, painted by Ismail Gulgee (Pakistan, 1926-2007), is estimated to sell for £15,000- £25,000 at Bonhams next sale of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art in London on June 7th.

The painting shows some 17 riders, mainly on grey horses, tussling for possession of a goat. The game of Buzkashi is originally from Afghanistan. Its aim is to pick up the carcass of the beheaded goat or lamb while on horseback and, keeping other riders at bay, gallop down the playing field and pitch the carcass across the goal line. This painting comes from a private collection in the USA.

Last year, Pakistan dominated the art fair in Dubai with Shezad Dawood as one of the Abraaj Prize winners and Imran Qureshi winning the Sharjah Beinnale prize. Along with this Aisha Khalid and Noor Ali Chagani were announced as nominees for the 2011 Jameel Prize at the V&A in London. In addition, Rashid Rana had a solo show which sold out on the VIP opening night of the fair.

Other artists represented at the art fair were Faiza Butt, Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi and Mohammad Ali Talpur.


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