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Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from September 4-29. This season presents twelve auctions featuring over 1,000 objects from 5,000 years of art spanning all epochs and categories of Asian art comprising Chinese archaic bronzes through Japanese and Korean art to contemporary Indian painting.
Highlights include a 3rd to 4th century gray schist figure of a bodhisattva from the ancient region of Gandhara ($1,500,000- 2,500,000), the groundbreaking The Last Chapter by Rameshwar Broota ($250,000-350,000), an early to mid-6th century B.C. ding bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover ($350,000-450,000); and Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong porcelain from the prestigious collection of James and Marilynn Alsdorf. From rare huanghuali furniture to modern paintings by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, and Jehangir Sabavala, treasures from every category of Asian art wait to be discovered.
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All works will be presented in an exhibition by appointment from September 16 at Christie’s New York. Additional information on the individual auctions is included in the following pages.
ASIAN ART WEEK | LIVE AUCTION OVERVIEW:
Japanese and Korean Art
22 September 2020 | 10am
Christie’s sale of Japanese Art and Korean Art spans 250 lots of classical to modern and contemporary works. Highlighting the Japanese section is an important pair of six-panel screens by Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713), Chrysanthemums Blooming in a Garden ($150,000-250,000) along with a superb offering of prints by Utagaw a Hiroshige (1797-1858), Kitagaw a Utamaro (1753- 1806), and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), including “Red Fuji” ($100,000-200,000) and “The Great Wave” ($150,000-250,000). Other Japanese highlights include important lacquers, screens, and metalworks as well as a selection of modern and contemporary painting. Featured Korean works include a blue and white porcelain jar with three worthies playing weiqi, Joseon dynasty ($250,000- 500,000); and an impressive eight-panel screen attributed to Kim Hongdo (1745- 1806), titled ‘Hunting Scene’ ($100,000-200,000).
A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer Collection
23 September 2020 | 10am
A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer Collection offers more than 150 works of Indian art from the prestigious collection of Jane and Kito de Boer. Highlights include a suite of rare works by Ganesh Pyne dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, and a range of works by Rameshwar Broota including the seminal 1982 painting, The Last Chapter ($250,000-350,000). Additional highlights include early paintings by Akbar Padamsee and Maqbool Fida Husain, alongside a strong selection of works from the Bengal School and artists like Francis New ton Souza, A. Ramachandran, Bikash Bhattacharjee and K. Laxma Goud. Contemporary works in the auction include an early painting by Atul Dodiya and a sculptural work by Anish Kapoor. The live auction is accompanied by an online sale, offering additional works from the collection between 4-25 September.
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
23 September 2020 | 11:30am
The sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art is led by an important painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Untitled from 1983 ($2,000,000-3,000,000), that will go under the gavel for the first time and typifies his contemplative, non-objective aesthetic. Another highlight of the catalogue, Jehangir Sabavala’s widely published pastoral painting, The Peasants ($450,000-600,000), is also appearing at auction for the first time. Other highlights include exceptional examples works by of modern masters such as Tyeb Mehta’s dynamic Untitled from 1974; The Pull, a rare early work by Maqbool Fida Husain; and Candamerie, a sublime landscape from 1969 by Sayed Haider Raza. A diverse contemporary section includes works by the region’s most renowned practitioners like Nalini Malani, Shilpa Gupta and Imran Qureshi to name a few. The sale also includes the complete 1991 portfolio, House with Four Walls, by Zarina.
Devotion in Stone: Gandharan M. asterpieces from a Private Japanese Collection 23
September 2020 | 2pm
One of the most important collections of Gandharan art in private hands, Devotion in Stone: Gandharan M. asterpieces from a Private Japanese Collection will offer 28 iconic and well-published examples of Buddhist figures, friezes and narrative reliefs with Japanese provenance. Highlights include a rare and magnificent gray schist triad of Buddha Shakyamuni with bodhisattvas ($600,000- 800,000), one of a very few dated Gandharan works of art known; published in more than thirty publications, the triad is perhaps the most important Gandharan sculpture to come to market. The sale also features a superbly-carved large and important gray schist figure of a bodhisattva ($1,500,000-2,500,000), a monumental gray schist bust of a bodhisattva ($400,000-600,000), and a very finely-carved gray schist figure of Buddha Shakyamuni ($300,000-500,000).
Sacred and Imperial: The James and M. arilynn Alsdorf Collection: Part I
24 September 2020 | 8:30am
Christie’s New York is pleased to present Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Part I offers a curated cross-section of 24 of the best examples across the Alsdorfs’ most collected categories, spanning South Indian bronzes, Qing dynasty porcelain, Chinese painting, and Chinese and Japanese works of art. Featured lots include a rare and magnificent bronze figure of Shiva Tripuravijaya, South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period, circa 1050 ($1,000,000- 1,500,000); a very rare and important marble head of buddha, China, Sui dynasty, AD 550-618 ($500,000-700,000); a superb peachbloom-glazed w ater pot, taibai zun, China, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period, 1662-1722 ($150,000-250,000); and an album of landscapes and calligraphy attributed to Zhang Ruitu. Brow se Part I here.
Sacred and Imperial: The James and M. arilynn Alsdorf Collection: Part II
24 September 2020 | 9:30am
Part II of the Alsdorf collection spans Chinese ceramics and works of art, Chinese paintings, Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art, Japanese works of art, and European and American Decorative arts and Design. Highlights include Qing dynasty mark-and-period porcelain, jade carvings, Himalayan bronzes, Indian stone sculpture, a hanging scroll depicting a horse by Xu Beihong, an important suite of Sicilian reverse-painted glass furniture from the 18th century and 20th century furnishings by American designer Samuel Marx.
Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
24 September 2020 | 4pm
Christie’s sale of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art will present 37 carefully chosen lots featuring works from across India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia, including two rare Central Indian red sandstone figures from the collection of Herbert and Florence Irving, a buff sandstone figure of a Yakshi ($200,000-300,000) and a rare buff sandstone figure of a Salabhanjika ($120,000- 180,000), both with early documented provenance. Other highlights include an important thirteenth-century Nepalese gilt-copper figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara ($2,000,000-3,000,000); an extensively-published rare gilt-copper figure of Avalokiteshvara from the Khasa Malla kingdom of Nepal ($300,000-500,000); and a rare Chinese painting of Chakrasamvara dated to the reign of the Chenghua Emperor ($300,000-500,000).
Crafted Landscapes: The Ankarcrona Collection of Japanese Lacquer and Asian Works of Art
10 September – 1 October 2020 | Online
Christie’s is delighted to present, Crafted Landscapes: The Ankarcrona Collection of Japanese Lacquer and Asian Works of Art, an online auction from 10 September to 1 October. Sten Ankarcrona (1861-1936) began collecting Asian works of art upon his first visit to Japan in the late 1880s – a golden age of travel and European collecting. The young aristocratic Swedish naval officer became fascinated by the breadth of artistic production in the region and continued to add to his collection back in Europe. In 1923, by then an admiral, he was appointed by the King of Sweden to travel back to Japan on a special mission, where he spent two months making many more purchases. This love of Asian art was later passed down to his children and grandchildren, who have enriched the ensemble into the early 21st century. Comprising fine Japanese inro, beautiful lacquer incense boxes (kogo), delicately decorated riting boxes (suzuribako), Chinese porcelain and other exceptional objects, the collection symbolizes the Ankarcrona family passion and tradition of collecting. (IANS)
Malgudi, a small fictional town in South India has been part of the childhood of most Indians. It is an old, shabby, and peaceful town that is unruffled by politics. The stories set in this small town ring the sense of belongingness in the hearts of its readers. The familiar feeling that feels like home resonates with their soul. And teaches important life lessons to the readers through simple tales. Malgudi Days is one of the books that every Indian child should read. The book is a compilation of 32 short stories that paint a beautiful picture of small-town in India around the '60s and '70s
R. K. Narayan, one of the most well-known and popular writers within India and outside India is the creator of this town and the occurrences of this town. The stories follow the characters Swami and his friends through their everyday lives. Be it the story of fake astrologers who scam and loot the people by his cleverness, or the story of a blind beggar and his dog where the money blinded the man with greed; each story has a lesson to learn, morals and values hidden in it. As the stories are simple, easy to understand yet heart-touching it makes it easy for the kids to connect with each character and imagine the story as if the reader themselves were the protagonist of the story. In simple words, we can say that R.K. Narayan simply told stories of ordinary people trying to live their simple lives in a changing world.
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As written during the Indian Independence movements and finally published in 1943. The stories in the Malgudi days beautifully encapsulated the transitioning milieu of the British era to post-Independence India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi and simultaneously a life in an Indian town. R.K. Narayan was one of the first writers who pioneered Indian writings in the English language and the book was later republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics. Thus, the book enjoyed a worldwide audience. The New York Times even described the virtue of the book as "everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It's an art we need to study and revive."
The beautiful storytelling of the book was assisted by beautiful illustrations allowing the children to let their imagination teleport them to the world of Malgudi. All the illustrations in the book were illustrated by the world-renowned cartoonist, R.K. Laxman who is also R.K. Narayan's younger brother. The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories and excited the children, keeping them engaged in reading the book for hours.
The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories.Pixabay
The short stories from Malgudi Days were later adapted into a television adaptation in 1986. This show was directed by actor and director Shankar Nag. It was filmed both in Hindi and English, containing 54 episodes and the first 13 episodes respectively. Later the series was revived for additional 15 episodes. The show featured several popular celebrities from the Kannada film industry of those days – Girish Karnad, Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Arundhati Nag and Vaishali Kasaravalli, to name a few. The series was premiered on the Doordarshan channel and became the window into the town Malgudi for many. The show did not only excel in its storyline the TV adaptation elevated the storytelling as the show was technically very sound and stood out in its fantastic detailing in terms of locations and sets. With the cinematography being creative The Malgudi days- TV series once again warmed the hearts of both young ones and adults.
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Malgudi- our childhood home
Malgudi days hold a special place in the hearts of whoever has read the book as a child. With the detailed descriptions of the town and stories one almost gets a feeling that they've visited the place themselves. The characters, Swami and his friends feel like they were all readers' childhood friends. The surreal feeling of being home in the world of Malgudi. The world of Malgudi is intimate, warm, lifelike, and engaging. The setting is modern, and the life portrayed in these stories is contemporary. Still, there is an old-time air about It. R K Narayan once described Malgudi as "Malgudi is where we all belong, and where we wish we lived."
Keywords: Malgudi days, Malgudi, R K Narayan, R K Laxman, storytelling, our childhood home Malgudi
Well, if you'll notice then the moon takes twenty-nine days to complete its lunar cycle, whereas women's menstrual cycle is generally 28 days! Coincidence? I think, not.
It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies. In fact, in ancient times it was said that the natural rhythm of women was to menstruate under a new moon and ovulate under a full moon.
At the same time, it is also believed that the cycle and its stages are connected to different seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Let us see how the lunar cycle is related to a woman's menstrual cycle!
It must be noted that the menstruation period is during the new moon period and also during the winter season. It is said that this is a reflective phase; a phase of silence, introspection, and solitude. During this phase, a woman's body is more sensitive, and so they're able to connect with it and hear the messages it gives. Interestingly, this is also the time when a woman naturally recycles energy as she menstruates, and hence, it's also the for their rest and recovery.
The Crescent moon represents the pre-ovulation period. This is also the season of spring, and so the time corresponds to an increase in physical energy. During this period, a woman's mental strength is at its peak and their thoughts are much clearer. At the same time, emotions are more stable during this period, and because of which women tend to be more social and outgoing.
This phase of the moon represents ovulation, and the season associated with this phase is summer. It must be noted that this period is full of energy and vitality. At the same time, this period plays a significant role in the lives of women because it's actually a fertile phase in all aspects of their life, be it personal or professional. During this period, the self-confidence and self-esteem in women tend to rise, and along with this, an increase in their sex drive can be seen very well.
This phase of the moon represents pre-menstruation, which is also associated with the autumn season. During this period, a woman's physical energy starts to decline. Metaphorically, just like a tree sheds its leaves, a woman, too, feels the need to let go of anything that is not benefiting her. At the same time, memory and the ability to concentrate decrease in this period.
I hope, now you will not think of the moon just as a celestial body, but as a companion in the lives of women!
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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed Pak TV channels to stop airing what it calls indecency and intimacy in dramas, Samaa TV reported.
A notification issued by the authority states that it has been receiving numerous complaints from viewers who believe that the content being depicted in dramas does not represent the "true picture of Pakistani society".
"PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn't 'true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be 'glamourized'. Our 'culture' is control, abuse, and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values," said Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.
"Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated, as per the report.
The authority added that it has directed channels time and again to review content with "indecent dressing, controversial and objectionable plots, bed scenes and unnecessary detailing of events".
Most complaints received by the PEMRA Call Centre during September concern drama serial "Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah", which created quite a storm on social media for showing an unwitting married couple as foster siblings in a teaser for an upcoming episode. However, it only turned out to be a family scheme after the full episode aired, but by that time criticism had mounted on HUM TV for using the themes of incest to drive the plot, the report said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Pakistan, Islam, Serials, Dramas, Culture, Teachings.