11th May, 2001 brings rare Indian art to USA, one of the most comprehensive sources for information and works of Indian modern and contemporary art in undertaking a pioneering effort by coordinating a series of exhibitions throught eh US, Europe and Asia to generate international awareness about Indian art and culture. The Saffronart Modern Indian Art Exhibition, is a landmark exhibition for Indian contemporary art, featuring close to 130 paintings by 12 of India`s leading contemporary artists.

The works which are available are considered either historically or stylistically significant within the realm of modern Indian art by artists such as M F Husain, Tyeb Mehta, V S Gaitonde and SH Raza some of whom will be present at the show. Several of these works have not been displayed prior to this exhibition and date back from the 1950s to the 70s, a critical period for the roots of contemporary art in India, and especially for the artists represented.

The first in this series of exhibitions was in Hong Kong and it featured 169 works of 50 artists in a manner that traced a timeline of developments in style, themes and schools of what has emerged today as Indian contemporary art. The show was a huge success with well over two thirds of the show being sold to individuals in Hong Kong as well as to collectors internationally. In November 2000, Saffronart also conducted the first-ever online auction of Indian contemporary art featuring close to 140 works which generated a warm response.

The latest exhibition is being curated by Dadiba Pundole, who owns and manages the Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, which specializes in modern and contemporary art. The works will be previewed on May 12, 2001 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm and the exhibition will be on at the Metroplitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, 10011 from May 13 to 16 (11:30 am to 9:00 pm).

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