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Natvar Bhavsar (Indian, b.1934)
LOT ID: 101301
Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend), 1991

Screenprint
40 х 32 in. (101.6 x 81.28 cm.)
Signed, lower right, numbered lower left, and inscribed and dated lower center in pencil
Edition AP 4/10
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Note: the work is currently framed, but seller is offering complimentary (free) shipping anywhere in the world of the piece - unframed - if payment is made within 2 days of sale. (If payment has not yet been received, buyer must furnish proof it was timely sent). Otherwise, seller is welcome to make arrangements to have the framed work shipped or picked up from NYC.

This rare, uniquely inscribed, gorgeously colored abstract color silkscreen is by the renowned Soho-based Indian abstract expressionist artist Natvar Bhavsar - a color field painter who is sometimes compared with Rothko. The verso of the frame bears the Obelisk Gallery label and the front of the print itself has a heartfelt pencil inscription from Natvar Bhavsar to his dealer Joan Sonnabend and her husband Roger. Hand signed and numbered AP 4/10.

Bhavsar's paintings appear in more than 800 private and public collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, the Library of Congress, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, and the Australian National Gallery. In addition, his works have been purchased and displayed by corporations such as the American Express Company, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, and NBC. Bhavsar and his works have been the subject of books including "Natvar Bhavsar: The Sound of Color" (Robert C. Morgan, 2002) and "Natvar Bhavsar: Painting and the Reality of Color" (Irving Sandler, 1999).

Born in Gujarat, India in 1934, Bhavsar received his early artistic training at the CN School of art in Ahmedabad. He left India in 1962 to further his education at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Fine Arts. In 1965, he was recognized with a John D Rockefeller Grant, which launched him into the New York art world and helped begin his tenure as an active member of the New York school of colorists.

According to his biography published by Chelsea's Sundaram Tagore Gallery, "Bhavsar's images have a distinctively Indian sensibility in their lyrical and abstract attempts to reveal both the microcosmic and macrocosmic universe. As in the Indian festivals that inspire his work, Bhavsar's colors convey energy and the vivid, passionate pulse of life. Bhavsar's compositions are often monumental in size - some are more than thirty feet in length. Each one reveals indeterminable dimensions akin to cloud formations and spatial configurations of hues that emanate a spiritual aura. Of Bhavsar's work, art critic Christopher Andrae wrote, 'It is expressionism which arises in a strange paradox somewhere extremely felt sensuousness and extremely felt contemplation. A visual equivalent, perhaps, of eloquent silence.'"

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Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
  • Untitled (For Joan and Roger Sonnabend) by Natvar Bhavsar
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