Brush strokes of support: The art world is helping Covid through online auctions


As India battles second wave of Covid and millions are stepping in to help, the art world has been running online auctions and other fundraisers for different purposes and different groups of people.

From celebrity artist Subodh Gupta and Biggie auction house Saffronart to smaller initiatives like Chitrakar online marketplace and Vadehra art gallery, the community has come together to help artists in need, including traditional artisans, and the Covid’s relief efforts in the finance all over the country.

Regardless of the toll the pandemic has taken on their businesses, during these extraordinary times, artists, galleries and auction houses have taken the opportunity to hold fundraising auctions and exhibitions, the full proceeds of which will be donated.

One such sale on June 1st will feature nine signatures from the artist couple Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta.

“Developments in India over the past few weeks have been traumatic for every family. Almost all of us have been touched in one way or another by the unprecedented scale of the second wave of Covid in India,” Kher said in a statement. By selling online at, the artists hope to raise Rs 1 crore to support ongoing relief efforts by two nonprofits – Hemkunt Foundation and Goonj.

“We have decided to help in the ways we can as artists … to work in lockdown and sell with 100 percent proceeds going directly to both NGOs. We hope to get Rs 1 crore for sustainable long-term aid, “said Kher.

Her series “A Small World Together” is one of the works on offer. The series expands its longstanding artistic research into found objects and rituals every day and superimposes existing maps of the world with bindis in different colors, shapes and sizes.

With the detailed maps as a base and the bindis suggesting certain movement patterns, her work speaks for the “intrinsic global connectivity of the ongoing crisis and broader humanity,” she said that Gupta’s work, done in his typical style, will be used everyday kitchen utensils to create a dialogue between the humble elements in home life that have become even more important through locking.

His ‘A bouquet of flowers, for example’ reinterprets the normally short lifespan of flowers in stainless steel. “Art cannot change the world on its own, but it can make it a kinder and more humane place to live. Our works both witness and celebrate the value of the common and everyday characteristics of human habits and daily rituals” In our little way we just wanted to help in this great humanitarian effort that brings us all closer together in a spirit of sharing, “Gupta said in the statement. Modern Art Sale is planned for the second half of June.

The sale includes four major works by renowned artists Gobardhan Ash and Sunil Madhav. The auction house will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Masina Hospital in Mumbai, as well as to Welfare of Stray Dogs, which works to eradicate rabies and control the street dog population in humane, scientific ways.

“The years 2020-21 were catastrophic and countless people and organizations were destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We at Princeps are doing our part to support society in our upcoming auctions.” We hope these revenues will brighten the lives of those in need in the same way they beautify the walls of their new owners, “said a statement quoting Prinseps director Brijeshwari Gohil. Last year the art world did like any other sector, it is a great success.

While major galleries and established artists managed to stay afloat, traditional artisans were pushed to the brink of devastation.

In March 2020, when India was banned, galleries were closed, auctions went fully online, and art fairs and festivals were indefinitely postponed. Just as things seem to be getting back to normal, the second wave of the pandemic came in March, stronger and more powerful than the first.

People from all walks of life came forward to help in every possible way. And the Art Brotherhood too.

May was a busy month with the Brotherhood organizing several events – the Chitrakar Aid Sale, the Saffronart Auction, one from the DAG Gallery, and one from the Vadehra Art Gallery.

The Chitrakar Relief Sale at Baro Market, an online marketplace where artisans and designers come together, hosted an SOS fundraiser to support practitioners of traditional Indian art forms such as Pattachitra, Gond Art and Gadwakam.

The auction was sold out within a few days and the proceeds went to the craftsmen and students of the various art schools.

“In these unprecedented times, art was the last priority in a world struggling to breathe. This, in turn, has detrimentally affected artists – people whose legacy has gone down through generations – and who would be threatened with extinction if we didn’t Intervened immediately. “Online sales were designed to provide some relief to both artists and their communities,” said the organizers. Delhi-based Vadehra Art Gallery and artist Shilpa Gupta reached out to art lovers and patrons to ask they to sign up and donate a minimum of Rs 50,000 in place of a photo titled “I Want to Live Without Fear” by Gupta.

The proceeds were donated to the MAA Hospital in Chembur in Mumbai to arrange beds in the intensive care unit and to AADI, a foundation for children with disabilities that works with the Deal with Covid crisis in Delhi.

Other Art Brotherhood fundraisers last month include Saffronart’s “Art Rises for India” sale and DAG’s “Hope for Humanity” sale. A statement from Saffronart said the 24-hour online fundraising auction, held in the second half of May, raised more than Rs.2 billion to help nonprofits like Dastkar, FICA, Khoj and Street Survivors at work Providing medical assistance and daily livelihoods to those in need.

The highlights of the sale included an untitled work by Amrita Sher-Gil, a watercolor on paper by Ganesh Haloi, an oil on canvas by A Ramachandran from 2015, and significant work by Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, KG Subramanyan, Thota Vaikuntam and Sudhir Patwardhan.

The DAG sale of 51 works from the gallery collection raised an amount of Rs 1 crore that was donated to the Sood Charity Foundation, Khalsa Aid India and the Hemkunt Foundation.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


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