Subodh Gupta (b. 1964)
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Subodh Gupta (b. 1964)

Magic Wands

Subodh Gupta (b. 1964)
Magic Wands
chrome plated cast aluminium
59 x 1 x 1 1/8 in. (150 x 2.54 x 4.6 cm.)
Executed in 2002
Set of 28
Phillips de Pury, New York, 17 November 2006, lot 150
Art & Public, Geneva
Subodh Gupta: Gandhi's Three Monkey's, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2008, p. 91, illustrated
C. Mooney, 'Subodh Gupta: The Idol Thief', ArtReview, December 2007, p. 54, illustrated
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Lot Essay

In this work, Gupta fetishises the ordinary bamboo pole and by titling the work, Magic Wands, he elevates its mystical and shamanistic qualities. Its common-ness is prevalent in Indian society as the most basic of building and scaffolding material in a newly burgeoning economy. Channeling Gandhi (see lot 47) and Minimalist artist, Eva Hesse's 1968 fibreglass installation, Accretion, Gupta cleverly layers his work with multiple interpretations that belie its simple elegance.

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