Building on Art

The art mart in India might still be in the red and,among other artists,Subodh Gupta might have also failed to excite bidders at recent auctions but the maverick has once again managed to turn heads.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: July 17, 2012 1:12:04 am

The art mart in India might still be in the red and,among other artists,Subodh Gupta might have also failed to excite bidders at recent auctions but the maverick has once again managed to turn heads. The Gurgaon-based artist and his wife,Bharti Kher,have purchased a house in the upmarket Sunder Nagar,which has been registered at a price of nearly Rs 70 crore. Located near the market,house no. 115 is in a dilapidated condition and is vacant right now. Suspended on the locked door is a letter box with the names of the members of the Maira family. In a property deal that was reportedly registered in January,the couple purchased the plot from its former owners,Upendra Nath and Surinder Nath.

While the artist couple was unreachable,the guard on duty outside the said house confirmed that it now has new owners,“who might rebuild the property”.

The duo is one of the most recognised artist couples from India. Born and raised in Khagaul,Bihar,the art graduate from Patna who moved to Delhi in the early ’90s,has a sizable number of international collectors. Comparisons are often drawn between him and Damien Hirst,Britain’s richest living artist. In 2008,his work crossed the $1 million mark in the auction circuit. Born in London,Kher,on the other hand,famously works with bindis and recently had a major solo show at New York’s Hauser & Wirth gallery.

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