Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranks first on Hurun India Art list

Sculptor Anish Kapoor during an interaction with The Hindu in Kochi on July 31, 2014.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor during an interaction with The Hindu in Kochi on July 31, 2014.   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna among top three

With sales estimated at ₹168.25 crore, contemporary sculptor Anish Kapoor has topped the first edition of the Hurun India Art List.

He is followed by artists Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna, whose works were sold for ₹45.84 crore and ₹9.48 crore respectively. The Hurun Research Institute has ranked the top 50 Indian artists alive based on the sales of their works at public auction from April 2018 to March 2019.

Hurun Report India in association with on Wednesday unveiled the first edition of its India Art List, in which 24% of artists listed were women.

Anas Rahman Junaid, managing director and chief researcher of Hurun Report India, said, “Resale value of some of the works of the top artists delivers better returns than traditional asset classes.”

Versatile craft

U.K.-based Mr. Kapoor is known for using granite, marble, limestone and plaster to make geometric structures. He is the only artist to own the exclusive right to use the ‘blackest black’ pigment in the world developed by Vantablack. Mr. Kapoor, 65, received knighthood during the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013 for his contribution to visual arts.

Mr. Padamsee, 90, sold 38 works last year. He has also exhibited his works in several solo exhibitions around the globe.

Mr. Khanna, 93, has sold 44 of his works in the past year. One of his most valued pieces is his contribution to Tash ke Patte (Deck of Cards), a collaborative work by over 100 artists that collectively made $365 million in 2017.

Jogen Chowdhury, 80, comes fourth in the list, backed by sales of ₹7.78 crore for his works.

New Delhi-based contemporary artist and sculptor Subodh Gupta, 54, takes the fifth place with a sales estimate of ₹6.55 crore.

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