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20110916211034-00920110917 In Other Words   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Prayas Abhinav, Sarnath Banerjee, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Raqs Media Collective, Vibha Galhotra, Hanif Kureishi, Sachin George Sebastian at Exhibit 320 November 25th, 2011 - December 25th, 2011
Posted 1/2/12

WORDS: A USER'S MANUAL begins with the word, keeping the implicit promise in its name.  Simply put, the driving concept at the core of this ambitiously curated show is this: words, as we know them, denote specific reality, whereas ‘art’ is essentially devoid of any such intrinsic meaning and is appreciated in terms of individual inference and interpretation. To illustrate this point further let us consider the word ‘Cat.’ When I say the word ‘Cat’ I refer to the furry purring creature that dr... [more]

20111218020723-karl_antao_print_on_archival_paper_14x_26_inches Arple Pie   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Gallery Ragini December 8th, 2011 - December 31st, 2011
Posted 12/18/11

On the conveyor-belt of mainstream pedagogic practice all of us who have had the opportunity to go to school have learnt through the rote method, with a sharp and vicious stick looming at a dangerously close distance to our bottoms, that 'A is for Apple' and apple alone. The possibility of aberrations, alternatives, or permutations was foreclosed in what was a single answer system. For decades our language textbooks have retained the same content and technique where A corresponds to a red-coloured fruit, B... [more]

20111212125852-the_evil_orientalist_coloured_hi_rez The Role of Roles in Waswo X. Waswo’s "Confessions of an Evil Orientalist"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Waswo X Waswo at Gallery Espace December 8th, 2011 - January 12th, 2012
Posted 12/12/11

[Through] the personification of characters, or prosopopoeia…we display the thoughts of our opponents, as they themselves would do in a soliloquy, but our inventions of that sort will meet with credit only so far as we represent people saying what it is not unreasonable to suppose that they may have meditated; and so far as we introduce our own conversations with others, or those of others among themselves, with an air of plausibility; and when we invent persuasions, or reproaches, or complaints,... [more]

20111120182352-571 interior Monologue of the Artist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Anupam Sud at Latitude 28 November 26th, 2011 - December 9th, 2011
Posted 12/4/11

Abstract ideas, conflicting thoughts, rejected drafts, sketchy outlines, works under construction, the notes in the margins, unprocessed plans, incomplete verses and the warm-up before a performance are conventionally deemed unfit to be viewed by an audience. The rugged bolt and screw that hold up the elegant tower are concealed in order to sever the tower from all associations with its building process. It is these rugged fittings and unfinished sentences that Anupam Sud brings out in her exhi... [more]

20111127232435-jj_school From Cal, Bangalore and Bombay   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/27/11

JUST OPENING! Young Blood at the JJ Art School Commemorate and Interrogate the Bloodshed of 26/11. November 28 – December 3 Sir JJ School of Art, Main Hall   AND CLOSING SOON! IN BANGALORE : The Crooked Framing of Sheela Gowda. Till December 10 GallerySke Sheela Gowda, Protest, my son (Detail),  2011; Courtesy of the artist IN KOLKATA: The Boxed-in Birds of Shuvaprasanna’s Magnificent Mental Menagerie. Till December 8 Emami Chisel Art Shuvaprasanna, Owl, 25.40 x 30.48 cm,  Intaglio; Courtesy of... [more]

20111121015620-1 This Week in Delhi and Mumbai   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/21/11

OPENING SOON IN DELHI: Words not to Miss!  Our very own Himali Singh Soin curates India’s first text-only art exhibition opening this Saturday. November 26 – December 25 Group Show -  WORDS: A USER'S MANUAL Exhibit 320   Then stroll across the street for some languid lyricality on the part of Anupam Sud that needs no words to speak volumes.  November 26 – December 9 Anupam Sud: Preparatory Assertions - Notes from Sketch Books Latitude 28   CLOSING SOON IN BOMBAY:   Raghava KK,... [more]

20111020161828-t516_1628-amina_ahmed-lover_and_the_beloved-2011-ink_and_pigment_on_paper-frame_18x20_in Oh Line Divine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Amina Ahmed at Seven Art Limited November 4th, 2011 - December 10th, 2011
Posted 11/14/11

At the core of artist Amina Ahmed’s practice is the basic human desire of mark making. Marks, she concedes in her artistic statement, are her way into a universe attuned to symbolic, ritualistic meaning. For this particular exhibition, ‘The Call,’ currently on at the Seven Art Limited gallery till 3rd December, Ahmed uses a variety of ways to explore the process of mark making, using mediums as varied as charcoal, ink, gum, tempera, paper, light and shadow, all attuned in ways best described as ‘... [more]

20111113071428-maggie01 Pensive Pictures in the Age of the Digital Dazzle   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/13/11

 Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes but when it is pensive, when it thinks.                       -Roland Barthes While the print exhibitions at the Delhi Photo Festival 2011 presented several interpretations of the idea of ‘affinity’ (the theme of the exhibition), the digital exhibitions, slideshows and interactive talks spurred on a dialogue between the socio-political implication and the practice of photography. In these discussions photography was v... [more]

20111106233146-kali Kalighat Comes Home   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Victoria Memorial Hall October 16th, 2011 - December 11th, 2011
Posted 11/6/11

Kalighat paintings or ‘pats’ have often been understood as the clearest examples of Indo-European synthesis in art. While the style, theme and execution of the earliest ‘pats’ make this understanding somewhat suspect, later evolutions bear unmistakable stamps of the influence of colonialism on every sphere of life. Taking their name from the popular pilgrim spot in Calcutta, these paintings, primarily depicting religious/ mythological figures and themes, and done either on scrolls or on earthenw... [more]

20111107000211-1628 This Week in the Capital   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/7/11

 Just Opened! Don’t miss the looping lines and off-the-wall playfulness of New York-based Amina Ahmed’s first show in India. “The Call” Opened November 4th at Seven Art Ltd. And be sure to catch Khoj’s latest greatest experiment: an exhibition focusing on the nature of the documentary using postcards, films, and YouTube. “Augmenting Practices” opened November 3rd at Khoj International Artist’s Association. Opening! Roshini Devasher persists in enchanting audiences with her unique organic universe—this t... [more]

20111031173958-hollywood Festival at Large   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery October 16th, 2011 - October 28th, 2011
Posted 10/31/11

In her seminal book On Photography, Susan Sontag compares the earliest impulses of the mid-19th century photographer to the wanderings of the flâneur.  The flâneur was a fin-de-siècle figure that fascinated both the poet Baudelaire and the writer Walter Benjamin.  In wandering the city, the flâneur found in it something phantasmagorical, a chaotic arrangement of the grotesque, an exotic fascination with the unknown.  Sontag suggests this sort of distracted and creative walking is a good metaphor... [more]

20111023205923-photography_thumb Young Hot Shots   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery October 16th, 2011 - October 28th, 2011
Posted 10/23/11

Photographs in monotone and in rich saturated colours; some on walls of white cubicles, several in open spaces; some laid out horizontally, others suspended from bamboo sticks; in prints of varying sizes, in straight lines and in labyrinthine criss-crossing arrangements; expressing journalistic objectivity or evoking emotional fecundity. A little after you enter India Habitat Centre, you find yourself enveloped by ever so many photographs you wonder if you’re in a world where everything is a sti... [more]

20111016193157-ba-asian09_ph2_0504310465_part6 A Very Thin Line   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/11

I. On a recent tour through the one-temple towns that litter the South Indian landscape of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I found myself constantly consulting a Lonely Planet-style guidebook in the hopes of enriching my experience of these temples and of finding something else to do. Prostrate before the various gods. Apply vibuthi (the sacred ash) to forehead. Carefully examine temple carvings. Hop on bus for six hour bus ride to next temple town. Repeat. While this might be a highly-valued mode of exper... [more]

20111016195802-t516_1708-8 Outside the Box?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Aakash Nihalani at Seven Art Limited September 24th, 2011 - October 22nd, 2011
Posted 10/16/11

24-year-old Aakash Nihalani is a Brooklyn-based artist and a recent graduate from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture. For the most part of the three years since he started showing publicly, Nihalani has been working with the somewhat atypical medium of fluorescent electrical tapes, primarily using them to sketch site-specific geometric doodles on various public surfaces around the city of New York. Nihalani’s works consist of ‘isometric rectangles and squares,’ which enclose space an... [more]

20111009182243-524 Sacred Rendered Profane   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Latitude 28 August 30th, 2011 - September 30th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11

In the contemporary capitalistic dictionary the meaning of love reads ‘a mass produced, large (size varies according to your credit card balance), red, velvety heart shaped cushion.’ The red roses, the CD of assorted romantic numbers, the happily ever after ends of romantic comedies and other market driven forces collaborate to construct and reiterate a meaning of love that has good sales value. Avni Doshi, in her curatorial venture seems to be reminiscing the song written by Bob Dylan in the 1... [more]

20110915222004-01120110916 Pretty in Pink   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kapil Das at PHOTOINK September 17th, 2011 - November 12th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11

In 1946, after the world wars, Edith Piaf sings La Vie En Rose, calling out to her lover to give his heart and soul to her, so that her life will always be in "pink." In the late 90's, a relatively pink time in America that saw the rise of information and the settling modicum of the cold war, the song Pink by Aerosmith lifts the tiny and the everyday (lips, cherry, umbrella, crayon, flamingo) and the ascending octaves to imply that "everything is going to be alright." Here is a photographer who recreates his own li... [more]


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