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20120213022132-centrifugalmarch_32 Centrifugal March, a Performance by Aki Sasamoto   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/13/12

Centrifugal March By Aki Sasamoto at Lalit Kala Academy On the 21st of January   According to ancient Egyptian burial practice, the dead were buried with certain goods that were thought to accompany them through their afterlife. These objects could range from everyday goods such as pottery and grain to luxury items such as furniture and even jewels. In certain Mongolian Buddhist traditions, after death the body is taken away from the village and laid out in the open with a stone outline place... [more]

20120207033225-mightybrush00245 The Mighty Brush   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/7/12

As children, most of what we read came with accompanying illustrations that focused and inspired the range of our visual imagination. But the experience, of course, could never be total-- at least not as all encompassing as a visit to the cinema. Somewhere down the line the very idea of having what you read illustrated for you came to be imbued with a certain juvenile overtone: suggesting that only books for children or those with a comic tone should come with pictures. With the likes of Marjane... [more]

20120312173929-p1040187 Art for All   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/6/12

Crowds are quintessentially Mumbai, as much a part of the urban landscape as the constant construction, the shuddering patrols of black-and-yellow cabs, and the wheeling, cawing murders of crows. But for these crowds to flock to a festival of contemporary art – that is less typical.Despite being as proud of their city as any population east of Paris, Mumbaikars will admit (if grudgingly) that India’s contemporary art scene has a more vibrant presence in Delhi. So the success of an event like the... [more]

20120121005631-bg-big Ono's Own   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Yoko Ono at Vadehra Contemporary January 13th, 2012 - March 10th, 2012
Posted 1/23/12

Does Quiet Meditation like roller coaster rides that make her dizzy? When a doleful morn meets a discomfiting confrontation, do they look each other in the eye? Does dollops of cathartic effect go with a tinge of alienation? Quaint Wit wishes to be introduced to the family of Graceful Rhythm – Is Graceful rhythm ready for the next “beat”? When metaphysical talks to material simplicity, is all lost in translation? Who will believe that violence and empathy had the perfect summer romance? There'... [more]

20120116012928-invite_front_kiran1 Delhi and Bombay   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/16/12

OPENING IN DELHI! Brooklyn-based Kiran Chandra’s contribution to Shrine Empire’s Pro.ject 2012.01 opens this Thursday, January 19.  And don’t miss the special panel discussion with Anusha Rizvi, Arunkumar HG, Pradip Saha, Ravi Agawal, and Kiran Chandra moderated by Latika Gupta at 7 pm on Wednesday January 19 at the gallery.   OPENING IN MUMBAI! Don’t slip through the cracks!  Catch Latitude 28’s latest group show, Slipping Through the Cracks, organized around ten artists’ meditation on what dig... [more]

20120109212107-metroart4 Public Art in the Delhi Metro   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/9/12

Whizzing across the cityscape like its veins and arteries, the Delhi Metro is like a participatory artwork in motion – an image of the modern urban Indian experience – oceans of people (and a few sniffer dogs) dart in and shove their way out of a train that halts for a precious few seconds. But before the train arrives, people must wait in this place of suspended motion. A frenzied entry into a coach could be preceded or followed by unconsciously eavesdropping into other people's conversations, im... [more]

20120102193840-dsc_0912 The Year in Time   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/2/12

Even as the clock is a constant, K, ticking away, Time itself varies with the meridians, the stars, the oceans and its tides. It is hardly ever measured with numbers or needles: it is the sweat on a wrist, that which will indicate the state of the person rather than the false clasp of a wristwatch. Time is measured in personal histories, and written through the narrow lens of the history of the historian--that time when you were in love flew by, that time when you doubted yourself stretched elastical... [more]

20110916211034-00920110917 In Other Words   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 drink... [more]

20111218020723-karl_antao_print_on_archival_paper_14x_26_inches Arple Pie   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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... [more]

20111212125852-the_evil_orientalist_coloured_hi_rez The Role of Roles in Waswo X. Waswo’s "Confessions of an Evil Orientalist"   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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, o... [more]

20111120182352-571 interior Monologue of the Artist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 exhibitio... [more]

20111127232435-jj_school From Cal, Bangalore and Bombay   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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; Court... [more]

20111121015620-1 This Week in Delhi and Mumbai   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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, ‘Of... [more]

20111020161828-t516_1628-amina_ahmed-lover_and_the_beloved-2011-ink_and_pigment_on_paper-frame_18x20_in Oh Line Divine   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 viewe... [more]

20111106233146-kali Kalighat Comes Home   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 earthen... [more]

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