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20140528222250-00220140529 CIRCUMAMBULATING MELANCHOLY FROM INSIDE OUT  
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Naveen Kumar A, Lokesh B. H., Aishwaryan K, Mohan Kumar T. at Gallery Sumukha - Bangalore May 24th - June 21st
Posted 6/4/14

The artists have constructed a ritualistic way to make viewers encounter their collective pursuit. At the origin of the circumambulation is Lokesh B H’s colourful melancholy. A sense of deprivation is narrated, busses and people traveling in these busses have colour but the airplane is just not functional; it does not have a door or window. A cat is hunting for a fish bigger than its mouth. There is no center to most of the compositions instead is a synecdoche; when the center is painted... [more]

20130523205800-demolition_series Making peace with chaos: Demolition Series by Bijoy Jain  
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Bijoy Jain at Chemould Prescott Road May 31st, 2013 - July 30th, 2013
Posted 11/17/13

In Built to Kill, a short story by Venetian author Tiziano Scarpa, the protagonist is a frustrated architect from Venice. He feels so utterly constrained by the city’s architectural mandates to preserve a tourist-trapping golden past, that he starts killing tourists. Only he makes the murders look like suicides induced by Stendhal Syndrome, a psychosomatic disorder brought upon by an overdose of Renaissance beauty. A desperate attempt to prove that an urban space that doesn’t allow itself... [more]

20130925093032-photo0367 How many solos does it take to make a group show?  
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SUNRITA BASU, Ritarupa Bhattacharya, Moumita Sarkar Das, Shibashish Das, Ratnadeep Deb, Somava Dutta, Sweta Haldar, Souvik Roy at Birla Academy of Art & Culture September 24th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 9/25/13

After the first quick round of Art Synthesis, the eyes quickly bookmark certain works and artists for the latter, slower rounds but the mind, hungry for a single thread of narrative, doesn't find any. On contemplation, that turns out to be the mind's problem, not the artists'. So used our minds are with picking up a curator's text on entrance and viewing the entire exhibition through that lense, that they suddenly feel ill-at-ease when they have to be the meaningmakers themselves. It turns out tha... [more]

20130310051302-half-the-sky-invite_2 Never a doll moment - Time out, Bangalore  
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Barbara Ash at Five Forty Five March 8th, 2013 - March 29th, 2013
Posted 3/10/13

Barbara Ash’s recent collection of works challenges stereotypical ideas about women    2/2 "I think it’s depressing that girls are constantly surrounded by messages that are telling them they are not acceptable unless they follow this narrow orthodoxy,” said Barbara Ash, whose sculptures and drawings have strong roots in women’s struggle with the image centric world. “It marginalises the majority and puts a focus on superficial issues rather than in development... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Rajasekharan Parameswaran  
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1/23/13 Posted 1/23/13

(Image: Rajasekharan Parameswaran, Dr. ADHILETCHUMY-ECSYASY, 2012, Oil, 16 X 24 X 1 Inches; © Dr. Laxsmi Natarajan )   Rajasekharan Parameswaran (b. 1964, Kanyakumari, India) Rajasekharan is a self-taught artist with many accolades for his work. He holds The guinness World Record and Limca Book of Records for Largest hand painted Easel. Inspired by the works of Peter Paul Rubens and Rambrant, he started recreating his own world of realist portraits. His portraits of the celebrities are high... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Usha Rai  
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10/4/12 Posted 10/4/12

(Image: Usha Rai, Musician, 2007 Oil on Canvas; © Usha Rai)   Usha Rai (b. 1945, Udupi, Karnataka) Life is a long journey with lots of cross roads! Success is possible only if you choose the correct road, which is very difficult and most of the time decided by the fate! Sometimes life takes a u turn and ditches us in dark. No one knows what is in store for us next moment.But we have to move forward instead of blaming our fate. This is the stage where we need lot of confidence! I started pai... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Indrajit Khambe  
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6/7/12 Posted 6/7/12

(Image: Indrajit Khambe, let me try, 2011, photo print, 24 x 36 inches; © Indrajit Khambe) Indrajit Khambe (b. 1981, India) Now days, the biggest treat in Indian society is the gap between rich and poor. In 1992 India made there economy open for the world. No doubt about this fact that this open economy policy brought  a lot of financial opportunities for Indian society. But fact was that the only middle class of India was capable at that time to grab these opportunities. The result of th... [more]

Atul Bhalla: On Our India Watchlist  
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3/1/12 Posted 3/1/12

(Image: Atul Bhalla, Untitled, 36" x 54" ; © Atul Bhalla) Atul Bhalla (b. 1964, New Delhi, India) Delhi-based Atul Bhalla is known for his sustained preoccupation with the eco-politics of water, which forms the basis for his diverse practice. Questioning the distribution, regulation, commodification and pollution of water, Bhalla has over the years explored its physical, historical, spiritual and political significance in relation to the population of New Delhi, his home city. Some describe Bhalla as... [more]

Fawad Tamkanat: On Our India Watchlist  
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2/22/12 Posted 2/22/12

(Image: Fawad Tamkanat, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 44 in.; © Fawad Tamkanat) Fawad Tamkanat (b. 1962, Hyderabad, India) To say that Fawad Tamkanat's work is narrative is a gross understatement. Throughout his career as an artist, he has strived to develop and then perfect a visual vocabulary that he can use to communicate with his viewers. And this language, that he uses to take on peoples' minds, has nothing to do with society, religion or politics, but, quite blatantly, is all about his own p... [more]

Ravi Kumar Kashi: On Our India Watchlist  
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1/13/12 Posted 1/13/12

(Image: Ravi Kumar Kashi, Ideas For Preserving Bapu (RKK1), Archival Inkjet Printing On Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Archival Paper, 22" x 33" each, set of 20, edition of 5, 2011; © Exhibit 320) Ravi Kumar Kashi (b. 1968, Bangalore, India) ‘Ravikumar Kashi’s  deconstruction of familiar images demands the rethinking  of representation. It further stresses the ambivalence or hybridity that characterises the site of juxtaposition: a liminal space in which different meanings are articulated and may a... [more]

K.P. Reji: On Our India Watchlist  
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12/3/11 Posted 12/3/11

(K.P. Reji, RKP-71, The Last Floor, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches; ©The Guild) K.P. Reji (b. 1972, Kerala) K.P. Reji attempts to see beyond what is mundane or familiar to us because of the opaqueness of visibility. The act of seeing in the logic and the context that his paintings primarily present to us is the question of political amnesia that leads towards a cultural blindness. A significant facet in K.P Reji’s work is the intimate way in which his work integrates personal and the social... [more]

Datta Bansode: On Our India Watchlist  
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11/23/11 Posted 11/23/11

(Image: Datta Bansode, Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, 16 inches ; © Datta Bansode) Datta Bansode (b. 1969, Latur, Maharahstra, India) The intensity of Datta Bansode's politically aware paintings may be traced to his first encounters with art as a boy in Latur. Bansode's first teacher was the artist and Buddhist monk Jagtap Sur. Using hardboard and enamel paints, Sur painted portraits of Buddha, Gandhi, Nehru, and Shivaji in a vivid, realistic style. "He was my first guru," says Bansode, "a goo... [more]

Akbar Padamsee: On Our India Watchlist  
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9/23/11 Posted 9/23/11

(Image: Akbar Padamsee, PORTRAIT 2, 1985, Graphite on paper, 7.5 x 7 in.; © Aicon Gallery) Akbar Padamsee (b. 1928, Mumbai, India) Akbar Padamsee is a painter who is a member of the first generation of post-colonial Indian artists, who sought intellectual freedom and cosmopolitan finesse in Paris and London during the 1950's and '60s. He is seen in contemporary Indian art circles as a formal and even conservative painter, who consistently developed his images within the genre of portraiture and... [more]

Seema Kohli: On Our India Watchlist  
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8/27/11 Posted 8/27/11

(Image: Seema  Kohli, The Tree of Life-II,  24 inch x 24 inch, Mix media on Canvas, 2011; © Chawla Art Gallery) Seema Kohli (b. 1960, New Delhi, India) Born in 1960,Seema Kohli has created her own niche in the world of contemporary art. Her creative repertoire is eclectic, encompassing a wide range of mediums ranging from painting, murals and films to installations, sculptures and installation performances each a unique expression of her style. Her rendition of ‘Ouroborus’ for the India... [more]

Ravi Agarwal: On Our India Watchlist  
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3/26/11 Posted 3/26/11

(Image: Ravi Agarwal, After the Flood, 2011;© Ravi Agarwal) Ravi Agarwal is an artist, environmental activist, writer and curator. He has pursued an art practice integrally with his other pursuits. He is the founder of the well known Indian NGO Toxics Link and has been internationally awarded for his work. His earlier work, in the documentary oeuvre, encompasses ‘nature’, ‘work,’ ‘labour,’ and the ‘street,’ while more recent work has been traversing questions of the self and ecolo... [more]

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's portrait by Sobha Singh on auction  
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2/25/11 Posted 2/25/11

(Excerpt from 'Sobha Singh's painting goes for auction at Sotheby's' posted on NEWKERALA.COM, Feb. 2011. Found on http://www.newkerala.com/news/world/fullnews-155508.html) Sir Sobha Singh is a renowned artist in sikh community. His paintings of sikh gurus are most famous. A portrait of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh made by celebrated artist Sobha Singh will go under hammer in the US in March, an official of Singh's art gallery said Friday. The painting has been listed for auction at the re... [more]


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