ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 Ramesh Gorjala - Gallerie Nvya - Saket - September 7th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>Gallerie Nvyā presents "The Sacred Icon: A Modern Revelation" A Solo show featuring recent<br /> artworks of Ramesh Gorjala, showcasing his delicate and intricate technique and portraying<br /> his contemporary take on spiritual and mythological subjects through Kalamkari, a style<br /> that has deep root in ancient art. With a new experimental pallete of pink, green, red and<br /> gold, Gorjala creates a rich feeling of grandeur fitting for the Indian mythological gods, like<br /> Vishnu, Krishna, Rama and Hanuman that he portrays.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:59:11 +0000 Group Show - Gallery Art and Soul - October 1st, 2012 - October 11th, 2012 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:03:01 +0000 Nandini Valli Muthiah - Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) - September 13th, 2012 - October 13th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sakshi Gallery is pleased to present The Visitor, an exhibition of recent work by Nandini Valli Muthiah. A progression of her earlier suite titled The Definitive Reincarnate, the series revisits the theme of incarnated divinity and explores its complexities through the personification of Vishnu.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Visitor stages Vishnu against tightly choreographed backdrops, garlanded and ornamented and curiously endowed with a pair of wings. As in Christianity, wings are symbols of angels who are messengers of glad tidings as well as conveyors of bad news. Likewise Muthiah projects her protagonist, Krishna in this case, as the messenger of God bringing to earth both good and bad.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Muthiah also shifts the setting of her frames to a pond as an allusion to the image of Vishnu reclining on the many headed serpent in the milky ocean. The pose, both benevolent and sanguine has her captivated and as a take-off, the figure of Krishna is shot in a reclining pose in the pond.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Once again the whole image is not in view, with the pose being suggested only through fragments such as the torso and the tilted crown. The Visitor - Nandini Valli Muthiah In another twist to the narrative, the lord's soliloquy finds manifestation, as his alter-ego steps into the highlycharged exposures. Here Vishnu is caught in debate and reflection, raising questions about the nature of divinity and the areas of overlap between god and human.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Visitor has been Muthiah's most ambitious project till date, not only conceptually and in scope but also in terms of its scale. While her earlier endeavors were shot in controlled environments, this series has had elaborate outdoor shoots with a large crew that can be likened to the cinematic productions of celebrated photographer Gregory Crewdson.<br /><strong></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the artist:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in 1976 in Chennai, Nandini Valli Muthiah graduated with a BA in photography in 2005 from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (UK). She has had two successful solo shows thus far and her work has been exhibited in important exhibitions such as 'Generation in Transition: New Art from India', Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, Poland and Where Three Dreams Cross', Winterthur Museum, Switzerland and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Muthiah lives and works in Chennai and was shortlisted for the prestigious Grange Prize in 2011.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 19:40:45 +0000 Group Show - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata - October 1st, 2012 - October 15th, 2012 <div align="justify"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: small;" face="Verdana" size="2">‘GenNext’, the Annual Exhibition of Aakriti Art Gallery held every year in the month of October, was conceptualized as an initiative to set up a fresh focus on the contemporary art where the pathfinders to enunciate this project would be the young generation. The focus here is on the works of young and upcoming artists and their interpretation of contemporary issues through art. <br /> <br /> </span></div> <div align="justify"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: small;" face="Verdana" size="2">The first GenNext was held in October 2006. The real motivation behind the ‘GenNext’ show was to promote the creative potential of young talents below forty years. A clear and transparent selection procedure was conceived for this. Artists are selected by a panel of judges that includes art historians, critics, artists and connoisseurs from the entries received within a stipulated time frame of the year for which announcement is done in different media worldwide every year. The selected artists are then asked to send their current works to be showcased.<br /> <br /> </span></div> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: small;" face="Verdana" size="2">GenNext I concentrated on promoting eastern Indian talents. GenNext II assumed a national perspective. The works of many of those who participated in GenNext I and II now fetch global recognition. From GenNext III, the focus became global, with young upcoming artists -- painters, sculptors and printmakers-- from all over the world participating in the show. Crossing boundaries with liberated thoughts, experimentation with mediums and development of a new visual language has by now become the inherent motto of the GenNext shows.</span></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:15:35 +0000 smriti dixit - Art Musings - September 22nd, 2012 - October 15th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Musings is presenting the next exhibition of Smriti Dixit entitled Feasting &amp; Fasting. The art of Smriti Dixit is born out of her experiences with everyday life. Drawing on small moments and intimate interactions, she fashions objects carefully, using handmade techniques, engaging in the tactility of her materials, becoming familiar with their specific properties. The artist says, We can touch with our eyes, see with our ears. Dixit’s art is an indelibly feminine procedure, finding its foundations in the process of its creation as much as in its final form. The activities which go into creating this diverse body of works are as varied as stitching, quilting, adhering and even distilling distinct elements which are brought together.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:42:18 +0000 Group Show - Gallerie Alternatives - August 1st, 2012 - October 15th, 2012 <p>Gallerie Alternatives presents a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, graphic prints &amp; sculptures by S H Raza, T Vaikuntam, Sukanta Das, Nupur Kundu, Ajay Narayan, Sanju Jain, Rajendra Prashad Singh,Praveen Kumar, Kosal Kumar, Pankaj Manav and many more.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:58:29 +0000 Sylvia Sass - Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) - October 1st, 2012 - October 15th, 2012 <p>“In my graphics dreams and reality are interwoven. The symbolic gate of art leads to creations that have been inspired by music, where Eurydice even in her unearthly being waits for her mate Orpheo, where angels  protect their beings. Their wings provide protection and abatement to them.</p> <p>Some of my portraits are the witnesses of the respect I feel for the art of Maria Callas and Yehudi Menuhin. In my pictures, inspired by the music of Béla Bartók, tears of pain that appear in the ‘Pool of Tears’, get solidified into a wall. We get an insight into the enchanted mask-world of theatre, where imagination comes into life.</p> <p>Even the symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal, floats between the earth and sky, where dream and reality intermingle.” Quotes Sylvia Sass</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:05:37 +0000 Sitt Nyein Aye, Chan Aye, Kyaw Moe Thar, Bank Khin Maung - Clark House (Bombay) - October 2nd, 2012 - October 16th, 2012 <p>This exhibition is best able to nod to the continuing relevance of the philosophy of nonviolence in our world, through historic works by the Burmese artist Sitt Nyein Aye, along with works by his teachers, U Kyaw Moe Thar and U Bank Khin Maung, and his close friend Chan Aye. In North East India, portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi are seen on calendars and posters advocating human rights in the face of unconstitutional sedition laws in India. In Myanmar, Gandhi's photographs and portraits hang in homes and offices. Sitt Nyein Aye has spent his life in continuous, untiring non-violent action, with an acute sense of duty to his nation. His thought elaborates on the artist’s duty, and the artist’s way, in which, to be an artist, is to already be political.<br />  <br /> His name, Sitt Nyein Aye, means war to peace [pronounced: sinyay-aye]. He was a graduate of the State School of Fine Arts in Mandalay. After graduating, he spent a lot of time in tea shops drawing portraits of people for a meal. It was here that he met and debated with some of the most influential writers, philosophers and poets in Burma, like the art historian U Win Tin, and the poet Soe Myint - whose portraits appear in the present exhibition. His first solo exhibition was called ‘The Little Worm in the Ear’. He also set up a gallery in Mandalay, helped by his friend, the artist Chan Aye, and a graphic design studio. <br />  <br /> He was already a celebrated artist in Burma, before fleeing to India following the repercussions after the 8888 Uprising. ‘8888’, the name of the protest that began on the 8th of August in 1988, is the foundational ground of the exhibition. Sitt Nyein Aye was a student leader and was one of the few people to take to the streets the morning the military began firing on a protest that had spread through the entire country. During these days, Sitt Nyein Aye edited and published a pamphlet, which had a viral distribution of nearly 16,000 copies every alternate day, amidst acutely trying circumstances. <br />  <br /> He moved to Delhi after two years in a refugee camp in Manipur, and till last year, lived in the house of George Fernandes, the ex-defence minister’s government home for nearly twenty years. When Fernandes left the home, Sitt Nyein Aye spent a year in an area called Janakpuri in Delhi, home to a large population of Indian-origin Burmese, and exiles from Myanmar, including the Mizzima News office. He was granted relocation to the US in October 2011. He moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he has been working on building a pagoda, and where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, delivered an address on 25 September to the 3,500 Myanmar refugees living there. <br />  <br /> The central work, '8', was first painted in 1990 in Moreh, a border town in manipur between Myanmar and India. The work had been touched up at a later date, possibly in 2000. When we began working on the exhibition, we realized this painting needed restoration as it had a small tear in it. Two conservators Harriet Pearson and Mark Coombs, then living in Bombay, began studying the work. They identified other things, like older re-touchings, splashes of dirt and water that had discoloured the red layers, and bird droppings. This led us to ponder over the peculiar history of this work. How it had been painted in a small border town, two years after the uprising, and how later, Sitt Nyein Aye had used it in demonstrations and protest marches on the streets of Delhi. This work was never meant for the wall. It had had a life on the streets. That the conservators let the work be, deciding to mend the tear, but leaving this surface intact as a testimony of its history, is a credit to them.<br /> <br /> * * *<br /> <br /> <em>In 2008 the artist Htein Lin introduced me to the work of his teacher and mentor, the artist Sitt Nyein Aye, who was living in Delhi at the time. When I visited him, within the high walls of George Fernandes’s then government residence, Sitt Nyein Aye's studio would be filled with iconic portraits of Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi, and those of his friends - famous Burmese poets, writers, and political prisoners then still languishing in internment. </em> <br /> <br /> <em>Sitt Nyein Aye has given Clark House access to his entire archive containing drawings of his journey from Burma to India, the camps and refugee communities with which he lived, his own writing and considerable editorial work, his autobiography, catalogues of his exhibitions, and the important publications he edited and published from the make-do set-ups of printing machines in Rangoon, then in the border forests, and finally in Delhi. This material has rarely been seen, and we are still in the process of translating and ordering the material. The exhibition includes works from this archive. </em><br />  <br /> - <em>Text by Zasha Colah </em></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 23:04:16 +0000 sunil kumar - Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) - October 12th, 2012 - October 17th, 2012 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:38:30 +0000 - Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi - October 5th, 2012 - October 18th, 2012 <p>WIDE EYE OPEN occupies the ground “zero” of photography, a subject full of paradox and revelation. It is a collection of photographs taken by the visually impaired who were trained in photography since 2006 under the Blind with Camera project of the Beyond Sight Foundation Mumbai.</p> <p>It reveals that a photograph can be made successfully in the mind as much as by the eyes, illuminates a new line of thought, distinct from the way we approach photography - demystifies the polarity between blindness and visual expression, celebrates the human spirit of self-expression, spreads awareness about the challenges and capabilities of the visually impaired, helps to sensitize people and corrects public perception.</p> <p>The exhibition opening will be followed by a brief choir concert by children from The Blind Relief Association and the Deepalaya School, Kalkaji branch trained by <strong>The Neemrana Music Foundation </strong>who’ll perform an eclectic selection of poems set to music.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:27:24 +0000 Safdar Shamee - Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, India - October 10th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012 <p>Safdar's compositions may look spontaneous and unplanned, on the contrary they are carefully rehearsed in a preliminary drawing carried out on the canvas itself. </p> <p>His works show an unquenchable thirst for experiment, a tireless ability to absorb and transform new influences. He says, "It's difficult for me to speak of my paintings as they are expressions of a particular state of mind, consequences of emotions so subjective that it is almost impossible to describe the whole creative process objectively."</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:06:26 +0000 Group Show - Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon - September 15th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 01:15:58 +0000 Vasudevan Akkitham - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - October 16th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012 <p>'Grid of Fire - Animals at no hope to escape' A solo show by Artist and Educator Vasudevan Akkitham from Baroda (Head of Department painting, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda)<br /><br />Vasudevan Akkitham, after 6 years, presents a solo show named 'Grid of Fire - Animals at no hope to escape' which is intended to be a response to the violence which has become a part and parcel of our mundane existence. The show that consists of large and small works portrays the world of animals to narrate a doomsday story. They get caught in the vortex of fire with no hope of escape, and all the attempts to extinguish turn futile. The habitat of animals and the future environment of human beings have been depicted in the paintings, with emphasis on the fact that the inevitable destruction is in the offing.<br />Set in an imaginary burning jungle, stories unfold like narrative tales. What makes this imagination contemporary, is the way in which they are morphed in to the urban settings. Although, violence is the basic underlying pulse of these works, the Artist works with subtle and poetic textures, approaching them as if he is not yet ready to give up hope. Affinity to fire is evident in the paintings which points to the doomsday. At last, it underlines the disagreement of violence and beauty inherent in the symbolic fire, which could be both destructive and constructive at the same time.<br /><br /><b>About Vasudevan Akkitham : Vasudevan Akkitham</b> was born at Kumaranallur, Kerala in 1958. He completed his Diploma and Post Diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. In 1988, he did his MA from the Royal College of Art, London. He has illustrated a children's book by Safdar Hashmi. He has held a number of solo exhibitions including two at Gallery 7 in 1989 and 1992 and another at Sakhi Gallery in Bombay again in 1992. He has also been a participant in a number of group exhibitions, notable among them being one in aid of earthquake victims in 1993 in Faridabad and 'Gadya Parr' Show, Gallery Chemould, Bombay in 1989. His work is a part of several reputed collections such as the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Madhavan Nair Museum, Cochin and the Chester Herwitz Family Trust Collection, USA.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:07:02 +0000 Aishwarya Suultania - Palette Art Gallery - September 10th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:50:33 +0000