ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Arshi Ahmed - Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) - March 25th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre will open an enthralling  <b>painting exhibition</b> by <b>Arshi Ahmed</b> titled <b>“Different Strokes on Canvas”</b> on <b>Monday, 25th March 2013 at 6:00 pm</b>. The exhibition will be <b>opened by</b> <b>Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan and Prof. Niren Sengupta will be the Guest of Honour</b>.</p> <p>Artist Arshi Ahmed has held several exhibitions in India and abroad and has today become a recognized name in the field of art. She has had the privilege of displaying her works in places abroad like London, Berlin, Slovakia, Prague, Vienna and Oman. Her vision and understanding set her on a different platform where her creation portrays the depth of her talent by exploring the hidden.<br /> <br /> <b>About the artist:</b></p> <p>Artist Arshi Ahmed has held several exhibitions in India and abroad and has today become a recognized name in the field of art. She has had the privilege of displaying her works in places abroad like London, Berlin, Slovakia, Prague, Vienna and Oman. Her vision and understanding set her on a different platform where her creation portrays the depth of her talent by exploring the hidden.</p> <p>Some of her work includes Romance with Umbrellas-bringing under one roof the work of over 50 renowned artists, Reel of life- portraying the art of cinema on canvas, wildlife theme based Save the Jungle, Say No to Plastic bags for spreading a global message, Art For a Sunnier Tomorrow which brought light into the lives of many underprivileged children, Sufism on canvas projecting devotion on canvas, One World representing world's first man-animal artistic adventure, Nai Umeed a major art festival to celebrate the essence of art. She holds to her credit the Bhimbetka caves creation for Surajkund Crafts Mela with Madhya Pradesh as the theme state. She also assisted in designing the ambience of Vrindavan Mahotsav for Indira Gandhi International Performing Art Centre for the Government of India.</p> <p>The displayed artwork titled 'Towards Moksha' is a travel show,  which was  first displayed at the Azad Bhawan art gallery of the esteemed Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Through their support it went to The Nehru Centre (London) and then The Cultural Wing Embassy of India in Berlin . Recently it opened at the prestigious Jakubska Gallery of Prague. </p> <p>“Towards Moksha portrays a pathway towards the final and alluring destination called, 'Moksha' . The rat race in today’s competitive scenario builds an urge to search for mediums of relaxation and I believe any form of art can serve as this medium. As a painter, I feel delighted to provide my bit of contribution in this vast and wonderful world of art,” says Arshi Ahmed.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:02:24 +0000 Shobha Deepak Singh - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - March 25th, 2013 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p>A Solo Show of Photography</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 23:22:42 +0000 - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - March 25th, 2013 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p><st1:place><st1:city><b>New Delhi</b></st1:city></st1:place>: A photograph is not merely a factual record of outward appearances. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, the camera can provide revealing insights into a situation, character and the subtle interplay in human relationships. And when the photograph is of performing artistes taken during their most personal, intense performances, to capture these finer nuances requires both expertise and perseverance. These are the qualities that will be exhibited in a photography exhibition of nearly 70 photographs of performing artistes titled <b><i>Dancescapes</i> by Shobha Deepak Singh, Director, Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra</b>. <b>Curated by Dr Alka Pande</b>, <b>the exhibition</b> – of photographs taken over last five decades and ranging from stalwarts like Pt Birju Maharaj, Sonal Mansingh, Uma Sharma to several younger artistes – <b>will be on at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi from March 25, 2013 till April 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m</b>. A book by the same name published by Roli Books featuring nearly 250 photographs - edited by Dr Alka Pande and with contributions by Dilip Mehta, Justin Mccarthy and Kapila Vatsyayan - will also be released on the occasion.</p> <p><b>Says curator Dr. Alka Pande</b>: “Over the last fifty years, Shobha Deepak Singh has been deeply involved with Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. Since her mother passed away, Shobha has been carrying the mantle of running one of <st1:country-region><st1:place>India</st1:place></st1:country-region>’s premier Performing Arts spaces. Her work in an administrative role is charged with an enthusiasm which comes from her keen love of the Performing Arts. Shobha’s passion has led her to become an insightful archivist of some of the most significant performers in the country. Her photographs take us into the history of performance in <st1:country-region><st1:place>India</st1:place></st1:country-region> and provide interesting insights into the practice of some of the art form’s greatest legends. The exhibition and the book work together as a monument to Shobha as a visual documenter. The main challenge of this show was selecting the photographs for the exhibition from the sheer amount amassed by Shobha over the decades.”</p> <p>Shobha Deepak Singh herself created a shortlist of over 3,000 images for this show, out of which she passed Dr. Alka Pande over 1,000 images to work with. After much deliberation, Dr. Pande selected 70 images for the exhibition and 250 for the book which will accompany it. Says Dr Pande: “The amount of photographs meant balancing the types of performance shown became a large factor when selecting. From solo performances to operas and epic dance dramas, the images that made it into the exhibition can be relied upon to display Indian performing arts in its astounding breadth of guises.”</p> <p>Reminisces Shobha Deepak Singh, “I began photographing as a child with a ‘Roliflex camera’ and later, I was gifted a Yashika. My most memorable photo is of the sunrise from Kanyakumari taken in 1960. It was in 1969 when I bought a Nikon camera to capture a Bhartiya Kala Kendra production from where there was no looking back. The turning point, however, came in 1996 when Ebrahim Alkazi held a solo show of mine at Shridharani art gallery.”</p> <p> In the words of Mr Alkazi, “Her dogged and indefatigable persistence is rewarded by the images captured as a result of her swift, instinctive reflexes. I was often intrigued, and occasionally irritated, by Shobha Deepak Singh’s obsessive preoccupation with the idea of recording rehearsals and performances in audio-visual form. But all such factors notwithstanding, what the camera seizes upon and exposes can indeed be a revelation, not only for the viewer, but for the actor himself.”</p> <p>Shobha Deepak Singh’s camera is everywhere, and freezes the fleeting moment with uncanny precision, and with a sensitive awareness of the multiple layers of being of the actor vis-a-vis the character he incarnates.<b></b></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:58:52 +0000 - Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi - March 28th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Design in its many manifestations forms an integral part of every culture. Civilizations evolve and attain their full potential because of it. Design based on creative industries in India are witness to a fascinating churning, necessitating a search for a vision that may inform their evolution beyond - spanning education, profession and industry. Thus, involving exposes, roundtables, exhibitions etc. Design by Design is a step in that direction.</p> <p>The energy behind the design of a pin or a city being the same, this joint initiative of Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF is also geared towards raising levels of appreciation within and nurturing connections across various creative industries – architecture, urban/ landscape/ interior design, product/ industrial design, textile/ fashion design, graphic/ communication design etc.. Local and global in outlook, it is directed at the initiated and the uninitiated alike.</p> <p><strong>Design X Design Exposé:</strong></p> <p>A linking bimonthly two hours long activity involves sharing of high quality professional work of designers from the city and outside (whenever possible ) in a neutral, friendly and open environment . Each Expose’ generally consists of presentations made by two designers, each drawn from habitat design (architecture/urban/landscape/interior design) and non–habitat design (product / communication / apparel design) respectively, culminating in an open discussion and Q &amp; A.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:51:03 +0000 Suman Gupta - Gallerie Nvya - Saket - March 28th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>A solo exhibition of recent works by Suman Gupta</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:48:39 +0000 T. Venkanna - Gallery Maskara - March 28th, 2013 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p><img src="" /></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:00:52 +0000 Samir Mondal - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata - March 30th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Celebrating an extraordinary sixty years of innovation, creation and colourful expression. Samir Mondal, who turned 60 in Mach 2012, concludes the series of celebrations of this occasion by creating another special show of watercolours – ‘EMANATION’</p> <p>Paintings done in his masterly, inimitable style with watercolours on archival Arches paper. Watercolours that dance and flow to his tune. Watercolours showing fluidity, a transparency yet richness that no other artist can match.</p> <p>In keeping with the celebratory occasion, all the paintings are still lives with a floral theme. Flowers are greetings of love and life.</p> <p>Samir’s styles of Still Life paintings have evolved hugely over these sixty years. From the early, formal, stilted style of the British school of painting to the middle period of Experimental work all the way to the current time of Abstracted Post Modern style.</p> <p>They are all paintings of flowers, of greetings, but all in different styles.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:52:17 +0000 Shivani Bhalla, Tara Kelton, Bharathesh D. Yadav, Sujil S, Udaya Vir Singh - Galleryske - Bangalore - March 30th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>GALLERYSKE is pleased to present 5 Projects, an exhibition of works by the artists Shivani Bhalla, Tara Kelton, Bharathesh D. Yadav, Sujil S. and Udaya Vir Singh. The works featured are representative of the varied practices of each of the artists, presented as five independent projects ungoverned by any curatorial theme.<br />Delhi based artist, Shivani Bhalla’s paintings on rice paper are inspired by lingering memories of childhood and the strange, whimsical nature of interactions between characters in fables and her past. In her works, the familiar, yet curious and sometimes upsetting, characters of these stories reappear to speak with young girls or to reinvent the tales of their origin or death.<br />Continuing her exploration with digital media, Tara Kelton’s works in video and print play with ideas of time, space and perception. Using the visual language of the internet, the aesthetic of flattened, layered spaces, screens, and fragmented context, the series of works subverts common understanding of widely known concepts. Tara Kelton lives between Bangalore and Brooklyn.<br />Bharathesh D. Yadav is an artist based in Bangalore. His practice ranges from research-based inquiry to archival and narrative approaches. In this show, his works include the visual representation of a chemically received message, a collection of cinema slides that allude to a previous era of image-making, and the remnants of a show that lead to a piece on the idea of temporality.<br />In a series of digital prints, Pallakkad based artist Sujil S reworks classical and spiritual imagery to reveal and understand his preoccupation with an image’s ability to create deep impressions in formative memory. Through processes of layering and composition, Sujil S restates the primacy of the image, lifting it out of its original and loaded historical context in order to allow for subjective readings.<br />Playing with the idea of heaviness and lightness, Udaya Vir Singh, an artist from Bangalore, creates a visual pun on the pneumatic, buoyant, frivolous associations that burden his objects. The five balloons sculpted out of stone are disarmingly realistic and reflective of the artist’s interest in natural material; by being cast in material that is solid and heavy the balloons are released from expectations and freed from the predictable connotations they carry.<br /><br /></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:16:41 +0000 Group Show - Art Alive Gallery, Delhi - April 1st, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:01:16 +0000 Naveen Sakhuja - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - April 3rd, 2013 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:37:34 +0000 Heidi Specker - Max Mueller Bhavan - April 4th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Under the programme'CitySpaces - StadtRäume' - the thematic focus of the year of Germany in India (2011-2013) - Prof. Heidi Specker was invited to visit Ahmedabad on a residency from December 2011 to January 2012. During her stay, she concentrated on ancient arts and crafts in the contemporary city. Her artistic book 'M.G. Road' - will be presented at the opening of the exhibition.</p> <p>"There will be no place in India - from small villages to big cities - without a road named after Mahatma Gandhi. MG Road is one of the main streets in Ahmedabad. During my four week stay, I combed her way up and down the street at least once a day. Just as Gandhi encouraged people to weave their clothes for independence, I crafted MG Road from 27 images.</p> <p>Ahmedabad is known as the Manchester of the East. The city has been influenced by the rise and fall of the textile mills. Families like the Sarabhais have been instrumental in inviting architects and artists from the west to the city, who have given different representative buildings to Ahmedabad like the City Hall or the ATMA building but also residential buildings like the Sarabhai House which hosts works of international artists.</p> <p>The wooden conference room of the ATMA building seems to me like the heart of the modernist idea. As B.V. Doshi mentioned to me, Le Corbusier allowed the Indian craftsman to express themselves while building it.</p> <p>MG Road builds on the vision of combining the traditional crafts with the modernistic concepts and cares about the local traditions, retaining their qualities in a globalized world, in which everything would be monochrome." (<i>Heidi Specker)</i></p> <p><b>ABOUT THE ARTIST</b></p> <p>Prof. Heidi Specker teaches photography at the Academy of Visual Arts (HochschulefürGrafik und Buchkunst, HGB) in Leipzig, Germany. Born in Damme, Germany, in 1962, she studied photography in Bielefeld and Leipzig. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions. Heidi Specker is also working on artistic books. Recent residencies include the Villa Massimo in Rome in 2010. She lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:25:12 +0000 - Max Mueller Bhavan - April 4th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>The photography exhibition titled "Parikrama" is a result of a photography residency and workshop by 13 students from the Academy of Visual Arts (HochchulefürGrafik und Buchkunst) Leipzig, Germany. They worked together with the students from the Photography Design department, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in August-September 2012. This first-time cooperation between the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, was initiated and supported by Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.</p> <p>The workshop had a photographic focus on the city-spaces of Ahmedabad.</p> <p>As if undertaking a Parikrama, the students "revolved around" the city of Ahmedabad to focus on their different projects and try to understand and capture the essence of it.The workshop with the students of the two schools had an open, wide artistic canvas. The students covered different topics such as the River Project, birdcages in the old city, musical subculture, the roundabouts in the city, transportation and the meaning of nature in the architectural environment. Conducted by Prof. Heidi Specker and coordinated by Dr. Deepak Mathew of NID. The workshop dealt with the image-making process through portfolio reviews and group meetings.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:28:14 +0000 Group Show - Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi - April 5th, 2013 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>The sublime, according to the German philosopher Schopenhauer, could be beautiful or malignant, but it always creates a sense of awe. It draws on the twinned emotions of great astonishment and great fear. In a global climate beset by doubt and economic uncertainty, the exhibition Ideas of the Sublime seeks to restore to art its centrality in human experience. <br />In a period devoid of heroism, we may return to the sublime – a concept that extends from Greek philosophy to digital technology – as lying at the core of artistic expression. However, this return to the sublime or the search for it remains quixotic. ‘The  Snake Charmer’ (originally by Jean Leo Gerome) no longer displays his tricks and his nakedness inside an ‘oriental’ mosque. Instead, in Paribartana Mohanty’s video work titled ‘History of Terrorism vs Architecture’, the young boy performs in the middle of New York City, where glittering billboards and American nationalist symbols become both the background and the audience.<br />On a different note, in Ranbir Kaleka’s ‘The Lion and the Milk Bowl’, humans and archaic structures crumble as the king of the jungle stands contemplating his milk bowl.<br />Atul Dodiya’s latest shutter work titled ‘Sublime’ shows a page from the Quran in gold leaf with Robert Motherwell's well-­‐known work, 'Elegy to Spanish Republic' underneath. Dodiya juxtaposes  the  divine text of the Quran and an elegy of our time to create a work that is both beautiful and melancholic.<br />Anju Dodiya, on the other hand, references the notion of the sublime as it is conceptualized in Romantic literature. She works with the idea of the storm; not just as a natural phenomenon but as a psychological motif of a passionate involvement, a physical state of turbulence and the terror of the unknown. Her work titled ‘You Will Hear Thunder’ is a diptych which seems to stand on a cliff between extreme anxiety and absolute lucidity.<br />These and other new works by the artists put forward a new conceptualization of the idea of the sublime.</p> <p>Part of Vadehra Art Gallery's 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:45:02 +0000 Group Show - Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi - April 5th, 2013 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>The Drawing Wall brings to the larger exhibition a sense of the artist, his or her materials and methods before the white cube became universal. Its central display will be a wall of drawings that revisits the exceptional draughtsman skills of the Modernist generation. <br />The Drawing Wall records the artist’s engagements with the figure, mythos and the phenomenon of urbanism. The artist’s personal studio memorabilia – palettes, sketchbooks, and photographs will be seen in close proximity to art works. Later generations of artists, Vivan Sundaram, Atul Dodiya  and Parthiv Shah also respond to this period of phenomenal energy, through video, sculptural installation and photography.</p> <p>Part of Vadehra Art Gallery's 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:54:34 +0000 Arpana Caur - Gallery Veda - April 7th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>A solo show by much accalaimed artist Arpana Caur . Showcasing oil on canvas , paper works and etchings.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:54:56 +0000 László Berta - Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) - April 9th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>László Berta was born in Hódmezővásárhely, in a town which is well known about its cultural life. It seems that the town has a special atmosphere what inspired people by visual arts because numerous acknowledged photographer were born there. Maybe the vivid cultural life influenced him from his early age when he began to learn photography and as a student he took pictures passionately. Due to his passion for nature, persistence and outstanding artistic quality he was admitted to Hungary's most dignified nature photographer organization, naturArt in 2000 and he became member of the board in 2004; he is now the vice president of naturArt. He has had several individual and collective exhibitions both in Hungary and abroad like Belgium, Germany, Italy, India and Sri Lanka. His most successful individual exhibitions are: Observed moments, As I saw, Faces of Asia, and Those wonderful birds. His pictures were awarded many times by the Hungarian "The nature photographer of the year", OTP Travel &amp; National Geographic, AVES 2004 in Namur, Belgium, Belgian Nature Photo Expo, but he is most proud of his win in Sri Lanka in 2004 when he won the Sri Lankan nature photographer competition and was elected for the nature photographer of the year in Sri Lanka.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:48:59 +0000