ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/show en-us 40 Bikash Poddar - Gallerie Ganesha - April 4th - May 7th <p><span style="font-size: large;">Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha presents a solo show titled "Recent Works in watercolour on paper" by Kolkata-based artist&nbsp;Bikash&nbsp;Poddar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Born in 1954 in Kaliyaganj, North Bengal,&nbsp;Bikash&nbsp;Poddar&nbsp;studied at the College of Art and Craft, Kolkata to complete his five years of diploma in Applied Art with a gold medal. He turned to full time painting in the nineties, following his success of his shows of watercolours in Delhi and Mumbai. He has shown his works in nearly 25 solo and group shows in India and abroad. His works are with collectors and corporate houses in Delhi, Mumbai, USA, Hongkong, Canada, Australia and Singapore besides others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Bikash&nbsp;Poddar&nbsp;is one of our best known landscape painters from Bengal. His landscapes reflect the flow of colour that Bengal art assimilated from Chinese and Japanese calligraphic art and blended with the detailed depiction of monuments and human figures we find in our own miniatures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Writes art critic Suneet Chopra in the catalogue essay: &ldquo;Indeed, his early works consisted of landscapes in miniature format with highly detailed architecture: ruined temples, weathered habitations and boats by the waterside. What struck me then was the proportions of the human figures that blended beautifully with the landscape and yet held their ground in a symbiotic relationship that evoked the relation between man and his creations together. Since then he has blown up these miniatures in scale in a manner that builds a harmony between forms and the formless flows of colour, inviting the eye to explore space while at the same time following the narrative of his figures set in the theatrical backdrop of architectural forms. These romantic reveries of spaces in the mind are successful largely because of his excellence as a painter of rare quality without which his landscapes would have been reduced to being mere pictures.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">These they are not. They span the hiatus between two great neighbouring cultures, those of India and China, the first highlighting detailed forms bursting with life while the other evokes a sense of the essence of aesthetic expression of the human presence at its most minimal. The success of these works of his resides in how he balances the two with a delicacy few artists achieve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Then there are his boldly coloured works that concentrate on objects of daily use, another important trend in Bengal art that he manages to balance with large areas of formless space. His works are an important contribution to the art of Bengal, dialectical and evocative and ofcourse memorable for the quality of its execution. This is what makesBikash&rsquo;s work unforgettable both visually and in terms of the feelings it evokes.</span></p> </div> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:49:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Chintan Upadhyay - Gallery Espace - April 16th - May 31st <p><span style="font-size: large;">Renu Modi, Director Gallery Espace, presents a solo show by&nbsp;Chintan Upadhyay titled&nbsp;"<em>Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron-Redux"</em>&nbsp;at Gallery Espace.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">Upadhyay has used second hand knitted garments to create a metaphor for &ldquo;the faceless people of our city&rdquo;. He converts the gallery space into what looks like &ldquo;Sarojini Nagar market&rdquo;, the walls and floor of the gallery replete with sculptural installations and photographs of faceless forms and figures in stuffed woollen garments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Chintan Upadhyay&rsquo;s art practice has remained focused on ideas of mass production, production of desires and colossal wastes and mechanical artificiality of modern landscapes. These themes have found echoes in both his gallery bound and site specific works.</p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&ldquo;I have been working with site-specific projects since over a decade. In 2010/11, I was working in El Salvador on a residency project where I asked residents to give me their second-hand clothes. The works made with this cloth and filled with sand were installed on the beach and soon the entire area looks like a land inundated with bodies. There has always been a sense of &lsquo;death&rsquo; in my work, though not in a morbid way. Even the baby sculptures that I have done for the last few years are never alive, they will never talk and they are genetically controlled but there is so much life going around them. The idea of working with second hand clothes came from there and when Renu Modi asked me to work on a show last year, I knew I could create another site-specific story.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Just like his baby sculptures which have a multitude of narratives imprinted on them, his present works too are multi-layered. On one hand, Upadhyay, seeks to talk about the dignity of labour, and &ldquo;about those invisible people we do not notice in our daily lives.&rdquo; And on the other, he questions the faceless fa&ccedil;ade of an urban space and city life where we are all strangers scared of &ldquo;each other&rsquo;s strangeness&rdquo;.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">In all his works, hence, whether these are wall-mounted installations created by stitching dozens of woollen clothes together, or photographs of a person whose face and entire body has been concealed with a woollen garment, or small boxes stuffed with toy-like woollen shapes, there is a sense of both the bizarre and the obvious.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&ldquo;I wanted to buy second hand garments and not borrow from people I knew,&rdquo; Says Upadhyay who shifted from Mumbai to Delhi three years ago, &ldquo;so that no connections could be traced back to the person who wore them. Doesn&rsquo;t the city also think like this? Do we ever want to know who these people are who work for us, who live on the streets? I want to talk about the idea of memories attached to objects in these works. These are also narratives about domestic spaces and public spaces &ndash; people we meet and see but don&rsquo;t care to know.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Ask him if he didn&rsquo;t have the urge to create another baby figure, he says. &ldquo;These works have a similar childlike and playful projection, although with a dark shade. The boxes with stuffed garments are like toys. So in a way these metaphors are not divorced from the spirit of my previous works.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div> <p><span style="font-size: large;">No wonder, Upadhyay says this new body of work is also a throwback to his own childhood, one in which he saw his mother knit for both &ldquo;passion and business&rdquo;. In the show, there is a 7-feet-long sweater he has created in collaboration with his mother.</span></p> </div> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:46:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Pablo Bartholomew - Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) - April 5th - May 2nd <p><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/26821/15e3/20140409232134-00320140410.jpg" alt="" /></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:22:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Bibhas Amonkar - Jehangir Art Gallery - April 10th - April 16th Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:04:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list - Gallery Maskara - April 10th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:59:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Chintan Upadhyay - Gallery Espace - April 16th - May 31st <p>Chintan Upadhyay is known for his provocative quirkiness. Who does not know his vibrant &lsquo;baby&rsquo; sculptures with equally colourful names that have now become synonymous with the Delhi-based artist? The last one of his &lsquo;baby works&rsquo; we saw was a 10-feet-high fibreglass head at India Art Fair earlier this year. However, Upadhyay is currently on a different trajectory. For his latest solo art show, titled&nbsp;<em>Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron-Redux</em>&nbsp;at Gallery Espace in New Delhi, Upadhyay has used second hand knitted garments to create a metaphor for &ldquo;the faceless people of our city&rdquo;. He converts the gallery space into what looks like &ldquo;Sarojini Nagar market&rdquo;, the walls and floor of the gallery replete with sculptural installations and photographs of faceless forms and figures in stuffed&nbsp;woollen&nbsp;garments.</p> <p>Chintan Upadhyay&rsquo;s art practice has remained focused on ideas of mass production, production of desires and colossal wastes and mechanical artificiality of modern landscapes. These themes have found echoes in both his gallery bound and site specific works.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have been working with site-specific projects since over a decade. In 2010/11, I was working in El Salvador on a residency project where I asked residents to give me their second-hand clothes. The works made with this cloth and filled with sand were installed on the beach and soon the entire area looks like a land inundated with bodies. There has always been a sense of &lsquo;death&rsquo; in my work, though not in a morbid way. Even my babies are never alive, they will never talk and they are genetically controlled but there is so much life going around them. The idea of working with second hand clothes came from there and when Renu Modi asked me to work on a show last year, I knew I could create another site-specific story.&rdquo;</p> <p>Just like his baby sculptures which have a multitude of narratives imprinted on them, his present works too are multi-layered. On one hand, Upadhyay, seeks to talk about the dignity of labour, and &ldquo;about those invisible people we do not notice in our daily lives.&rdquo; And on the other, he questions the faceless fa&ccedil;ade of an urban space and city life where we are all strangers scared of &ldquo;each other&rsquo;s strangeness&rdquo;.</p> <p>In all his works, hence, whether these are wall-mounted installations created by stitching dozens of woollen clothes together, or photographs of a person whose face and entire body has been concealed with a woollen garment, or small boxes stuffed with toy-like woollen shapes, there is a sense of both the bizarre and the obvious.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wanted to buy second hand garments and not borrow from people I knew,&rdquo; Says Upadhyay who shifted from Mumbai to Delhi three years ago, &ldquo;so that no connections could be traced back to the person who wore them. Doesn&rsquo;t the city also think like this? Do we ever want to know who these people are who work for us, who live on the streets? I want to talk about the idea of memories attached to objects in these works. These are also narratives about domestic spaces and public spaces &ndash; people we meet and see but don&rsquo;t care to know.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ask him if he didn&rsquo;t have the urge to create another baby figure, he says. &ldquo;These works have a similar childlike and playful projection, although with a dark shade. The boxes with stuffed garments are like toys. So in a way these metaphors are not divorced from the spirit of my previous works.&rdquo;</p> <p>No wonder, Upadhyay says this new body of work is also a throwback to his own childhood, one in which he saw his mother knit for both &ldquo;passion and business&rdquo;. In the show, there is a 7-feet-long sweater he has created in collaboration with his mother.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:39:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Ashok Bhowmick - Cymroza Art Gallery - April 15th - April 30th <p>Epic on Rock Shelters celebrates four decades of the creative journey of Ashok Bhowmick. <br /><br /> Ashok began his artistic journey with his first show in 1974. The art world has seen many changes since then, however Ashok's determination to express his art in a simple and uncomplicated yet distinctive style remained unchanged. <br /><br /> Ashok Bhowmick says, "I have tried to learn contemporariness from the people who lived in the caves of Lascaux, Bhimbetka, Altamira thousands of years ago. I strive to understand the meaning of 'simplicity' from those who braved a most complex and unkind world without any 'language' to express their emotions, yet communicated effortlessly with members of their society through lines, colours, forms and above all with a specific purpose!"<br /><br /> Noted Art Critic, Keshav Malik has rightly commented, "Whether organic or otherwise, the shaped forms of Ashok's compositions are, as if, engrossed in inner or outer reflection. They are like staged characterizations, artistic heightening. As such, they succeed in evoking empathy, that is, making us participate emotively in the lives of the dramatic personae". <br /><br /> Ashok is often called the master of cross etching; but more than his arduous technique that makes him inimitable, his simple and poetic forms are appealing to the eye. <br /><br /> Over the years his paintings have created a special mark, not requiring a formal signature for identity. The distinctiveness in all his works are actually his signature and represent the soul and purpose of the art of Ashok Bhowmick. <br /><br /> During the last four decades, Ashok has been constantly evolving with new subjects, new forms and new narratives, confirming his insatiable desire for change and his apathy towards repetition. In his words, "Mindless repetition has been the most significant aspect of the art of Post Independent India, which was inherited from Jamini Roy in particular. In today's art world success and courage to repeat are symbiotically wedded, and they unfortunately also ensure recognition! " <br /><br /> Through the show Epic on Rock Shelters, Cymroza Art Gallery is proud to felicitate Ashok Bhowmick, one of the most seriously committed artists of our time. May his creative journey continue to enthral art lovers and fulfil the purpose of his being!</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:47:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list A.C. Schenck - Alliance Fran├žaise de Gurgaon - April 12th - May 3rd Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:32:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list - Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, India - April 23rd - May 3rd <p>Every year since 2010, the Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise Foundation organizes a grand international photography contest for the 835 Alliances Fran&ccedil;aises of the world in collaboration with the magazine &lsquo;Courrier International&rsquo;. This contest is in tune with the profound vocation of the Alliance Fran&ccedil;aise, to understand better French language and culture and to promote cultural diversity all over the world. It aims to highlight the richness and the plurality of the AF network abroad, to unify all Alliances into a common project and to give an opportunity to amateur photographers to exhibit their works in Paris and internationally. For this third edition, the theme was &lsquo;Professions of the world&rsquo;. The amateur photographers were asked to portray men and women in the extraordinary diversity of their professions, in the beauty as in the hardships of their daily occupations.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:28:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Akhil Chandra Das, Asim Basu, Jogen Chowdhury, Sanjoy Kumar Das, Subrata Biswas, Tapas Biswas - Aakriti Art Gallery - New Delhi - April 15th - May 31st <p><span style="font-size: small;">Aakriti &nbsp;Art Gallery Arrives At The Capital</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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</style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';">We are happy to announce the opening of a new chapter at Aakriti. The new space will open on&nbsp;15th April, 2014, 6 pm<br /> <br /> It is a cause for celebration and comes up with an enticing body of sculptures. Considering what Aakriti Art Gallery has offered since its inception in 2005 quite elucidates the fact that the policy that has distinguished it has been its discernment of new promise. Aakriti Art Gallery under the stewardship of Vikram Bachhawat has also taken enormous care to put contemporary Indian art before the public in a balanced and coherent manner in Kolkata. Though its emphasis has largely been on radical young practitioners, in particular, it has also showcased works of Masters and meaningful works from other regions and other parts of the world at regular intervals. The artists showcased here and the past exhibitions have always seen their practice as an attempt to make changes in the perception of the social and cultural future through their interaction with the audience.<br /> Here in this new gallery, sculptures by Akhil Ch Das, Tapas Biswas, Subrato Biswas, Sanjay Kumar Das and Asim Basu scrutinize the living reality in big urban centers which are diverse, but nevertheless direct and different position of art confront the viewer in an overwhelming and dizzying fashion.</span></span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:00:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list Nandan Purkayastha - Art Musings - April 22nd - May 31st <p>Nandan Purkayastha&rsquo;s second solo exhibition Endgame, opens on 22 April at Art Musings. Nandan Purkayashtha&rsquo;s monochrome drawings are full of detail and dimension, with the fine black and white spiral pattern giving them a unique complexity. The artist uses pen and ink to create expansive spaces rich in mythological and historical references. Patterns are deftly overlaid, giving the drawings the tactility and texture of fabric. Distortions of space and time come together to tell complex stories, and Purkayashtha&rsquo;s fantastical landscapes play with movement and illusion, as in a monumental vision of the Taj Mahal, rippling as though it is reflected in a pool of water. Figures navigate through winding picture planes, woven into the stark contrast of black and white. They emerge half-formed, indistinct from a twisting staircase or swirling cloud, animating the inanimate. Bodies and shadows make up a narrative that is sexually deviant, subverting the na&iuml;ve veneer often associated with fairy tales. Pieces are immobile in an elaborate game of chess, waiting at the brink of action.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ind/Events/list