ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghosh, Gobardhan Ash - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata - May 6th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p>The present show revisits a historical moment in art history with the works of four great acclaimed Masters of Indian art: Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghosh, and Gobardhan Ash and also makes an attempt to question a number of just stated such ‘little tested assumptions’ at a time when more mass culture has spawned its spurious harmonies. As debased modernism retreats more and more into deviance and dissonance, Aakriti Art Gallery feels the need to raise the most searching questions in these rare works of the Masters that produced our finest visual text- the collages of Nandalal Bose, sketches and paintings of Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghosh and Gobardhan Ash. The exhibition titled ‘Manifestations of the Mystique’ showcases works that  scrutinize the living art that speak from the depths of the soul and reaches out to us to a world of infinitely rich theatre of their soul; weave and re- weave a potent spell for all of who dare to share in the drama, a melody that lingers.</p> <p>The mystique is put across both by suggestions and by palpable descriptions. Eventually we fuse all this knowledge to such moments in history to the present, traditions within the contemporary, change within permanence.</p> <p>The sketches, collages possess the character of revelation with an integral form; doodles done with a visionary splendor and turn out to be vivid form of metaphysical text.</p> <p>The drawings here increasingly possess a lushness of lines, a perfectly studied scale and a painterly ease that suggests a rare coordination of discipline and ease. In Nanadalal’s collages the compulsiveness of the little gesture out of which they are made lends them a private, even hermetic character, where he repeatedly proclaims the neutrality and emptiness. Here the elements, images and events are of significance in the outer world and transformed so that they correspond to the mood, the motif, and the aesthetic of a work of art. These four Masters measure sensibility by these norm and sketched expressively in joyous and lyrical relationship to nature and life. Their poise is remarkable, what this eminent group here accomplishes is a discreet, satisfying mélange, each of whom is confident and possesses a sprightly distinctive approach. The creativity of these Masters that shaped our art in India a few decades back reinforces once more the belief that it is a mean of disciplining the limitless freedom of the human mind.  The accounts and language that the participants offer, make for a lively diversity of angles and satisfying narrative styles and thus becomes a rare visual experience revealing pursuits that partly reveal their intense characters as well. In any event, the effort is to bring in a greater number of variables – and establish a different take on getting back to basics.</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 23:09:40 +0000 Group Show - Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon - February 3rd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013 <p>Art evolves and so do artists. Art Alive believes in the need for that continuous process of evolution and endeavor to create a platform where artists can enrich their experiences to share with their audiences. In our continues effort towards that, Art Alive presents Living Walls, an art project where a group of artists will engage in painting the walls of the gallery for a period of four days.&nbsp;</p> <p>We invite all art lovers to come and not only see but experience the evolving of an installation where the gallery becomes the site of a unique installation.</p> <p><strong>The Artists will work from 16<sup>th</sup> to 21<sup>st</sup> January during which you are invited to come and talk to the artist and capture the work. This installation will be on view till the end of February, 2013.</strong></p> <p>The core idea of the collaborative exercise is to enlarge the artists&rsquo; canvas and in doing so, involve the audience who would be witnessing the process of work and thus broaden their own experience of art.</p> <p><em>Sunaina Anand</em>, director, Art Alive Gallery says: &ldquo;This would be a dynamic live display of art which would showcase diverse selection of works. And the participation of live audience would only add to the dimension of the show. We are keen on exploring the culmination of such creative energies.&rdquo;</p> <p>Each artist will draw upon their own artistic imagination and use their idioms, styles, languages and ideas to create that visual impact. We believe, it is in the coming together of different voices that ultimately mergers into a rhythmic one, that we could create something experimental and fresh for our audience.</p> <p>There would be no theme, no boundary, no guidelines for each artist would follow the dictates of his or her heart making it somewhat challenging yet exciting as they get accustomed to working under the glare of live audiences comprising of media, critics and art lovers who would watch, interact and dialogue with the masters at work.</p> <p>The project would have an element of surprises and challenges. It would be unpredictable what the each of them would choose to do.</p> <p>The artistic dialogue is sure to inspire one another.&nbsp; It would create a collective platform to appreciate a new approach towards art. It would connect artists with different communities of the society to stimulate their senses and enhance a new experience towards their approaches. It would also inspire audiences to understand the potential of such collaborative energy to create work of different dimensions in public space.</p> <p>The entire process of work would be recorded and later produced in different formats to be displayed by the gallery.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:05:21 +0000 Neena Nehru, Anita Tiwary - Art Heritage Gallery - May 4th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013 <p><b>Interior Landscapes of NEENA NEHRU and ANITA TIWARY</b></p> <p>Oils, Acrylics, Installations</p> <p><b>Neena Nehru :  </b>Society’s attitudes to the role and position of women is reflected in its art. Neena Nehru was struck by the fact that, all over the world and throughout history, women have almost always been portrayed, either as beautiful objects of desire, or as suffering, oppressed victims; they are strong only as mythical characters - as goddesses or comic-book super-women. Rarely, if ever, are the ‘feminine’ qualities of gentleness, nurturing, compassion, sympathy celebrated.</p> <p>Neena’s present exhibition examines these issues through installations and paintings. A section of the show explores the changing facets of a woman’s persona. Another group of paintings depict woman, not as a force trying to dominate Nature, but as a part of it. A group of heads which cannot be easily identified as male or female suggest the equality of the sexes when it comes to the essential qualities of mind and ability.</p> <p>Neena’s work is part of a joint exhibition with abstract artist Anita Tiwary</p> <p><b>Anita Tiwary :</b> The titles of Anita Tiwary’s paintings are as evocative and sentimental as her work of art. Anita’s works are surreal in its visual appearance and thematically they move into a space where she seeks to negotiate the interplay of real and unreal in her works. These works conceal an unknown reality and evoke an abstract visual representation of our realities. These visual forms are ‘Soulscapes’ of Anita’s mind and how she sees it. Thus she defamiliarises the familiar for us and creates a new spatial dimension in her paintings for the viewers.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:38:28 +0000 A Ramachandran, Anjolie Ela Menon, Satish Gujral, K G Subramanyan - Art Musings - April 20th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p>Quarto '13 - featuring 4 prominent artists, A Ramachandran, KG Subramanyan, Anjolie Ela Menon and Satish Gujral.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:35:59 +0000 Hema Upadhyay, Sakshi Gupta, Srinivasa Prasad, Atul Bhalla, Gigi Scaria, Reena Saini Kallat, Alwar Balasubramaniam - Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum - March 2nd, 2013 - May 15th, 2013 <p>The Museum is partnering with <strong>ZegnArt Public</strong>, an arm of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group that works within the contemporary cultural arena, on an exciting new project which spotlights <strong>dialogue on the nature of public space, and the role of art in that space</strong>. <br /><br /> The concept of Public Space can be construed in a variety of ways; it can be a platform for negotiation and debate or as a site of resistance and dialectics. The mission of <strong>ZegnArt Public</strong> is to explore these interpretations within varied social and cultural contexts. <strong>Mumbai is the first city selected for the ZegnArt Public project</strong>. The collaboration with the Museum was developed on the basis of <strong>a shared vision of art as a defining factor to build awareness in the community</strong>. <br /><br /> Artist <strong>Reena Kallat</strong> has been selected by the project jury as the winner of the first edition of ZegnArt Public to conceptualize and create the public artwork. The work highlights the relationship between public space and the city's history, both from a formal point of view, as the work will be exhibited on the main facade of the museum, and in terms of content through an exploration of street names exploring colonial and post colonial tensions in the city. <br /><br /> The other submissions by artists <strong>Alwar Balasubramaniam</strong>, <strong>Atul Bhalla</strong>, <strong>Gigi Scaria</strong>, <strong>Hema Upadhyay</strong>, <strong>Sakshi Gupta</strong> and <strong>Srinivasa Prasad</strong> will be on display at the Museum’s Special Project Space (SPS). This exhibition will offer a comprehensive view of the proposals made by some the best young Indian artists today and will expand the dialogue on the role of art in the public space.</p> <p></p> <p>(Source: e-Newsletter of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Issue Jan - March 2013)</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:22:49 +0000 Magali Couffon - Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi - April 19th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p>Magali is French by nationality but an Indian at heart after spending 18 years in India. She has been able to develop and grow her passion for photography and travels.</p> <p>The ultimate for her is the ability of finding beauty everywhere and keeping her eyes open for colours, shapes, lines, textures and forms.</p> <p>She tries to use her camera as a creative tool not only to document or show what is in front of her but to enhance it with the help of light and sometimes with paint or sculptors. This exercise can be tricky and not always successful but what is important is to have fun. She experiences depth of the knowledge from these experiments.</p> <p>Taking pictures is her meditation, salvation, relaxation and faith.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:54:00 +0000 Group Show - Gallerie Alternatives - April 17th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p>Gallerie Alternatives presents a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, graphic prints &amp; sculptures by T. Vaikuntam, Jayshree Burman, Trupti Patel, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Sanjeev Verma, Stanley Suresh, Rajesh Rana, Manoj Bhramar, Medha Sharma, Pintu Roy &amp; many more 17th April – 31st May</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:00:56 +0000 Jaya Lamba - Gallery Art and Soul - April 10th, 2013 - May 10th, 2013 <p>Jaya Lamba's paintings are influenced by a multitude of experiences that span cities and cultures, the omnipresent bright red lines running through as a web that connects her distinct experiences and represents the pushing-forward of the world. <br /> <br /> The key to her oeuvre are shocking, vibrant colors and a deep study of the human form. She draws inspiration from her immediate context– be it the philosophical and spiritual odyssey of the soul or the ever-present pressures of politics;or the sinuous curves of muscles stretched taut . <br /> <br /> The images in Jaya's work weave through both the corporeal and psychological worlds, creating visual representations of things unseen and bringing new depth and focus to the human figure.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:07:07 +0000 Mekhala Bahl, Anjali Deshmukh, Ranu Mukherjee, Shalina S.Vichitra - Gallery Espace - April 24th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 <p align="justify"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Gallery Espace, New Delhi is pleased to present ‘GRAIN’- works by Mekhala Bahl, Anjali Deshmukh, Ranu Mukherjee and Shalina Vichitra. The entire suite of works consists of canvases, mixed-media works and a video installation with a sense of eclecticism being visible through varied mediums and thought processes that culminate in the form of this show. Being one of Delhi’s premier galleries, Gallery Espace has worked closely with women artists the past earning a distinction with meticulous presentations which includes the exhibition ‘Self and the world’ (1997) held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Continuing the same tradition over the years, Espace puts forward yet one more presentation titled ‘GRAIN’ with four women artists. </span></p> <p></p> <p align="justify"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">‘GRAIN’</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><br /> The ‘Grain’ – a minute, indivisible, omnipresent entity – is the beginning of anything that is formed and the end into which all forms collapse. The diversity of the word ‘Grain’ allows it to seep into anything, regardless of shape, culture, being or emotion. From a shaft of light and texture of paper to the expanse of deserts and a meal of rice; the ‘Grain’ metamorphoses itself into inherent patters, spiritual planes, nature’s topography and tangents of human-nature relationships through the works of Mekhala Bahl, Anjali Deshmukh, Ranu Mukherjee and Shalina Vichitra.<br /> Within its diversity the ‘Grain’ can be attributed to the ‘bindu’, from which all life and form emanates and converges. The four artists in this exhibition create their personal synonyms for ‘Grain’ by diverging into subjective renditions of an attempt to define this term in their distinctive practices. The viewer is ridden through utopias of understanding and subjective deconstruction to untangle situations, memories, emotions and journeys; only to discover the complex simplicity of the ‘Grain’.<br /> (With excerpts from the essay by Veerangana Solanki ) </span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:47:27 +0000 T. Venkanna - Gallery Maskara - March 29th, 2013 - May 9th, 2013 <p><img src="" /></p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:23:21 +0000 Arpana Caur - Gallery Veda - April 7th, 2013 - May 8th, 2013 <p>A solo show by much accalaimed artist Arpana Caur . Showcasing oil on canvas , paper works and etchings.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:54:50 +0000 Shivani Bhalla, Tara Kelton, Bharathesh D. Yadav, Sujil S, Udaya Vir Singh - Galleryske - Bangalore - March 30th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <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> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:35:23 +0000 Prasanta Sahu, Debraj Goswami, Chhatrapati Dutta, Nantu Bihari Das, Pratul Das, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Sanjeev Krishnarao Sonpimpare - Ganges Art Gallery - May 8th, 2013 - July 8th, 2013 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 22:19:35 +0000 - Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) - May 7th, 2013 - May 17th, 2013 <p class="Default">The <b>Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre </b>in cooperation with the<b> India International Centre</b> is organizing a <b>lecture and photo documentary exhibition</b> on <b>noted Hungarian Indologist and Art Historian, Ervin Baktay</b> titled <b>“ENCHANTED BY INDIA”</b>. The programme is commemorating <b>the 50<sup>th</sup> death anniversary of Ervin Baktay</b>. He was a Hungarian author noted for popularizing Indian culture in Hungary. He had started his career as a painter and he encouraged his <b>niece Amrita Sher-Gil</b> to pursue art.</p> <p><b>The India International Centre will be hosting lectures by Prof. Geza Bethlenfalvy, an Indologist from Hungary and Dr. Margit Koves, a lecturer in Delhi University on Tuesday, 7<sup>th</sup> May from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. This will be followed by an exhibition opening and a film screening on the life of Ervin Baktay which will take place at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre from 6:30 – 7:30pm.</b></p> <p><b> </b></p> <p><b>BIOGRAPHY OF ERVIN BAKTAY</b></p> <p><b><i>Ervin Baktay (Dunaharaszti, June 24, 1890 – Budapest, May 7, 1963)</i></b></p> <p>The family of Ervin Baktay originates from Erdőbakta (whence the shorter name of Baktay later came), now a part of Ukraine.</p> <p>The India-oriented activities of Ervin Baktay started with translations of the pseudo-Sanskrit sentimental stories of F.W. Bain, which were given to him by his brother-in-law. The success of these stories was based on the trend of mysticism. The greatness of Baktay was his ability to recognise real values. He soon discovered Tagore and popularised his writings in Hungary. Later on he wrote many valuable books popularising every aspect of Indian life from literature to geography, from astrology to religion and philosophy. In the last phase, his works on Indian art represented the highest level of contemporary scholarship and at the same time, through the clarity of his style and thoughts, they were accessible to a wide circle of readership.</p> <p>He began life as a painter, studied art in the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts with Károly Ferenczy and then under the guidance of Simon Hollósy in Munich, where his interest in Oriental culture was first kindled. His studies were interrupted by the First World-War, he was enlisted between 1915 and 1918. After the success of the Bain - stories, in 1921 he published his book on Rabindranath Tagore and soon after that a separate volume of short stories of Indian writers. In 1923, he first published his adaptation of the "Mahabharata" which was received with great interest, and which was later extended to include an adaptation of the Ramayaņa and published several times.</p> <p>In 1926, a collection of speaches by Gandhiji was published by Baktay. In the same year he had the opportunity to go to India, and remained there until 1929. He spent much time in Simla with his sister, who was married to Umrao Singh Sher-Gil. He guided their doughter Amrita Sher-Gil by encouraging her to paint and gave her an academic foundation to grow on. He also instructed her to use servants of the house as models and paint landacapes in the „plein air” style.</p> <p>He travelled extensively in the country meeting the leaders, the rich people and the common people of India, studying the monuments of art and every aspect of the rich cultural heritage of the sub-continent. He visited all the places connected with the activities of Csoma de Kőrös.</p> <p>After his return to Hungary, almost every year he brought out a new book dealing with various aspects of Indian life, art and religion and these books brought many people close to the understanding of India, and they still retain their popularity. Baktay's books show the wide knowledge of the author, his deep insight into the various aspects of Indian life and culture and also his ability to put forward his ideas in a way such as to arouse the interest of a wide circle of Hungarian readers. His books usually reached many editions.</p> <p>His most comprehensive book was entitled "India" (1931) and it gave a general picture of the India of the twenties and thirties with special emphasis on the cultural heritage and on the freedom struggle. His travel-books include "The Land of the Happy Valley, Wanderings in Kashmir" 1934, - Punjab "The Land of Five Rivers" 1937, Rajasthan and Gujarat "In the Land of Princes: Rajputana and Gujarat" 1939, and the Himalayan region "On the top of the World, in the footsteps of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös in Western Tibet" 1930, which was later rewritten as a biography of the great Hungarian scholar. This book came out in two different versions, and the extended version, first published in 1962, is the most extensive work on the life of this great savant.</p> <p>Baktay also published two versions of his diary: the first was entitled: "A Hungarian Traveller in India" (1933), the second version "My Years In India" came out in 1938.</p> <p>He also published a book explaining the Hindu conception of life (1936), which was enlarged and re-edited in 1942. In these years he prepared a translation of the "Kamasutra" which was published only later. His books on Indian philosophy and astronomy are important as well.</p> <p>His book "India wants Freedom," published in 1942, is also remarkable. In the same year two editions of his book on Yoga were published. Yoga was very popular in Hungary in those years.</p> <p>After the second world war Baktay returned to his first love, Indian art, started to work at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Art, and also gave lectures on Indian art at the University ELTE, and in 1958 published the most important, excellent book „The Art of India” which came out in more editions, one in German language as well.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 22:49:52 +0000 Manav Gupta - India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery - May 7th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p>Installations with clay &amp; video projection</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:34:27 +0000 Wilhelm Buelhoff - Jehangir Art Gallery - May 7th, 2013 - May 13th, 2013 Wed, 08 May 2013 22:24:17 +0000