Avni Doshi

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Space, History, Invasion   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bard Sandemose, Ismael Sanz-Pena at The Loft At Lower Parel March 5th, 2011 - March 19th, 2011
Posted 3/29/11
With regards to what might be called a deficit of the continuity of seeing, “¡Space :: Invaders!” taps into the cuts and pauses which make up the condition of viewing, specifically drawing out examples of cultural coagulation which are alternately random, disturbing and funny. The show comes as part of an initiative by the Loft, a gallery in Mumbai, to promote young curators. Curator Himali Singh Soin brought together Spanish artist Ismael Sanz-Pena and Norwegian artist Bard Sandemose. Both... [more]
Pill Appeal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jaishri Abichandani, Sarnath Banerjee, Ayesha Durrani, Kaif Gaznavi, Tushar Joag, Abir Karmakar, Swati Khurana, Nandita Kumar, Tazeen Qayyum, Mithu Sen, Vito Tumbarello at Latitude 28 January 22nd, 2011 - February 22nd, 2011
Posted 2/1/11
The Pill is a Personification. The Pill is a Hyperbole, an Archetype, a Symbol. It’s tiny, systematic, circular self has flirtatiously traveled across the globe, morphing old wives tales about women’s cycles, reproduction and sexual intercourse. And how the tiny tablets find themselves in an art gallery in Delhi only hints at their locomotive stamina. Particularly fascinating, across the exhibition, is the number of artists that chose to employ the shape of a circle, in image, metaphor and... [more]
An Institution Invigorated   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi January 13th, 2011 - January 27th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11
The India Art Summit ushers a flurry of activity into India’s capital, with exhibitions and collateral events galore filling Delhi’s days and nights.  Last year, I met this flurry with a calm approach to viewing the art as  I meandered through the expanse of Pragiti Maidan and attended a host of lectures and gallery openings.  In contrast this year I found myself caught in a stream of seemingly unending work. The reason for the difference is simple. This year I was curating a show. In the... [more]
Visualizing Violence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nalini Malani at Chemould Prescott Road November 1st, 2010 - November 30th, 2010
Posted 11/16/10
      Three years ago I had the opportunity to see Nalini Malani’s solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The show was remarkable and gave me a taste of what to expect for her current exhibition in Mumbai, on view at the Chemould Gallery and Chatterjee & Lal. Nalini Malani’s video installations and painted works view the position of women and femininity in history and the nation as a way of deciphering contemporary gender positions. Malani negotiates time and... [more]
After Rosa   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Raqs Media Collective at Project 88 October 20th, 2010 - November 20th, 2010
Posted 11/9/10
        “The Capital of Accumulation” is a smart, sophisticated show by Raqs Media Collective, on view this month at Project 88. Taking its cue from the celebrated Marxist philosopher Rosa Luxemburg, the show centers around her written work,  "The Accumulation of Capital."  The main event of the show is a video entitled "The Capital of Accumulation," which retraces the life of the fictional character Luxme Sorabgur (a reordering of the letters in Rosa Luxemburg’s name) and her journey... [more]
Shetty Sheds New Light on an Old Collection   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sudarshan Shetty at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum September 25th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 9/28/10
    The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (once the Victoria and Albert Museum) has undergone major renovations, and is continuing its engagement with contemporary art through the organization of short-term exhibitions. After Nikhil Chopra’s show earlier this year, the museum presents sculptor Sudarshan Shetty’s solo “This Too Shall Pass.”  In this show, Shetty’s sculptures operate as institutional critiques of the space they inhabit, drawing on buildings as ideological symbols that can be linked to... [more]
Simryn Gill's Mumbai Debut   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Simryn Gill at Jhaveri Contemporary September 9th, 2010 - November 6th, 2010
Posted 9/21/10
          Simryn Gill’s solo exhibition, “Letters Home,” presented by Amrita Jhaveri, is neither large or showy, but it is filled with quiet jewels. The artist’s process is slow and deliberate, sometimes requiring years to complete a single series. In “Letters Home,” Gill brings together the different mediums and facets of her practice, while focusing on the transformative qualities of familiar places and objects.While Gill’s photographs can be read as purely formal compositions, her... [more]
Pandey Pummels our Senses   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Prashant Pandey at Gallery Maskara August 31st, 2010 - September 26th, 2010
Posted 9/7/10
    Prashant Pandey’s exhibition, “Shelf-Life,” at Mumbai’s Gallery Maskara gives one the feeling of being present during the slow biodegradation of fossilized forms. Materially, the artist uses objects and substances that we normally throw away, and things we might deem to be waste. Not bottles and cans, but cigarette butts and blood samples, which fall outside the categories of what we might ordinarily think of recycling. “Shelf-Life” is particularly successful because each work gives the... [more]
A Little Skoda Flavor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/7/10
Skoda is set to dive into the art world, with its initiative in India aptly titled The Skoda Prize. Brought to you from the people who organize the Kala Ghoda festival, the prize aims to select an Indian artist to win Rs. 1,000,000 based on the decisions of an independent jury. The process of judging will begin at the end of September, which is the deadline for nominations (September 30th). The winner will be announced during Delhi’s annual art summit in January 2011. The organizers seem to be... [more]
The Kala Ghoda Café is for more than food, thankfully. Currently, the restaurant is housing Tejal Shah’s series of photographs, “Cityscapes,” taken during the artist’s time in Melbourne, Australia. The images are early works for Shah, from 2000, and are a world away from her poignant and comical commentaries on sexuality and gender. For these images, Shah used a camera made the year she was born, and explores the subjective process of photography with light and motion. -- Avni... [more]
Art for Every Wallet   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Lakeeren Art Gallery June 8th, 2010 - June 30th, 2010
Posted 6/22/10
    Arshiya Lokhandwala might be on to something as she turns her gallery, Lakeeren, into an art shop this month. Lokhandwala explains that a gallery can sometimes be an intimidating white cube, where the viewer is mostly left to herself to wander around. This experience can be a daunting one, especially as contemporary art has a reputation for being intellectually esoteric and astronomically priced. So, with a sign announcing “1001 works 25 Rupees Upward,” I was curious as to what I would... [more]
Football Forum Mumbai   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Riyas Komu at Gallery Maskara June 11th, 2010 - July 13th, 2010
Posted 6/22/10
    In India, football has always inhabited a blind spot behind the bright lights that shine on the country’s favorite pastime, cricket. With the relatively new manifestation of cricket in a shorter (and more palatable) 20/20 format and the coming together of a cricket league, glamorized by the infusion of Bollywood stars and an abundance of financing, it is no surprise that the country as a whole holds its breath when legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar comes to strike. With the current World... [more]
Le Sutra   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/25/10
Much has been made out of the hotel Le Sutra in the Mumbai suburb of Bandra-- including a article describing it as an “art hotel."  Although it is a nice option for those staying on the other side of town, art lovers might be disappointed by all the hype. The hotel seems to be more concerned with spiritual matters (giving rooms names like nirvana) than the art on display. Recently on view were chairs created by thirty different artists. Functional art? Maybe, but you might be better off... [more]
Gallery BMB   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Prasad Raghavan at Gallery BMB May 17th, 2010 - June 28th, 2010
Posted 5/25/10
        “Shot Tilt,” on view at Gallery BMB in Mumbai, is Prasad Raghavan’s complex ode to film history in which he attempts to decipher concepts such as capitalism, corruption, and consumption. Choosing edicts from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s film “Andrei Rublev,” Raghavan exposes the commodification of art and culture in two pieces entitled “Andrey Rublev.” The words from the film are hand-painted on small pieces of canvas and placed in order—although one might justifiably wonder... [more]
Chemould Prescott Road   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gieve Patel at Chemould Prescott Road May 7th, 2010 - June 11th, 2010
Posted 5/24/10
        Gieve Patel’s solo exhibition at Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road, offers a peak into the visual works of the artist, poet and playwright. The show falls somewhere between a retrospective and a simple selection from about thirty years of the artist’s career. It suggests the breadth and depth of his work through hints and subtle variations, rather than large numbers of works and archival glut. Upon entering the gallery, one of the first paintings on the wall is “Conference Table,”... [more]
                Matching the varied nature of contemporary artistic practices, the roles of the art world’s supplementary characters are also evolving. Art critics, writers, bloggers, gallery owners, auctioneers, curators and collectors are increasingly choosing to don multiple hats. Especially in India, where the art world remains relatively porous and open to experimentation, designations that may seem incongruous or divergent can exist in a comfortable tension. A gallery owner may... [more]
Peeking at the Moon   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sunil Gawde at Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) March 17th, 2010 - March 21st, 2010
Posted 3/23/10
If you were able to see Nikhil Chopra’s work at the Venice Biennial, you probably also saw Sunil Gawde’s meditations on the nature of time in Alliteration. If not, you can currently see Gawde’s work being exhibited at Mumbai’s Sakshi Gallery. Using a mechanical model of lunar motion, the artist plots a duration that is decidedly unreadable, and mildly isolating. With deliberately beleaguered movements rather than the sleek turns of high-tech gadgetry, the mechanism itself seems strangely... [more]
Acting Out   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nikhil Chopra at Chatterjee & Lal Gallery March 15th, 2010 - March 19th, 2010
Posted 3/23/10
Last week in Mumbai, artist Nikhil Chopra performed "Drum Solo" live at the  Chatterjee & Lal Gallery. The performance lasted five days (March 15th – 19th), during which Chopra would play solo drum performances throughout gallery hours. I caught the performance on Wednesday at four in the afternoon. The gallery was completely blacked-out, with spotlights shining in the middle of the room onto a shiny drum set and the solitary drummer. Chopra concentrated on the instrument before him, even... [more]
Of Montage and Media   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jayanta Roy at Lakeeren Art Gallery February 22nd, 2010 - February 22nd, 2010
Posted 2/23/10
Jayanta Roy has something to say, but we don’t know where the voices are coming from.  His latest show, “B-Swarga,” currently at Mumbai’s Lakeeren gallery, circulates around gaps in language and how they develop into fractured communication. Using parts of newspaper clippings he demonstrates the way in which our experience of language is not simply aural, but visual as well. The inextricable connection between image and word inform our opinions. The show’s sculptural works were... [more]
The Elegant Image   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Richard Bartholomew at Chatterjee & Lal Gallery February 9th, 2010 - March 6th, 2010
Posted 2/16/10
Richard Bartholomew’s photographs capture elusive moments in India’s cities, as well as intimate glimpses of its modern masters. Entitled “A Critic’s Eye,” the show is now on at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai. Bartholomew was a Renaissance man-- artist, critic, poet and curator who passed away in 1985. His images reveal candid moments with artists like F.N. Souza, Bhupen Khakhar and Nasreen Mohamedi. The show included some of Bartholomew’s profound musings on the interconnected nature... [more]
Table on Turtles   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ruben Bellinkx, Peter Buggenhout, Neil Hamon, Nadia Lichtig, Shine Shivan at Gallery Maskara February 10th, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 2/16/10
A group show at Gallery Maskara called “Everything is Real: After Life…” loosely ties together the works of five artists from different countries. Overall, it manages to generate potent questions through unexpected means, as some of the works offer food for thought. Ruben Bellinkx explores the conundrum of human beings in their environments. By harnessing a table on the backs of four turtles (a task which was carefully and humanely accomplished), Bellinkx’s videos and photographs question... [more]
Fertile Art?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Shine Shivan at Gallery Maskara December 17th, 2009 - January 23rd, 2010
Posted 1/19/10
After studying in Delhi and Agra and working at Khoj, Shine Shivan has his first solo show at Mumbai’s Gallery Maskara.  Provocatively entitled “Sperm Weaver,” the show centers around Shivan’s sexually charged sculptures, photographs and video work. Considering questions about historical and societal controls on sexuality, the artist turns the lens away from modes of femininity towards the idea of the masculine. The exhibition as a whole makes clear that Shivan is trying to weave an alternative... [more]
Raghava KK   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 1/19/10
Raghava KK’s solo exhibition, “Brooklyn Bound R Train,” at Mumbai’s Art Musings brought graffiti art center stage. With his bold lines and satirical eye, KK created works that meld his experiences of New York City with a clever dose of art history. The dramatic shifts in the artist’s work in this current show could elicit stylistic comparisons as diverse as Francis Bacon and Banksy. The exhibition was made up of large canvases and smaller works on paper. Particularly entertaining was the series... [more]
Revisting LaVA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Gallery BMB December 14th, 2009 - January 29th, 2010
Posted 1/12/10
    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This adage might have popped into Gallery BMB director Bose Krishnamachari’s mind as he thought of a solution for the problems that arose with the much-anticipated show, “The Art of Chess.” Lauded as the first museum-quality show of its kind in Mumbai, Gallery BMB was slated to open its doors to chess sets created by the likes of Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger and Tracy Emin, to name a few. However, after unforeseen problems arose, Krishnamachari... [more]
A Little Lakeeren Flavor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/15/09
There is a new kid on the block. Or rather, an old kid with a comeback. This week, Mumbai will see the re-opening of Lakeeren Gallery in Colaba. Arshiya Lokhandwala originally opened her doors in 1995, but shut down in 2003 to pursue her PhD at Cornell University. The show, entitled “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air - Indian Contemporary Art In Global Times” will include the works of Sheela Gowda, Subodh Gupta and T.V. Santosh to name a few, and will run through January. -- Avni... [more]
Intimate Interiors   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dayanita Singh at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke November 19th, 2009 - December 31st, 2009
Posted 12/15/09
Dayanita Singh doesn’t see life through rose-colored glasses. Instead, the lenses seem to be tinted a nostalgic shade of blue. Blue Book, a collection of photographs by Singh on show at Mirchandani and Steinrucke this month, is changing the way we look at industrial spaces. Singh’s pictures wage a little internal battle between sterility and human clutter. A table is covered with a plastic tablecloth and a disarray of plates and condiments. Another image shows what must be a hospital... [more]
The Great Outdoors   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Atul Bhalla at Project 88 December 2nd, 2009 - December 26th, 2009
Posted 12/15/09
“The loss of a river is an aching thing,” Arundhati Roy lamented in Dam/Age, a 2003 film by Aradhana Seth about Roy’s involvement in the Narmada dam project. The river’s path, controlled and centralized, was to be transformed into the Nervuvian fantasy of a “shining staircase of amenable water.” Around the same time, artist Atul Bhalla began considering the ecological and social ramifications of tampering with water, focusing his attentions on the Yamuna River. In “…in another sweat,” a... [more]
The Skinny on Guild   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 11/23/09
Koumudi Patil wants to get under your skin. Literally. Her show at the Guild Gallery in Mumbai, called “You Are Getting Under My Skin,” is a close look at skin as the site of political debates and questions of purity and pollution as they occur in Indian culture. Patil photographs herself draped in fabric that is digitally altered to look like the creases of human skin when seen under a microscope. She also wraps everyday objects, such as a statue of the god Nandi, in leather. By wrapping this... [more]
Local History, All Boxed Up   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Avantika Bawa at Gallery Maskara November 3rd, 2009 - December 3rd, 2009
Posted 11/23/09
Avantika Bawa is not interested in the identity crises and subjective introspection found in most of the contemporary art seen around Mumbai these days. Along with the show’s curator, Abhay Maskara, she has envisioned something particular to the large warehouse space of Gallery Maskara. The show, , offers a conceptual excavation of the gallery building and its history.  Bawa, who lives and works in both Atlanta, Georgia and New Delhi, has a keen awareness of space, which clearly informs her own... [more]
Death to a Car-- Birth to an Exhibition   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mukul Deora at Volte October 30th, 2009 - December 1st, 2009
Posted 11/23/09
It’s safe to say that Volte gallery owner Tushar Jiwarajka didn’t know what he was in for when he asked DJ and artist Mukul Deora to be part of his inaugural show in Mumbai in late September of this year. Preparation for Deora’s performance piece entitled “Break” couldn’t ready them for the twists and turns the night would take, especially the surprise when a pristine Indian-made Contessa car could not be lifted into the gallery space.  But Deora and Jiwarajka made a bold decision and... [more]