The Palimpsest Portraits
Religare Art brings together upcoming and known contemporary artists from across India and abroad for a closer examination of the relevance of portrait painting in a post-modern and post photography age. The artworks will be on display at the Religare Art Gallery, D3 P3B District Centre, Ground Floor, Saket, New Delhi, 110017 from October 19th - November 9th, 2012.
Working with different media, ranging from sculptures to paintings the participating artists of ‘The Palimpsest Portraits’ include Abhijit Dutta, Ashok Bhowmick, Binoy Varghese, Devidas Dharmadhikari, Farhad Hussain, Kasa Vinay Kumaar, Niladri Paul, Preeti Varma, Pritam Bhatty, Purnna Behera, Sunil Padwal and Tania Sen.
Commenting on the exhibition, Mr. Amit Sarup, President and Head- Religare Arts said, “Historically, portraiture was the privilege of the rich and famous of society. Often commissioned, these works, be it on canvas, paper, stone or ceramic, ensured the persistence of the patron’s memory long after his/her demise. Over centuries, the genre has re-invented itself, much like a palimpsest, proffering new avatars of itself, while retaining shades of an art historical past. The works in this exhibition take a closer look at the genre of portraiture, examining its rich history, its symbolic underpinnings and its relevance to the contemporary.”
‘The Palimpsest Portraits’ is an extension of Religare Art’s commitment to showcasing high quality contemporary art. The Religare Art Gallery in its new avatar in Saket is spread across 20,000 square feet becoming one of the largest galleries in the country. The space integrates 2 galleries as well as ancillary transitional spaces that double up to accommodate symposia, workshops and other cultural activities.
The theme of the exhibition explores the significance of portraiture as an important tool in the documentation of a time and place. In a post, post-modern era, portraiture appears to have broken new ground, moving beyond its basic edict to capture a similarity to its subject, serving, now, as a medium through which notions of identity, power, and socio-political dynamics are constructed and de-constructed. The proposed exhibition seeks to examine the re-emergence of this genre through the eyes of twelve contemporary artists, who re-invent the portrait to become a symbol of their times.