Nature Morte, New Delhi

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The Contours of Currency

by Manjari Kaul
In keeping with traditional Hindu beliefs, the entrance of the quiet little Neeti Bagh gallery is adorned by the auspicious figure of Deepa Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. However, these twin bronze sculptures of the goddess, lamp in hand, which stand facing each other, are anything but a traditional evocation of the goddess of currency. It is, in fact, a startling mutilation of both the representation of the goddess' body and the dreams of those who covet wealth. The torso is... [more]
Posted by Manjari Kaul on 5/9/11

Picking up the Past

by Parni Ray
The display for Reena Saini Kallat’s “Labyrinth of Absences” at Nature Morte Gallery opens with a three-dimensional portrait of a man in a fez hat.  It takes a fraction of a second for the uninitiated (such as I) to gather that this face has been crafted, with dexterous delicacy, simply out of rubber stamps, painted but still retaining a visible trace of their original engraving announcing  a range of names and designations. The stamps act as building pieces for Kallat, lending the face both... [more]
Posted by Parni Ray on 4/4/11

When Landscape, Portraiture, and the Abstract Convene

by Parni Ray
Nature Morte’s latest exhibition, “Gamut,” seeks to present a complete range of visual artistic possibilities through the work of three artists, Ramkrishna Behera, Basist Kumar, and Nidhi Agarwal, who each represent different points in the spectrum of painting’s potentialities today.  “Gamut” succeeds largely due to this complement in contrast.  The fact that the works on view grab significant attention in their own right also doesn’t hurt. If we were to classify and thereby simplify the works... [more]
Posted by Parni Ray on 10/12/10

Group Show at Nature Morte

by Natasha Baruah
The Nature Morte Gallery’s current show Three Painters, featuring works by Jayanta Roy, Jaya Ganguly and Dileep Sharma, came across as somewhat of an anomaly to me. Having witnessed a sucession of their extremely well curated shows, I was surprised by the current exhibition where I could detect no such overarching conception, overt or otherwise, which bound the works of these three artists together for this particular show. The works, on the other hand, were undeniably interesting in their own... [more]
Posted by Natasha Baruah on 7/11/10

United by Medium?

by Sophia Powers
          Three artists, united by a medium…and not much else.  This past month Nature Morte has brought a triumvirate painters together in their Delhi space for a show that seems to be little more than it’s name suggests: “Three Painters,” though a few works of sculpture are thrown in for good measure.  Perhaps in keeping with the general lethargy of the last weeks of the hot season, it seems the gallery has elected something on the conceptually light end of the spectrum.  Nonetheless,... [more]
Posted by Sophia Powers on 8/2/10

Rajasthan Revisited

by Natasha Baruah
        For the first time in many years, I had the opportunity to see a show on women in Rajasthan that did not bore me to death instantly. Really, I don’t remember the last time that I saw works on this subject that did not feature some version of a romanticized desert land, complete with cheerfully poor folks, or worse, obscenely rich princelings. Gauri Gill’s works, on the other hand, offer a refreshing, and I daresay, a groundbreaking approach to this multilayered state.  Culled from... [more]
Posted by Natasha Baruah on 4/12/10

Nature Morte, No Limits

by Alana Hunt
“Ad infinitum” (“without limits” in Latin), the current group show on at Nature Morte, features works that seem to draw collectively from common circulating forms of popular culture-- cinema, advertising, fashion, print media, the internet, and street-style graffiti. Moving between diverse mediums, the works in this exhibition have been brought together in a conscious effort to blur the boundaries between art, design, craft and fashion; the functional element of Alice Cicolini’s very wearable... [more]
Posted by Alana Hunt on 3/2/10

Dreamscapes of Dayanita

by Natasha Baruah
      “Dream Villa,” Dayanita’s latest body of works, is premised on the phenomenon of darkness in the urban night. Or, more specifically, the absence of it. Dayanita Singh explores the transformation of our surroundings as night descends, under the effect of artificial lights. At night, when the streets are deserted and the facades of architecture silent, the ordinary is transformed into something mysterious and magical. This sense of the unreal is further heightened by the artificial... [more]
Posted by Natasha Baruah on 2/1/10

Monuments in Paper

by Natasha Baruah
Paper acquires a monumental status in Seher Shah’s works, both literally and metaphorically.  In a series that explores the “many permutations of the personal and historic memory,” the artist meticulously renders a space where architecture becomes an evocative expression of nationhood, and a repository for the various histories enacted both within and without its walls.  Drawing from the collective spatial memories of a colonized nation, Shah translates the subconscious into a powerfully... [more]
Posted by Natasha Baruah on 12/21/09

A Morning with Bharat Sikkha

by Alana Hunt
Salvador do Mundo, literally translated into English as ‘saviour of the world’, is the name of the small Goan village whose inhabitants and landscape have found themselves the subject of Bharat Sikka’s current solo exhibition at Nature Morte in New Delhi.It is damn difficult to produce straight photographs today of people who are, in what ever loose respect, ‘other’ – whether it be socially, economically, culturally or geographically – without raising a whole range of complicated... [more]
Posted by Alana Hunt on 10/26/09

A Look at Manisha Parekh

by Ipsita Sahu
Manisha Parekh’s solo exhibition, “Spinning Secrets,” at Nature Morte provides a particularly rich haptic viewing experience by enabling a journey within the gallery space that transports the viewer into an inner emotional landscape of memory, time, space, body, mind, and matter.  One room features a series of abstract organic paintings, “Under the Blue,” that suggests a visit to the aquarium.  Walking out of this room, the viewer is confronted with large-scale sculptures of sea animals-... [more]
Posted by Ipsita Sahu on 10/12/09

Come the Revolution

by E-Slant Team
Entitled "Cartographics," the works explore a range of graphic possibilities in a variety of medias. Trained as a sign-painter in Chennai, Kersey explores craft techniques in both marquetry inlaid work and as high-relief wall sculptures. His iconographic images (punks, saints, and demons; calligraphy, maps and textile patterns), refined for years as paintings, now glisten and pulse with the added lure of semi-precious materials: mother-of-pearl, rare woods, gilded glass and metals. The... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 3/28/09
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