Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Art Route presents Prarambh, India’s first students’ arts festival at IGNCA from October 9-12



 Ajmer SIngh, Life On A Broken Twig

New Delhi: The Art Route presents Prarambh, India’s first students’ arts festival where over two hundred budding artists will be showcasing their works. Prarambh will feature nearly 350 artworks in mediums as diverse as drawing, painting, printmaking, illustrations, digital art, sculpture, photography, installation, new media and mix media. The show will be held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpath, New Delhi from October 9 till October 12, 2014, 11 a.m. till 7.30 p.m. Entry is free.
Participating students are from art colleges from across the country, including Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University (Shantiniketan); College of Art (New Delhi);   Jamia Milia Islamia University (New Delhi); Faculty of Visual Arts (BHU); Department of Fine Arts (Kurukshetra University); Department of Fine Arts Aligarh Muslim University); Indira Kala Sangeet Visva Vidyalaya (Chhatisgarh); College of Arts and Crafts (Lucknow University); Government College of Arts (Chandigarh); College of Fine Arts (Trivandram); Faculty of Fine Arts (MSU, Baroda); Department of Visual Arts (Silchar, Assam); International Institute of Fine Arts (Modinagar); College of Arts & Crafts (Kolkata), Government Institute of Fine Arts (Gwalior); Government Fine Arts Institute (Indore) and Department of Fine arts (University of Hyderabad)  to name a few. 
Says Lubna Sen, Co-Founder, The Art Route: “Our vision is to create a vibrant artistic environment through a continuous exchange of ideas between communities of different backgrounds. We want to build a platform where artists and individuals from different cultures, geographies and disciplines meet and explore different approaches to the creation of art. We believe art today should be for the masses and thus aim to broad-base public interest in art through education and promotion. With a strong belief that art can contribute to the overall development of the society, we aim to explore various social issues through the medium of visual art.”
Adds Ujjwal Ankur, Co-Founder, The Art Route:Prarambh will be a platform for young students of visual arts to showcase their talent and receive real market exposure. It will provide them hands-on practical experience and prepare them for their future career. Students will have the opportunity to receive critical feedback of their art from peers, experts and public. Through the works of their contemporaries, they will be exposed to a different approaches and philosophies in art.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

Art Alive presents P.R. Daroz | Wednesday September 24, 2014


Celebrating Indigenous Printmaking I Spl. Exhibition at NGMA, New Delhi | September 18, 2014


KNMA opens third and final chapter of Nalini Malani’s major Indian retrospective ‘You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag’




Chapter III, Nalini Malani: You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag’
​A Retrospective (1969-2014) in three Chapters
​❖     Thursday, 25th September 2014, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 145, DLF South Court Mall, Saket, New Delhi 110017
     Ashish Rajadhyaksha will be in conversation with Nalini Malani at 6:00 pm, before the Opening Preview from 7:00 pm
     Open to Public: 26th September – 30th November 2014
September 18, 2014, New Delhi. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is pleased to announce the preview of the third and final chapter of Nalini Malani’s first ever Indian retrospective on 25th September 2014 at KNMA, Saket from 7:00 pm onwards. The evening will commence with a conversation between renowned writer and senior fellow at Centre for study of Culture and Society, Ashish Rajadhyaksha and the artist Nalini Malani at 6:00 pm.
After a spectacular year of international exhibits and successes Nalini Malani is back in the country to open Chapter III of the seminal Indian exhibition ‘You Can’t Keep Acid In a Paper Bag’ - a retrospective in three chapters, at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. The retrospective has significantly brought home some of the artist’s major installations and international projects that have never been shown in India before along with important material from the artist’s archive spanning  a period of fifty years.
Nalini Malani on her retrospective.
 “Retrospective exhibitions are a landmark in an artist's vocation as they bring together works made sometimes over many decades, and provide an invaluable historical survey for the artist. Memory is the scribe of history.I have been fortunate to have this retrospective in my lifetime and not when I am dead and gone. At KNMA looking at the span of my work from 1969 to 2014 what is revelatory has been the red line that has passed through these 50 years. My concerns in the 60s remain intact till today.”
Highlights of Chapter III include the video/shadow play ‘Transgressions III’ (2001/2014) and a multi-panel painting installation ‘Twice upon a Time‘ (2014), both of which will premiere exclusively at KNMA. This installation, taking up an entire room, is in the style of the reverse-painting for which Malani received international acclaim at the Venice Biennial in 2007. The video/shadow play that combines video projections with rotating reverse-painting have in last 15 years become a global trademark of Nalini Malani’s artistic practice. The international success of this medium helped secure places for her work in premium collections such as MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as important exhibitions such as Documenta 13 (2012).
For more than four decades, Nalini Malani has addressed through her experimental art social, political and societal issues surrounding the Indian subcontinent, including the conflict between India and Pakistan, the abuse and rape of women, and the struggle for democracy. Starting out as a painter, Malani was one of the first Indian artists who broke out of the classical painting frame in the late eighties to reach a wider audience, with installations, theatre, ephemeral wall drawings, erasure performances and video/shadow plays. Malani’s intense and committed art reveals her search for the profound certainties of life, of society, of experience-persisting 'evidence', which is encountered and felt.
Nalini Malani’s largest public presentation took place on August 4th 2014 at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, where she was selected to make a special commemoration project for World War One. The artist projected ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’ in a new avatar, at the Western and Southern wing of the gallery. This large scale work by Malani covered over ten thousand square feet, and has since received significant national and international acclaim.
In addition to this accolade, Malani was also recently awarded St. Moritz Art Masters Lifetime Achievement Award created by Cartier (2014). Other past awardees include Ai Weiwei (2013, China), Oscar Niemeyer (2012, Brazil), William Klein (2011, USA), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (2010, Russia), Richard Long (2009, England), Robert Indiana (2008, USA). In 2013 Nalini Malani won the Fukuoka Prize for Art and Culture.
Born in 1946 in Karachi, Undivided India, Nalini Malani secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Arts, Bombay (1969) and the French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris from 1970 to 1972. In 2010 she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.
About Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, established in January 2010, is India’s first philanthropic museum that creates a site for confluence of modern contemporary art in India. An initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA aims to instill a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to everyone.
About Shiv Nadar Foundation
The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $6.3 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 90,000 employees across 31 countries. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India's original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.
The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

G for Gandhi Opens in Bengaluru on August 14, 2014


Late Bimal Dasgupta's show of watercolours titled Innerscapes @ Gallerie Ganesha


Sublime Landscapes of a Recluse Mind: Innerscapes by Late Bimal Dasgupta @ Gallerie Ganesha from August 14 till September 22
 New Delhi: From afar, they look like a series of Rorschach inkblot cards, but look closer and they cease to be the any such psychological test cards. These are the most delicate watercolours by late artist Bimal Dasgupta who had mastered the technique of abstraction to perfection. Around twenty of these paintings are being exhibited in a show titled Innerscapes at Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi from August 14, 2014 till September 22, 2014, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone@ 29217306.
Fondly known as Bimal da, Dasgupta was known for his fantasy-inspired, highly introspective landscapes. Says Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha: “An unsung master of ethereal landscapes, Bimal Dasgupta died in a car crash in 1995 at the age of 78 and one has seldom seen his works since. It is in this context that the upcoming show at Gallerie Ganesha holds great significance.”
In his depiction of landscapes which are abstracted and highly stylised, signs of human habitation or suggestions of old structures and ruins are also noticeable. Or, in the midst of green and grey forests and wild growths, an illuminated face of Devi - in fine red line – peeps through. Such dreamy, fantasy-inspired landscapes were his oeuvre for many decades – whether it is trees in full bloom, or stony boulders inspired by ruins of Tughlakabad. His canvases abound with great mountains and forests of lost geological epochs, huge floating icebergs as well as miniature flowers and fossil impressions of the ferns of a lost millennia.
Dasgupta began the journey with watercolours as a student of art in Kolkata. His student years were spent with an uncle in Behrampore when he joined the Government Art School, Calcutta in 1937 but could not complete the six year course due to financial restrictions. It’s been said that his parents discouraged him to become an artist and since there was no money for buying colours and canvases, he did several part time jobs to fund his art education. He painted landscapes that gave full rein to his penchant for nature and its fanciful shapes and colours, with the ocean being an endless source of fascination. In fact, his first lesson in art was in the form of creating animal motifs with tamarind seeds in Behrampore which shaped him as a landscape artist of the future. Several of his paintings are surrealistic and abstract in his depiction of the teeming life underwater.
Dasgupta’s abstract paintings are a sublimation of his visual experience, transmitting the power that commands the seas, the sky, the woods, the green grass, or the stark ridges. In each of his works, there is a juxtaposition of the horizontal and the vertical which showcases a consummate artistry over his medium of watercolours. Irrespective of its external identity, the image grows into a harmonious whole. The artist’s dexterity converts mass into transparency, prosaic idols into poetry. The most remarkable aspect of his art is that it reflects the true Indian ethos, one strong enough to assimilate tradition and modernity.
Dasgupta felt that the decorative elements of his works or his material success were incidental. Standing before a dreamy mountain scene, one does not look either for the mountain or the monetary value of the piece. Each painting is like an encounter with an inner reality where there is no action, no pontificating. The only criterion is the ultimate truth. Earlier in his career as an artist, Dasgupta had also worked in oils and acrylics. He had to give up oils, when he developed an allergy to turpentine and linseed oil. Thereafter, he took up acrylic. But his preferred medium always remained watercolour.
He is quoted to have once said, “I believe if an artist has mastered one medium, he can work in the others as well. I paint only when I am in the mood. The colours are always there in my heart, an unseen power in the background drives me to put them down on canvas.”
Later, he also taught at the Delhi Art College and moving slowly, but surely, from realistic images to the completely abstract, Dasgupta used textural changes and sharp-defined colour schemes, making his landscapes come alive with shifting shapes and barely visible forms. The Lalit Kala Akademi conferred a National Award on him in 1956 and a fellowship in 1989. In 1961 he was given a Government scholarship for a six month stay in Europe.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Photography Exhibition by Asian Photography from August 16 to 26, 2014, at Piramal Gallery


KNMA invites you to a talk by Amar Kanwar on his work The Lightning Testimonies, Friday August 8, 2014


Tagore's art remembered in distant Slovenia


 An exhibition of prints of selected paintings by Tagore and his contemporaries begins on Thursday, his death anniversary, in Slovenia.
 The anniversary of the passing away of Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore will be remembered in Slovenia from August 7, his death anniversary, to Sep 4, with a unique exhibition of prints of selected paintings by Tagore and his contemporaries —— provided by the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.
The exhibition displays representative works of Rabindranath, Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore, along with those of Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Jamini Roy and Amrita Sher—Gil.
The uniquely curated exhibition will be on display at the house of culture in the world heritage village of Smartno in the municipality of Goriska Brda on the western border of Slovenia with Italy, according to a statement issued by the Indian embassy in Slovenia.
The village of Medana in the municipality of Goriska Brda was the natal home of poet and jurist Alojz Gradnik, who was the most prominent translator of Tagore’s works into the Slovenian language from 1917 onwards.
Gradnik’s translation of “Gitanjali” into Slovenian was published from Ljubljana in 1924. The memory of Gradnik is kept alive by the international festival of poetry and wine at Medana every August and by the “Gradnik evenings” in November each year.
This is the first time that the memory of Tagore is being so honoured in the birthplace of his major Slovenian translator after Tagore visited Yugoslavia in 1926. Slovenia, a country of two million people in Central Europe, is one of the breakaway countries of the original Yugoslavia.
By 1926, the Indian Nobel laureate’s works, translated by Gradnik and others, had generated an unprecedented response in Slovenia. Slovenian identification with Tagore and his people derived from a perceived common goal of striving for political and cultural independence.
“One of Tagore’s aphoristic poems has been carved into a signpost in the mountains above the town of Polhov Gradec. Maribor city has installed a bust of Tagore in a central park,” said Sarvajit Chakravarti, the Indian ambassador to Slovenia, and the brain behind the exhibition.
The Slovenian ministry of education, science and sports hosted the first commemorative concert of Rabindra Sangeet in Ljubljana on Tagore’s birth anniversary May 7 this year. The municipality of Maribor also hosted an exhibition of prints of paintings by the three Tagores.
Following the widespread influence of Indian spiritual ideas in the West, British art teacher Ernest Binfield Havell attempted to reform the teaching methods at the Calcutta School of Art by encouraging students to imitate Mughal miniatures. Havell was supported by Abanindranath Tagore, a nephew of Rabindranath Tagore. Abanindranath painted a number of works influenced by Mughal art, a style that he and Havell believed to be expressive of India’s distinct spiritual qualities, as opposed to the “materialism” of the West.
The mantle of the Bengal school was taken up by Santiniketan, a university focused on the preservation and uplift of Indian culture, values and heritage, which Rabindranath Tagore established. It included the art school Kala Bhavan, founded in 1920—21.
Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tagores-art-remembered-in-distant-slovenia/article6291648.ece?homepage=true

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sky by Samit Das in Chennai


Pradeep Puthoor: New Paintings


Pradeep Puthoor: New Paintings
Opening on Saturday, July 5th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Exhibition continues to Saturday, August 2nd.

New Delhi: Nature Morte is pleased to present a solo show of new paintings by Pradeep Puthoor.
In fabulous, mural-size paintings, Pradeep Puthoor seems to suggest a meeting of art, computer science, and biological engineering. Sumptuous colors come together into evocative forms that hover between anatomical elaborations and botanical follies. Iridescent vessels contain a myriad of pulsating, vibrating creatures: hothouse flowers, internal organs, robotic insects, nuclear paramecium, alien genitalia. The artificial illumination within these paintings can be a day-glow moonlight or the electrified, blinking neon of the Las Vegasstrip. With over-arching structures and containers of organic grids, the works also feel like urban mega-structures, orbiting space colonies, and hypothesized internet communities. Puthoor’s works are paintings to swim in and get lost, to drown in their luscious complexities.
Born in 1965 in Puthoor, Kerala, Pradeep holds a BFA from the Collegeof Fine Artsin Trivandrumand has received a Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation in New York. He lives and works in Trivandrumand has had solo shows at the Noble Sage Gallery in London, the ShrishtiArtGalleryin Hyderabad, and the Museum Art Galleryin Trivandrum.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Experimenter announces a stellar line-up of curators who will be participating at the 4th edition of the Curators’ Hub on July 25-26, 2014, in Kolkata

Experimenter Curators’ Hub
25th & 26th July 2014
In continuation with its commitment to curatorial practice, Experimenter Curators’ Hub (ECH) will take place this year on July 25-26, 2014.
Started in 2011, the Experimenter Curators' Hub has over the last three years emerged as one of the most significant, critical engagement with curatorial practice in the country. ECH is a platform to discuss, debate and present the most contemporary thought behind curating exhibitions in today's context. Curatorial practice in India is at a crucial juncture and it is important to talk about its current state and its future development, especially through conversations between curators who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art.
The Hub also acts as a platform for exchange of thoughts, views & possibilities of collaborations between the curators, between public and private organizations and the various institutional frameworks that coexist in the art world. The hub will have two days dedicated to individual presentations of the 10 curators’ own practice and its development with specific focus on exhibitions curated in the last two years. The final day of the event will culminate in an open session where artists, thinkers, collectors, writers, other curators, filmmakers, gallerists and other individuals from the arts will interact with each other to take the conversations productively forward.
The fourth edition of the Experimenter Curators Hub spread over 2 days will be dedicated to intense individual presentations by the 10 curators, describing their own practice and its development with specific focus on exhibitions curated in the last three years. The aim is to comprehend the theoretical aspects of the process of curating while discussing their challenges and concerns. At the end of every day, will be one open session each where the presenters get into discussions and with the active participation of the audience, take the conversations productively forward.
The participating curators are Adam Szymczyk, Alexander Koch, Eungie Joo, Grant Watson, Pooja Sood, Ranjit Hoskote, Riyas Komu, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Yuko Hasegawa and Magdalena Ziolkowska. A short biography of each curator is attached below.

Experimenter Curators’ Hub will be held between 11am – 7pm on both 25th & 26th July at Experimenter – 2/1 Hindusthan Road, Kolkata 700029. The Experimenter Curators Hub is being presented in association with Pro Helvetia – The Swiss Arts Council. Supported by British Council, Polish Institute, Japan Foundation, Goethe Institute and Sharjah Art Foundation. The hospitality partner for the Hub is The Park, Kolkata and Take on Art is the media partner.
Curator’s Profiles:
Adam Szymczyk (1970)
Adam Szymczyk (born 1970 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland) is Artistic Director of documenta 14 and until the end of this year Director and Chief Curator at Kunsthalle Basel. He was a co-founder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, at which he worked as Curator from 1997 till 2003, when he assumed his new post in Basel. At Kunsthalle Basel, he organized exhibitions including Piotr Uklanski: Earth, Wind and Fire (2004); Tomma Abts (2005); Gustav Metzger: In Memoriam and Lee Lozano: Win First Don't Last Win Last Don't Care (both 2006); Micol Assaël: Chizhevsky Lessons (2007); Danh Vo: Where the Lions Are (2009); Moyra Davey: Speaker Receiver (2010); Sung Hwan Kim: Line Wall (2011); Paul Sietsema and Adriana Lara: S.S.O.R. (both 2012), as well as group shows including Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession) (with Salvatore Lacagnina, 2010), How to Work/How to Work (More for) Less (both in 2011). In 2008 he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art under the title When Things Cast No Shadow and in 2012 he curated Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2011, he was recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.
Alexander Koch (1973)
Alexander Koch studied visual arts in Dresden and Leipzig (1994–99) and taught at the Leipzig art academy until 2005. He has worked as a curator and editor on various exhibitions and publications. Koch is a frequent lecturer and author - the dropping out of art, the economic and institutional transformations within the art world, and the societal significance of artistic practices have been main concerns in his theoretic writings. In 2003 he co-founded the Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, and in 2008 he co-founded KOW, a Berlin based gallery specialised on socially oriented art, representing international artists like Santiago Sierra, Franz Erhard Walther, Alice Creischer, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Chto Delat? and others. Since 2008 he is co-initiator and chairman of the NEW PATRONS program in Germany, which he also initiates in Africa since 2013: in Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa. More countries will follow in 2014 and 2015.  
Eungie Joo
Eungie Joo is curator of the forthcoming “Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible” (5 March-5 June 2015) in the United Arab Emirates. From 2012 – 2014, Joo was Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brasil. She was Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum from 2007-2012, where Joo spearheaded the Museum as Hub program; commissioned the monthly seminar Night School by Anton Vidokle (2008-9); edited the volume Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (2009); and published the Art Spaces Directory(2012), a guide to over 400 independent art spaces from over ninety-six countries. Joo was curator of the “2012 New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables”and served as commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, where she presented “Condensation: Haegue Yang.” Joo was founding Director and Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, from 2003 to 2007, where she developed residencies and exhibitions by SUPERFLEX, Damián Ortega, Sora Kim, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Kara Walker, and others.
Grant Watson
Grant Watson works as a freelance curator, writer and researcher internationally and (part time) as Senior Curator at the Institute of International Visual Arts in London. Recent projects include there search collaboration International Practice with Iaspis (Sweden) Casco (Holland) and Raw Material (Senegal) looking at experimental structures developed by artists to connect internationally, Tagore Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures with Goldsmiths College (London)the touring exhibition Social Fabric investigating links through textiles between Britain and India, and the Exhibition Keywords: Art Culture and Society in 1980s Britain at Tate Liverpool. As curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) 2006 – 2010 his projects included the exhibitions Santhal Family Positions Around an Indian Sculpture, Cornelius Cardew and Textiles Art and the Social Fabric. He was previously the Curator of Visual Arts at Project in Dublin between 2001 and 2006 where he focused on solo commissions from contemporary artists. Watson has worked with Indian art since the mid 1990s researching this subject for Documenta 12. Watson studied Curating and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College London where he is currently a PhD candidate, he is ‘Researcher in Performance’ with If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam) developing the two-year interview project How We Behaveand is Visiting Professor at the Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem).
Magdalena Ziółkowska
Magdalena Ziółkowskaholds a PhD inArt History, is a curator and graduate of the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw, School for Social Research in Warsaw, and Curatorial Training Programme (de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, 2006/07). Between 2006–10 she worked as guest curator in Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven where she realised such projects as Notes From the Future of Art. Selected Writings of Jerzy Ludwiński (2007) and Andrzej Wróblewski. To the Margin and Back (2010), both accompanied by publications. Since 2008 she work in Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz where she initiated and curated a number of projects and publications, among them international platform for researching Central- and Eastern European practices Art Always Has Its Consequences (2008–10), Working Title: Archive (2008–09), individual show by Sanja Iveković. Practice Makes the Master (2009), Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit (co-curator, 2011), Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations (co-curator, 2013–14). In 2013 she was the editor of the anthology of texts by the artist Zbigniew Dłubak Teoria Sztuki Zbigniewa Dłubaka. In 2012 she co-founded Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation (www.andrzejwroblewski.pl) – a NGO devoted to develop and popularise the knowledge about life and work of one of the most inspiring and remarkable post-war Polish artist. Beyond the solo show Andrzej Wróblewski. Constantly Looking Ahead (National Museum, Krakow 2012–13), the Foundation co-published recently with Adam Mickiewicz Institute a bilingual monography Avoiding Intermediary States. Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957), worldwide distributed by Hatje Cantz. Her research and writing focus on history of exhibitions and display, artists' writing and post-war museology.
Pooja Sood
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Pooja Soodis a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists Association and an independent curator, she was appointed Artistic Director and curator of 48C and lives in New Delhi. Sood has Masters in Art History and Business Management. She is a Chevening scholar [on the Clore Leadership programme, UK 2009-2011].From 2000-2010, she was the Regional Coordinator of the global Triangle Arts Trust, UK, where she researched and facilitated the establishment of independent not for profit visual art organizations in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal called SANA( South Asian Network for the Arts). She was appointed Artistic Director and curator of 48C. Public Art. Ecology, a public art project across 10 public sites in New Delhi commissioned by the Goethe Insitut and GIZ New Delhi in December 2008. She was Curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery, the first dedicated space for new media in India from 2002-2007 and of the Eicher Gallery from 1994-1998. She is also the Director of the programme. (www.arthinksouthasia.org). She curated KHOJ LIVE08, a week long live arts Festival in March 2008. She has co curated the exhibition “Have we met?” with curators from Indonesia, Japan and Thailand for the Japan Foundation in 2004. She was invited to curate a video art exhibition for the Musee D’ Ethnographie in Geneva in 2004 and was a guest curator for InteractiveA03 , a video art festival in Mexico in 2003 and the Freewaves Media Festival in Los Angeles, USA., 2004.

Ranjit Hoskote
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet. With Nancy Adajania, Hoskote is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Insurgent Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK, forthcoming 2014).
Since 1993, Hoskote has curated or co-curated 30 exhibitions of contemporary art, including two monographic surveys of Atul Dodiya, a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay and New Delhi, 2005-2006), a historical survey of Indian abstraction, Nothing is Absolute (with Mehlli Gobhai; CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2013), and a contextualisation of 150 years of art by Parsi artists within the narrative of an emergent Indian modernism, No Parsi is an Island  (with Nancy Adajania). Hoskote co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2008) and was curator of India’s first stand-alone national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (54th edition, 2011). Hoskote was also co-convenor, with Maria Hlavajova, Boris Groys and Kathrin Rhomberg, of the exhibition-conference platform Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, Prospects (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013).
Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995), an Associate Fellow at Sarai/ CSDS, New Delhi (2006-2007), and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Theater der Welt, Essen/ Mülheim (2010) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). Jointly with Nancy Adajania, he has held a research residency at BAK/ basis vooractuelekunst, Utrecht (2010; 2013). Hoskote sits on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong); the international advisory board of the 1st Bergen Triennial (Norway); the advisory board of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (Bombay); and the programme advisory board of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).
Riyas Komu (1971)
Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and an activist working towards developing the art infrastructure in India. His critically acclaimed political works have been exhibited extensively in India and abroad, which include several key works that focus specially on the political and cultural history of Kerala. His works are part of the larger narrative of the making and unmaking of artistic influences and also reflects the current issues in global context. In 2007 he was one of two artists from India to be selected by curator Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale. Have participated in Jogja Biennale, Indonesia. Exhibitions include shows at the GEM Museum for Contemporary Art (The Hague, The Netherlands, 2009), The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo,Norway, 2009), the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China, 2009) and the Gwangju Emerging Asian Artists Exhibition (Gwangju, Korea, 2010). Solo exhibition, „Safe to Light‟ in Iran (Azad Art Gallery, 2010). Significant works focusing on football include “Mark Him”, with the Indian National Football Team and “Left Legs” with the Iraqi National Football Team (2008/2010). His works were recently showed at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, as part of their “Paris-Delhi-Bombay” exhibition. Solo shows include, Ambulance 2002, Faith Accompli 2004 - 2005, Systematic Citizen 2007, Related List, 2008. Subrato to Cesar 2010.
Shuddhabrata Sengupta
Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective and an independent writer. The hybrid practice of the Raqs Media Collective (formed in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) sets itself apart through its insistence on occupying a ground that is as expressively poetic as it is rigorously analytical. Raqs follows its self-declared imperative of 'kinetic contemplation' to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods (sound, image, video, text, object, gesture) that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures. Raqs enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. Their work has been shown at - Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales, amongst others. Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Britain (London), Art Unlimited (Basel), Mori Museum (Tokyo), SALT (Istanbul) and at the Hayward and Serpentine Galleries (London), amongst others. They curated 'The Rest of Now' for the 7th edition of Manifesta in 2008, Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition at the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon in 2013 and INSERT 2014 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi in 2014.
Yuko Hasegawa
Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) and Professor of the Department of Art Science, Tama Art University in Tokyo.Since 2008, Yuko has been a member of the Asian Art Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). She is Artistic Director of Inujima Art House Project (2011-present) and Curator forArt Basel in Hong Kong Encountersto be held in May 2014.Her recent projects includeBUNNY SMACH– design to touch the world (2013),ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENTS for TOMMORROW (2011)at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and Trans Cool Tokyo(2010-11) at Singapore Art Museum. At the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa where she was appointed as Founding Artistic Director, she curated Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint (2005). She was Curator of 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), Artistic Advisor of 12thVenice Architectural Biennale (2010), Co-Curator of 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), Commissioner of Japanese Pavilion of 50th Venice Biennale (2003), Co-Curator of the 4th Shanghai Biennale (2002) and Artistic Director of the 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001). Her publications include ‘Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art,’ Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp334-351 and ‘Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa: SANAA,’ Phaidon Press, 2006.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Manoj Maurya's New Series - ReBORN


As an artist, filmmaker, creative director, writer and thinker, Manoj Maurya explores multidisciplinary approach to his creativity. He is a creative entrepreneur who believes that creativity has the power to solve modern day problems. His creations find expression in paintings, films, poems, advertising campaigns & writing. He has launched many social and cultural innovations directed towards social empowerment and well being.  

Manoj Maurya's paintings are highly thought centric, contemporary and introspective. They interact with you; provoke thought, action and intellect. He is a strong proponent for constructive art. An art that has the potential to influence the contemporary times with its journey is constructive in true sense.
Born in Benaras, the oldest seat of art and culture in the country, Manoj believes that he has learnt the discipline from nature much before a formal education in the field. Manoj Maurya earned a B.A. in Hindi Literature & Psychology followed it up by a B.F.A from M.G.K.V.P University in Varanasi. His paintings encompass diverse subjects stemming from Spirituality, Philosophy, Current Affairs, Women, Nature and Mythology. At a Kargil Charity Exhibition, Manoj Maurya received huge success with Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi the State Minister of Information and Broadcasting inaugurating the exhibition and praising his work. The exhibition fuelled substantial proceeds towards charity for Kargil war heroes’ widows.
As a painter, Manoj strictly believes in not making an art from target audience centric or cater to market dynamics. His goal is to make art accessible to one and all and not getting limited to a small group of art savvy individuals.
The artist has explored a unique experiment with his painting, merging visual art with performing art. It started with painting on the canvass of a play in progress, Andha Yug at Prithvi theatre. The sound and light effects with the dialogues and expressions emoted by the actors acted as a germ of inspiration and Manoj filled his empty canvass with vibrant hues of a spiritual painting with a contemporary social relevance. In a similar fashion sometimes on a backdrop of live musical performance, plays and dance dramas Manoj has expressed his versatile thinking on virgin canvass.
Armed with a PG in Advertising & Public Relation from IIMC, New Delhi, Manoj forayed into Advertising. He helms a boutique creative firm, Muse catering to a prestigious bouquet of clientele.
About his new series of Paintings- ReBORN
What is reborn painting exhibition?
When a life is Born, Death takes birth
When a life is Reborn, Universe takes birth
Reborn is the state of conscious awakening which takes life closer to its real purpose. Reborn series of paintings deciphers the real essence of awakened life between birth and death. When a human life undergoes through the process of Reborn, it comes closer to self realisation, universal truth and unveils the purpose of its birth. It is the process of Reborn that made Siddharth achieve enlightenment. It is Reborn of Narendra to Swami Vivekanand.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Experimenter present Ayesha Sultana’s first solo exhibition

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Kolkata: Experimenter presents Ayesha Sultana’s first solo exhibition, Outside the Field of View, starting May 9, 2014 (till June 26, 2014). Rooted in process and the act of making, the exhibition provides an insight into her ongoing investigation of drawing, of seeing space in continuum, of exploring gaps in visual memory and of looking at the periphery and what is overlooked in plain sight.

In a constantly evolving process, Sultana’s work cannot be identified as belonging to a single artistic tendency. She concurrently works in different mediums and techniques, but with a specific interest in the features of materials she uses in the act of making. This leads to other ways of looking and engaging, in the relevance of formal properties of various materials and the depth of meaning of the medium itself. Having discarded the narrative, she often uses drawing as a verb, of 'doing' whether by cutting, folding, piercing, layering, recording, tracing, removing, scratching and so on. A pair of works in the exhibition, made by photocopying for instance, are an extension of that process of investigation, taking its initial source from photography, and later enlarging and creating multiple copies of the same.
An attempt to make visible or to delve into what one can see, and simultaneously translating the visual information, is what engages Sultana. Through the primacy of drawing, this act of looking is to assimilate the experience of her surroundings and space. Space to Sultana seems relational, a field emerging as a result of matter and its parts, in the movement or weight of its fragments, not necessarily marked by a beginning or an end but a structure or a space that never ends – the periphery.
In another body of work, with found and her own photographs, an atmosphere of transience, a kind of abstracted, banal landscape emerges. The pictures may seem groundless, sometimes partially obliterated through solarizing and deliberate scratching off the surface.
The graphite drawings present configurations and arrangements of geometric shapes and spatial structures, in a frame-by-frame progression of image and time, once again bringing forth her interest in the visual understanding of continuation, direction and possibly a form of meditative infinity. On a more tangible level, the smooth surface of the paper is dark but reflective, creating frictions and ruptures and at times resembling metal; while revealing the mineral attributes of graphite and hence referring to the tension produced between the delicate, malleable quality of paper and the austere, detached physicality of graphite.
Counter tendencies of movement and stasis are also evident as an attempt to generate emptiness by filling up the surface. Through other elemental gestures and implications of plotting, measuring and erasure, splicing and filling in, Sultana makes whole, an image that is contained, yet changing. On the other hand, the repetitive marks of the graphite build up a rhythmic field, creating an overall tension that seems to act as a veil to some kind of disclosure.
Born in Jessore, Bangladesh, in 1984, Ayesha Sultana received a BFA in Visual Arts (2007) and subsequently a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Education (2008) at the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. From 2007-2009 she taught as Lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University. Recent group exhibitions include B/Desh, Dhaka Art Summit, curated by Deepak Ananth; Cross-Casting, Britto Space, Dhaka, curated by Mahbubur Rahman; Listen Up! New Delhi, curated by Diana Campbell-Betancourt & Tim Goosens (all 2014); Samdani Art Foundation stand, India Art Fair, Delhi (2013); Senses 7, Dhaka Art Center; Freefall, Bengal Art Lounge, curated by Giorgio Guglielmino (2012); Rise to Ruin, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore (2010) amongst others. Sultana recently completed a curatorial research residency at Gasworks, London (2013). She is a member of the Dhaka based artist run organisation, Britto Arts Trust. She is also the recipient of the Samdani Art Award 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chetnaa Verma announced as the winner of the Glenfiddich Emerging Artist of the Year, 2014 Award

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New Delhi, April 5, 2014: In an exclusive grand-finale held at Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon, Glenfiddich and Bestcollegeart.com announced Chetnaa Verma as the winner of the third edition of “Emerging Artist of the Year, 2014 Award”. In a proud moment for the country, Chetnaa Verma emerges as the winner despite a tough competition from artists all over India. Chetnaa presented outstanding artwork titled – “Crossword of Diagonals” and “On Parallel Ground”, for her much deserving win. The core of her practice in art focuses on the series of geometrics and the lines guided by the urban metroscape. Tauseef Khan of Delhi and Shrimanti Saha of Baroda were declared as the first and second runner-up at the finale event. The evening saw the presence of the celebrated jury members and iconic artists from the country coming together for this coveted award ceremony to show their support to the emerging talent.


 Recognized as the country’s biggest art award, the award is brought together by Bestcollegeart.com, India's most reputed online art gallery dedicated to supporting and nurturing young contemporary artists in partnership with Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky. Chetnaa will be the artist representing India in 2014 at the globally acclaimed Glenfiddich Artists in Residence (AiR), collaborating with other celebrated international artists, and get an opportunity to live and work at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland for 3 months. The artist received an award of total value INR 10, 00,000 which comprises INR 1, 00,000 as cash reward, three months residency in Scotland with a monthly stipend, materials allowance, travel, accommodation and finally, a solo show at Art District XIII in 2014.

 Over 2,500 works by 655 artists were included for this year’s contest, out of which five finalists were shortlisted by a 10 member jury, comprising leading artists, curators and collectors. All five finalists showcased their works at an exclusive preview, ‘Five for the Future’ held at Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon on 4th April, 2014. Chetnaa’s artwork will be on view until the 30th of April 2014.  Currently in its 13th year, AiR this year will welcome 10 artists from across the globe, the largest group ever, from India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, North America, Mexico, Chile, Spain and the UK. 

Mr. Kapil Chopra, President, The Oberoi Group & Mentor, Bestcollegeart.com, said, “We are delighted to host the third edition of the Emerging Artist of the Year award. This is the most important initiative for the growth of Indian contemporary art. The award not only seeks out the next generation of artists but also nurtures and supports emerging talent. The Oberoi Group believes in showcasing the best of Indian art, culture, design and hospitality to the world and this partnership reiterates our commitments towards the goal.”
Rajiv Bhatia, Director, William Grant & Sons, India, said, “In the pioneering spirit of our founders, which serves as the cornerstone of our core values – Glenfiddich has been an initiator and supporter of art programmes across the world. Our globally recognized forum – Artists in Residence (AiR), launched in 2002, provides a solid platform for incipient artists from around the world to showcase their talent and to gain international recognition. Since the launch in India in 2012, the programme has received an enthusiastic response from artists across the country.
Andy Fairgrieve, AiR Co-ordinator, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd, commented,Each year, the pioneering Glenfiddich Artists in Residence programme welcomes a number of artists from all over the world to take up a three-month residency at The Glenfiddich Distillery. In 2012, with the exclusive launch of the Emerging Artist of the Year award in India, Glenfiddich took yet another pioneering step in actively supporting young artists in India. We are overwhelmed to see that with the third edition, the award has established itself as one of the country’s leading art competitions. Glenfiddich is the true pioneer of single malt Scotch whisky category and is enjoyed by more people around the world than any other single malt Scotch whisky.  The essence of our association with Bestcollegeart.com lies in the fact that both Bestcollegeart.com as well the overall ethos of Glenfiddich celebrate the shared passion for art. We look forward to Chetnaa’s participation in the AiR programme and wish her the best in his journey to success.”
In accepting the honor, Chetnaa Verma said, “I am extremely happy and honoured to win Emerging Artist of the Year Award 2014. Winning this prestigious award has always been a dream, which has now come true for me. I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support which have made these accolades possible for me."
Last year’s winner of the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ was Yuvan Bothysathuvar from Chennai, India. He participated in Glenfiddich’s 12th annual Artists in Residence programme in 2013 at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, along with seven other artists from across the globe.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Glenfiddich announces the five finalists for the Glenfiddich “Emerging Artist of the Year, 2014 Award”


New Delhi, March 26, 2014: The Glenfiddich “Emerging Artist of the Year”, the biggest art award in India has announced the five finalists of its third edition. It is a proud moment for the capital city, Tauseef Khan has been named in the top 5. He made it to this elite list despite very tough competition from artists all over India. Tauseef presented outstanding artwork titled – “Burj reflection”, “Coliseum Reflection”, for his deserving selection. His paintings are about how we view history through the prism of today, how it is constantly shifting and changing according to our contemporary perspectives. The award is brought together by Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky in partnership with Bestcollegeart.com, India's most reputed online art gallery dedicated to supporting and nurturing young contemporary artists.

The five shortlisted artists chosen from Baroda, Chennai and New Delhi will present a group show ‘Five for the Future’ at Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon on April 4, 2014. Chosen by a distinguished jury, one of them will be declared the winner of the coveted award. The award has a total value of INR 10,00,000 – it includes INR 1,00,000 cash, three months residency in Scotland with a monthly stipend, materials allowance, travel, accommodation, and culminates with a solo show at Nature Morte in 2014.

Over 2,500 works by 655 artists were included for this year’s contest, were reviewed by a 10-member jury, comprising leading artists, curators and collectors. After rigorous rounds of evaluation and discussions, the jury members have shortlisted on these five finalists.

The five finalists for the “Emerging Artist of the Year”, 2014 Award are:
 
1. Tauseef Khan - New Delhi (above)
2. Sirivella Pragathikumar - Baroda (Vadodra)
3. Shrimanti Saha - Baroda (Vadodra)
4. Ravishankar - Chennai
5. Chetnaa Verma- Noida

Shrimanti Saha’s work derive a lot from the manipulation of historical narratives and juxtapose them with certain aspects from biology, geography and other disciplines, while Sirivella Pragathikumar’s work is based on satirical and comical description of human nature. Ravishankar’s entry showcases various memories of his childhood that has seed deep inside him; he uses complex techniques of brilliant usage of pen and Ink on paper. Chetnaa Verma’s work titled Crossword of Diagonals” and “On Parallel Ground” showcases series of geometrics and the lines guided by the urban metroscape, while Tauseef Khan work is focuses on how we perceive the world and our past through the prism of today.

Since its launch in India in 2012, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence (AiR) programme has received an enthusiastic response from artists across the country. The winner gets to represent India for 2014 at the globally acclaimed programme which gives the participant a chance to collaborate with other celebrated international artists, and the opportunity to live and work at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland. A unique feature of Glenfiddich’s Artists in Residence programme is the open brief that allows each artist the freedom to explore and be inspired by the people, heritage and stunning surroundings of the distillery, without prescription on the work they create. Currently in its 13th year, AiR this year will welcome 10 artists from across the globe, the largest group ever, from India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, North America, Mexico, Chile, Spain and the UK.

Rajiv Bhatia, Director, William Grant & Sons, India, said, Since the launch of its globally recognized forum - Artists in Residence (AiR) – in 2002, Glenfiddich has been an initiator and supporter of art programmes across the world. In 2012, with the exclusive launch of the Emerging Artist of the Year award in India, Glenfiddich took a pioneering step in actively supporting young artists in the country. India has been an active participant in this program over the past five years. This year again we have had an exceptional response to the competition, and are delighted to announce the five finalists shortlisted for 2014 edition of Emerging Artist of the Year award. It is indeed heartening to see the increased participation in the awards from artists all over India. Having a finalist from the city of Delhi is a testament to the growing popularity of these awards amongst emerging artists in India.
On hearing the announcement Tauseef Khan said “I am extremely happy and honored at being selected as one of the five finalists for the Glenfiddich Emerging Artist of the Year Award. This is a very good platform for any budding artist and being a part of this, was a dream come true for me. I am eagerly looking forward to attending the finale event at the very famous Nature Morte Gallery, and hope to make the city of Delhi proud by winning this prestigious award.”
This is the third edition of the award and since its inception in 2012, and over 3,500 works by more than 1000 artists have been submitted to the Emerging Artist of the Year Award thus far.  Seeking the very best in national contemporary art, the award has established itself as one of the country’s leading art competitions. Last year’s winner, Yuvan Bothysathuvar, participated in Glenfiddich’s 12th annual Artists in Residence programme in 2013 at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, along with seven other artists from across the globe.