Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jamini Roy Birthday Celebrations, Noopur Anita Balia solo and more


Jamini Roy Birthday Celebrations

(a painting by Jamini Roy)
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi presents a show commemorating the 125th Birth anniversary of great master artist, Jamini Roy. The show is titled, ‘Jamini Roy 1887-1972 -  Journey to the Roots’. This show is curated by Ella Datta and will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch.

The show displays the works of the great artist, show his gradual change in styles and display his definitive mark of control over the medium and his art. Jamini Roy was the most famous student of Abanindranath Tagore and he eventually moved from the Bengal school of art and Western influences in his art towards his own culture. He found his inspiration in the folk art Kaliighat Pat with its bold sweeping brush strokes. He began experimentation with the Santhal tribe as his muse, their dances, and their lifestyles. His work later on captured the simplicity of the folk art.

NGMA hopes to recapture and revisit the magic of Jamini Roy through his work at the show.

The show previews on the 24th of June 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Tribute to the brave Soul

(The Soul show by Noopur Anita Balia)
Amdavad Ni Gufa gallery, Ahmedabad, presents an exhibition of works in a show titled, ‘The Soul’. The artist, Noopur Anita Balia, presents the solo as a tribute to the brave Nirbhaya -  the Delhi gang rape victim. 
Feeling absolutely disgusted and terrified about the act, Noopur brings out the raw pain and humiliation felt by her deeply at a spiritual level in response to the ghastly act. She expresses this pain and tries to overcome the vulnerability she feels as a woman in a brutal world with the support of her art. She believes her art has the power to bring back the strength that she needs.
She also feels that art has the unique ability to freeze a moment in time and endow it with memory and mystery. The show is to be inaugurated by Manhar Udhas.

The show ‘The Soul’ previews on 18th June 2013 at 6 30 pm and will be on view till the 23rd June 2013.

A Journey for Life

(a painting by Sanjoy Mal)
Gallery Pradarshak, Mumbai presents a solo show of paintings by artist, Sanjoy Mal. The show is titled, ‘A Journey for Life’ and deals with the artists’s vast travels away from his hometown Kolkata.

Sanjoy explores and interprets his travel bug nature in a realistic style and most of the works are rendered in acrylic on canvas, with a near monochrome palette, with hints and dabs of very intense colours like blues, greens, reds and yellows.
The effect is rather dramatic and intense. There is also an anticipation of movement in most of the compositions and they take the viewer deeper into the artists imagination.

He tries to capture the unstoppable moments in time with their unique depth and richness.

The show is on view till the 29th of June 2013. 

Alokchitre Dhusor Pandulipi show

(a photo from the show 'Alokchitre Dhusor Pandulipi)
The Third Eye Photography club has organized a show titled, ‘ Alokchitre Dhusor Pandulipi’ translated it means, ‘Maps of Time’. This festival is in its 15th year and hosts an exhibition of monochromatic, black and white photographs printed on archival canvases.

The works on display at the show are made by 22 members of the Third Eye club. Some of the known names participating in the show are, Atanu Paul, Anwesha Chatterjee, Soumya Dasgupta, Arnab Sen and Apan Baran Biswas.

The sizes of the photographs vary from 22 x 33 inches to 60 x 40 inches.

The show is on view at the Kolkata Information Centre till the 18th of June 2013. For further information call on +91 9830170166

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Young artists swap shock factor for old-fashioned paper as it becomes more precious in a digital age.
(Jodie Carey's Arrangement Three, an artwork made from newspaper and stained with blood, tea and coffee)
Rebecca Wilson, from the Saatchi gallery in London, said the simple medium of paper was becoming more valued as it became scarce in everyday life.
Speaking of the upcoming generation of artists, she said she had noticed a move away from the shocking modern art of the 1990s towards the “traditional” skills of drawing, painting and sculpture.
“It’s a really interesting moment,” she said. “It makes you sit up and think about something we used to take for granted and have now largely forgotten about.
“There is an element of comfort in it, in the sense that people and artists are really excited by seeing something tangible and really beautiful.”
She told the Telegraph she thought the next generation of artists were moving away from “bombastic” statements such as Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde cow towards “quieter”, more intricate work.
Speaking of modern artists in recent years, she added: “It’s not to say they weren’t skilled, but I think there is a much quieter sense in a lot of the work of younger artists now. They’re not feeling the need to do that [shock].
“In a sense it is a return to the old traditions of drawing, painting or sculpture. “
She said she was “always looking out” for the work of young artists at exhibitions including degree shows, and had noticed a trend for work on and with paper.
“We had started, over the last few years, to notice that paper seemed to be a medium that artists are increasingly exploring,” she said.
“It’s becoming a scarcity. How often do you get a personalised letter written by hand and posted any more? With the rise of the internet and digital books, it is disappearing in a paperless world.
"And in the same way as there had been a return to people wanting locally-sourced food or beautiful hardback books, people are prepared to pay for something special.”
The gallery is now launching a new exhibition entitled Paper, intended to showcase the work of 44 artists in collage, drawing, sculpture, painting and installation.
A spokesman for the gallery added: “We encourage paperless offices, printed newspapers are in decline, communications until very recently documented on paper are now sent by email, and even paper money is steadily diminishing. The temporality of the material has never been more evident.
“Gone may be the days of extensive filing but in the hands of these artists paper, the simplest and most ancient of materials, is vividly alive and physically present.”
(a report by Hanna Furness, The Telegraph)

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