Thursday, July 18, 2013

No takers for Art for Uttarakhand?, Indian Artists paint Russia and more..


Indian Artists paint Russia

(An artist at the art camp)
The Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, along with the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists, the Lalit Kala Akademi and the Delhi College of Art, presents an art camp, “Indian artists paint Russia”. 

The art camp aims at bringing the art and culture of both the countries together under one roof. The camp will see an array of artists, established and upcoming, depicting their understanding of the beautiful Russia on canvas.

The participating artists of the art camp are, Vimal S Mehta, RB Santosh Kumar, Preeti Vaidya, Reni Soman, Askshat Sinhahas, Monica Dawar, PratibhaPanesar, Aashish Tanwar, Amandeep Kaur Bakshi, Neelam Mansharamani, Danish Aagha.

The camp is on till the 18th of July 2013.

Connections show

( A work by Hema Upadhyay)
Nature Morte gallery, Gurgaon, presents an eclectic mix of works by contemporary , established artists of today. The show titled, ‘Connections’, tries to connect to the viewer using various mediums and styles. The themes explored are numerous from feminine issues to illustrative block prints which are narrative in nature.

The show promises to appeal to a large range of art enthusiasts and buyers as well. Digital prints, block prints, oils on canvas,  photography, and mixed media works on paper and canvas leave hardly any medium untouched in this show.

The participating artists are Mona Rai, Anita Dube, Hema Upadhyay, Archana Hande, Jeffery Schiff, Rohini Devasher and Thukral & Tagra.

The show commenced on 15th July and will be on view till the 25th of August 2013.

Metaphysics and Materiality
(A work at the show)
Galerie Isa, Mumbai, presents a three persons show, titled, ‘Visions from Beyond: A Foray into Metaphysics and Materiality’. The show features the works of three young immensely talented artists, Daniel Lergon, Dan Rees and Mindy Shapero. 

Through the collection each of the artists has tried to explore the different relationship between contrasts such as light and surface, spiritual and fantastical along with the real and the imaginary, the physical and the metaphysical.
Though they share a common interest in the field of abstraction, each artist has his or her own distinct focus. These differences lead them into various investigations and explorations. The results of these journeys are a series of sensitive and provocative works that reveal what can be felt as well as observed, and shared as well as kept hidden.

The show is on view till 30th of September 2013.

Soujorn - Surajit Chanda Solo

(A painting by Surajit Chanda)
Gallery Time and Space, Bangalore presents a solo show of wrks by artist Surajit Chanda.
Titled, “Soujorn” this painting exhibition showcases a collection of his latest works. In this exhibition the artist displays some of his finest paintings rendered in oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas.
The show previews on Friday, 26th July 2013 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and the show goes on for public view till the 3rd of August 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


No takers for ‘ Art for Uttarakhand’?

The recent exhibition, at Lalit Kala Academi in New Delhi, to raise funds for Uttarakhand flood victims, didn't find enough buyers. Was it the exorbitant price or sheer negligence? 

As many as 150 artists contributed their work for this single cause without keeping any share of the income and out of that they could only collect Rs. 15 lakhs (approximately).

(Artist Jatin Das)
Jatin Das, Padma Bhushan awardee, said: “I was always concerned about this cause and looking at the show from that angle there’s gratification but I am a little unhappy because we’ve not sold everything and people of Delhi could have bought."

He added, “The artist community in India and particularly Delhi has always come forth in last 60 years giving a hand to the troubled hands, whether it’s floods, earthquakes or whatever. And on the other hand, there are bureaucrats, doctors, engineers, politicians – why don’t they come out and do something?”

“Artists are not rich like bureaucrats and others. When I asked, all of them (artists) gave their works and within two days! Some of them even made drawings the previous night, got it framed and gave it to us which is very touching. But do you think public at large is concerned?” he asked.
(Artwork by Jatin Das)
Sanjay Bhattacharya blames Indian market and the decline of rupee. Even though his work was the most expensive at the exhibition, he feels that’s hardly a reason for his artwork to not stay unsold. “First of all our market is low at the moment. Where are the buyers? Craze for paintings is also going down. I don’t think we should expect more than this. We are doing our best and can only do so much”, he said.

(Paintings by Sanjay Bhattacharya and Vijendra S Vij)
Depending on the amount of work and the experience of the artist the paintings were priced from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 8,00,000. The prices were modified keeping the cause in mind and also to attract more buyers. Despite being reasonably priced the exhibition saw very few and most buyers who came were collectors.
“Mostly collectors bought the works and the participant artists also came forward and bought each other’s paintings just to donate as much as we could,” said B. Jaya Lakshmi, an artist and volunteer.
The artists still seemed somewhere satisfied at being a part of the cause. The display only lasted for three days (July 14-July 16). The money will be sent in the form of cheques in favour of Chief Minister Relief Fund, Uttarakhand.
Apart from Jatin Das, this was initiated by A Ramachandran, Arjuna, Alka Raghuvanshi, Anjolie Ela Menon, Anupam Sood, Atul Sinha, Chameli Ramachandran, Harshawardhan, Gopi Gajwani, Jatin Das, Jayashri Burman, Krishen Khanna, Kishore Shinde, Manish Pushkale, Manu Parekh, Madhavi Parekh, Paresh Maity, Parthiv Shah, Raghu Rai, Rajeev Lochan, Ram Rahman, Santosh Verma, Shamshad Hussain, Shakti Maira, Shobha Broota, Vivan Sundaram, Veer Munshi, Vasundhara Tiwari and others.

(Report by Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times)

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