Monday, January 6, 2014

An Eternal Search, Out of/in Countenance, India Kliks and more..


An Eternal Search
(Work on display)
Atta Galatta, Bangalore presents an art exhibition by Kanthi titled “ An Eternal Search”. The Solo show by Kanthi is an attempt to showcase her recent works. This collection represents a common 21st century phenomenon – the complicated relationship humans have with nature. Human beings, though are innately dependent on nature, they choose to separate from it. 

Chennai graduate Kanthi was interested in art has since her school days and she developed it during her college years. In the last 16 years she had had the opportunity to live in different places in India and abroad, and interact with homegrown artists. She also had the honor of working with artists like, Mr MD Dattan (Trivandrum), Mr A.V. Ilango (Chennai), Mr Nandan (Kochi) and Mr M. G. Doddamani (Bangalore), all greatly talented artists who unleashed the artist in her by inspiring her to develop her artistic skills further. She has showcased her works in “Chitra Santhe “in 2006 and 2011. Kanthi’s works are with private and public collections in India, Dubai and USA. Her last show was in Aug 2012, in Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, titled ‘Flying high”. 

The show is on view from 10th to 12th January 2014.

The Winter Tale

Gallerie Nvya gives all the art lovers a chance to glance at a wide range of artworks under roof. 'The Winter Tale: An Amalgamation Art Work' brings the works of various renowned artists. The artworks present an explosion of colours and form multicoloured expressions of reality.
On display will be works of artists like Revati Sharma Singh, Viveek Sharma, K G Subramanyan, Sachindranath Jha, Mohammed Osman, Paresh Maity, Khushboo Upadhyay, Seema Kohli, Lal Bahadur Singh, Ramesh Gorjala and many more.
The show is on view till 3rd February 2014.

Out of / in Countenance
( Work on display)
Stainless Art Gallery, New Delhi presents  the Portret Project's Inaugural Show
an exclusive exhibition titled, ‘Out Of/ In Countenance(s)’, curated by Anirudh Chari.

On display will be some of the master pieces by Sagar Bhowmick, Susmit Biswas, Hugo Bonamin, Kanchan Chander, Alpesh Dave, Rhys Himsworth, Snehasish Maity, Avijit Mukherjee, Katayun Saklat, Anupam Sud, Pulkit Prajapati and Rishabh.
The show is on view from 11th January to 14th January 2014,

India Kliks
( Work on display)
Dilli Haat, New Delhi presents one of the biggest photography exhibitions titled, ‘India Kliks’. The show features photography works of budding photographers with their mentors. 
The jury who chose the winners comprised of seasoned photographers like Anamitra Chakladar, Ashima Narain, Enjo Mathew, Neeta Shankar, Subir Basak, Sudhir Shivaram, Kirat Sodhi and Pankaj Anand.

The show will be on view from 14th January to 16th January 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Reminiscences of the Raj
Anglo India, at Apparao Galleries, an exhibition of illustrations and prints from the British era captures the spirit of the times
(One of the works at Anglo India)
Around the corner from the main gallery, up a small flight of stairs, a quaint old door opens to reveal a space that brims with art. Here, amid sculptures and paintings of different artistes are prints and illustrations from the days of the Raj.
“During the British Rule in India, many artists visited the country either to work or accompany others who worked in India. India was so fascinating that many artists took the arduous journey by sea and spent many years, illustrating, documenting and studying the country and its people. They recorded everything, the landscapes, the architecture, the people, the wildlife, the customs and the topography. Many of these renderings were for books, folios or illustrations,” reads the introduction to the exhibits.
(The Anglo India exhibition)
Indeed, the exhibits offer us a chance to look at the way Indians and India were seen by these travellers. The series of prints on display from the Balthazar Solvyns 1812 Edition is an anthropological exploration into the costume and streetscapes of India. An exercise in illustrating what these artists considered ‘exotic’. The exhibits also feature original etchings, engravings, lithographs and aquatints by A. Dalrymple, C. Martin, Thomas and William Daniell.
“What they left behind has been an invaluable record of social history. Printmaking evolved after the first press was invented by William Caxton in the mid 1400s. Until the advent of printing, artists illustrated manuscripts and folios by hand. It was at this time the pinhole camera also came into being. Aquatints, etchings, lithographs and engravings became the rigour of the day. Illustrations had to reach far and wide, numbers became important and thus books came into existence. It is these prints from books and folios that have survived to give us a glimpse of history. Many artists familiarised themselves with the country and today their works are very collectable. Rare as these prints are the records and mentions can be found in several travellers’ accounts and in many documents of history. They are often drawn by one artist and engraved by another and almost always mentioned directly on the print itself,” say the organisers.
(A work at the Anglo India exhibition at Apparao Galleries)
Prints and illustrations of birds like the Golden Plover, large temples surrounded by pillars with intricate carvings, landscapes near Gingi and more, all for sale too, are on display till January 23 at Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens Third Street, Nungambakkam.
(Report by Lakshmi Krupa for The Hindu)

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