Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Art for Concern, The Buddha, Stains of Stimuli and more..


Art For Concern
( work on display)
Visual arts Gallery, of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi presents its Annual art exhibition organised by Secure Giving in aid of Concern India Foundation. Showcasing the eclectic collection of art by masters and promising artists, the show boasts of works by acclaimed artists like Akbar Padamsee, Suhas Roy, Jogen Choudhary, Jayasri Burman, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Dhiraj Choudhury and Sudip Roy. 

While the prime focus is to raise funds for underprivileged sections of the society, it also takes this opportunity to bring forward the works of struggling and needy artists, thus providing them a platform to be visible alongside the masters. 

The show is on view from 26th February to 27th February 2014.

The Buddha

( work by Suniyata Khanna at the show)
Aalankritha Art Gallery, Hyderabad presents an exhibition of paintings titled, ‘The Buddha’. As the name suggests, it displays a range of colourful Buddha paintings by talented artists including Ananda Das, Anand Panchal, Ashoke Ganguly, Makrand Jadhav, Subramanian Gopalsamy, Subrata Das, Sukanta Das, Suniyata Khanna and Suryanarayan J.

The show is on view till 22nd February 2014.

And I laid traps for Troubadours

( Work on display)
Clark House Initiative, Mumbai along with Kadist Art Foundation, Paris presents a group show titled, ‘And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay’ of artworks that have been curated by Emilie Villez, Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma. The works on display depict cultural transference. This implies how ideas travel through objects and how the meaning of artworks will change and increase, when brought into the context of Mumbai’s political and social realities, and imaginaries.

The works on display are a collection of works from the Kadist in Paris with productions by artists from Mumbai, or those who once travelled to Mumbai. The participating artists are Francis Alÿs, Liz Ballard, Yael Bartana, Yogesh Barve, Kemi Bassene, Zied Ben Romdhane, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Kennedy Browne, CAMP, Ceal Floyer, Chinchu Kumar Sreekandan, Aurélien Froment, Grupo Etcetera, David Horvitz, Poonam Jain, Jamboys, Mangesh Kapse, Ben Kinmont, Chinchu Kumar Sreekandan, Naresh Kumar, Ranjeeta Kumari, Lawrence Liang, Simon Liddiment, Aurelien Mole, Scott Myles, Prasad Nikumbh, Roman Ondak, Open Circle, Prabhakar Pachpute, Amol Patil, Rupali Patil, Pratchaya Phinthong, Justin Ponmany, Tatiana Pozzo Di Borgo, Prajakta Potnis, Nikhil Raunak, Société Réaliste, Uday Shanbagh, Caecilia Tripp, Nil Yalter and Carey Young.

The exhibition has been scheduled as a second part of a project started in Paris in 2013 with the exhibition 'L’exigence de la saudade', curated by Clark House Initiative then in residency at Kadist.

The show is on view till 30th April 2014.

Interface and Stains of Stimuli

(Work on display)
Forum Art Gallery, Chennai presents two shows, a show titled, ’Stains of Stimuli’ solo show by S.N.Sujith and ‘Interface’ a group show featuring eminent artists A.V. Ilango, Biswajit Balasubramanian, Birendra Pani, BO. Shailesh, C. Douglas, Harsha Biswajit, K. Muralidharan, P. Elanchezhiyan, S. Nandagopal, Santhosh Kotagiri, Shalini Biswajit, Shivarama Chary and Thejo Menon.

The shows are on view till 12th March 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Down memory lane, by the sea
(The exhibition was aimed at connecting people with Chennai's built heritage. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan)
Memories of a street that once was, revisiting personal landmarks that have vanished, looking away to observe how much the landscape has changed, and all this punctuated with the crash of the waves. ‘Madras before after’, a predominantly black and white photography exhibition at Elliots Beach, looked at the city not just through a sepia-tinted lens, but also a disciplined archival approach.
Organised as part of the ongoing Art Chennai 2014 festival, the exhibition traces a nostalgic, yet measured trajectory of the city’s colonial past and its evolution.
From Indo-Saracenic architecture to depictions of daily life, the exhibition draws you to engage with it.
72 photographs from the collection of ‘Vintage Vignettes’ were curated by the festival’s artistic director Girish Shahane. “We thought it was a great way of connecting people of the city with its built heritage,” he said.
The exhibition has photographs of Mount Road in 1907, flower bazaar in 1896, a rather pristine Adyar River in 1886, the central railway station, the Chepauk Palace, and the Marina among many others.
K. Skandan, Managing Director, Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, said “Like climate change, cultural change also matters. It has to be discussed and debated.”
D. Krishnan, managing partner, Vintage Vignettes, emphasised the need for thorough and systematic documentation of the city. Sanjay Tulsyan, founder and convenor of the festival was also present.
For those such as Aishwarya Pesala, a resident of East Mada Street in Mylapore, it was about revisiting the street where she lived all these years.
“I live here and am trying to recognise this building and what stands in its place now,” she said standing in front of a photograph. “But the car festival at the Kapaleeswarar temple still draws as much of a crowd,” she added standing in front of a 1906 photograph of the festival.

(Report courtesy The Hindu)

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