Linking ‘thought’ and ‘matter’, Raju Sutar’s Biennale collateral deploys life-size innovations

What is the connection between ‘thought’ and ‘matter’? And what lies beyond them? Artist Raju Sutar attempts to address these complex questions through a large mixed-media art show he has curated as a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The independent exhibition that runs parallel to the 108-day contemporary art festival, features five Pune-based artists,…

Jayashree Chakravarty: Nature as Studio

One of the most important catalysts in Jayashree Chakravarty’s art is the transformation of Kolkata’s Salt Lake area into a bustling township from a marshy land dotted with fishing villages. It was in the 1980s that she moved to the city, with her Ma and Baba, from Tripura, where she was born. In the process…

Outsider Art @ Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

Background note from Kochi Biennale: Outsider Art, here, denotes the art practice of persons with autism. They are not specifically trained in formal art schools, even as they have neuro-developmental disabilities and often deal with social exclusion. The art they produce may be outcomes of their non-linear thinking, obsessive-compulsive nature, stimulus over-selectivity and other attributes…

Manjunath Kamath: History as a question

Manjunath Kamath’s exhibition, ‘Era Elsewhere’, at New Delhi’s Gallery Espace uproots the very idea of history as a definite version of truth, while creating an atmosphere of a ruin (or even a museum) populated with fragmented objects. His deliberately distorted sculptures acquire their form and beauty through disparate terracotta items, achieving a rare unified structure…

Sunil Padwal: Lining An Archive

Lining An Archive II From Big Art website: While many artistic mediums have shaped his versatile practice, the centrepiece of Sunil Padwal’s work has largely been making sense of the goings on of a city, having grown up in the south Mumbai of the 1980s. In his latest solo at New Delhi’s Gallery SKE, following an exhibition…

Arpita Singh: A life in painting

Whatever is here From Art Dose website: For an artist not given to complex explanations about her own art, Arpita Singh’s paintings, on the contrary, are quite complex, in themes, depth and palette. Curating more than five decades of her works in watercolour, oil, acrylic, drawings and sketches, the retrospective at New Delhi’s Kiran Nadar…

NGMA Director General Adwaita Gadanayak’s interview after Amol Palekar controversy

From Indian Express: Question: Wasn’t the disruption of actor and filmmaker Amol Palekar’s speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, where he criticised the Ministry of Culture over ‘disbanding of advisory committees’ at the gallery’s centres in Mumbai and Bengaluru, censorship? Had you been there, would you have handled it differently? Adwaita…

The soundless in Navin Thomas’ aural forms

"The weather report in 3 parts by the phantom orchestra" | Gallery SKE Sculptural and installation-based in nature, Navin Thomas’ latest exhibits mounted at New Delhi’s Gallery SKE stand out for their precise geometric forms and an artistic practice that is heavily informed by metaphors, objects/instruments and experimentations related to music and aural forms.  In…

Watch: Amol Palekar’s speech at NGMA and director Anita Rupavataram’s rebuttal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd_x_txVq9Y Amol Palekar said at an exhibition of renowned artist Prabhakar Barwe: “Many of you may not know that this retrospective (the exhibition) will be the last show that is decided by the advisory committee of local artists and not by some bureaucrat or an agent of the government with an agenda of either moral…

Test your artsy quotient!

Are you one of those who went to the India Art Fair, purely out of curiosity, and ended up scratching your head because the art went over it? That happened to me too, and in case it makes you feel better--we also had company! Check out this fun video story from The Quint website, where…

As a painter you are not dealing with time, but space alone – Surendran Nair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3OIBQHaVRg Video, Text Source: Kochi-Muziris Biennale YouTube Channel Surendran Nair, b. 1956 in Onakkoor, Kerala. Lives and works in Baroda, India. After gaining his BFA from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, Surendran Nair did post-graduate work at the MS University, Baroda. His works have be exhibited in galleries and shows across the world, including…

Salman Toor @ India Art Fair

Untitled (Ancestors) | Oil on canvas From Aicon Gallery website: Toor lives and works between his native Lahore and New York City. His painting varies in style and scale, often playing with autobiography, art history, and queer identity. Constructed from memory and fantasy, these new paintings are a hedonistic mix of leisure, sensuality and painterly…