Portraits portray not only the face of the sitter but also the time that has constituted the sitter as well as the artist. Art history has been a treasure trove of such portraits and the genre has undergone various experiments over a period of time. Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), Mumbai presents an historical survey of Indian portraiture through an exquisitely mounted exhibition. The show serves as an archived vignette of a time gone by and the then face of a nation as compared to the now, says Sushma Sabnis.
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For the first time, the cream of treasures have been gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York titled, ‘Lost Kingdoms – Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia’ brings to light this long-forgotten world. The exhibition (April 14 – July 27) is the first international loan exhibition with over 160 sculptures from the cultures of Pyu, Funan, Zhenla, Champa, Dvâravatî, Kedah, and Srîvijaya, reports Lavina Melwani
The French economist, Thomas Picketty surveys the wealth concentration in the world in his new book, ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century’. Scott Reyburn reviews with a special focus on art buying and selling, art collecting and the effects of it on the art world economy and society as a whole.
The Malliah Memorial Theatre Crafts Museum, at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi is currently undergoing renovation, and could emerge as a facilitator of exchange between traditional theatre crafts and urban audience, observes Shailaja Tripathi
JohnyML, editor in chief of CartAnArt analyses the trajectories that Indian performance art has taken so far and how it is dangerously yielding to the imperialist agenda in today’s fast changing political and economic scenario.
In a world burdened with personal and political baggages, even a smidgen of positivity seems like a saving grace to artist Chintan Upadhyay, who uses his dark humoured wool installations in ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – Redux’, to accentuate the mirage of faith and the treacherous omnipresence of guilt, observes Johny ML.
From various realistic art skills to illustrations and virtual art, the oeuvre of artist Chandranath Acharya has been an inspiration to many aspiring artists. Observing this creative estuary of his political and personal art, H A Anilkumar analyses the immense versatility and contributions of the artist.
A visit to a senior artist’s studio is like looking into a treasure chest full of golden memories of another era. Conversing with senior Goan artist Anandmohan Naik and his life partner Kerman, at their Mumbai flat, Shubhalakshmi Shukla unearths an intrinsic beauty and rare wisdom that exudes from them and their energetic studio space.
A mural depicting secret agents eavesdropping on a telephone booth, thought to be the work of the elusive graffiti artist Banksy, has appeared in the city of Cheltenham, where one of Britain’s intelligence agencies has its headquarters, reports Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura.
Artist Poornachandra Prasad’s paintings and installations are a visual dialogue that communicate everything that artist hopes to express. On display at Iconart Gallery, the works reflect his take on cultures and beliefs, reports Ranjani Rajendra