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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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.
For an artist anything could act as an inspiration, be it time or the place they hail from or travel to. Artist B Ajay Sharma’s works depict his journeys within himself and through various cities using the metaphor of a humble fruit from a childhood memory, writes Nisha Aggarwal
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.
Like walking through a dense mist of nostalgia to revisit a bygone era, the ongoing solo show of photographer Pablo Bartholomew, titled ‘The Calcutta Diaries’ at the Sakshi Art Gallery, takes the viewer surfing through a culture wave of the time when the city of joy lay its heart open for the curious lens of a young photographer, reviews Sushma Sabnis
A body weakened by ill fate, a paralytic stroke, but a mind that refuses to succumb, and above all, a creativity that gives wings to soar in skies of imagination- Mumbai based artist Avinash Godbole, is an epitome of all these. Fighting against all odds, he pursues his creative career relentlessly for the last few years and the latest solo at the Art Gate Gallery stands evidence to his indomitable spirit. His life is a source of inspiration and a near home example of all those people who have looked into the green eyes of bad luck and colored it differently, says Sushma Sabnis.
On 4th April 2014, IGNCA, Delhi, Creative Mind, a reputed art magazine and NIV Art Centre together mounted an exhibition of 100 artists to commemorate Nirbhaya, the girl who had lost her life in a horrendous rape case in December 2012. . On 6th April 2014, a meeting was held where noted artist Padmashree Anjolie Ela Menon was the chief guest. CAA Editor in Chief, JohnyML and Dr. Purushottam Bilimale spoke on the occasion. CartanArt presents a photo feature on the event.
When human beings start to communicate with each other through the meanings that they derive out of the relationship between objects and themselves, a society of spectacle is born. Chandrashekar Koteshwar believes in it and his attention is to capture this displaced meaning/communication seen apparent in our globalized society. Nisha Aggarwal profiles the artist.
The prolonged effects of a subdued mundane evokes a far deeper response from the artistic human psyche than an impact of any momentary experience, as in the strong silent art works of artist Sarah E Jenkins, observes Shubhalakshmi Shukla