Abstract art evokes strong responses- on both sides. Johny ML admits his lack of enthusiasm for abstract art. “I do look at them for their colors and intensity of expression, beyond that those works fail to capture my attention. I have taken particular interest in the abstract works of a few” he contends
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In 1971, Linda Nochlin had raised an issue, “Why there has been no great women artists?” She may have been wrong in her observation, this week Johny ML examines the strengths and constraints of women artists, who, he believes, continue to remain victims of patriarchal mind-set that manipulates their artistic growth
The Management of Art Treasures of India (MATI) trust announces an art history course, for young artists and students. The 14 days long course will take place on every weekend between May 25th to the July 25th, 2013. The purpose is to initiate students , art lovers and professionals to Art.
This week Johny ML shares his experience of working with 24 women artists for the last four months to curate the R.A.P.E. show at Art Bull Gallery. And, he seems to have converted to feminism. After working with these artists, he has forgotten that there exists an art world- dominated by male artists
As part of Art Celebration-2013, proposed by Prof. Dhiraj Chaudhury and supported by ICCR, Art Trust, Kolkata, organised a seminar on “The State of Contemporary Art in India” on April 6, sponsored by Cartanart. The seminar conceptualised by President ArtTrust, Amitabh Sengupta, had participation of eminent speakers from Kolkata, Delhi,Chandigarh and Mumbai
‘Freedom to March’ exhibition goes on to the walls today for the fourth time in Delhi. It evokes Gandhiji and the Gandhian ideals about freedom. Johny ML says, this perhaps is a sufficient reason for the show to come up once again, to reinstate the relevance of Gandhian ideals, that refuse to die
Today, once again the art writers, reporters, art journalists and less informed critics are at a loss for words when they are at their job, because galleries do not provide any press release or publicity material. As part of the cost cutting, number of lights and air-conditioners are switched off, says Johny ML
After a gap of eight years, noted artist Shibu Natesan will be having his solo show in India. Titled, ‘Uninterrupted Speech’, the show is presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. The solo that features the latest works of Shibu Natesan, opens on 15th March 2013 and will be on view for a month.
This week Johny ML takes us along Berkley based architect Aditya Dhawan’s peeping camera that documents the changing mannerisms of Delhi Metro commuters. From a cobbler’s perspective, the camera captures the democratization of shoes and bags — their journeys-rough and smooth reflected through their texture, colour, make and use and overuse.
Johny ML does not wish to create enemies anymore by his critique. He is neither offering an olive branch. A resolve to be objective, as objective as … well, no one has an absolute for objectivity! Just a few double negatives will do- like not saying that the lighting in NGMA is not good