Collective Spaces 2016

DATE

15th Feb – 15th Mar

TIME

11:30am – 07:30pm

ADDRESS

MEC Art Gallery, Building No. 70-B, First Level, Near Cafe Coffee Day, Khan Market, Central, Delhi NCR

Coming with their seventh exhibition, the Collective Spaces at MEC Art Gallery will showcase the work by Anupam Singh, C. Acharya,  Debasish Mishra, Jenson Anto, Murali cheeroth, Monideep Saha, Ramesh Gorjala, Paresh Mridha, Rahim Mirza, Taral Balu, Tapan Dash, Yogendra Tripathi, and Others. On display will be their work ranging from graphics, paintings to drawings. The artists have worked on bringing out his or her own thoughts of origina, idealistic and truthful content, from their native city.

Kavdsa – Fine Art Photography

DATE

11th Mar – 15th Mar

TIME

10:00am – 06:00pm

ADDRESS

Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, In India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, South, Delhi NCR

Kavdsa, a fine-art photography exhibition by Shailan Parker, is being held at Visual Art Gallery. The idea is to create art using the digital medium of photography. Shailan’s works on display show his skills with lighting and drawing abstract art from nature.

The word ‘Kavadsa’ orginates from Marathi language, which means ‘light that enters a darkened room through chinks in a tilled roof’. Kavadsa is a creation that depicts Shailan’s personal expression and experience, that came to him over the years.

EVENTS IN DELHI

Carved Contours

DATE

29th Jan – 10th Mar

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Dhoomimal Art Centre, A-8, Level 1&2, Inner Circle, Near Wengers, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Carved Contours happens to be a solo exhibition that will be showcasing some selected work by artist – Jamini Roy. This 42 day exhibition will be highlighting 80 handpicked work of this 20th century artist, open to public view for the first time.  One can feast their eyes to Jamini Roy’s drawings and paintings from the Ravi & Uma Jain estate.

The paintings by Jamini Roy, student of Abanindranath Tagore, draws inpsiration from the Kalighat paintings of Calcutta and Pat style that can be seen in rural Bengal. The canvas for her work ranges from cloth, board as well as paper; showcasing subtle images of women clad in saree, village dancers and animals placed near madonnas. With critic scholar Uma Nair as the curator, the exhibition Carved Contours, is a depiction of Roy’s inspiration from the Kalighat paintings of Calcutta and the ‘Pat’ style of rural Bengal.

Mind The Gap

DATE

3rd Mar – 15th Apr

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Galleryske, Shivam House, First Floor, Block 14 – F, Middle Circle, In Shivam House, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Galleyske presents a solo exhibition by Dia Mehta Bhupal – Mind The Gap. The artist examines the contemporary position of images that can be photographed, introspective angles, hidden structures; developing a unique approach to photography. Her subject here relates to social sites where public and private moments exist side-by-side.

 

EVENTS IN DELHI

Behind The Landscape

DATE

21st Jan – 29th Feb

TIME

06:00pm – 08:00pm

ADDRESS

Instituto Cervantes, Building No. 48, Hanuman Road, Near Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Miguel Angel Garcia – Behind The Landscape is a solo exhibition that comes as part of the series that is – Plastic Art And Architecture. In art, one of the most common issues is the landscape. Miguel’s work here is to understand the intricacies, inner space and the overall ideology; from an artists point of view.

Miguel Angel Garcia, a photographer and visual artist who has formed his work on the experimentation and fusion of disciplines and techniques around the world image.Many of his new projects are highlighted by an intense documentary work. His primary focus is on showcasing the landscapes, depicting meanings of the images into layers, as a synthesis and reflection on what each photograph shows and hides.

Timings: 6 – 8pm (weekdays)
11 – 7pm (weekends)
Monday closed

Price: free entry

Vineet Kacker: New Solo

DATE

3rd Feb – 29th Feb

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Art Positive, F – 213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai, Near MCD Community Center, Mehrauli, South, Delhi NCR

Vineet Kacker’s new solo exhibition – ‘Should I look for You, Should I lose myself’, will be showcased at Art Positive Gallery, curated by Anu Bajaj, director of the gallery.  This new exhibition of his takes inspiration from the artists personal interaction with mystical philosophy.  Focusing on ceramic art, after his formal training, there will be a video exhibition along with display of ‘Silence Violence’, exploring the seeds of violence and silence that is there in all of us.

Lines And Colours

DATE

31st Jan – 28th Feb

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Aakriti Art Gallery, F 213/A, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli, South, Delhi NCR

A solo art exhibition by artist Ram Kumar, Lines and Colours, is curted by Pragya Shukla. The month long exhibition will be showcasing a collection of art work by Ram Kumar, including small formal works and work done with ink and pastel colours, over the last five years. Panning across India, the exhibition will go from Delhi to Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Ram Kumar is known to be amongst the first generation of artists, post independence. He began his journey after studying from Sharada Ukil School Of Art, after which he travelled to Paris, to train under Andre Lhote and Fernand Legar.

Roots By Anita

DATE

29th Jan – 25th Feb

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Art Laureate, F–213A, Lado Sarai, Saket, South, Delhi NCR

Art Laureate present a solo exhibition – Roots, by Anita. Taking inspiration from trees, who are rooted to the ground, yet reach for the sky; Anita’s work takes strong connotation from the same phenomena. Taking instances from the past, grandma’s stories, mud utensils and village folk tales, the exhibition is a depiction of contemporary philosophy.

A Trio Sculpture Show

DATE

9th Feb – 25th Feb

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, C-2, Ground Floor, District Centre, In Square One Mall, Saket, South, Delhi NCR

A trio sculpture show by –  Prodosh Das Gupta, Ankit Patel and  Tapas Sarkar, the display comes as a distinct opportunity for the art lovers and art connoisseur to feast their eyes to a range of sculptures. The key to the exhibition is the varied style by both masters and contemporary artists on bronze.  With each sculpture, one can observe the complicated search, by the artist, of aesthetic possibilities.

Tales Of Life And Beyond

DATE

21st Feb – 27th Feb

TIME

11:00am – 06:00pm

ADDRESS

Lalit Kala Akademi, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House, Near Doordarshan Building, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Tales Of Life And Beyond, is an exhibition that will be showcasing the solo artwork by Parul.  From a very young age, she was drawn to the imaginary world that surrounds us, and in her work here one can notice the expression of the same, using vivid colourful hues. Different tones of human emotions ranging from happiness to bliss, hope and despair can be seen reflecting on the canvas.

EVENT IN GOA

Spires In The Sky

DATE

20th Feb – 13th Mar

TIME

10:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Gallery Gitanjali, E – 212, 31st January Road, Mala Fontainhas, Near Panjim People’s, Panaji, North, Goa

Spires In The Sky is a lyrical meditation of the Churchscapes of Goa by Sadguru Chendvankar. The visual poetry in Sadguru’s paintings, with their compositional symmetry and almost geometrical rhythm, have for long evoked a visceral yet meditative response in the viewer. The elegance of his composition lies in his ability to create layer by layer, an endearing yet intriguing landscape of the land he loves, not just as a place, but as a state of mind.

An Institute in himself, the septuagenarian Sadguru has been a mentor to generations of Goan artists for over 3 decades. A printmaker by training and an expert in cold ceramics, Sadguru enjoys exploring different mediums and this reflects in his body of work. He has studied at the J.J. School of Art in Mumbai and has won several acclaimed awards.

EVENT IN CALCUTTA

DATE

19th Feb – 5th Mar

TIME

01:00pm – 08:00pm

ADDRESS

The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Flat No. 5 and 25B, 2nd Floor, Street No. 8, Harrington Mansion, Opposite The American Consulate, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Central, Kolkata

The Harrington Street Arts Centre presents Sketches, Scribbles, Drawings by K.G.Subramanyan. The exhibition will showcase recent works by the artist that highlights the different aspects of human life. K.G.Subramanyan is one of the well-known artists in the country and is regarded as a pioneer of Indian modern art. The artist has been bestowed with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

Entry is free.

Art Exhibition By Bani Abidi

DATE

15th Feb – 27th Feb

TIME

03:00pm – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Experimenter – Contemporary Art Gallery, 2/1 Hindustan Road, Near ICICI Bank, Gariahat, South, Kolkata

Experimenter , the contemporary art gallery presents ‘The Man Who Clapped for 97 Hours’ — an art exhibition by Bani Abidi. This watercolour and video installation exhibition traces the economic, cultural and demographic changes in her home-town Karachi. Bani Abidi is a Pakistani artist and did her graduation in fine arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore. She has exhibited her works at some of the well-known art galleries across the globe, including Guggenheim Museum, New York;  Gallery TPW – Toronto; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The British Museum, London, among others.

Entry is free.

Vietnam New Perspectives: Art Exhibition

DATE

28th Jan – 6th Mar

TIME

12:00pm – 08:00pm

ADDRESS

Milan Mela Ground, 3, JBS Haldane Avenue, Near Science City, E.M Bypass, East, Kolkata

Alliance Française Du Bengale and International Kolkata Book Fair presents ‘Art Crosses Boundaries: Vietnam In India’ – an art exhibition that brings to you six contemporary Vietnamese artists  that gives a sneak peek into comprehensive panorama of Vietnam’s artistic scene. The artists whose art works will be on display include Nguyen Quy Kien, Pham Huy Hung, Tao Thi Thu Huong and Nguyen Xuan Lang among others.

Emerging Artists: Exhibition

DATE

1st Feb – 31st Mar

TIME

12:00pm – 07:30pm

ADDRESS

Ahuja Museum For Arts, 26, Ground Floor, Lee Road, Near Forum, Park Street, Central, Kolkata

Ahuja Museum for Arts presents ‘Emerging Artists’- an exhibition of paintings showcasing the different aspects of nature and urban life. On display will be paintings by artists such as Avijit Mukherjee,Farhad Hussain, Rathin Mitra,  Amal Ghosh, Avijit Sil, Sasanka Ghosh, Swapan Sarkar, Saugata Das and Sayak Mitra. From sketches to acrylic paintings, art lovers will get to enjoy different kinds of art forms at this exhibition.

EVENT IN FARIDABAD

Event Name : Surajkund Crafts Mela
Venue : Faridabad, Haryana
Start Date : Monday, 01-Feb-2016
End Date : Monday, 15-Feb-2016

Surajkund Crafts Melal 2016

Surajkund Mela is a unique festival. Consider yourself lucky if you get to tap your feet with the beats of enthralling folk dancers across country on the 30th Surajkund festivity. With authentic fragrances & rich rustic flavors the fair is a wonderful opportunity to accompany the connoisseurs of art and crafts and also taste the Indian cuisines to finally pamper your taste buds.

Organized annually by the Haryana Tourism Department, the Surajkund mela with its finest demonstrations of unusual products is always set to capture your hearts. Besides, in the sheer rural ambiance it makes an appeal to come and get exposed to some great talents involve in paintings, wood stock, textiles, pottery, ivory work, stonework, terracotta and grass work – all highlighting the vibrant cultural range of their native state.

Surajkund owes its name to an amphitheatre “sun pool” from the 10th century, parts of which can still be seen here.
How to Reach Surajkund?
For a face to face interaction with the craftspersons from Eurasian countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan & Kyrgystan & SAARC nations you must come here. Especially, when this colorful festivity is an annual program is organized away from the daily humdrum. Lies 8kms from South Delhi, the Surajkund is best connected with roadways, railways & airways.

By Metro: Board a Metro from Central Secretariat till Badarpur via Sarita Vihar and Mohan Estate. Plus, Badarpur lies close to the interstate border amid Delhi & Faridabad.

By Road: Surajkund is well-connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by your own conveyance, taxis & private coaches.

By Air: The location is a about 25 km from Palam Airport & 35-minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

By Rail: Travel to Surajkund is possible as Delhi is the nearest Railway junction & Faridabad and Gurgaon are both linked to Delhi via Railway lines.

Apart from all the arts and crafts on display, there are also performances that take place at the fairground. These should not be missed and they are full of life and bring to you the living traditions of India. To entertain and amuse the large audience at Surajkund Mela 2016 many shows, cultural events, dance shows, folk music shows, are also organized at the venue.

For an aesthetic pleasure offer yourself to gala evenings arranged at an al fresco theatre. The typical bucolic settings work as a common stage for the folk lovers to take pleasures in graceful ‘Natyashala’ folk dances. Thus proves as a culturally diversified meeting point for adroit painters, sculptors, weavers, and true arty that such celebrations are true expressions of spirit and life, and are very essence of who you are.

At this open air theatre, folk dances and musical evenings are held throughout the fortnight. A special stall serves traditional food of the theme state along with other stalls serving food from other popular cuisines like Punjab and South India.

EVENTS IN CHENNAI

A Far Afternoon

DATE
4th Feb
TIME
07:00pm – 10:00pm
ADDRESS
Ashvita Bistro, 11, Ground Floor, Bawa Road, Opposite Ramachandra Medical Centre, Alwarpet, Central, Chennai

A Far Afternoon is a painted saga by Krishen Khanna and a feature documentary on that directed by Sruti Harihara Subramanian that will be showcased at Ashvita Bistro. Krishnen Khanna is one of India’s most prolific and influential artists. Born in Faislabad (Pakistan) in 1925, and raised in Lahore, the artist was a full-time banker and a part-time artist; his job brought him to Mumbai and into the fold of India’s Progressive Artists Group, giving him the impetus to relinquish banking and give into the all-encompassing life of an artist.

A Far Afternoon has been influenced by memories collected over time, discrete images lodged in the artist’s mind and more nascent, less visible thoughts and ideas that dictate the choice of figures and colours. A film in five parts, A Far Afternoon, delves into those influences that eventually rendered themselves on canvas. Bombay, the city in which Krishen Khanna was inducted into the Progressive Artists Group; the baraaat (wedding procession), a constant in Indian weddings; the choice of colours, yellow, blue and whites; other artists, other art works that have brought him to this place and point in time.

By Hand From The Heart

DATE
1st Feb – 6th Feb
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, 4, Greams Road, Near Apollo Hospital, Thousand Lights, Central, Chennai

The show speaks a tale about many stories by varied artists. The Artists and Makers Market, 2016 edition is here and is known as ‘By Hand, From The Heart’. The show features participants from Delhi, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakapatnam, Bangalore, Cochin, Erode, Coimbatore, Puducherry and Chennai. There will be an art group show and makers market.

The participants of the art group show are: Aarti Karwayun, Shilpy Gupta of The Ceramic Trail and Shirupa Gupta from Bangalore; Beena John, Reshmi Gopinath – Varnaalaya, Riddhi Desai – tiny farm, Rupak Munje, Sandhya Manne, Brijesh Deva Reddy – Atramentous, Dr. Gohul – Sorrel, Kumaravelu, Mridula Harihar – Full Fuse, Tania Thomas, and Thamarai – House of Hand Embroidery from Chennai ; Aman Khanna – Claymen and Ankon Mitra – Oritecture from Delhi; Darshan Singh Grewal from Chandigarh; Kokila Bhattacharya from Bhopal; Malayalam Project from Cochin; and Moka Satish Kumar – Paper Sculptures from Visakhapatnam.

The participants of the makers market are: Claymen and Oritecture from Delhi; from Coimbatore; Bansuriwala from Puducherry; Eco Crafts & Weaves, Hydes Studio, Kairasi, Madhubani Motifs, Monkeyji, Priyanjoli, Rupak Munje, Made in Craftadise, Sandhya Manne Studio, tiny farm, The Madras Mag Bookshop, Upcykle, Sorrel, Urumi, VYA, Wood & Yarn from Chennai; CORR BEAUTY, ispace by Aarti Karwayun, Moodswings by Benaazir, Paarisha By Chinanshu, Olie, The Ceramic Trail, Strings & Beads from Bangalore; Juicy Chemistry and CraftsySpark from Coimbatore; Karomi from Kolkata; Love the World Today from Mumbai; Malayalam Project from Cochin; Nool By Hand from Erode; and Vasthra from Puducherry.

The art group show is scheduled for Feb 1-3, and the Makers market is scheduled for Feb 5-6.

The Bovine Trsyt

DATE
9th Jan – 6th Feb
TIME
10:30am – 06:30pm
ADDRESS
Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Near Adyar Post Office, Adyar, South, Chennai
The ace painter and sculptor Elanchezhiyan will be showcasing a series of his bronze sculptures called The Bovine Tryst at the premium art gallery in the city. Born in Tamil Nadu, Elanchezhiyan did his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, after which he completed his M Phil in Sculpture in 2009-2010 from the Tamil University, Thanjavur. One of the most promising sculptors from the South, Elanchezhiyan’s lyrical rendering of the Divine and the Bovine have a reverential simplicity that humbly translates as grace, devotion and piety. He is exceptionally skilled and his use of the narrative is fresh and his forms are dynamic portraying a fine, subtle balance between tradition and modernity.

EVENTS IN DELHI-NCR

Creative Six

DATE
25th Jan – 15th Feb
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Creativity Art Gallery, 29, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Near Dear Park, Hauz Khas, South, Delhi NCR

Creative Art Gallery welcomes you to a new group of painting exhibition – Creative Six, featuring some of the work of these six talented artist – Farhad Hussain, Gegorge Martin PJ, Kishore Roy, Krishnendu Poral, Jagmohan bangani,Tejender Kanda.  The event is sure going to be a potpourri of colors, emotions and imagination.

Solo Exhibition: Shilpa Gupta

DATE
25th Jan – 22nd Feb
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Vadehra Art Gallery, D – 40, Opposite Moolchand Flyover, Defence Colony, South, Delhi NCR

Vadehra Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition of recent installations made during the last five years by Shilpa Gupta. With a lot of critical acclaims, these artistic work have travelled to some of the prestigious venues internationally and are now being showcased in Delhi, for the first time.
Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) comes from Mumbai, India, where she studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997. The artist has had solo exhibitions in Asia, Europe and the United States, in recent years including: Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; MAAP Space, Brisbane; Arnolfini, Bristol; the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz.

The Third Meaning

DATE
21st Jan – 20th Feb
TIME
09:30am – 05:30pm
ADDRESS
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, In Italian Embassy, Chanakyapuri, South, Delhi NCR

Curated by Eugenio Viola and Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, the event comes as an inaugrtion to the exhibition – Stampone Banerjee and The Third Meaning.  This project is borne as a result of meetings and dialogues between two curators, two artists with two different operative methodologies, in a more general way, about an intercultural exchange between Italy and India. Giuseppe Stampone and Sarnath Banerjee are two artists hailing from two different realities, whose research and work, though distant from each other, have in common the practice of design, used by both of them, to look into and question the contradictions and the anxiety of modernity in the art of representing the reality, sometimes controversial, even if often diluted by some irony.

EVENT IN GOA

Life In Art

DATE
24th Jan – 23rd Feb
TIME
10:00am – 06:00pm
ADDRESS
Achies Art Gallery, Guirdolim, Chandor, Cansaulim, South, Goa

‘Life’ – a subject chosen to represent any living form, feeling or the curious mind. Works include installations and paintings. Mohan Naik’s bold works of oil with shepherds, farmers, goats and farms; Aadhi Vishal’s modern intrinsic works in acrylics, Katharina Poggendorf Kakar’s ‘Shrine of 7 mothers’ of fibreglass, copper, burned clay, cotton shawls, iron frame; Hitesh Pankar’s contemporary reminiscing works in acrylics; Harshada Kerkar’s dry pastels paintings in warm colours, Ramona Galardi’s calligraphic creations, etc. are some of the works of the show.

EVENTS IN DELHI
Art Alert: MesoDomain
The exhibition opens January 19th and is on till February 27th
Where: Nature Morte, Neeti Bagh
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (Sundays closed)

Art without borders.

Art, as we should know it, has mind-expanding qualities. It makes one think, rethink, and question existing beliefs. And while we understand it’s not the most accessible medium, its purpose is not to scare but to inspire. So, starting this month, we are launching a monthly section focussing on exhibits that are breaking down barriers and are worth your time (and money)!
Martand Khosla’s MesoDomain at Gallery Nature Morte is our first pick. Martand, who is also an architect, has been involved with the process of construction and the dilemmas of growing urbanisation, exploring both continuity and transformation through his art. Through an assortment of media and forms—installations and sculptures using a combination of different materials—he responds to the issues of planning, shelter, migration, and the point of contact between order and disorder. He defines this show as the space in between known areas that is intangible and without boundaries. Like no-man’s-land, this space could exist in the purely abstract sphere.
Just to give you a taste of what the show promises, we selected an artwork that held our attention and captured its essence. Titled Inflection Point 3, it’s created out of steel and brass plates and stainless steel cables, and is an exploration of actions surrounding urbanisation, migration, construction, equality, mining and political power. It looks at the relationship between power and people, and how order and disorder negotiate a balance with each other.
In this particular artwork, there’s a house and sets of steps, made out of brass, placed on a steel plate with cables connecting the disjointed pieces. Basically, it’s a house with no way out and stairs that lead nowhere that touch upon concerns over our place in the universe and questions surrounding freedom. We’ve all felt stuck at some point in our life, literally or figuratively, and this is what it speaks to. The possibilities are endless; one just needs to think outside the box.

Preview: India Art Fair 2016
Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla
When: January 29th to January 31st
Timings: 1 pm to 10 pm
Entry: Rs 499
Tickets available on BookMyShow

India’s biggest art fair returns to the Capital for its eighth edition.
Launched in 2008, India Art Fair is one of Southeast Asia’s leading annual events that showcases modern and contemporary art, often through galleries and institutions. Now in its eighth year, IAF has become one of the largest art fairs in the country, and fifth most-attended art fair in the world, catering to students and art enthusiasts as well as renowned art collectors and famous artists. So, it being given the status of a ‘temporary museum’ by the Ministry of Culture doesn’t come as a surprise to us.
If you are new to the world of art, you might want to start with the paintings of MF Husain, which will be on display at the Archer Art Gallery stall. Aakriti Art Gallery will be presenting oil paintings by Ram Kumar, one of India’s foremost abstract painters. Do watch out for Grosvenor Gallery’s exhibition of new paintings by Sri Lankan artist Senaka Senanayake, one of South Asia’s leading painters, and Ram Rahman’s photo installation presented by The Guild.
The idea behind IAF is not only to bridge the gap between artists and art collectors but also to facilitate a dialogue surrounding emerging talent, new trends in the art market, changing discourses in art theory, and more. At this year’s festival, the Speaker’s Forum will see lectures and conversations involving artists, curators, administrators and gallerists. Watch out for the talks Convergent Boundaries: Where Art and Literature Meet by Javed Akhtar and Gulammohammed Sheikh, Between Tragedy and Farce: Takes on the Performance Archive moderated by Rustom Bharucha, and Towards a Culture of Corporate Patronage by Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie’s.
Continuing with the idea of engaging the audience, IAF launched the Spotlight Series in 2015. While the Speaker’s Forum focuses on broader topics, the Spotlight Series will have talks and presentations on the cultural landscape of India. There will be reflections on Le Corbusier’s work in India, Ebrahim Alkazi’s contribution to the making, dissemination and reception of modern Indian art, the online retail space helping the art market in India grow, and the importance and impact of cultural institutions on a city’s tourism.
IAF 2016 has also introduced a special screening of film and video art from across the world. Curated by filmmaker Shai Heredia, the screening schedule will include movies like Bare, in which the director has used home footage and recorded phone conversations to reach out to her alcoholic father; Jan Villa, exploring the repercussions of the 2005 floods in Mumbai; and Pati, on the devastation of Pati (in Madhya Pradesh) due to widespread deforestation.
BMW, the presenting partner for IAF, will be showcasing their legendary Cesar Manrique BMW 730i Art Car. Letting an artist use the car as their canvas is a tradition that was started by Hervé Poulain, the famous race car driver, back in 1975 and, over the years, artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons have been part of the project.
This year’s festival will also see increased participation from Southeast Asian countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh through a new programme titled Platform. The initiative aims to present emerging artists, galleries and collectives from these countries to a larger audience.
For art novices, India Art Fair has tied up with Artsome, which will be hosting curated art walks on each of the four days. Also, watch out for their Daily Highlights newsletter which will give attendees an overview of various exhibitions at the fair.
And while you soak in some art, pick up something to munch on at the pop-up stalls by CAARA Café, Elma’s, Olive, Ek Bar, Jugmug Thela, Kylin, Insta Pizza, and more. There will also be a special VIP section where fine-dining spaces by Le Meridien, Le Bistro Du Parc and Guppy by ai will be set up.

Preview: Wild Tokai
Where: Blue Tokai
When: January 31st, 4 pm to 9 pm

There are few things we love more than coffee and art, and Blue Tokai has hit the sweet spot by bringing together both on one platform. Hosting an art exhibition titled Wild Tokai by Animal Design Company, the roastery and café is opening its doors for an event that will showcase cool merchandise, serve coffee (including Coconut Mochas, Pour Overs, Cortados, and more) and bites from Rustom’s Bakery.
If this hasn’t piqued your interest yet, wait till you see the artworks put together by the hugely talented bunch. This is a group show by Animal – a collective of like-minded designers that aspires to create works that propel conversations between brands and people – specialising across creative disciplines of advertising, art, graphic design, illustration, films, interactive media and product design.
Drawing its name (and logo) from an ancient Malabari word for the plume of a peacock, Blue Tokai highlights local Indian coffee, and this exhibition is sort of an extension of the same idea – establishing a direct connection between the artists and the audience.
We asked Kunel Gaur, co-founder of Animal, about why he decided to show the works in a café as opposed to a more traditional gallery space. To which he replied, “Traditional gallery space is, well, traditional. Art is about conversation, and contemporary forms of art employ more real, interesting forms of conversation. Contemporary art is a casual commentary on social life and, for us, using the café culture as the backdrop to it only completes the circle.”
The nine artists come from diverse backgrounds and, as a result, employ different mediums ranging from screen prints, installations, graphics, video projections, to digital prints and photographs. Watch out for works by the non-conformist Pawas; Jaspreet, who loves playing with minimal design, illustration and paper art; Arya Vijayan creating aesthetic solutions; and Namrata Kumar, who is deeply inspired by tribal and folk art. We are also looking forward to designer and musician Ravi Arora; Sugandha Kharya, who loves to experiment with different materials; Rajiv Rajan’s works inspired from popular culture; Sharon Borgoyary, the co-founder of Animal, who draws inspiration from abstract imaginary figures and life situations; and Kunel Gaur’s unique take on the beauty of erosion and mutation.

EVENTS IN DELHI

Art Tree At Art Walk


DATE
20th Jan – 20th Feb
TIME
09:00am – 09:00pm
ADDRESS
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Site 2, National Highway 8, Gurgaon, Near Signature Tower, Sector 29, Gurgaon, Delhi NCR

Showcasing a solo art exhibition by veteran Artist Uma Bardhan under banner Art Tree at Art Walk, the work will be themed on stories and positions which are under-represented in both mainstream and contemporary art culture.

This solo show is inspired by the street, everyday life & nature. For example paintings of Rickshaw  is a series of paintings dedicated to Kolkata’s sweat-soaked, bare-footed hand-rickshaw pullers struggling against the heat and hunger while towing human loads on their rickshaws a discomfiting symbol of the city’s poverty and struggle.

Works on display regarding the depictions of rural life in the country is the rich and expressive paintings portray groups of people and if seen closely each portion of figurative style gives a different mood and expression.

Born in 1945 , Bardhan originally from Kolkata, currently based in Gurgaon spends a lot of time amid nature-taking walks, sitting in silence and observing nature to find her inspirations. Her paintings are an expression of her inner self, an expression of joy and epitome of creative energy. Besides representing nature bathed in bounteous colours , there is also an expression at the lives of women at rural Bengal .

Transition Tradition


DATE
9th Jan – 30th Jan
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Gallerie Nvya, Square One Mall, Shop No. 101, 102 and 103, First Floor, C2, District Centre, In Square One Mall, Saket, South, Delhi NCR

To showcase Indian Art Fair 2016, collateral event – Transition/Tradition will be hosted at the Gallerie Nvya.  Contemporary Ceramic Art of India and South Korea exposition, the event shall be showcasing work of 13 Indian artist and 17 South Korean artists.

Prominent Indian artist partaking –  Dipalee Daroz, Ela Mukherjee, G Reghu, Kristine Michael, Ira Chaudhuri, Madhur Sen, Manisha Bhattacharya, Shirley Bhatnagar, Trupti Patel, Vineet Kacker, P R Daroz, Reyaz Badruddin and Zaida Jacob.

Prominent Korean artists partaking – Han, Young Sil; Jung, Jun Young; Kim, Ji Hae; Kim, Do Jin; Kim, Sun; Kim, Jin Kyoung; Lee, Eun Ha; Lee, Hoon; Lee, Jae Joon; Lim,  Yoon Sun; Oh, EunKyo; Park, Kyung Joo; Pyon kyu ri; Sheen, Yi Chul; Shin, Hee Won; Yeo, Kyung Ran and Yoon, JiYong.

 

A Brush With Life


DATE
21st Jan – 20th Feb
TIME
11:00am – 06:30pm
ADDRESS
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 3, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, Janpath, Near Le Meridien, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

Celebrating 90 years of work by Siraj Gujral, the event comes in wake of portrying some of his finest works, from the past nine decades. Curated by Shri Pramod Kumar KG, the exhibition is a tribute to the zeitgeist of modernism as seen and portrayed by him. Over 70 original works of art will be juxtaposed with rare archival photographs spanning his life, and the remarkable people from the 20th century who touched his life, and vintage images of works that have long left public memory.

Gujral began his career in 1947 with dramatic paintings named the ‘partition series’ that captured and symbolized the trauma of the subcontinent’s partition resulting in the creation of India and Pakistan. Crucially, memory as metaphor shadows his work, with characters appearing as leitmotifs across the many mediums he was to work with over the succeeding six decades: sketches to collages, abstract paintings to narrative depictions of the human condition. His work entered another epoch as he delved into sculpture in stone, metals and resin alongside elaborate forays into ceramics, a preferred material for his iconic murals across north India.

Portraits From Within

 

DATE
21st Jan – 6th Feb
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, KK Birla Marg, Lodhi Estate, Near UNICEF, Lodhi Road, South, Delhi NCR


Alliance Francaise Delhi presents – Portraits From Within, an installation by Mario D’Souza in collaboration with French Embassy, India. The exhibition is to represent his life both in France and in India.

Born in Bangalore (India) in 1973, having lived in France for a decade or so, Mario D’Souza was able to undertake within himself and for himself the necessary cross-fertilization and fusion of cultures and experiences with no obvious affinities in order to produce, over the past two or three years, a truly personal body of work in which thought, sensitivity, intuition, sensuality and even eroticism (admittedly underlying but present everywhere), blend into pleasure into a sort of hymn to life.

EVENTS IN DELHI

Exhibition Of Chihiro Iwasaki Books

DATE
9th Jan – 15th Jan
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
The Japan Foundation, Building No. 5-A, Ring Road, Near Moolchand Metro Station, Lajpat Nagar 4, South, Delhi NCR

The Japan Foundation in collaboration with the Chihiro Art Museum puts together this exhibition, depicting the work of acclaimed, award winning Japanese artist – Chihiro Iwasaki.

An illustrator of children’s publications, one of the most popular books illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki is Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window. Through this Exhibition, the audience will be introduced to her works, as well as those of other acclaimed picture book artists from Japan, and create awareness about their beautiful works.

Price: free entry

India Art Festival

DATE
14th Jan – 17th Jan
TIME
11:00am – 08:00pm
ADDRESS
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate, Pragati Maidan, Central, Delhi NCR

IAF is a mixed media art fair that was started in 2011 in Mumbai. After five successful editions there, the festival was also taken to Seoul in 2014 and this year is the first time IAF will be hosted in the Capital. Recognising the rich art history and the numerous art galleries that Delhi boasts of, the festival will be spread across four days and will showcase collections by both major and mid-level galleries as well as emerging, independent artists.

The aim of the Delhi edition of the festival is make art affordable, both for exhibitors and collectors. A total of 40 galleries from across India will be participating in the festival and exhibiting the works of over 350 established as well as emerging artists.

Entry: Free

Wounds By Somnath Hore

DATE
11th Jan – 21st Jan
TIME
11:00am – 07:00pm
ADDRESS
Akar Prakar Art, 29, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas, South, Delhi NCR

Akar Prakar Art Advisory brings to town an exhibition by Somnath Hore –wounds. This show titled, Wounds, is an effort to put together the best work of the award winning Bengali sculptor and printmaker Somnath Hore who left a mark on the world of art during his time and inspired next generation of artists who admire his work till date.

The exhibition will showcase the artist’s brilliant pieces of lithographs, etchings, drawings, pulp prints and sculptures that take inspiration from the emblematic wounds experienced by the internalization of injustice by the underprivileged and the innocent. This show shall be a treat for art lovers from all walks of life who would like to experience the genius of the gifted and celebrated artist of our country.

EXHIBITION IN CALCUTTA

Sounds Of Silence: Art Exhibition

 

DATE

12th Dec – 16th Jan

TIME

11:00am – 07:00pm

ADDRESS

Cima Gallery, Sunny Tower, 2nd Floor, Building No. 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, In Sunny Tower, Ballygunge, South, Kolkata

 

CIMA Art Gallery presents Sounds of Silence- an exhibition of installations, paintings & sculptures by Paresh Maity. The exhibtion offers a complete spectacle of works by one of the most venerated artist of contemporary India. Starting with water colors, Paresh Maity explores his artistry in the forms of sculptures and installations. A career spanning 40 years, he has given us some spectacular variety of art to embrace. He has 71 solo exhibitions under his belt in the cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Singapore, Chicago, Thun, Saint Moritz (Switzerland), Debrecen (Hungary), London, New York, Palo Alto (USA) to name a few.

Note: The exhibition will be running simultaneously at Birla Academy of Art & Culture (Garden) from 12th December, 2015 to 7th January, 2016

EXHIBITIONS IN DELHI

Whirling Out Solo Sculpture Show

 

DATE

3rd Jan – 9th Jan

TIME

10:00am – 06:00pm

ADDRESS

Lalit Kala Akademi, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House, Near Doordarshan Building, Connaught Place, Central, Delhi NCR

The Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting a solo show of sculpture and installations by Harsha Vardhan Durugadda, curated by Monica Jain. The exhibition is a multitude of new media sculptures that attempt to concretise intangibles like sound, movement especially revolution. Harsha tries to shift the focus from the individual, particularly the artist himself towards the other; literally whirling out. In that sense, it encompasses the environment way beyond the seen one, the cosmic, metaphysical and way beyond the physically perceptible.

Harsha V Durugadda is a Delhi based artist. Harsha uses scale and sensation to address both social and personal issues, through his practice which often levitates between sculpture and performance art.

Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar

 

DATE

1st Jan – 15th Jan

TIME

11:00am – 09:00pm

ADDRESS

Dilli Haat, INA Colony, Opposite INA Market, INA, South, Delhi NCR

The 30th Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar is all set to roll out at Dilli Haat this year, where 170 craftspeople from villages, towns and cities across India will be bringing together exciting crafts talent and traditions along with Folk and cultural performance, all day long.

This year’s highlight will be craftswomen from Myanmar practicing shell craft, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving, hyacinth grass weaving and jewellery. The group of women will exhibit the world famous Pathein umbrellas, puppets, velvet slippers, lacquer work and jade items. There will also be live demonstration of the weaving looms, from more than 12 states along with National and state-awardees from Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and others.

With a strong objective to bring the Indian craft on the forefront, Jaya Jaitly, Founder Dastkari Haat Samiti, has been working relentlessly with diverse craftspeople across the country to produce beautiful, economical and purposeful crafts, for more than four decades.