Sunday, March 13, 2011

Art Dubai, Iran, Pondicherry, London, Mumbai ....

Rashid Rana @ Art Dubai @ Chatterjee & Lal Booth

Gallery Christian Hosp @ Art Dubai

Khoj+FICA Ecology Art Lectures

Art Talks @ FICA Reading Room, D-42 Defence Colony
Friday, 18th March, 4:00pm-6:30pm

In a four week residency at KHOJ Studios, hopes to investigate and explore sites of science pursued through its diverse art projects ranging from creating living ecosystems for insects, an organic grass photosynthesis photograph, an interactive bird habitat, an insect attracting eco- habitat; all within the broader framework of ecology and science rooted in todays’s cultural and philosophical context.

Artists: Dan Harvey & Heather Ackroyd, Navin Thomas, Brandon Ballengee, Pratik Sagar
Moderator: Jyoti Dhar, Critic in residence
Discussants: Dr.Mukund Thattai and Dr.Sundar Sarukkai

Parag Natekar @ Coromondel Galler, Pondicherry

Ranjini Shettar @ Talwar Gallery

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by Ranjani Shettar. Show till 30th April 2011.

Ephemeral yet distinct, between shadows and form, Shettar’s works permeate elusiveness and a refusal to be contained by simple categorization. Her materials yield to unfamiliar realizations, as in Stretch in which wood seems to have been molded like clay, while on the main level Scent of a Sound traverses the gallery space like an unruly fragrance encompassing it like a lingering melody. The organic forms constructed with steel and muslin float in mid air confronting the viewer as they enter, daring them to step inside and imbibe. Further, in Aureole - a multi piece cast bronze silhouette of a threshold sweeps across the space gracefully defying materiality and weight while drawing from a millennium old tradition. Lagoon, laden with lush, rich and dense forms created from lacquered wood immersed in depths of blue, is indulgent and inviting.

Shettar's use of traditional and modern crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials accentuates the tenuous relationship between industry and nature. She resolves this by uncovering the beauty within their co existence and in the collaboration between man and nature. In creating environments with sculpture and installation, Shettar fuses the two realms together with dynamic yet graceful forms and textures, revealing the spectacle and magnanimity of natural phenomena. Seduced by their simplicity and openness, our experience of her works yields humility and a surrender to their splendor.

Her work has been on view in numerous significant institutions and exhibitions worldwide. It can currently be seen at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY in On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009), The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008). Other exhibitions include 10th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2010); 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2008), 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007), 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2007), and 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006). In 2006 Shettar was an Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, TX. In 2005, her works were on view at Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio and Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX and in 2003 at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Later this year her solo exhibitions will be held at Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Singapore and at The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

She received a Bachelors (1998) and a Masters (2000) in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. The artist lives and works in Karnataka, India.

International Art Contest - March 14 Entry Deadline

ust one last reminder: March 14 is the last day to enter the 26th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Visual artists 18 years of age and older from all over the world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity and submit their original work.

Click here to enter or complete your entry

For more information, visit or email:

Please note: As our newly designed entry process has proven to be easy, user-friendly and efficient, we will not be extending the deadline this year.

ART COLOGNE 2011: 13-17 April 2011

NEW POSITIONS showcases 20 young innovative artists

‘NEW POSITIONS’, ART COLOGNE’s sponsorship programme for young, innovative artists, was launched in 1980. The programme offers young artists selected by a panel of experts free exhibition stands of 25 square metres. The stands for the young artists adjoin the stands of the galleries representing them. This year’s selection panel has singled out twenty young artists. There will be a special prize – the Audi Art Award for NEW POSITIONS – for the best young artist. The prizewinner will be given a solo show at the Cologne artothek. The award also includes the publication of a catalogue. The package is worth EUR 10,000. The award ceremony will be held at ART COLOGNE at 3.00 pm on Friday, 15 April 2011. ‘The sponsorship programme brings the artists and their galleries a huge amount of public exposure,’ emphasizes Klaus Gerrit Friese, the chairman of the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Editionen (BVDG). The programme is supported by the German Federal Government, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Koelnmesse GmbH and the BVDG. ART COLOGNE runs from 13 to 17 April 2011.

The Light within: Paintings of Rabindranath

The Collective Studio will be presenting
The Light within: Paintings of Rabindranath

an illustrated lecture by Indrapramit Roy

on Saturday the 19th of March 2011 at 6 pm

venue: Surendran Nair's Studio

C-1 Oasis- Behind Essar Petrol Pump -Savli Road-Sama- Baroda

RSVP -98240 69767

#03 Pep Duran A Chain of Events
3 March - 5 June 2011
Capella MACBA

Firsthand Accounts @ AAA

Asia Art Archive (AAA) announces the Artist Residency with Seoul-based web art group Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI). The group will spend the month of March at the Archive as AAA's second International Artists-in-residence.

Among the first artists to employ the Internet as an artistic platform in the late 1990s, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries consists of Marc Voge from the United States and Young-hae Chang from Korea. Their work, which can be viewed at, is presented in 17 languages, and is characterised by text-based animation synchronised to a musical score, often originally composed jazz. Rather than emphasising sophisticated uses of new technologies, YHCHI presents works that are directly engaging and effective, characterised by references to film and concrete poetry and by the scale and rapid pace at which the text appears.

During their residency at AAA, YHCHI will develop a new work as well as present a series of talks with the theme, I SAW YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (OR DID I?). Their work will take as its point of departure the excavation of the history and structure of the Archive in the context of the contemporary art community in the region.

ANNE VILSBOLL at Ganges Art Gallery

Regarding Iran @ Guild Gallery, Mumbai



Archival Research Fellowships @IFA

India Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce four archival research fellowships of Rs. 1, 50,000/- each for a duration of one year. Artists and/or curators keen to enrich their practice through engaging in archival research and/or working with materials from the archive as part of a project/initiative in the arts are welcome to apply.

These fellowships are open to artists/curators who wish to work within public collections/archives only. Kindly note that those interested in applying must seek prior written permission from the institutions they wish to work with and submit a copy to IFA as part of their project proposal.

The Call for Applications with more details will be circulated on April 15th 2011.

For further queries please contact:

Anuja Ghosalkar:

Shai Heredia:

Botánica. After Humboldt

Opening: 11th March

11th March to 22nd May

Curator: Rosa Olivares

Artists: Manel Armengol, Alberto Baraya, Joan Fontcuberta, Juan Carlos Martínez, Rafael Navarro y Juan Urrios.

The study of plants is directly linked to our knowledge of the world - to precise knowledge of a world that is real, though changing, and of particular places, generally characterised by differences that set them apart from the place from which they are observed. The earliest botanical studies reflect the need to carry out a detailed analysis of nature. Plants and flowers are immediately accessible: as the most static parts of nature they are relatively easy to study.

Simone Wille
Politics of Representation of Contemporary Art with an Islamic Background

Monday, 14th March 2011
5 pm onwards

FICA Reading Room
D-42 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

In the last two decades a new concept on "modern Islamic art“ awoke. What is new and particularly disturbing is the way in which the objects of Islamic art are increasingly co-opted into an emergent (if embryonic) exhibitionary regime that not only aims to project a model of peaceful co-existence but to locate and provide an appropriate model of "Islam“ itself. (Finbarr Barry Flood (2007, p. 43)).

Simone Wille is an art historian currently living in Vienna, Austria. She has written a doctorial thesis on: "Contemporary Art from Pakistan. A Continual Process of Reconstructed Pasts and Anticipated Future". She was involved in several exhibitions; she curated and edited the exhibition catalogue of “Zeitsprünge, Raumfolgen", ifa Gallerie, Berlin and Stuttgart, Oct. 2005- May. 2006. Since 1999 Simone Wille has spent several months every year doing field work in Pakistan, interviewing artists and analysing their work, their agenda, working conditions and socio-cultural context. Besides her publications for exhibitions Simone is a regular contributor to the renowned Neue Zuercher Zeitung with articles on contemporary art from Iran, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. She regularly writes for Nukta Art in Pakistan and Universes in Universe.

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