Friday, October 25, 2013

The Writing Room -II, Eye of the Father and the Son, Visual Fusion and more..


The Writing Room 2nd Edition
Abadi Art Space, New Delhi and The Ambassador of Ecuador present an exhibition,   ‘Cartography of New Impressions & Traveling Notes’ by the Ecuadorian artist in residence, Diana Valarezo.
Diana has concluded her residence at The Writing Room. A review on her nomadic life and experiences has come with outcome of A Solo show that reflects on her first impression and new cartographies of her body, soul and mind.
This is a lifetime line exhibition, showing works from last 10 years on mix media, photography, ceramics, and paintings, from China, Ecuador, Senegal, Belgium, Peru and New Delhi.
You can find further information about the artists on
The show is on from 28th October 2013 to 5th November 2013.
The Eye of the Father and the Son
(Work on display)
Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi presents a unique show of two people from Ecuador.
The exhibition will show the artwork of Hugo Cifuentes, who is considered the ‘father of Ecuadorian contemporary photography’, although he dedicated most of his life to drawing and painting. He is also considered to be one of the most important Ecuadorian plastic artists of the 60s and 70s. 
Diego Cifuentes, his father, was a complex and complete artist, working in different artistic genres. Photography and drawing took centre stage in his work, but he also composed music.
The show is on view till 24th November 2013.

Visual Fusion
(work at the show)
Beanstalk, Gurgaon presents a group show of artworks by eminent artists from the country. The show titled, ‘Visual Fusion’ has on display the paintings by artists Basanth Peringode, Manikandan, M Ishaq, Padmakar Santape, Promod MV, Ramesh Gorjala, and Shyamal Mukharjee, Swaraj Das.

The works vary from figurative and fantastical to abstraction in vibrant colours.

The show is on from 25th October to 8th November 2013

Parallel Intersection

(Work at the show)
Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai presents a unique brother and sister, artists show titled, ‘Parallel Intersection’. the show is being held for the cause of helping the critically ill children of an NGO they support.

The works on display vary from paintings to ceramic sculptures by the two artists, Manisha and Rahul Kumar.

The show is on till 9th november 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

The tradition of devotion
(Work at the show)
Ritu Gupta interprets Indian miniatures and the Radha and Krishna motif in her latest exhibition
The iconography of Krishna and Radha and their idealism has survived and inspired art for hundreds of years through Indian folk art, notably through the tradition of miniatures and murals. And it still continues to inspire, as the Kanpur-based artist Ritu Gupta shows in her exhibition “Radha Raman” that is on view at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. The overarching theme of her works is the relationship between Radha and Krishna. “I am basically a spiritual painter. After working on a series on Ganesha and the Sri Yantra, I decided to paint Krishna and Radha. I have always been intrigued by their relationship because they never married. Yet their love was real, pure and nischal, where both of them gave up so much,” says Ritu.
Respect and worship
“People look upon their relationship with so much respect and till today, worship the couple. So I was clear that I wanted to depict their relationship.”
Ritu’s paintings are inspired by different styles of Indian folk art, predominantly miniatures such as those of the Kangra school or even Chola bronzes.
“I was inspired by the Rajasthan miniatures too, but my paintings do not imitate these styles. I have taken elements from these works and interpreted them in my vision.” She retains the flat imagery, the composition, typically set against a natural backdrop, as well as the style of figuration.But her works are larger than the traditional miniatures and vary in the use of colour. Ritu employs bold, vibrant, sometimes unusual (for miniatures) colours both in her backgrounds as well as in her figures, using shades of red, cobalt or inky blue, mustard yellow or beige along with shades of pistachio or lime green.
“But I have played around in the way I depict the various elements, for instance I have played around with the composition of the trees and flowers. The idea behind my works is to merge traditional art with contemporary art, I want to popularise traditional art because it is dying.” Ritu’s imagery, is both similar to and different from the traditional miniatures but she retains the intricacy, delicacy and vibrancy that characterises the art form.
“Radha Raman” will be on view until October 26 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road. For details, contact 09415067901.
(Report by Harshini Vakkalanka for The Hindu)

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