Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Varanasi Revisited, Amit Ambalal Solo, Visual Panorama and more..


Amit Ambalal’s Solo
(Work on display)
Gallery Espace, New Delhi is featuring the latest works by eminent artist Amit Ambalal. The exhibition is a compilation of sculptures and drawings by this Ahmedabad based artist. His themes are mostly based on simple things that surround him like a parrot in the courtyard and monkeys breaking things around. 

His recent works remind him of the wooden toys and different sculptures in the Vaishnava Havelis. Other than his beautiful artworks, Amit also came up with a book on Rajasthani paintings from Nathdwara, which was published in 1987. 

The show is on view till 5th April 2014.

Visual Panorama

( work on display)
The P L Deshpande Art Gallery, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai presents a group show of mammoth proportions. The show titled, ‘Visual Panorama’ displays the works of 20 eminent and upcoming artists from different parts of the country.

The show displays some realistic, semi-realistic, abstract styles and spiritual expressions on subjects of beauty, divinity and love. The mediums explored also vary from oil, acrylic, mixed media, ceramic, water colours, charcoal etc on canvas and paper and mixed media sculptures and murals. The show is curated by Guruprio Paul and the participating artists are, Prithvi Soni, Ramji Sharma, Ramesh Sharma, Sakalkanti Mitra, Sekhar Roy, Mohan Jadhav, Simi Sharma,  Shashikant Charbe,  Vidya Menon,  Dinesh Singh,Alka Pandey, Ritu Gupta, Sudhir Bania, Adurthi Srinivas Rao, Anjali Yadav, Sandip Visave.

The show is on till 28th March 2014.

Mera Gobind

All India Fine Arts & Cfrafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi presents an art exhibition by artist A.S. Chitrak. The exhibition titled, ‘Mera Gobind’ is an emotional perspective and vision of Chitrak. His collection showcases the journey of Guru Gobind Singh through his eyes. Chitrak completely submerges himself into his work and portrays scenes and learnings from the stories and fables of the legendary figure.

The works are figuratives with exclusive narratives and a flair of story telling in them. The show commences on 25th March and is on view till 31st March 2014.

Varanasi Revisited

Art Indus, New Delhi presents a solo show of works by artist Reena Singh. The show is titled, ‘Varanasi Revisited’ and on display are art works, paintings specifically rendered in intense abstractions.

The artist has captured the nuances of the culturally rich surroundings of the city of Varanasi in equally vibrant and bold strokes, textures and colours. The history loaded city has a lot to offer in terms of experiences be it art, literature, culture and the artist has taken the pains to depict all of these features in her works. The works, rendered in the acrylic on canvas medium, derive from nature, cityscapes and landscapes, depictions of the Ganga river, boats, temples, etc which complete the whole experience of the city.

The show is on view till 1st April 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


A legacy of art
An accidental discovery of a cache of art of J. Vasanthan has led to the creation of an Art foundation
(Solomon Pappiah inaugurating the JV art foundation.)
English Prof J. Vasanthan who died two months ago, has left behind more than 2,500 brilliant art works. They came to light when his book shelves were being cleared. The discovery propelled his daughter Chandini Appadurai to start the J. Vasanthan Art Foundation.
Besides keeping alive the memory and legacy of the professor, the foundation will also provide a platform for emerging artists and raise awareness and appreciation of art and culture.
Chandini says she often saw her father sketch on the backs of calendars. “In seconds he would come out with a drawing. I did not understand the nuances of his artwork those days,” she says.
Chinnaraj Joseph Jaikumar, Managing Trustee of the foundation, remembers how when Vasanthan was a student in Madras Christian College he would sketch regularly. “Not a day passed without his caricatures displayed on the notice board.” Prof Solomon Papiah, a contemporary of JV, praised the contributions of the late English teacher while his former colleagues and friends Prof Nedumaran and D. Samuel Lawrence recalled his dedication to teaching and his helpful nature. “We have planned a series of art exhibitions in Madurai, Chennai, Puducherry and Delhi culminating on the first death anniversary of my father,” says Chandini.
Objectives of the Vasanthan foundation:
Recover his original works, preserve and document the art pieces.
Conduct a bibliographic research to index his written works since 1950.
Seek the help of art critics to categorise his sketches.
Bring out a coffee table book
Establish an art school
Organise seminars, workshops, lectures by visiting artists and interface with schools and colleges to promote art education.
Through an endowment fund, create scholarships and stipends for budding artists
Hold regular competitions for young people.

(Report by Shailaja Tripathi for The Hindu)

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