Contemporary Art

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Dhruvi Acharya’s paintings portray the urban woman. She creates a canvas that most often depicts a comic-like female figure in a visual world unique to each painting. In this world thoughts exist as real entities and human forms take on aspects of their emotional personalities. Often these figures are represented with blank expressions and blank… Read more »

The Interview Panel

‘The Interview Panel’ is a typical example of the works of Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin; quirky and humorous. Here, the artists have worked over an unidentified painted photograph in miniature style. They toy with and expand the ideas of painted photography and miniature art. The compositions, colours and intricate patterns drawn on these family… Read more »

Gathering on a Family Farm

Quirky and humorous, ‘Gathering of a Family Farm’ is a typical example of the works of artist Alexander Gorlizki with Riyaz Uddin. Here, the artists have painted over an unidentified family portrait in miniature style. They toy with and expand the ideas of painted photography and family portraiture. In the photograph, characters appear to be… Read more »

Wild Things

Created using oil paint and 22 ¾ gold leaf on Gesso panels, Jethro Buck’s painting ‘Wild Things’ borrows and meshes together a potpourri of images from across the global landscape – from pastoral England to Mughal India. This miniature style painting teases a range of dynamic figures – animal and human – who go about… Read more »

A Mother’s Day Art Roundup

The bond between mother and child has been a uniquely potent theme for art around the world and across the ages. From  Kitagawa Utamaro’s ‘Midnight: Mother and Sleepy Child’ (1790) to Gustav Klimt’s ‘Hope II’ (1907-08), here are eight pieces to revisit in time for Mother’s Day.

Creation of Other

A lot of Pradeepkumar’s work deals with the subject matter of figures and their role in a world that was created for them. His art invites the viewer to lurk into this world of shrubbery and nature to try to understand its significance. His focus on native and rural aspects directly alludes to his identity… Read more »

Emergency Funds for the Arts

How can governments support the arts and cultures sectors from the economic damage caused by the global coronavirus pandemic? Germany and UK are among the earliest countries to have set forth examples, launching aid packages for both individuals and organizations during the arts and culture sector.

Art and Social Distancing

As a large portion of the world’s population takes up social distancing and self imposed quarantines to slow the spread of covid-19, here are fifteen artworks that may prove particularly relatable. From Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Veronica Veronese’ (1872) to A$AP Rocky’s ‘Lab Rat ‘(2018), they explore themes of social isolation and loneliness, and capture the bleakness… Read more »

Biraaj Dodiya Debut

Experimenter Gallery in Kolkata is showcasing the debut solo exhibition of artist Biraaj Dodiya, titled ‘Stone is a forehead.’ The show – which takes its name from a poem, Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejías by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca – contains a series of paintings and sculptures and explores themes of personal memory, loss… Read more »

Mehlli Gobhai Retrospective

“Don’t Ask Me About Colour,” a retrospective of late abstractionist Mehlli Gobhai’s works will preview on 6 March 2020 at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.  Supported by Chemould Prescott Road, and curated by Ranjit Hoskote and Nancy Adajania, the show will feature over 200 of his artworks spanning over seven decades.

A Capital for African Art

Marrakech, which recently hosted the third edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair – one of the foremost global art fairs dedicated to African art – has been the subject of a lot of buzz lately. The city has seen openings of many premier art institutions dedicated to promoting contemporary African art and artists… Read more »

Twenty years of Tao

Mumbai’s Tao Gallery is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary by putting forth a special show starting the end of February 2020. Titled ‘A Tapestry of Time,’ the show will feature works by 66 artists including the likes of Brinda Miller, Atul Dodiya, Madhvi Parekh and Dhruvi Acharya. It will also cover a range of… Read more »

Anju Dodiya Returns to Chemould

Celebrated artist Anju Dodiya will be showcasing her recent works at Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road gallery on 29 February 2020. The show, titled “Breathing on Mirrors” features a rich collection of mixed-media drawings and will take place eight years since Dodiya’s last exhibit with the gallery.

This Just In

Before you try to find it, let us clarify right away that there isn’t a common thread connecting the five artists in our Spotlight this month. The art of Bhupen Khakhar, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Manisha Gera Baswani, Dibin Thilakan and Gopa Trivedi are covered by the umbrella term ‘modern and contemporary art’ but this slightly worn… Read more »

Dibin Thilakan – Tales of the Land

When confronted with his captivating canvases, you dive head-first into the stories told by his sinewy figures, floating amidst ebullient swirls of colour

Body Beautiful

From Ara to Souza and from infatuation to disillusionment, we examine the nudes in our collection of modern Indian art

Prayer at Gethsemane

This painting is an interpretation, Jesus prays to his father on the night before his crucifixion. The artist Manish Soni has employed a distinctive Hamzanama trope to convey the intensity and pathos of this scene.