Archive for the ‘Indian Art’ Category

PUNARNAWA CRAFTS is committed to Odisha Crafts. Loved the simple details and the vibrant colours. Find them here.

I discovered her three years ago and it’s taken this long to convince her to share her work. Kuhelee has a delightful mind. And an intimate way of crafting things. A stray bead, left over wire, pins, scrap fabric – she sees possibilities in everything around her. And has the ability to make it look […]

Bhagyanath C – Ventriloquism Kashi Art Gallery Archives, December 12, 2010 – January 7, 2011 The series delves into the theory of Evolution and the awareness of the shared fate of the beings of the world. This interaction between Pig and Man seemed so peaceful and complete – no foreignness in their touch, only familiarity […]

As visitors to grand Palaces, Temples, Mosques and Tombs, we are likely to come away more with awe than with a picture of what we have really seen. Often, details merge with a memory of the whole. Until someone points out the complexities and captures them so we can study how the place came to […]

Sakshi Gallery’s 25th anniversary show. Curated by Swapan Seth. Opens November 12th, 6pm at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Promises to be interesting. Details on the Sakshi Gallery website.

Experimenter, the only gallery from India exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair in London this October. FRIEZE ART FAIR, London, 14-17th October 2010 Fair Opening hours: Thursday 14 October: 11am-7pm, Friday 15 October: 11am-7pm, Saturday 16 October: 11am-7pm, Sunday 17 October: 11am-6pm.

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A graduate of the College of Art – Delhi, Runjhun is an ex-advertising creative director who doodles, styles ad shoots and loves creating, in her own words, ‘easy, quirky and honest’ designs. Her maiden collection of cushions uses dori work, chawal tanka and applique to translate her doodles onto fabric. “I was sure I didn’t […]

Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Musician, Artist, Nobel Laureate, founder of ‘Vishwa Bharti’. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Born in 1861, Tagore turned artist at the age of 67 experimenting with various mediums. Tagore said of his art, “People often ask me about the meaning of my pictures. I remain silent even as […]

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“This book by Rupika Chawla is an account of Ravi Varma’s traditional background and environment in the context of colonial India, and the relationship of this milieu with his profession as an aristocratic itinerant painter. This lavishly illustrated book brings together paintings from royal and private collections and museums, and works that have never been […]

Typographica and Seminar: On 17th Feb, W+K Exp, Delhi will showcase the world of Seminar Magazine, India’s own groundbreaking testament to the power of the word. Celebrated over its 50 years for bringing “opposing viewpoints within the covers of a single magazine”, this exhibition does not delve into the content of the magzine, rather it […]

“Artistically, terracotta is the medium where many ideas were first experimented upon before they were committed to stone. At the same time, Many of these artefacts were used in ephemeral rituals and then discarded; their study thus permits an insight into those aspects of religious worship little studied in a field where the emphasis has […]

Aakash Nihalani is a Brooklyn based artist who works with the medium of tape in public places around New York.

> Part of a Religare Arts Initiative exhibition held in Jan 2009.

The last known authentic Mithila artists, Satya Narayan Lal Karn and Moti Karn are exhibiting at Jamaat Art Gallery till October 7th. Do catch the show. Thank you Dev.

Tara Books has a new release. DO! It’s a wonderful way to integrate Indian art with education without making it too complicated. Here are some pages from the book.

I stumbled upon Bhuri Bai’s work on Hervé Perdriolle’s blog and was fascinated by her imagination and craft. Found the interesting works of Jangarh Singh Shyam and Jivya Soma Mashe as well. Presenting all three. Bhuri Bai, Bhill Tribe

*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Mom Made Co is the brainchild of Bhautik Siddhapura who decided to hand make all his t-shirts. Each one is numbered, handpainted and unique. Here are a few of them.

Aarohi Singh is a self taught artist. She paints in Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels and works on Paper, Canvas, Metal, Cardboard, Wood, Fabric. Ambika from Little by Little(lovely girl, much potential) mentioned her. So I checked her website. I like what Aarohi’s done with the trunk and chair and the kettle. Her paintings though didn’t […]

*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Tara was my first feature on Indian By Design. I was fascinated by the handmade children’s books they published. My favourite being The Night Life of Trees. The artists from Gond – Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai and Ram Singh Urvet – were a revelation. A collective of writers based in […]

Kavita’s having her first solo exhibition. If you’re in Bangalore, do attend. She does great work.

*An Indian By Design exclusive* In conversation with Anupam Poddar, Devi Art Foundation IndianByDesign:Can one clearly distinguish between art and what is not art, today? Anupam Poddar: I think it is still easy to tell what is ‘art’- the sanctioned and sanctified object. It is not as if we have moved much beyond that system […]

*An Indian By Design Exclusive* The opening of Lekha and Anupam Poddar’s new not-for-profit art space would preempt a surfeit of words on artists and collections. But I choose to speak first of their latest commissioned work – the Sirpur Mills Building. For it is as much art as all that it holds or will […]

Speaking Stones, 1998 by NN Rimzon . Now showing at Kashi Art Gallery as part of the ONLY ONE series.

Occupying Silence by Devashish Makhija. At Gallery Kanishkas, Calcutta. From 21 August to 10 September 2008. Write to nakedindianfakir (at) gmail (dot) com to buy/preview the catalog. I enjoyed the beautifully written notes from the past that inspired his works.

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“ONE LIFE ON EARTH” will be on view from August 7 – 30, 2008 at Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai and from October 4 – November 1, 2008 at Nature Morte in New Delhi. More work on her website.

*An Indian By Design Exclusive* I first saw her poring over sketches and doodles and drawings and a half-finished series of Cats on Chairs. She was so childlike in her enthusiasm, in her curiosity for feedback. Her art, much like her, is simple, genuine and rooted. In conversation with Kavita Arvind, artist, NID faculty and […]

I love her style, and I think she’s priced it very reasonably – Rs 7000 to Rs 22000. Contact Kavita Arvind. A-406, Fourth Floor, Purva Sunshine, Main Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560008. Email: chidiyaudd at Website: Work can be couriered to other cities.

Europe belongs to Picasso, Matisse and Braque and many others. India belongs only to me. She died at an age people start discovering what they’re all about. 28. Too young. 1913-1941. But what a life it’s been.

Tara is run by a collective of writers based in Chennai, India. They work with a range of adventurous writers and artists from around the world, and create books in house as well. I loved their Indian sensibility and their aesthetics. Beautiful. You’ll find them here.