Palette of contrasts
Ram Kumar, the 83-year-old artist who has also written short stories in Hindi, is known for his thought-provoking art. Some of his latest works, on display at this solo show, are no different. Here, 22 works of Kumar, who was awarded the Padmashree in 1972, are on display from the period 1984 to 2008—all of them either in acrylic on paper or oil on canvas. As in all his works, the palette ranges from brilliant blues to deep orange and reds to even sombre grey, conveying various themes and moods. Many of Kumar’s paintings have featured in recent international auctions of Sotheby’s and Christie’s and they have fetched more than Rs1 crore.
At Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi; till 15 February.
Neon colours, software-aided effects, film-inspired images—artists Satadru Sovan Banduri, Tushar Waghela and Sohan Jakhar add to the lean genre of Indian pop art with this group show. “I work to represent contemporary life and my material is derived from popular culture and films,” says Banduri. Banduri first photographs the image he wants with models, then works on the photographs in the computer using software such as Photoshop and uses the final print to paint. “I used to call it mixed media art because the painting part of it is only the last manual part but now I stick to calling it just acrylic on canvas,” he says.
At Suchitrra Art Gallery, Hill Road, Bandra (West); till 5 February.
This Indo-French photographic exhibition brings the finest in French and Indian photography to India. Organized by India Photo Now’08, an initiative promoting the art form in India, this show brings works by celebrated lensmen such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and from personal collections such as the Alkazi Collection of Photography. The images are divided into four sections, representing works by Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and The Alkazi Collection of Photography. Magnum Photos was established in 1947 by Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour, and this exhibition has rare images of India by 14 Magnum photographers. Sher-Gil was one the earliest Indian photographers to have received acclaim.
At the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, till 13 February; at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, from 29 February to 21 March; at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, from 8 May, 2008 onwards