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First Published: Fri, Jul 18 2008. 11 53 PM IST

Montage:A work by Kallat
Montage:A work by Kallat
Updated: Fri, Jul 18 2008. 11 53 PM IST
Drawing, Sculpture: Juul Kraijer, N.N. Rimzon, Tushar Joag
Montage:A work by Kallat
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, 12 August-20 September
In an art world besotted with video and installations, drawings and sculpture often get short shrift. This exhibition hopes to redirect the spotlight by showcasing works that, while conventional, are anything but dull. Joag’s macabre renderings of bodily organs (they have titles such as Shhh! We can pounce when they come to suckle at the carcass ), Rimzon’s two-dimensional charcoal drawings and Kraijer’s knotty bronze bust with mini-heads may prove that expert draughtsmanship is still hugely underrated.
Thomas Erben Gallery
Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai,
7-31 August
As part of a swap programme between the New York and Mumbai galleries, Thomas Erben, a Chelsea space that focuses on international art, will bring names such as camp graphic artist Chitra Ganesh, who appropriates Amar Chitra Katha comics to ingenious (and titillating) effect, emerging Korean painter Haeri Yoo and experimental German film-maker Matthias Mueller.
Fantasy tales: Acharya’s Air Fare at Chemould Prescott Road
One Life on Earth: New Work by Dhruvi Acharya, Chemould Prescott Road Gallery, Mumbai, 9-30 August
Acharya’s fantastical paintings merge the whimsy of Roald Dahl with the eco-consciousness of Al Gore. Using a cast of women both scary and comical, Acharya equips them with guns, knives and other assorted weapons in a searing but subtle commentary on current world discord. Even issues such as pollution and violence get Acharya’s mock treatment, as with the fake poster of a company peddling fresh flowers in “designer ergonomic breath packs”.
The Experience of Transition: Rajiv Saini, Nature Morte, Delhi, until 29 August
The brother of artist Reena Saini Kallat, and an architect and artist in his own right, Saini blurs the lines between function and style with modish, vaguely futuristic-looking furniture that incorporates bold colours (think bubblegum pink) in space-like configurations. A table doubles as a bench, while a mushroom-like bookshelf may well have come straight from the Jetson household.
Many hues: Yoo’s Battle on Sand
Everywhere Is War (and Rumours of It), Bodhi Art, Kalaghoda, Mumbai,
23 August-27 September
Twenty-nine artists—including Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Shilpa Gupta and Anju Dodiya—were commissioned specially to create works for this blockbuster show. Among the coffins (Riyas Komu), a library of war books (Bose Krishnamachari), and the usual assortment of paper drawings, installations and videos, watch out for a work by controversial American artist Jon Kessler, whose giant tented video installation, Palace at 4 A.M., in 2005, recreated (with unsettling result) the security-surveillance paranoia of a terror-sensitized world. In keeping with the war theme, Bodhi will reconfigure the gallery with war trenches and bunkers.
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First Published: Fri, Jul 18 2008. 11 53 PM IST