With temperatures near freezing point in Delhi, any hint of spring is well worth clutching at. Thankfully, Red Earth, the Delhi-based art collective, will be bringing 10 days of spring to Delhi with their Abstracts in Indian Yellow exhibition.
Himanshu Verma, the curator or Red Earth, says that the exhibition will be the first exhibit by Red Earth this year celebrating spring and has been inspired by Basant Panchami, the traditional festival for Saraswati that marks the harvest season. The exhibit is meant to explore the season of colours, and of “revival and rejuvenation”.
‘Surya’ by Prafulla Mohanti, around Rs17,500.
Verma asked the participating to be inspired by those colours, especially yellow. ”There are several shades of yellow, a bright yellow to a more orange-ish tone, but it’ll be interesting to get the painters to explore that.” He says some of the artists are using other hues, but he is specifically interested in the Indian understanding of the colour yellow.
The works of around 11 artists, such as Deepak Tandon, Harpreet Singh, Madhuri Kathe and Mayanak Mansingh Kaul, will feature in the show. Most are well-known abstract painters, but Verma says the show may also include some photographic work and textile designs. The pieces range from meditations on the sun, to undulating colour spheres.
Red Earth will continue its exploration of spring with another exhibition in March, which will celebrate the explosion of colours and madness of Holi.
Abstracts in Indian Yellow will open with a brunch on 11 February, the day of Basant Panchami, where yellow food will be offered and guests have been asked to attend wearing yellow clothing. The blast of sunlight will be a welcome change for anyone feeling the mid-winter blues.
(At Global Arts Village, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Utsav Mandir, Ghitorni, New Delhi. From 11 to 21 February, 11 am to 7 pm. The prices of the works on sale start at around Rs45,000 and go up to around Rs2 lakh)
‘Basanta’ by Prafulla Mohanti, around Rs75,000
‘Sun’ by Dipti Pandey, around Rs50,000