The Clock Ticking on Humankind

In the recently concluded two persons show ’Time.. little time’, artists Lester Paul and Glower Paul bring to light the true visage of the conflict zone of contemporary society while time passes by as a silent witness over this looming battle ground… observes Sushma Sabnis

To Be or Not To Be.. 

In a world fraught with the deceit of conmen and hustlers with beards, artist Devidas Agase presents his recent works ‘Bahuroopta/ Polymorphism’ as a well timed critique on this dystopian masquerade ball and its aftermath on the lives of the living, observes Sushma Sabnis

The Sudden Birth of Galleries in Fort Kochi: Who is Midwifing Them?

There is an interest of somebody to move the art activities to Fort Kochi completely. And could it be the result of the futuristic thinking that the Durbar Hall, one of the venues of the KMB may be reclaimed by the artists through the help of the Lalitha Kala Akademy? Is it a ploy to divide the opinion of the artists who do not totally agree with either Akademy or the KMB? Is it a way to create more spaces for the artists in Fort Kochi so that the mainland would be abandoned and an exclusivity would produced around the location and aesthetics within Fort Kochi? Who is the manipulator behind these moves? Is it a part of legitimizing certain art activities?

Why Have We, the Indian Artists, Gone Irrelevant?

In this editorial JohnyML asks why Indian artists are becoming increasingly irrelevant in global as well as national scenario. He makes an interesting parallel between Ram Kinkar Baij and Subodh Gupta saying: Baij openly defied such scholarship and indulged in frolicking a bit. Gupta was rebellious when he did the initial performances and when he chose to metal cast the Bihari-ness (the objects). But later he turned into a conformist, shying away anything that would make him responsible for the contemporary culture of the country. I do not argue for the artist to be a scholar and a political commentator. But Baij was political in his works, Gupta is not. Gupta has mythology in his works (in the Barthesean terms), Baij had living histories in his works. That’s why Baij remains and Gupta fades.

At the Precipice of Happening

Artist Santosh Rathod in his recently concluded solo at Jehangir art Gallery, Mumbai, tries to strike a balance between the inner and outer realms he inhabits, standing at the precipice of abstraction..observes Sushma Sabnis

Death of Many Blue Gods: S. Nandagopal (1946 – 2017)

As an artist Nandagopal was inclined to the Indian philosophy that viewed life and time as a river as well as a tree. This aspect is one perhaps adopted by most of the artists who studied under KCS Paniker. From J Sultan Ali to Redappa Naidu to SG Vasudev, one could see various manifestations of trees and rivers.. writes Johny ML, editor-in-chief Art Tehelka