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?
Today is the first death anniversary of the artist, Rajan Krishnan. There are a few commemorative meetings in Kerala. But is that enough? Isn’t it necessary to build a history around the artist if he is to be relevant in the contemporary art history in India, asks JohnyML.
Some horsing around, some rare unpolished gems in the chaos of a cultural festival which has become the go-to place for Mumbai’s selfie-obsessed janta, the Kala Ghoda Festival 2017 returns this time with the original Black Horse.. observes Sushma Sabnis.
Would Time pucker and pout for a selfie? asks artist Tanmoy Samanta as he returns with his solo ‘Portraits in Time’ at Tarq Gallery, Mumbai. The show realigns the concepts of traditional portraiture and presents a new and improved profile picture of artistic styles .. observes Sushma Sabnis.
I do not say art should not express sad things; art could, but there are ways of sublimation in the abject too. But the artists need skill and craft to bring that about. Painting poor people or images from war or mass migration does not help. It needs a different articulation, says Johny ML, editor-in-chief, Arthelka
For young artist Dr Minal Rajurkar, the world is more like a dystopian zoo, overflowing with animalistic hybrids wearing expensive cloaks of culture and sophistication. In her works on display at the Hirji gallery, Mumbai, she unmasks these impostors with sharp blades of satire and dark humour.. observes Sushma Sabnis.
Artist Parag Tandel in his solo show ‘Chronicle’ on at Tarq art gallery, presents a beautiful picture of the ugliness behind industrialisation and environmental pollution at the altar of progress, observes Sushma Sabnis.
The recent solo of artist Sheetal Gattani, at Chemould art gallery, Mumbai titled, ’46 Pillars’ is about more ways of seeing than just an interesting architectural intervention within a gallery space, observes Sushma Sabnis