Commemoration without History is As Good as None

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.


The Face of Time

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.

Traditional Skills, New Concepts and Pressure Cookers

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

The Animal Within

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.

The Beauty Trap

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.