The ‘Real’ in painting – an essay deals with thematic and stylistic presentations following norms of art principles understanding artists’s imaginative consciousness.
‘Ghare Baire’ an exceptional Art Museum in Kolkata is a real treat to be shared with the readers and so is the Sweden’s TellusArt Residency at a village in Uttarakhand.
‘WOW (white on white) show’ forcefully displays mono colour challenges expressing less is more. In Suryastnata Mohanty’s words there is the possibility of seeing all colours in white. It takes us closer to Physics dealing with light.
In these trying times, Corona warriors are doing their best to make the country Corona free. The lockdown period has not been easy for anyone, but artists sometimes give their best under stress. Here, we share some of the works of artists from different cities who are working in the grip of Corona and talk about their creativity and experiences. Another article on Child Art also mentions the art activity as a great stress buster for children during this period of social distancing.
Creativity can never be locked, art is flowing from all directions. Paintings, collages, sculptures and articles on art are being shared like never before. Planning for post lockdown is also in full swing as many galleries have already prepared their calendars, waiting for the world to start normal life. It’s another matter that the ‘normal’ will never be the normal life. We shall carry the heavy load of unprecedented phase on our shoulders for lifetime. This will definitely show in the works of artists to become part of Art History. Hope to share our next issue in better times. Goldy Malhotra
Art Observer is dedicated to the wide spectrum of visual and performing arts. Efforts have been to share and showcase aesthetically appealing creations to all the ‘rasiks’. This journal is also a platform for the aspiring and talented artists to reveal their works and express their views.
This issue has covered some prestigious, innovative and inspiring exhibitions that have made a mark. The National Kala Mela 2020 held at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, exhibition of renowned artists at Sanchit Art, New Delhi, an unusual exhibition of thread work – ‘Bakhiya’ that has symbolised the Sufi meditative activity compels us to look within and start embracing imperfection in day to day life. A very laborious task of organising exhibition of painted masks by Speaking Art Foundation familiarises us with the diversity in theme-Shakti. This exhibition of 200 masks was held at Lokayata, New Delhi.
Breathtakingly beautiful and candid works of Idris are revealing the dedication of a photographer trying to freeze the images in time. Mahmood Ahmad’s transformation from vibrant landscapes in acrylic to drawings of female form in black and white is stunning indeed.
One always likes to read about the great masters and learn from their experiences on their path of achievements. When it comes from a son the old memories become pure reverence. It definitely takes us closer to the artist to understand his paintings better particularly when they are on mystical themes.Shabir Hussain talks about his father the legend- G R Santosh ’in the conversation’.
On similar lines, D S Kapoor’s article on Sardari Lal Parasher a renowned artist is full of nostalgia.
We stand committed to share views on child art and this issue throws light on ‘Decoding the Child Art’ that can help many teachers to understand a child’s mind better.One cannot miss the coverage on an iconic art object, the Gujral Foundation’s presentation, a unique step in the field of art-The Song of Earth and Sky.
It may be a travelogue or understanding of abstraction in art, these articles are here to enjoy and ponder upon awhile.
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If India is one of the youngest nations as per number of youngsters in population, let us not ignore the number of creative young minds and hands all set to express. No wonder art galleries are mushrooming all over, particularly in the bigger cities. Many art lovers are not gallery hoppers and we feel, Art that is well presented is better enjoyed and it must reach the true ‘Rasik’. Art Observer is one such step in the same direction.
We feature a potpourri of art, artists from past and present, art patrons and art institutions that have created history.
Our gallery-trotting contributors have covered The India Art Fair 2020, India-Bangladesh Printmaking Exhibition, Art Fair Spain and many new and notable works, exhibitions and events.
One of the oldest art galleries in Delhi- Dhoomimal has its own rich history that Mohit Jain has shared in conversation. Old masters’ works have a lot to inspire, be it Joan Miró’s sparks on canvas or Swaminathan’s spiritual journey through colour and canvas.
An ancient Institution with glorious heritage has been well worded by D S Kapoor.
In this promising year 2020, we can’t ignore the younger generation and feel highly responsible to make sure that they are given the right guidance, direction and above all freedom of expression. Child Art will always be of special concern for us.
I hope that this issue inspires you to join us in this exercise of art appreciation.
Welcome to our introductory issue of Art Observer !