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Brush with the hammer

Works of over 50 artists are on display at Time and Space Gallery as a prelude to an auction

Jai Zharotia's cheery Clown and Goat

ART AND the hammer seem to be striking a closer and comfortable bonding, the world over. We have just heard the news of Sotheby celebrating London's role in the international art market. The first big event of the Art Fortnight saw about 60 works by impressionist and modern artists coming under the hammer to rake up a whopping $111 million. Our own edition of hammer 'n' art fairytale is all set to take place on June 27 (Sunday) at the Windsor Sheraton.

As a prelude to the auction, an exhibition of about 70 works (paintings and sculpture) by more than 50 artists has been organised at Time and Space Gallery till June 26. Well-known names of Bengal seem to grab centrestage, with those from different parts of the country also finding some representation.

Expectedly, on the elevated end of the scale are some striking works by the masters. Among them, Jamini Roy's Street Scene presents a silent and sombre mood, while his other two paintings (gouache on board) feature colourful landscapes. Nandalal Bose's Mountainscape is a charming watercolour wash on paper. The Tagores — Gaganendranath and Abanindranath — who founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art nearly a century ago, are also represented by a couple of stimulating watercolours. Sailoz Mukherjea's oil on canvas titled Village Folk and Ramkinkar Baij's bronze sculptural piece, Santhal Family, are tagged with a reserve price of Rs. 4 lakh each, in tune with their historical and artistic significance.

Somanath Hore's Metal Workers (pen and ink on paper) is matched in its intensity by his watercolour titled Artist. Among other artists, Bijon Choudhary's Lady With Swan, Rabin Mondal's intriguingly-framed and positioned Two Faces, Gopal Sanyal's wide-eyed Village Folk, Shyamal Dutta Ray's expressive mixed media work, Dhiraj Choudhary's Delightful Clowns, Manu Parekh's captivating watercolour tabletops, Jai Zharotia's cheery Clown and Goat, Premalatha Sheshadri's colour-dotted Landscape, Akhilesh's interestingly patterned lines, and Ashok Pattar's architectural oil painting catch the viewer's attention.

The event is being organised by Round Table India and Ladies' Circle India in association with Time and Space Gallery. The proceeds from the sale of the works will be used for building primary schools for less-privileged children.

(The exhibition concludes on June 26. The auction is on June 27.)


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