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‘Village huts’: Crayon on paper by Gopal Ghose.
‘Village huts’: Crayon on paper by Gopal Ghose.

An inimitable collection of contemporary art works from 1960s to 2007

As a tribute to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, Kumar Gallery in the Capital is hosting its annual show as a celebration of Indian art.

Titled “Celebration 2008”, the event showcasing paintings by 24 artists will be held at Kumar Gallery’s Sainik Farms premises from Friday to February 8. It will include significant works by M. F. Husain, F. N. Souza, K. S. Kulkarni, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, G. R. Santosh, A. Ramachandran, Gopal Ghose, Bimal Das Gupta, Jatin Das, Arpana Caur, Paresh Maity and Seema Kohli.

Speaking about this special exhibition, Kumar Gallery Director Sunit Kumar says the annual show brings together an inimitable collection of works from a period as early as 1960s to 2007. “It is indeed a moment of great pride for us to bring to the city art works that span more than four decades and present a panoramic overview of Indian contemporary art as it has evolved,” he adds.

The earlier works of the veterans present a magnificent view of an art fraternity which consisted of wisdom-based compositions. Most of the artists of these times lived in an ideal world removed from the social or physical area of their lives.

While Ramgopal Vijaivargiya’s “Meghdoot”, Bireshwar Sen’s “Bonsai” and B. Prabha’s “Mother and Child” focused more on mythological and cultural themes, a new synthesis can be found in the paintings of H. A. Gade, K. S. Kulkarni, N. S. Bendre and M. F. Husain. These artists have evolved a style of their own.

The works of the abstractionists like Jatin Das and Bimal Das Gupta are much in line with the international trends, but still distinguishable. These artists have brought a new vision through experimentation in planes or colours. The exhibition will also feature Paresh Maity’s “Eternity”, Arpana Caur’s “Compassion” and Dhiraj Choudhury’s “Sound of Rajasthan” that have broken new ground in terms of a fresh branching off from the international movements.

Krishen Khanna’s works like “Mahant Ram the Storyteller” are reproductions of particular scenes.

Madhur Tankha

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