The NEWS Art fest 2024: What to expect from the contemporary art showcase in Hyderabad

Hyderabad to host The NEWS Art Fest 2024, featuring works of more than 200 artists. Anjolie Ela Menon, Shobha Broota and Prabhakar Kolte, among other reputed artists will conduct interactive sessions

Published - February 09, 2024 03:32 pm IST

A painting by Thota Vaikuntam

A painting by Thota Vaikuntam | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The NEWS Art Fest 2024 aims to go beyond showcasing contemporary art. Curated by Hyderabad-based artists Laxman Aelay and Bolgum Nagesh Goud along with Mumbai-based Manvinder Dawer, founder,  India Fine Art, the festival will host interactive sessions and workshops with well-known artists. At the State Gallery of Art in Madhapur, Hyderabad, the events will kick start with an art camp on February 12 and lead up to an art showcase beginning on February 17.

An artwork by RM Palaniappan

An artwork by RM Palaniappan | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“We wanted to organise an art festival in Hyderabad for the last two years and it is finally taking place. We began with an intent of featuring artworks by at least 100 artists and before we knew it, the number grew to 200,” says Manvinder.

He reveals that the art camp will have 12 artists interacting with art enthusiasts. Anjolie Ela Menon, Shuvaprasanna, V Ramesh, Vinod Sharma, RM Palaniappan, Vrindavan Solanki, G Subramanian, Shipra Bhattacharya, Shobha Broota, Prabhakar Kolte, Gurcharan Singh and Vimmi Indra are the participating artists. “The camps and workshops are not limited to emerging and mid-career artists or art students. These sessions will be open to anyone interested in watching artists at work and understanding art better,” Manvinder adds.

The NEWS Art Fest line up
Art camp: February 12 to 17; 11am to 7 pm
Contemporary art exhibition: February 17 to March 7
Art talk: Abstraction as an art practice by Prabhakar Kolte; February 15, 4pm
Music: Hawaiian guitar recital by Jaywant Naidu; February 18, 10.45am 
Presentation by Anjolie Ela Menon; February 18, 11.30am
Performance art by Harsha Durugadda; February 21, 4.30pm
New media artworks: Walk through by Nirmala Biluka; February 21, 5.15pm
Short film screening: The Shadows Took Shape by Chandra Bhattacharya on February 24; 4.30pm 
Venue: State Gallery of Art, Madhapur, Hyderabad

On view during the exhibition will be paintings, sculptures, new media installations, drawings and etchings by artists whose work pertains to early modern art, Bombay progressive group, Kolkata group, Madras school and Baroda narrative figurative groups, among others. 

The works of reputed artists such as K Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Ravinder Reddy and V Ramesh from the south will feature along with those of Jogen Chowdhary, Suhas Roy and Chandra Bhattacharya, portraying facets of human life. Rini Dhumal, Rekha Rodwittiya, Indrapramit Roy, Surendran Nair and Vrindavan Solanki’s works will feature figurative and narrative reflections of the land. Manu and Madhvi Parekh’s work will showcase work inspired by folk art while Prabhakar Kolte and Vinod Sharma’s artworks veer towards abstracts. Landscapes by the late Surya Prakash, the bold strokes of Ram Kumar and Ramesh Gorjala’s reinterpretation of mythological themes in Kalamkari style will also be a part of the exhibition.

A sculpture by Jogen Chowdhary

A sculpture by Jogen Chowdhary | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Among the sculptures, look out for Ravinder Reddy’s series on deities, terracotta sculptures by Himmat Shah, stainless steel creations by Valey Shende and Arzan Khambatta and Karl Antao’s wooden sculptures.

The new media art section, curated by Anand Gadapa and Nirmala Biluka, will feature installations by emerging artists who use materials ranging from leather and charcoal to carton boxes to portray social themes. Some of these installations include Swathi Bheemani’s Fragments of Catastrophe, Manoj Kumar Pannala’s Beasts Within and Banda Suresh Kumar’s series on living objects. Rahul Mitra’s Box City will be a metaphor for life in urban spaces. There will also be multimedia art installations. 

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