CopalThe Leading Authority on Indian Art Weekly Collector Issue: II March 2011 Newsletter for Art Collectors & Aficionados
Thought for the week: dont know almost anything about Hinduism.“A life spent making mistakes is not only Second, to show absolutely gorgeous Indianmore honourable, but more useful than a life art — the very best material from collectionsspent doing nothing” all over the world, the most beautiful and rarest examples”~George Bernard Shaw ~ Curator Joan Cummins, Brooklyn MuseumSohan QadriCopal regrets the passing away of renownedartist Sohan Qadri. He breathed his last onMarch, 1 2011 in Toronto, Canada.Qadri who died at the age of 78 in Torontoafter a prolonged illness, began his quest forhis true self through Tantric yoga and spentlong periods of time silently meditating inremote temples in the Himalayas and Tibet.His isolation propelled his urge to paint andhe has left behind him, a heritage of culturalaffluence and legacy.A poet, painter and Tantric yogi, Sohan Qadriwas deeply engaged with spirituality. Qadrirhythmically serrated and punctured thesurface of paper as part of his meditation Vishnu: Hinduisms Blue-Skinned Savior ispractice. His dye-suffused paintings on a new exhibit at Nashvilles Frist Center formeticulously serrated paper reflect his the Visual Arts that is on till May 29, 2011Vajrayana Tantric Buddhist philosophical which aims to introduce American artbeliefs. Serenely composed, his works are audiences to the visual beauty of the intricateintended to arrest the viewers thinking ways Hindus throughout time have renderedprocess and invite him or her to enter a their deities.metaphysical realm. A watercolour, Krishna and Balarama as “Death is not the greatest loss in life. Naughty Children (Punjab Hills, India, circa The greatest loss is what dies inside 1780) portrays the theft of the butter as us while we live” Krishnas older brother distracts their mother ~Norman Cousins with a tug on her veil. In another, Krishna, now a gorgeous youth, INDIAN ARTS INTERNATIONAL steals the clothes from a group of bathing EXHIBITS milkmaids and climbs up a tree with them, refusing to give them back (Krishna StealsIntroducing the US audience to the worlds the Gopis Clothes Punjab Hills, circa 1775-oldest faith 1800).“Hinduism is the worlds third largest religion The exhibit, five years in the making, wasand its oldest continuously practiced one, so organized by The Frist Center and includesits somewhat surprising there has never been more than 170 paintings, sculptures, textilesa major museum exhibition on Vishnu, one of and ritual objects created in India, Pakistanits most important deities. and Bangladesh between the fourth andFirst, to introduce one aspect of a major world twentieth centuries.religion, Hinduism, to a largely uninitiatedaudience, we assume they are intelligent but The exhibition is on till May 29 before
moving to the Brooklyn Museum. Wa l e s . T h e re s b e e n a g e n u i n e reciprocation, which is an essential element of any good exchange”Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition ~ Richard Cox, Arts Council of WalesFor almost 20 years, Welsh and Indianartists have been involved in a cultural The exhibition is on till March 26 atexchange programme for enriching the Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School ofcross country association and union of Art & Design.creativity in both the countries. Source: Copal, Western Mail Indian Art Exhibition opens in Helsinki Art work from the Wales Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition Valay Shendes work NamelessBeing two countries with very differenthistories and traditions, a major show An exhibition featuring the Indianunites artists from India and Wales that contemporary art was released at the Helsinkiopens in Cardiff School of Art and Design Art Museum on March 4, 2011. Theon March 4, 2011. exhibition called Concurrent India, features works from a cohort of artists inspired by theAn exhibition has already been displayed at changing environment in their home country.an international arts centre in Jawahar KalaKendra in Jaipur as well, which is the Subjects covered by the exhibition includesecond largest arts centre in Asia, and now the role of female saints and transsexuals, andits time for Welsh audiences to view the the materials used to construct dwellings inwork of the 18 artists – eight from Wales slums. Artist Hema Uphadyay is exhibiting aand 10 from India. The cultural exchanges range of works made from aluminium, whichbetween Wales and Rajasthan began in is common in slums.1993. Artist Valay Shende made a dinner table onThe exchange exhibition features work by which he placed salt cellars that contain ashthe V-6 (Virtually Six) print-making group from the funeral pyres of cremated peasantfrom Cardiff School of Art and Design and farmers. Rural poverty has caused an upsurgeIndian artists. The show also includes in suicides in the countryside, where a lot ofphotography and works on paper. the artists have their roots and from where Shende draws his inspiration.“The artists from Wales went to India andcame into contact with the incredibly rich The exhibition is on till May 29 at Helsinkiculture and the artists from India with Art Museum.whom they exchanged ideas. I always feltlike it was a terrific opportunity for artistsfrom Wales as India is such anextraordinary place. But the artists fromIndia who have been involved have got justas much out of it by coming to work in
Revati Singh Sharma exhibits in Hong India from my WindowKongHaving spent a large part of her artistic careerabroad, artist Revati Sharma has returned toher country of birth (India) to continue herartistic journey. Having known to capture thewarmth, depth and vibrancy of India and itspeople Sharma is the first Indian female artistto have her solo exhibition, My Own India atthe Kings Road Gallery in London. Herforthcoming solo exhibition is to begin inApril 2011 at the Hong Kong Fine ArtGallery. Fortune Teller by Ethel Kambourian Blue Skies by Revati SharmaConverse about contemporary Indian art Dhauladhar by Umesh BhattCopal Recommended TV Santoshs multimedia sculpture Living An art exhibit India from My Window at with a wound Watchung Arts Center features more than 80 works in oil, watercolour, silk batik, acrylicArtists featured in the exhibition In and photography that reflect on the traditions,Transition: New Art from India are Ranbir sacred images, architecture, people,Kaleka, Reena Saini Kallat, TV Santhosh, landscapes and other aspects of India. ItSudarshan Shetty, Thukral & Tagra and presents pieces by 35 artists from New York,Hema Upadhyay. The exhibition, presented Canada and New Jersey. The artistsin recognition of the Year of India in Canada represented in the show are not just of Indianin 2011, continues at the Surrey Art Gallery to origin, but many artists who have developed aMarch 27. love for India despite having no roots there.
Exhibitor Umesh Bhatts images capture the million. Art historians are still unsure exactlyreverent beauty and magnitude of the how the carpet and the canopy were arrangedHimalayas despite the encroaching together.commercialization. His pictures also attest tothe skills he has gained under the tutelage ofNancy Ori — a Garden State icon of Miniature Indian Artphotography and the arts. Also, another spectacular group of Indian miniatures highlighted by an Illustration to INDIAN ART AT SOTHEBYS the Gita Govinda: Krishna adorns his beloved Radha (estimated for USD 150,000 – USD 250,000).Bejewelled Indian canopy to be auctionedin New YorkA spectacular, rarely seen bejewelled, nearly150-year-old canopy from India is expectedto sell for as much as USD 5 million when it isauctioned on March 24, at Sothebys NewYork. An Illustration to the Gita Govinda: Krishna adorns his beloved Radha, Indian Miniature Painting, circa 1780. The painting depicts a scene from the Gita Govinda (Song of the Dark Lord) composed by the 12th century poet Jayadeva. The verse is homage to the incarnation of the Supreme Being Vishnu as Krishna, the Divine Lover. Here Krishna is seen tenderly tying a jewelledThe Pearl Canopy of Baroda will go under the girdle around the waist of his beloved Radhahammer as part of a larger auction of Indian after their tryst on the banks of the Yamuna.and Southeast Asian Works of Art. The Gita Govinda paintings are remarkable for the delicacy and perfection with whichIt includes over 500,000 pearls, as well as they are rendered. Their fluent naturalism andnumerous diamonds, sapphires, rubies and mellow grace create a magical world that isemeralds sewn on silk. Floral Persian-style imbued with an inner consciousness of thevines made with coloured beads circle the communion between nature and man at theircanopy. This piece is a continuation of the most beautiful. The largest group of thesegolden age of Indian art from the Mughal paintings was formerly in the collection ofperiod, with Persian influences. Maharaja Manvindra Shah of Tehri –The canopy dates from around 1865, when it Garhwal. The album originally compriseswas commissioned by the Maharaja of over 140 paintings.Baroda, in the present-day Indian state ofGujarat. It is believed that the piece was Source: Sothebys, Art Dailyintended to be donated as a gift to decorate thetomb of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina,in what is now Saudi Arabia.The canopy is part of a set which includedfour large rectangular jewel-encrustedcarpets, of which only one remains. One ofthe rectangular carpets was sold at an auctionin Doha, Qatar in March 2009 for USD 5.4
ART OF INDIAN HIGHWAY prehistoric vehicles are unlikely to go TRAVELS WORLD unnoticed either. One of them, the Autosaurus Tripous (2007), is a skeleton model of an auto-rickshaw, the green-and- yellow three-wheeler that is ubiquitous in urban India. Bharti Kher who is also highly recommended by Copal showcases her fibreglass, heart-shaped sculpture. The exhibition as it stands today in Lyon, seems more coherent than it was when it first started: not only is the art on show strictlySubodh Gupta, Take off Your Shoes and Wash Your Hands, 2007. contemporary but the focus on themes like urbanization giving it a sharper edge. This It took over two years for the exhibition is unlikely to be any time before 2013, Indian Highway to reach Lyon from though fixed dates are yet to be set. Around London, where it started and may take even September the show will move from Lyon longer than that before it gets to Delhi, its to Romes MAXXI contemporary art final destination. But this exhibition of museums, and will then head east to contemporary Indian art does more than Moscow, then further east to Singapore and just travel: it takes a new spin with every Hong Kong before leaping over the Pacific stop it takes. to Brazils São Paolo. Source: Wall Street Journal A show opened at MAC Lyon, a contemporary art museum in France that is on till July 31, brings together the work of FORTHCOMING EVENTS around 30 contemporary Indian artists–including Nikhil Chopra, Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta–and the theme, COPAL DIALOGUE SERIES XVIII modern and contemporary art representative of a whole subcontinent, is reinterpreted each time to fit changing venues, make room for new works and satisfy curatorial whims. The show found its first home in December 2008 in a crammed Serpentine Gallery in London before unwinding in Oslo, then in the Danish city of Herning, and now in Lyon, France. Indian Highway IV, which started late last month, will be hosted in the French citys contemporary art museum through July. One of Indian Highway IVs highlights is Copal Recommended Subodh Guptas Take off Your Shoes and Wash Your Hands (2007), a 25-meter long stainless steel installation featuring cooking utensils stacked on shelves. This is a reference to the everyday life of Indias middle class, a recurring theme in Mr. Guptas work. Other Two Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil Copal Recommended artist Jitish Kallats
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