23 August 2022 /
ART OF BENGAL TODAY- a group exhibition featuring 15 most celebrated artists of Bengal /
CURATOR/ TINA CHANDROJI /
Treasure Art gallery presents ART OF BENGAL TODAY – a group exhibition featuring 15 most celebrated artists of Bengal working with various media such as painting and sculpture.
Focusing on their most recent works, the exhibition is on show from 16th August 2022 to 30th of September 2022.
“Veering away from prettiness in art, exhibitor-artist Sanat Kar comes to grips with the explorative depths of the human psyche shaped into a visually grotesque one-eyed brooding figure, set against grainy and dusty hues. That the human eye is the sole embodiment of our fears, doubts, wonder and desolation is portrayed by master printmaker-artist Sanat Kar. And the fleshy fingers like pointed zigzags, placed on an unsullied backdrop narrates societal tribulations.
And any comment on the art of Ganesh Haloi seems an insulting interference. His meditative sparseness in the work amalgamates ziggurat architecture, a stream of consciousness thought process and references to modernist Bengali literature.
Pictorially charged and intensely thought-provoking, artist Jogen Choudhury’s 1960 work ‘Partition’ dissects the horrors of the episode into individual emotions of patriotism, the immediate impact of dying, the illusory recall of better times, the everydayness of poverty without dimming its tragic vividness. The rear view of the Mahatma stirs up a debate, myriad as the strokes of its cross-hatchings.
A statement with lines, marks the work of artist Sibaprasad Karchaudhuri. Watery surrounds both blur and open up artistic dialogue with viewers.
Once again, the gripping sensibilities of lines, makes the artwork of artist Sunil De, light years away from other works. It’s sheer mass of non-figurative forms express silence and activism, the fluid and static.
In the works of Goutum Choudhury, one views shadowy hints with evocative inklings reigning supreme. And yet the message of quintessential womanhood emerges sparklingly clear.
As social commentator, artist Ashok Bhowmik has configured his pictorial surface with visual tensions by a deliberate control of white spaces and black imposition. Ultimately a brooding figure engages meaningfully with the viewer.
Although an artist who draws sustenance from altruistic antecedents, Tapas Konar is remarkably spartan with materials. His canvas vibes a hallucinatory rhythm of floating forms and expressive amalgams.
Artist Tarun Dey explains his compositions as a throwback for unravelling Nature. Technique wise the artist seeds his creation with sparing ‘artistic interventions.
In Artist Pradip Rakshit’s work, unmatched serenity, born of lines, at first horizontal and then drifting in other directions, becomes a resonating finale in deep tones of blue and frothy yellows.
Coming face-to-face with Samir Aich’s art, the abstract identity is no empty charmer but makes captive forms speaking anatomically and spiritually.
Amitava Dhar manipulates colour as definitions of social conditions, childhood traumas and grim realities, levitating on his canvas. For artist Pankaj Panwar, the canvas is a toy where the visual offering is a delightful play of mergers, outlined imaginative forms floating across sensibilities.
Despite the artist’s denying a premeditated start, Samindra Majumdar’s angular geometry to define undulating forms, the controlled palette and overall bemused indistinctiveness suggests a cache of ideas to call up at his bidding.
In this age, the concept of deconstruction has never exited human consciousness. No wonder artist Debashish Bhattacharya’s sculptures and drawings give space to the mind to admire, assess and enjoy this philosophy via a frontal view,” Tina Chandroji, the curator of the show analyses the changing socio-political realities and the saga of aesthetics touching numerous creative points along its journey.
The show aims to trace the trajectory of Bengal Art from its complex historical context to its present day manifestations through the works of more than 15 celebrated artists including JOGEN CHOWDHURY, GANESH HALOI, SANAT KAR, ASHOK BHOWMIK, GOUTAM CHOWDHURY AND SAMINDRA MAJUMDAR among others.
TREASURE ART GALLERY/D-24 DEFENCE COLONY/NEW DELHI-110024/ 16 AUGUST 2022 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2022/ 11 AM TO 7 PM / CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS