|.. Current Exhibition ..
|Moving into the Future
|Over the years, Harvest has been reflecting the trends in our
contemporary art as they develop. But we have always ensured that
we exhibit a core group of masters who are like the many roots of a
tree that now blooms with many different flowers on its branches.
Each of these has its own fragrance, shape and colour. This year
too we have works of M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Satish
Gujral, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, K.S. Kulkarni, K.G. Subramanian,
Sakti Burman, Bhupen Khakhar, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Badri Narayan,
Prabhakar Kolte, Arpana Caur and T. Vaikuntam, among those who
represent our various modernist traditions which draw inspiration
from largely expressionist sources as well as our narrative tradition
with its fanciful imagery drawn from our mythological treasures.
Our nonfigurative art is represented by Zarina Hashmi, Shobha
Broota, Achuthan Kuddalur, Mona Rai, Faiza Huma, S. Harsha, S.
Balasubramaniam, Jnanesh Sekhar Ray, Sweety Joshi, Vineeta
Gupta, Manish Pushkale, Pandit Khairnar, S. Jigdung, Saba Hasan,
Anu Malhotra, Aiyana Gunjan and Heerina Misra among others
who draw their inspiration from not only the influence of the US
“abstractionists” but also a minimalistic representation of our
landscape art, tantric symbolism and what can be called flow and
Our romantic painters like Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Paresh Maity, Bratin
Khan, Bikash Poddar, Meena Sansanwal, Maya Burman, Maredu
Raman phase into the works of our younger artists like Farhad
Husain, Joydip Sen Gupta and Roy Thomas to name only a few. The
sharp satire of our present day life is reflected in many of these.
As usual we have the works inspired by our tribal art which is
represented by Jayasri Burman, Ramesh Gorjala, Seema Kohli, Chhotu
Lal, Baua Devi, Dhavat Singh, Kalam Patua, as well as the young
Kangra artists who are reviving our Pahari painting. The notable
trend is that they attempt to break away from the limitations of
subjects in our traditional art and have evolved their new expression
in terms of our contemporary framework.
Among the sculptors too we have the works of Laxma Goud, Venkat
Bothsa, G. Reghu, Sachindra Nath Jha, Tyeba Begum Lipi, Valay
Shende and Sheela Chamaria. Among our younger artists, Amin ul
Islam Ashik from Bangladesh has sculpted a very trenchant image
of the Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump talks, which reflects a broad
range of styles from our painted temple sculptures to modernist
This year we also have works like those of Michelle Poonawalla which
are digital superimpositions reflecting our modern technology. So
once more our art reflects both its essential core and periphery
reflecting the future we are about to move into.
Art Critic, Writer