|.. Current Exhibition ..
|A show that celebrates art...
|Art has a remarkable quality that allows an art lover
to relate to and appreciate works not only of different
periods of history but of different styles as well. This
inclusive quality of art reminds one that aesthetic
excellence is not merely something in the eye of the
viewer but that the eye itself is gifted with the capacity
of relating to a broad range of aesthetic stimuli which
in turn reflect how aesthetic objects are repositories
developed over time, of broad principles of creativity of
humanity as a whole.
Harvest 2019 reflects not only the search for objects
emerging from these creative principles but also
possessing the capacity to present them in a manner
through which the viewer himself or herself exercises the
capability to appreciate, relate to an understand good art.
This is something that every curator tries to present while
the viewer responds to it spontaneously or through his or
her aesthetic sense developed over time and as a result of
The early Bengal compositions based on European
originals, the various trends of folk and tribal art with
some of our best modernists like Jamini Roy and T.
Vaikuntam creating a new visual dialogue between
the two, with some of the tribal artists, especially of
the Shyam family, which has produced a number of
talented artists, starting with Jangarh Singh Shyam,
have succeeded in carrying their tribal art across to
The centre-piece of the exhibition is no doubt the
Bombay Group artists, F.N. Souza, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza,
Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna. From
Bengal we have artists like Nandalal Bose, Sunil Das,
Sakti Burman, Jogen Choudhuri, Paresh Maity, Sanjay
Bhattacharya and Bratin Khan. Of the Baroda group we
have Bhupen Khakhar, and also artists like Satish Gujral,
K.G. Subramanyan, Lalu Prasad Shaw, K.S. Kulkarni,
George Martin, Roy Thomas and Achuthan Kuddallur from
different parts of the country.
Among the non-figuratives we have a wide range from
Zarina Hashmi, Prabhakar Kolte, John Tun Sen, Shobha
Broota, Harish Guha, Sundeep Jodung, Gopi Gajwani,
Pandit Khairnar, Vanita Gupta, Faiza Huma, Sanjay Sawant
and Nandan Purakayastha and Sweety Joshi. This time,
however, we have a lot of young artists and those from
other countries, like Farhad Husain, Pallav Chander, Marty
Dauthen and Richard Poppit.
This time we have a wide range of sculptures ranging from
masters like Shakti Burman, K. Laxma Gowd, T. Vaikuntam,
G. Reghu, Nandita Jain, Anton Connoley, Josh Mayhem,
Venkat Bothsa, Shashi K Paul, Tutu Patnaik, and Sheela
Chamaria, to name only a few. I have chosen to highlight
some works and not others as I prefer to leave the task of
a broader vision to the viewers themselves for that is what
artistic appreciation is about in essence. Suneet Chopra,
Art Critic, Writer.