Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 7 to 14 Aug, 2017
My journey as a curator
Presentation by :
Deepa Subramanian , Creative Head & Founder, Galerie De’Arts,
Date : Saturday, 26th Aug 2017
Aspiring curators between the age group of 18-25
Informal presentation followed by a group discussion
To give a practical insight into the basics of art curation.
Perhaps ‘Practice” by itself is the biggest university .
Art Curators are usually employed by museums and galleries to design and develop art exhibits.In the initial phase of the gallery, when I started with no reference point, hiring Professional curators was the only option that came to my mind.
Over a period of time, I realized that “art curation is nothing but common sense; and content curation is an art.”
I began by asking myself the following questions.
-What defines the role of a curator in an art exhibition
-What differentiates art curation from content curation?
-What does the curator do to disseminate the ideas behind the works
-How do they contribute to the artistic dialogue within the framework of the body of work.
I attempted to balance the viewpoints from the curatorial field with my individual sense of what curation is all about and this helped me greatly in developing my own skills of curating.
An insight into the following aspects of curatorship in the context of shows curated by Deepa Subramanian , 2010-17
-Connecting with the artist and his work
-Connecting with a larger audience
-Exploring Art in public places
-Taking art out of the four walls of the gallery to a public space
-Social and cultural environment.
-Academics and Research
-Western, Asian and Indian Contemporary Art
-Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
-Ends with a slide show of International Art Shows by significant curators in Paris, Tokyo , Shanghai, Seoul , Sydney , Venice, Berlin, Dubai, Hongkong
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 19 to 30 May, 2017
A group show of 18 significant artists from the early 1960’s & 70’s
Perhaps the recognition and support which art received in the early days was limited to the famous Mysore Art which was supported by the erstwhile Mysore state , now called Karnataka.. Art in any other form was at its nascent stage and received little or no support. Nevertheless a set of aspiring artists, with unlimited talent and limited resources emerged in the early 70's and were struggling to find their feet in this industry.. What we see as masters works today are the products of these artists who toiled endlessly to bring recognition to art in Karnataka, struggled to get an identity and persevered relentlessly to live their dreams… What brought them together however was just one common identity…..Passion.!! The passion to paint and the passion to live.. What drove them as an individual and as a team was their dream to build this whole movement into a base for themselves and the generations to come. The young group of artists took on the challenge with an undying energy and conviction against all odds.. However, the long drawn struggle was indeed noticed eventually and art from Karnataka began to get its much deserved recognition. Today, if art is being supported at every level, be it technology, infrastructure, Government, the galleries and the media , it is indeed the groundwork of these artists who have pioneered the change. It is around this time that Dr.K.K.Hebbar arrived in the scene and greatly contributed to discovering and nurturing young talent, while he took over as the Chairman of Lalit Kala Academi. The above exhibition was originally conceived and conceptualized by Late Yusuf Arakkal in 2011 which was a tribute to Late Dr.K.K.Hebbar.
Around 22 artists came together at the same space and time and created a sort of an historic moment in time and space, barring three artists who were present in spirit Late Mr.Appukuttan Achary, Late Mr.R.M.Hadapad and Late Mr.G.S.Shenoy.The now Late Mr.N.Marisham Achar was also present then. And the biggest void that we experience as we speak is the absence of dear Yusuf Arakkal , one of the most significant artists of our times .A man who is not so easy to forget . This exhibition is deservedly a tribute to Late Yusuf Arakkal. There are many more gems of Karnataka who have contributed to the struggle and came out as winners. However, we have put together the works of 18 significant artists .
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 20 Jul to 2 Aug, 2016
13th of July marks the anniversary of the great poet A.K.Ramanujan..
Galerie De’Arts joins Mr.S.G.Vasudev in paying a rich tribute to him through his timeless drawings.
Poetry is a powerful medium across generations and is a force to reckon with..When an equally powerful expression such as "Art" integrates with Poetry, creativity knows no bound.
Ramanujan has always had a great influence in the life of Vasudev..When the two of them met , Ramanujan expressed his desire that his poems be illustrated by Vasudev.
Destiny, however planned otherwise with the sudden passiong away of Ramanujan.Regardless , Vasudev , on the other hand relentlessly pursued his works based on the poetry of this great man.
The works are on exhibit after 13 years since it was shown at the South Asian Studies Department, University of Chicago in 2003.We invite you to view the current exhibit which shows 30 works based on the choicest verses of Ramanujan handpicked by Vasudev
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 13 Dec, 2015 to 6 Jan, 2016
The exhibition focuses on the parallels between the iconic artists.
Viewed from the perspective of their eminence, the two artists led very different lives.
However, when their works are paired, it is a delight to see how they brought in a wave of Expressionism, which over time was immortalized as a bulwark of innate and radical thought.
The show is curated by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and opens on 13th Dec 2015 at Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore.
The exhibition commemorates the successful completion of 6 years by Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore.
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 9 to 16 Sep, 2015
The show "Intelligence in Field" by Bharati Sagar has been extended upto 15 Oct 2015
Bharati illustrates significant events over the last century relating to the book "Six Words" by Mr.Surendra Kumar Sagar
...Einstein`s relativity, Discovery of Fission, The Pugwash Conferences, The Manhatten Project, The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The Cuban Missile crisis, Rotblat’s contributions towards peace, The Kargil War are some of the events that have been beautifully captured by the artist.
A set of 12 art works ( Acrylic on Canvas) are on display..
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 20 Apr to 14 May, 2015
“Birds are a vivid expression of life”
They teach us about perspective, unity , adaptation, freedom and most of all to spread our wings and fly.
In an effort to bring attention to the significance of birds and its vital role in the environment, Galerie De’Arts presents an exhibition featuring works by Rekha Rao.
But beyond the message of conservation, the exhibition also explores ideas of human spirituality, culture and history as represented through birds
“Fly like a bird : Birds in Contemporary Art” examines the overlap between art and nature andemphasizes both the ecological and ornithological concerns.
Through paintings both on “canvas and paper “ the artist explore many themes, perhaps the most prominent being the interaction between contemporary culture’s relationship with the natural world and the importance of environmental consciousness.
“Clearly the birds are on a rapid decline , but the impulse to search for what is lost and what can still be redeemed environmentally is incredibly palpable and I think that is one of the things that inspires the artist and certainly
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 13 to 30 Mar, 2015
Venue : 1 MG Mall , Bangalore Date : 1 to 27 Feb, 2015
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 6 Dec, 2014 to 5 Jan, 2015
Venue : Date : 8 Jul to 30 Aug, 2014
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 30 Jun to 30 Jul, 2014
Nadine's solo exhibition "Recycled" was displayed at Galerie De'Arts in July 2014.
Venue : The Taj West End, Bangalore Date : 31 Mar to 4 Apr, 2014
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 3 Jan to 3 Feb, 2014
Galerie De’Arts completes 4 years.
On this occasion we take immense pleasure in presenting the works of 5 significant artists from South India.
Madras..This city of culture and history stands out as iconic in its stature, spirit and style. The memories of my southern childhood still remain intact as a silent witness to a truly memorable past.
The instinctive hold of deeper traditional values and modern thinking of the highly academic people of Madras has helped them evolve a distinct approach to art.
While the impact of the west has been considerable to Indian art, Madras stood out in the world of art, for its uncompromising academic approach..
..And lives on as an integral part of the world culture of art.
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 29 Jul to 29 Aug, 2013
He was nine when he first held a copper sheet in his hands while his famous uncle P.V.Janakiram carved out the forms of his iconic works. Instantly, the chisel and hammer became his best friends.
Hailing from the rich native roots of Tamil nadu, Raviram’s inherent style was imbibed from the southern architecture, with its surfaces decorated with narrative stone reliefs, iconic sculptures, and ornamental metal reliefs. His traditional inspiration was the consequence of his cultural heritage.
Raviram can be best described as an endearing package... His versatility and willingness to open up to new experiences is what has made him a sculptor with a difference.For him, it was a fundamental way to express and to articulate his individual needs.
Raviram’s technique of combining repousse with applique, welding wires and cables to the surface of the metal in playful combination and juxtaposition, is indeed a fascinating craft. The work consists of interesting and unusual shapes and forms which culminate in a stunning pictorial relief creating an illusion of a greater space. The ease with which he applies techniques such as overlapping, ladder and linear perspective, where the surface of the metal is diligently and ingeniously built up to produce a stunning pattern and artistry, is visually breathtaking.
Not many brave the gossamer thin line that divides the quintessential artist and the traditional arena that was once the domain of a craftsman. If done in its true spirit however, it privileges the craft to define a new trajectory within the realms of modern art culture.The sculptor’s works entails qualities akin to the traditional work of copper smiths and icon-makers. This affinity reverberates in the use of different materials, in the formal qualities of its dominant linearity effecting a rhythmic pulse and distinctive patterning.
Raviram’s unique “Savoir- faire” in copper art creations truly transcends sounds and silences…intense and submerged as only copper can be.
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 29 May to 14 Jun, 2012
It gives me immense pleasure to present the works of five distinguished artists from Chennai.....and to ruminate on my southern childhood filled with an abundance of music, dance, art and culture by presenting them in the most intriguing art form…
In Chennai , the impact of the west has been considerable.
The instinctive and simultaneous hold of deeper traditional values and modern thinking of the highly academic people of Chennai , has helped evolve a distinct approach to art. It appears to be fairly understood by many artists of this region that no developing country like India can present anything worthwhile to themselves and to the world if it ignores the living impulses of a great tradition in its legitimate human response to the west which has indeed resulted in creating true avant garde artists from this great city.
K.C.S Paniker in Madras forged ahead towards a fresh and contemporary approach to figure and design.He stands alone among contemporary artists as one who has reasoned his way through some of the basic presuppositions of western art trying to find release for a spirit unjustly contained by it.
Thus good old Madras stood out in the art world for its uncompromisingly academic approach...and lives on as an integral part of the world culture of art.
The artists presented are Dr.Alphonso Arul Doss,Padmashri Dr.Thota Tharrani, P.Gopinath, Mani M Mani and P.Gnana
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 14 Nov to 14 Dec, 2011
Milind’s works have been characterized by abundant inventiveness and limitless creativity. Notsurprisingly, the persona of prolificacy is known to be enshrouded in mystery and Milind is no exception.
Not withstanding that, his endearing charm overpowers everything else leaving a distinct impression that can only describe him as..…an artist and a gentlemen.
The new series “ The Lotus Pond” takes you for a walk through his beautiful garden…the rustle of the leaves ; the chirp of the birds ; the dampness of the grass ; the fragrance of lotus….all elements arranged into a coherent composition with an effortless ease. His huge canvases are extravaganzas of nature in its extremes, with the characteristic earth and vegetal forms painted with gay abandon.
At their best, they are a marvelous unison of light, form and detail.
In this series , Milind’s brush pushes the flower's boundaries beyond the canvas edges and details on the revealed shapes, recesses, curves and miniscule lines that can possibly be found in the verdant landscapes...
Perhaps the most striking image is that of the single lotus portrayed on a large canvas , creating a kind of a floral icon.
Milind”s works are inspired by a technical understanding of the landscape that brings a unique intimacy to the floral motifs, immersed in densely layered colours , their contours enhanced by repeated strokes and textured patterns.
Each painting exhibited can be independently approached, understood and enjoyed..
It has a quality that cannot be excelled , a memory that cannot be erased.
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 14 Oct to 14 Dec, 2010
Paresh Hazra, Bangalore’s most endearing artist is back in the city and this time with a definite feast for our senses..The versatile artist with his famous beaded hair needs no introduction to Bangalore..The man who has experimented with his paintings , murals, sculptures, film making and many more is now turning into an art alchemist in his brand new series “Charcoal and Gold”, which he is exhibiting for the first time in the city.
If the world today, acknowledges Paresh Hazra as one of the leading artists in the Indian contemporary art , it is because his works have become a defining factor of our culture and a basis for our reality..His ability to bridge the contemporary with the traditional techniques and convert them into his own unconventional medium is perhaps his greatest success..
Charcoal, alluring yet a tricky medium is practiced by very few artists..This minimalistic medium creates a stunning visual experience and effect which Charcoal alone can....The rich gold streaks added to the simplistic black & white creates a magical impact on the viewers...Symbolism and allegories which have always known to hold Paresh’s fascination is being depicted at its best here..Paresh explores the various facets of Divinity and Greater life with its inevitable abstractions in this timeless series.
The show also features for the first time, a few rare sculptures of Paresh Hazra, which are his personal favourites....The masterpieces along with the Charcoal and Gold works is indeed a stunning visual delight for the art-hungry Bangaloreans…
The show is on view at Galerie De’Arts, 11th Floor, Barton Centre, 84, MG.Road, Bangalore from the 22nd Oct to 12th Nov , 2010 between 11 am to 7 pm.
Venue : Galerie De'Arts, Bangalore Date : 14 Jul to 14 Aug, 2010
From Hong Kong to India by Shailaja Gidwani featured 40 small format works in Acrylic and Mixed Media.Shailaja captures the myriad moods of nature and human forms in her first solo exhibition in Bengaluru .