Delhi: To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, Gallery Espace is hosting
one of the most ambitious shows ever featuring drawings by over hundred Indian
contemporary artists. Titled Drawing 2014: Seven Decades of Indian Drawing, the
show is co-curated by Prayag Shukla along with Annapurna Garimella and Sindhura
Jois DM from Jackfruit Research and Design, Bangalore, and will be on at The
Exhibition Hall, 11, Mansingh Road, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts
(IGNCA), Mansingh Road, New Delhi from November 10 till November 28, 2014.
11a.m. to 7 p.m.
whose works will be showcased are Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash
Bhattacharya, Ambadas, Ganesh Haloi, K G Subramanyan, Shyamal Dutta Ray,
Somnath Hore, Arpita Singh, Meera Mukherjee, Chtrapatti Dutta, Dharamnarayan
Dasgupta, Bhupen Khakar, Jeram Patel, Nagji Patel, Jyoti Bhatt, Nasreen
Mohamedi, Ghulam Muhamed Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Amit Ambalal, Vivan Sundaram,
Amitava Das, Manu Parekh, Madhvi Parekh, Himmat Shah, Mona Rai, Manjit Bawa,
Shobha Broota, Jai Zharotia, Anupam Sud, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Jatin Das,
K K Hebbar, F N Souza, Tyeb Mehta, Navjot Altaf, G R Santosh, Laxma Goud, K C S
Panniker, S G Vasudev, Zarina Hashmi, Prabhakar Kolte, Prabhakar Barwe, Sudhir
Patwardhan, Surendran Nair, Siddharth, Anwar Chitrakar, Akshay Rathore, Adip
Datta, Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Bhajju Shyam, Basant Peringod, Dhruvi Acharya,
G R Iranna, Jagadesh Tammineni, Jitish Kallat, Lavanya Mani, Meghana Bisineer,
Manisha Parekh, Manisha Gera Baswani, Moutushi Banerjee, Mithu Sen, Manjunath
Kamath, Mekhala Bahl, Nikhil Raunak, Naini Arora, Nityanand Ojha, N S Harsha,
Om Soorya, Riyas Komu, Ravi Kashi, Poonam Jain, Paula Sengupta, Puneet Kaushik,
Pratik Prabhakar, Rakhi Peswani, Rakshit Kadlar, Ramesh Pithiya, Shreyas Karle,
Sonia Khurana, Snehal Chordia, Sumakshi Singh, Sisir Thapa, Samit Das, Tushar
Joag, Umesh Madanahalli, Vibhuti Sharma, Vijay Hagargundgi, Valsan Koleri,
Waswo and Rakesh Vijay, Subodh Gupta, Chinan Upadhyay, Rohini Sen, Rollie
Mukherjee, Probir Gupta, Birendra Pani, Shailesh, Shanti Swaroopini.
is the foundation of all art and the basis of all disciplines,” says Renu Modi,
Director, Gallery Espace. “It was the legendary M.F Husain who introduced me to
the finer nuances of drawings and the intimate, small format nature of this
genre has remained a personal favourite with me ever since." Gallery
Espace held a show on Drawings as far back as 1994 and it’s only natural that
its 25th anniversary show should celebrate the genre with greater aplomb. Apart
from this expansive show, there will be several collateral/outreach events that
will reflect on the significance of drawings in art and other disciplines.
Gallery Espace was started in 1989 by Renu Modi at the suggestion of the Husain
himself and was one of the first art galleries in India to introduce variable
lighting and sound systems, in recognition of the crucial factor that is the
environment within which a work of art is displayed. In a similar vein, Gallery
Espace was a pioneer when it came to video installations, going so far as to organize
a first-of-its-kind monthly out-reach programme (Video Wednesday I, 2008-09 and
Video Wednesday II, 2011-12) in order to bring artists working in new media
into the spotlight.
2014 will showcase more than 100 artists from India and features works dating
from 1947 to the present in which drawing is presented as a broad and inclusive
practice. Along with works on single sheets of paper, there will be artists’
books, studies for other projects, multiples, laser drawings, animation and
more. This breadth allows curators and viewers to understand how an academic
practice moves between the pedagogic and the conceptual realms and between
established and experimental ways of working.
Espace has served as a launch pad for emerging artists of promise (several of
whom are now established names in the art world), whose work reflects their
individual internal journeys of growth and self-discovery, resulting in a truly
eclectic and protean collection. While the focus is predominantly on Indian artists,
Gallery Espace has also promoted international artists and recently has
diversified into displaying South-East Asian art. Gallery Espace laid the
groundwork for curated exhibitions featuring leading art commentators and
journalists. Past themed exhibitions like Drawing ’94, Sculpture ’95,
Mini-Print ’96, Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai ’01 and Bronze ’06 have explored
different forms of artistic creation. Rather than using exhibitions as a
marketing tool, Gallery Espace believes in creating opportunities for growth,
showcasing new talent and enriching the world of art in India, thus becoming an
important link between artists and buyers, viewers and auction houses.
Guided Tour of the Exhibition with School Children **Open to Public
guided tour of the exhibition for schools children; to create awareness about
the artworks and educate school children about drawings.
2. The Art Collectors Talk, **Open to Public
A conversation highlighting the emergence of
Drawing as an opportunity for investment and its significance in art practice.
Date: Saturday, 15th of November
Venue: Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts
(IGNCA), Man Singh Road, New Delhi.
Rahul Baswani, ; Managing Director, Alta Sierra Consulting
Panelists: Renu Modi (Director,Gallery Espace),
Roobina Karode (Director, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art)
The Line, ** By Invitation Only
Espace & Zehen at the Manor invite you to ‘The Line as a foundation of any
artistic practice’ - a panel discussion. The conversation seeks to capture
glimpses of the elusive line that traverses diverse artistic mediums.
Date: Friday, 21st of November, 2014
Venue: In Partnership with The Manor, New
Friends Colony, New Delhi.
Moderator: Madhu Jain, Writer; Editor, IQ Magazine
Panelists: Mayank Man Singh Kaul; Designer &
Curator, Oroon Das; Designer, Rajiv
Agarwal; Architect, Manisha Gera Baswani; Artist
Workshop on Story Telling Through Illustrations
for Participation: For foundation students of Design and Art courses
Free. First Come First Serve Basis.
17, November & 18 November 2014
IGNCA, Entry from 11 Man Singh Road
Priya Kuriyan; Animation Filmmaker and Illustrator
Kuriyan talks about illustration as a profession and taking the students
through the process that led her to do what she does; also showing them
examples from her current practice and the methodology she usually follows
while conceiving and executing projects- from sketching in notebooks to final
Kuriyan is a children's book illustrator, comic book artist and an animator.
Born in Cochin, she grew up in numerous towns in India. A graduate of the
National Institute of Design, she has directed educational films for the Sesame
street show (India) and the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI). She
currently lives and works in New Delhi, and makes funny caricatures of its
residents in her sketch books.
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