Monday, 25 September 2023

61.8 करोड़ की पेंटिंग, मौत के 82 साल बाद बिकी इस मशहूर चित्रकार की कलाकृति, जानिए खरीदने वाले ने क्या देखा

 नई दिल्ली. दुनिया में कई नायाब और बेशकीमती चीजें हैं इनमें हीरे से लेकर पेंटिंग तक शामिल हैं. लेकिन, क्या आप अंदाजा लगा सकते हैं कि किसी पेंटिंग की क्या हो सकती है. यह सवाल इसलिए क्योंकि भारत की मशहूर चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल की एक पेंटिंग लाखों नहीं करोड़ों में बिकी है.

अमृता शेरगिल की “द स्टोरी टेलर” पेंटिंग ग्लोबल ऑक्शन में 61.8 करोड़ रुपये में बिकी है. इसके साथ ही यह किसी भारतीय पेंटर की बिकने वाली सबसे महंगी कलाकृति बन गई है. शेरगिल की 1937 की कलाकृति “द स्टोरी टेलर” यहां शनिवार को सैफ्रन आर्ट के ‘इवनिंग सेल: मॉडर्न आर्ट’ में हुई नीलामी में बेची गई.

क्यों खास है यह पेंटिंग?
भारतीय चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल को 20वीं सदी की शुरुआत के सबसे महान चित्रकारों में से एक माना जाता है. अमृता शेरगिल से पहले किसी भारतीय चित्रकार की नीलामी में बिकी सबसे महंगी पेंटिंग एसएच रज़ा की ’गेस्टेशन’ थी, जिसकी कीमत ₹51.75 करोड़ रुपये थी. अमृता की ‘द स्टोरी टेलर’ को ऑयल-ऑन-कैनवास मास्टरपीस माना जाता है. इसमें कैनवस पर ऑयल पेंट्स का इस्तेमाल हुआ है. पेंटिंग में एक गांव का परिदृश्य है. जिसमें कुछ महिलाएं बैठी हैं.

अमृता शेरगिल 

इस नीलामी में एम. एफ. हुसैन, वी.सी. गायतोंडे, जैमिनी रॉय और एफएस सूजा समेत विभिन्न कलाकारों की 70 से अधिक पेंटिंग्स पेश की गईं. पिछले महीने रजा की 1989 की कलाकृति “गेस्टेशन” मुंबई में स्थित नीलामी घर पुंडोले ने 51.75 करोड़ रुपये में बेची थी, जो नीलामी में बेची गई अब तक की सबसे महंगी भारतीय कलाकृति बनी थी.

कौन थीं अमृता शेरगिल
सैफ्रन आर्ट के सीईओ और सह-संस्थापक दिनेश वजीरानी ने कहा, “हमें इस सितंबर में नई दिल्ली में हमारी ईवनिंग सेल के कई कलाकारों के रिकॉर्ड स्थापित करने की खुशी है. सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि अमृता शेरगिल की ‘द स्टोरी टेलर’ को मिली रिकॉर्ड कीमत भारतीय कला बाजार में एक महत्वपूर्ण मील का पत्थर है.”

बता दें कि अमृता शेरगिल को इस दुनिया को छोड़े 80 साल से ज्यादा हो गए हैं. लंबी बीमारी के बाद 1941 में लाहौर में उनका निधन हो गया था. हैरानी की बात है कि जिस वक्त उन्होंने इस दुनिया को छोड़ा उनकी उम्र महज 28 साल थी.

भारतीय चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल को 20वीं सदी की शुरुआत के सबसे महान चित्रकारों में से एक माना जाता है. उनकी “द स्टोरी टेलर” पेंटिंग ग्लोबल ऑक्शन में 61.8 करोड़ रुपये में बिकी है.


Thursday, 14 September 2023

Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

Darmstadt, 13.09.2023: Since Sunday, 10.09.2023, the Kunsthalle Darmstadt is presenting the exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai. Until 07.01.2024, the relationship between humans and animals is the focus of a presentation in which are participating 35 artists from North and South America, India, Pakistan and Europe. 

Symbols of Migrations Installation by Smita Kinkale 

While the devastating exploitation of Planet Earth seems to be proceeding inexorably, many species of animals are threatened with extinction and entire ecosystems are disappearing, animals are more visible than ever in contemporary art. What is the basis for this newly-awakened study of animals? How is it different than earlier manifestations? Raising questions of this sort, Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai investigates our relationship to animals in all its contradictions and asks what role art plays therein.

Recent painting by Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar 
Ratnadeep Adivrekar’s works deals with ancient Indian philosophical belief that a part of the whole ‘Brahmanasi’ resides in all living things, which forms the ‘atman’ hence many animals are venerated and dense with symbolism

Offering a broad, geographically wide-ranging selection of artistic positions, the exhibition shows how diverse the approaches to this theme can be. An examination of the field during our preparations for this exhibition showed that certain approaches and preferences repeat themselves among the artists. The course through the exhibition was divided into four chapters in accordance with several clearly recognizable, major orientations in art involving animals; the sections appear in succession and conform to a dramaturgy of sorts. After the focus of the initial topic Open Drawers is on taxonomical classification such as is outstripped by fantasy (Horst Haack) or pursued to the point of mockery (Mark Dion), voices are raised under Profit, Profit, Profit in protest against the subjection of animals in adherence to the laws of the market economy. Following after this critical realism is the optimistic pragmatism of those who, in an exemplary manner, engage in Overcoming Borders Between Species. The final chapter is entitled Living Images and offers philosophical fare: dream, consciousness, artificial intelligence, mimesis, language.

Artists and Collectives in the Exibition 

Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar (India) Mia Bencun (Nigeria, Germany) Rolf Bier (Germany) Ali Cherri (Lebanon, France) Mark Dion (USA) Katja Eckert (Germany) Franca Franz (Germany) Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (Germany) Andreas Greiner (Germany) Horst Haack (Germany, France) Thomas Hawranke & Lasse Scherffig (Germany) Hörner & Antlfinger, CMUK (Germany) Katharina Immekus (Germany) Sanna Kannisto (Finland) Smita N. Kinkale (India) Lisa Korpos (USA) Basir Mahmood (Pakistan, The Netherlands) NEOZOON (Germany, France) Olly Williams & Suzi Winstanley (United Kingdom) Michael Pendry (Germany, United Kingdom) Arnulf Rainer (Austria) Stephan Reusse (Germany) Harold Rubio (Puerto Rico) Muzzumil Ruheel (Pakistan) Thomas Sturm (Austria,Germany) Miriam Tag (Germany) Diana Thater (USA) Federico Uribe (Columbia, USA) Rajesh P. Wankhade (India)

With support from Kulturfonds Rhein-Main Sparkasse Darmstadt Sparkasse Hessen-Thüringen Entega Stiftung Collaborative Partners HIMS Academy Zoo Vivarium Darmstadt Alte Fasanerie Hanau Darmstädter Textwerkstatt Ehrenamt für Darmstadt Schuldruckzentrum Darmstadt 

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The exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai at a glance.

Responsible for the contents, planning and realization of the exhibition: Dr. León Krempel, Director of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, curator in collaboration with Ismail Mukadam, Kurator, HIMS Academy Title and Duration: Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

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Affordable September Art Mela 16th September – 21st October 2023


With the festive season setting in, Aakriti Art Gallery is hosting the 11th edition of the ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in Kolkata. After completing tenth successful editions of the fair at Kolkata, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons. We at Aakriti Art Gallery constantly strive to make art more accessible to all. ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it. The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand art works within the range of 2000 to 3,00,000 INR. This is a one-of–a-kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries.


The Mela would feature paintings, sculptures and art prints by renowned artists as well as fresh talents in the industry. The gallery is putting together works by Abhijit Gupta, Achuthan Kuddalur, Adip Dutta, Aditya Basak, Akbar Padamsee, Akhil Chandra Das, Akhilesh, Alik Das, Alok Bal, Alok kumar Bhattacharya, Amalnath Chakladar, Amit Chakraborty, Amitava Dhar, Amlan Dutta, Anasuya Chakraborty, Anil Tekam, Anindya Roy, Anita Roy Chowdhury, Anshuman Dasgupta, Arindam Chatterjee, Arpita Singh, Arun kumar Majumdar, Arunangshu Roy, Arup Das, Ashok Bhowmik, Ashoke Roy, Asim Goswami, Asim Basu, Asit Mondal, Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak, Avadhesh Yadav, Babu Xavier, Banasree Khan, Banatanwi Das Mahapatra, Barun Chowdhury, Bhajju Shyam, Bhaskar Mukherjee, Bibekananda Mukherjee, Bibhuti Chakraborty, Bijan Chowdhury, Bimal Kundu, Biraj kumar Paul, Birendra Pani, Biswajit Saha, Biswapati Maiti, B. R. Panesar, Chaitali Dey, Chaitali Chanda, Chameli Ramachandran, Chandan Bhandari, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chandrakanta Nayak, Chhatrapati  Dutta, Chayan Roy, Debabrata Chakraborty, Debabrata Dey, Debajyoti Dhara, Debanjan Roy, Debasis Chakraborty, Debasis Barui, Debotosh Kar, Debraj Goswami, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Dhiren Shasmal, Dibyendu Basu, Dipak Banerjee, Dipak Kundu, Dipali Bhattacharya, Dipti Chakraborty, Diptish Ghosh Dastidar, F Tarannum, G. C. Chakraborty, Gautam Paul, Gita Maity, Gobardhan Ash, Gopal Ghose, Gopinath Roy, Hiran Mitra, Indira Puri Mistry, Indrapramit Roy, Ira Roy,  Irish Hudson Ghosh, J.M.S. Mani, Jahar Dasgupta, Jamini Roy, Jaya Ganguly, Jayanta Roy, Jayashree Chakravarty, Jiten Shukla, Jogen Chowdhury, Jyotirmoy Dalapati, K. Muralidharan, K. G. Subramanyan, Kanchan Dasgupta, Kartick Chand Pyne, Krishna Sardar, Laxman Aelay, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxmi Narayan Panchori, M. B. Ingle, Madhubanti, Mahinder Soni, Mahula Ghosh, Malay Chandan Saha, Manashi Mitra, Manik Talukdar, Manoj Dutta, Manoj Mitra, M. F. Husain, Mithun Dasgupta, Mona Ghosh, Mukul Dey, Nabanita Dutta Guha, Nantu Behari Das, Nikhileshwar Baruah, Nirban Ash, Nitya Kundu, P. R. Narvekar, Palash Bhaduri, Pankaj Panwar, Pannekunwar, Parag Roy, Partha Dasgupta, Partha Bhattacharya, Partha Pratim  Deb, Paula Sengupta, Pradosh Paul, Prasun Ghosh, Peter Daglish, Pinaki Barua, Piyali Sadhukhan, Pradip Mondal,  Pradip Rakshit, Pradip Maitra,   Prasanta Sahu, Priyanka Lahiri, Prasenjit Sengupta, Prokash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Radha Tekam, Rajarshi Biswas, Rajat Sen, Rajen Mondal, Rajesh Deb, Ramesh Tekam, Ramkinkar Baij, Ramkumar, Ramlal Dhar, Ritendra Roy, Sadhan Chakraborty, Sagar Bhowmick, Samindranath Majumdar, Samir Aich, Sanat Kar, Sanchayan Ghosh, Sanchita Sengupta, Sandip Daptari, Sanjay kumar Das, Sankha Banerjee, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saptarshi Das, Sarreshwari, Sekhar Baran Karmakar, Sekhar Kar, Sekhar Roy, Shankar Ghosh, Shipra Bhattacharjee,Shuvaprasanna, Shyam Kanu Barthakur, Sisir Tikadar, Somit Mukherjee, Snehasish Maity, Somnath Hore, Soumen Khamrui, Soumik Chakraborty, Soumitra Kar Sourav Jana, Srikanta Paul, Subhendu Porel, Subhanil Roy, Subrata Paul, Subrata Biswas (sculptor), Subrata Sen, Subrata Chowdhury, Subrata Biswas, Suchibrata Deb, Sudip Roy, Suhas Roy, Sujit Kumar Karan, Suman Roy, Suman Kumar Pal, Sumana Ghosh, Sunil De, Sunil Das, Sunil Kumar Das, Supam Adhikary, Swapan Kumar Mallick, Swapan Kumar Saha, Swapan Kumar Das, Swapnesh Chowdhury, Sweta Chandra, Tapan Ghosh, Tapan Mitra, Tapas Biswas, Tapas Konar, Tapas Sarkar, Tapas Shankar Basu, Tarun Dey, Tathi Premchand, Timir Brahma, Tusar Kanti Pradhan, Uma Siddhanta, Wasim R Kapoor, Yogendra Tripathi   and many more artists. The wide collection of works will showcase multiple art techniques like gouache, tempera, acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, etching, drawings on digital prints, bronze, ceramic across various styles and genres.


The business hours run from11 am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

To browse the exhibition from the comfort of your home, please visit the Affordable Art section



Aakriti Art Gallery

Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor

12/3A, Hungerford Street

Kolkata – 700 017

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Monday, 28 August 2023

Red Sky Blue Earth

Priya Suneel graduated from the University of Madras, attaining a Degree in Fine Arts with Distinction and the Government of India Merit Scholarship. Priya has been exhibiting her work since 1982. She has shown with the Society of Women Artists in their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in Trafalgar Square. Her work was shown as part of the Patchings Festival winners display Exhibition at Nottinghamshire and with the Society of Nigerian Artists at their annual exhibitions in Nigeria. Her practice incorporates painting, mixed media, and drawing with inroads into three dimensional works and is infused with the world cultures of London, India, Nepal and Nigeria where she has lived and worked.

Artist: Priya Suneel

Priya says that one of the reasons she makes collages is because the process reinvigorates or redirects her painting process. She studies the structure, palettes or the colors in the architecture, landscape, interior or the clothing and flesh of the model before her eyes, and searches for ways to depict them through placement of shaped bits. She captures the essences of these palettes by generating color fields or sensations entirely through juxtaposition of textile fabric, acrylic skins, paper or found objects. These collages are masterful displays of the cumulative effects of color. Priya focuses on the play of light and shadow across bare flesh, the ways in which skin tones are constructed, and the way volumes and planes come into being entirely through juxtaposition of colors. As the viewer takes in the work a sort of subliminal blending takes place because each bit of the textured material remains physically autonomous on the actual surface of the artwork, but we experience a flowing interrelationship of parts because of Priya’s profound understanding of color. Neighboring snippets of the found objects blend to form a unified field of color when the collage is seen from a distance or through squinting eyes.

In The Emergence, Priya creates bust of papier-mâché, wire and textile the artist describes shadowy concavities, fleshy highlights on rounded face, bone and muscle structure, suggestively the lovely tan and olive subtleties of flesh tones, with tiny, straight edged, triangular and rectangular snippets of fabric. The manner of the collages is meticulously self-effacing, allowing shifts in value and color to overshadow materials and process. Indeed, color is her true gift. Sophisticated modulations of closely valued tones make for rich and spacious pictures. In Tulips in a Pitcher, Priya offsets and enlivens a virtually monochromatic image with a range of yellows, greens, pinks and blues. It is, in its own quiet way, a bravura performance.

In the collages of landscapes such as Red Fox and Townhouse Chelsea, the sides and roofs of houses, the horizon line, the foreground and background, the earthbound natural and inorganic structures, and the deep space of sky, are flattened out. Priya does not flatten out three dimensional forms and present a surround view of them in a systematic way. Everything doesn’t add up. She chooses graphically striking indicators of particular objects and rhythmically locks them together, without relinquishing the sense of place portraying light and atmosphere. These collages explore the primary formal strengths of color. Depending on the tone, light and shadow are richly depicted; light wending its way through a landscape or still life. The collage elements play dual roles. They are formal elements in a strong flat array of balanced colors, and they also suggest three dimensionality. In the background planes, walls, or earth and sky are broken up into interlocking pieces, which push elements forward, the human figure, the house, still life objects. The tactile process entailed in this vacillation of compositional elements energizes these surfaces.

'Tulips in a Pitcher', mixed media collage on canvas, 44x54cms, Priya Suneel

In Street in Jodhpur the collage elements are centered, surrounded by blank space that also punctures the cluster of shapes. Certainly the individual parts add up to a particular place, but they are not as tightly interlocked or grounded in space. These free floating descriptive signs make us see a scooter, fence, trees, but they gently coalesce and resist being tightly interlocked, simultaneously. These shapes when combined with smaller shapes within the original large shape become distinct shapes. So you may have a shape that may be partly in the prominent and partly in the supporting. There is often one prominent shape in the composition that the eye goes to first and then travels on from there. You want to find a shape in the house, but not the whole house, and a shape in the tree, but not the whole tree, that together forms a larger more complex shape that the viewer sees first, before they see the house and tree. After that, more slowly, they will see this shape within the larger shape is part of a house and this is part of a tree. You are making the viewer read the painting, slowing down their looking.

The Biomes, Eden Project, Cornwall, one of the fascinating works in the exhibition, is a perfect example of the ways in which Priya can create complex color sensations using a minimal amount of colored pieces of paper that have been carefully cut in order to maintain the visual flow of the figure. The shadows and highlights and voluptuous folds in the structure are depicted with grey, brown and liver colored bits of paper. In fact the work was created live, au plein aire, during the televised recording of "Landscape Artist of the Year 2022" and was telecast nationally on Sky Arts (Sky TV Network). Priya was one of the privileged artists selected to participate as pod artist in the national telecast programme. Priya gets into the expressive essence of complex tonal ranges and under painting as she reconstructs the emotional content of the shapes and colors. Her path as an artist has been characterized by strikingly fresh work noted for its clarity and sensitivity thus defining Red Sky Blue Earth.


Abhijeet Gondkar

(Abhijeet Gondkar is an independent writer and curator based in Mumbai)


Priya Suneel

Red Sky Blue Earth

Mixed-Meadia Collages, 28th August to 3rd September 2023

Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 400 001, Between 11 am and 7 pm daily