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‘Bronze’ show and other art events

Bronze ' an exhibition in memory of Ram Kinker Baij
An exhibition is dedicated to Ram Kinker Baij's memory and to honor the great artist in his centennial year has started in Delhi. He was among the earliest Indian artists to experiment with abstract sculptural forms.

This show of 35 artists who belong to different generations aims at enhancing the perception about India's sculptural scene. It is against the backdrop of this sculptural tradition that the exhibition brings to foreground new meaningful sculptural experiments forged by participating artists in the Ram Kinkar Baij Memorial Sculpture exhibition.

Ram Kinkar Baij's path-breaking work in sculpture has been both acknowledged and respected internationally as well. His sand and pebble sculptures are noted for a typical, lyrical, metrical sensuality, which has an amazing oneness with nature. Indian sculpture, hitherto limited to academic naturalism, was transformed by this artist.

In tribute to him, the participating artists explore this medium and a whole gamut of expressions it has to offer. The works on view collectively highlight tradition and synergy tween old and new as also affirm the continued and unbroken engagement with bronze with its varied, multi hued colors and textures, as a sculptural medium in India. Sculptor Madan Lal has handled the curatorial responsibility for the show.

Apart from creations by Ram Kinker Baij, works by Prodosh Dasgupta, Somenath Hore, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, Dattatraya Apte, ArunKumar H G, Debasish Bhattacharyya, Jaidev Baghal, K Laxma Goud, K S Radhakrishnan, Karl Antao, Nagji Patel, Navjot Altaf, Ravinder G Reddy, Sankho Chaudhuri, Sunil Gawde, Subodh Gupta, Anita Dube, Saroj Kumar Singh, each of whom wrought their memorable alchemy on materials as diverse as stone, copper and bronze form part of the group show.

The show organized by Gallery Espace continues till second week of December 2006 at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

An exhibit of works by late K. S. Kulkarni
An exhibition of works by late artist K. S. Kulkarni in Delhi showcases some of his masterly creations.

He had a supreme understanding of the human form. It was the dominant theme in his work. He expressed his visions through a combination of outstanding color application and highly skilled draughtmanship.

The late artist handled the oil medium with great virtuosity and at the same time he had a sensitive eye for composition. His aim was to represent scenes of Indian life in a modernist style.

In 1948 he founded the Triveni Kala Sangam where he served as Director of the Art Department until 1968. In 1955, he was awarded the first of his three national awards. The artist passed away in 1994.

Summing up his artistic philosophy, he has once stated: 'I am completely open to new influences which brake my falling into any recognizable pattern or style. So from very vast dominions, my images wind their way into my art. They are neither pre-mediated, nor are gestural. Although form is important, it is not necessarily recognizable.' Like the work exhibited at this show, most of his creations were semi-abstract enigmas that are an inexhaustible feast to the eye and a challenge to the mind.

Exhibition of works by late K. S. Kulkarni continues at Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, till December 16, 2006.

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