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Artist Rajnish Kaur's recent works on view
Artist Rajnish Kaur's recent works in oils are on view at Bodhi Art, Mumbai. It is a series of deeply sensitive and vivacious abstracts that display an abiding faith in the expressive act of mark-making.

The paintings display a delicate orchestration of line, pattern, and textured colored fields, mingling non-figurative, gestural marks with others that reference reality. The New Delhi based artist's paintings embody youthful play of colors. To arrive at her desired hue she builds it up by applying paint in multiple layers, curating rhythmic structures of lines and forms, which give momentum to the canvas.

Her controlled and energetic brushwork, while creating the illusion of depth and movement, palpably celebrate the abstract notion of freedom. Drawing from the reservoir of communicable feelings and images that resides in each human psyche, these works stand testament to how the human aesthetic imagination could move freely beyond ideological strictures.

While retaining a deliberately tenuous allusion to the visible world, her works vividly portray as 'subject' something more indefinable ' feeling, memory and association. Occasional moments of mimesis are rendered with a distinctive twist that elevates instances of the mundane and quotidian.

An exhibition of recent paintings by Rajnish Kaur continues at Bodhi Art, Mumbai, till January 13, 2007.

Previewed works of art of Rajnish Kaur in Saffronart events

Exploring The Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan

Memory, Metaphor, Mutations, a new book by Yashodhara Dalmia and Salima Hashmi (Oxford University Press, USA) explore The Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan.

The documentation focuses on the contemporary art of the two countries in all its vibrancy, and highlights their fascinating new identity. There are many similarities that the art of the two countries share because of their common history. At the same time, divergences also lead to new directions that provide fodder for a cathartic regeneration.

The book draws on three vital aspects of contemporary Indian and Pakistani art: first, the historical development which began in colonial times and continued its diverse course in both countries after gaining independence.

Second, the distinctive elements in contemporary art re-use their vital traditions, in the case of India, through the incorporation of popular art and in the case of Pakistan, the reinvention of the miniature tradition. Third, is the dynamic and essential work of women artists of India and Pakistan that the documentation aims to highlight!

'Inverting / Inventing Tradition' show
'Inventing / Inverting tradition' is the second part of an exhibition series on Indian Art from post independence to the present day being hosted at the Grosvenor Gallery, London.

If part I of the show focused on the Progressives, the second part looks at Indian artists active from 1960s to today. As an exhibition note states: 'The Indian Art market has been growing rapidly over the last decade. However, its popularity has reached new heights in the last few years. The meeting of tradition and modernity has inspired a highly individual response from all the artists featured in the exhibition all of whom contend with the notion of Tradition in a modern age.

So, on view is the self taught late Bhupen Khakhar who, heavily influenced by Indian street culture, combined the subversive potential of pop art with contemporary Indian imagery to challenge traditional Indian art practices. On other hand are the dreamlike line drawings of Jogen Chowdury as well as two early figurative oils by Rameshwar Broota, whose dehumanized figures demonstrate his concern with the contemporary human condition.

Other artists whose works are featured include Ganesh Pyne, Arpita Singh, Paramjit Singh, A Ramachandran, Nilima Sheikh, K G Subramanyan, Madhavi Parekh, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manu Parekh, Prabhakar Kolte and Anjolie Ela Menon.

'Part II: Inverting / Inventing Tradition' show continues till January 14, 2007 at Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai

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