EXHIBITION - Embodiment of Imagination | Art Alive Gallery (Oct 17-Nov 22, 2020) :


Founded in 2001 by Sunaina Anand, Art Alive Gallery has been committed to creating a culture of engagement between art connoisseurs, enthusiasts and artists. Having a holistic vision pertaining to Indian art, the gallery has produced some of the finest shows and publications. The shows promoted by the gallery extend beyond the ordinary and intend to bridge the gap between artists and patrons to nurture a culture of engagement with art and encourage a deeper connect between the two worlds.

In a very concentrated manner, the gallery has not only shared the impressions created by the contemporary Indian artists but also their journeys, life history and inspirations. Curated shows, retrospectives, artist interactions, art talks, catalogues & books, the gallery has always reflected a 360degree vision and produced some of the finest shows and publications making it one of the leading art voices in the world. Art Alive Gallery has in its repertoire some of the finest names in Indian contemporary art. Having nurtured a lifelong relationship with the artists, the gallery has witnessed their creativity mature through their art life journeys. The artist roster includes well- known names in Indian contemporary art such as S. H. Raza, Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon, Jogen Chowdhury, Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Raghu Rai, Madhavi Parekh, Maité Delteil, P R Daroz, Arpana Caur, Jayasri Burman, Senaka Senanayake, S Harsha Vardhana, Tara Sabarwal, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Narayan Sinha, Sujata Bajaj, Maya Burman and Purvai Rai.

With a vision to stimulate art practices in the contemporary sphere, the gallery also works steadily in promoting young talent from the country and offers its space for incubation of new narratives and fresh creative vision. Earlier in 2005, the Gallery was given ‘the best show award ’by the India Habitat Centre for organizing a show titled ‘Ways of Seeing’. Some of its other memorable shows include: ‘Fair & Furious’ (2004), ‘Bridges’ (2005), ‘Tatva’ (2006), ‘An Indian Summer’ (2007), ‘Urgent Conversations’ (2008), Retrieval Systems (2009), Fragility (2011), Shesh Lekha – The Last Poems of Rabindra Nath Tagore (2011), Living Walls (2013), Art Now series (2016 to 2019), ‘YOU WILL KNOW ME: Migration Stories’(2020), to name a few. Furthermore, the gallery has also showcased numerous group shows featuring younger contemporaries viz: ‘Emerging India’(2007), ‘Generation Next’ (2008), ‘What is Contemporary’ (2019)and ‘Moments and Transformation: Finding Life in Materiality’(2019). Art Alive was the first gallery to bring tribal artists to contemporary Indian platform through the show Jangarh Kalam (2010).

Art Alive Gallery has also ventured into publications to contribute in documenting contemporary Indian history. The Gallery has published an extraordinary range of books, catalogues with critical analytical text; limited edition art portfolios with lithos by Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, T. Vaikuntam, Paresh Maity, and more. Among the publications are a monograph on the life and art of S.H. Raza, Thota Vaikuntam, Laxma Goud and Sakti Burman constituting the ‘Art Alive Masters Series’. The first volume of the publication, ‘Faces of Indian Art’ offers an inside view into the studios of Indian artists at work, through the lens of acclaimed photographer Nemai Ghosh, including the artist’s profiles by distinguished art writers and critics. The gallery has also produced monographic books containing large reproductions of the works of S.H. Raza, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Paresh Maity and Jayasri Burman. The gallery has closely worked with international art publishers like Skira, Albin Michel and Thames & Hudson to bring out books on Indian art and artists.

A regular participant in International art fairs and events, the gallery is committed to promoting art in the public sphere and encouraging dialogue in the not for profit space. The idea is to create congenial space in the country for a discourse that transcends boundaries and remains embedded in Indian history.

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