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Art gets a modern spin

Art gets a modern spin
It rarely gets bigger than this. Seventy five artists get together in the Capital for the eighth edition of the biannual exhibition Manifestations, which has been running for four consecutive years.

Expect to see some rare collections of 20th century modern art.

'Every art form here has some important reference of the artist or has some history behind the art. Each collection is unique, in the sense if one sees the context of the work in the artist's own life,' said curator Kishore Singh.

'The many forms of art — be it abstract, figurative, landscape, portraits or still life — the running theme that binds them together is they are all modern painters,' added Singh.

The works are on sale. Prices start at Rs 15 lakhs and go up to Rs 5 crores.

A total of 75 modern artists collection has been displayed. This includes an untitled portrait of Kadambari Devi (his sister-in-law and the inspiration behind many of his works) by Rabindranath Tagore.

Also on display is Anjolie Ela Menon's Madonna of Merriweather Road which was inspired by the blank eyes of a hippie woman tripping high on drugs. The sordid painting was a reminder of the drug mafia. Don't miss out MF Husain's works — the untitled Keehn family portrait  done in 1959 is one rare family portrait. The  Keehn family was known collectors of Indian modern art in the mid-20th century and were also friends of Husain's. There is also Jamini Roy's
Flight to Egypt
where one can see Roy's signature compositional pattern.

Other works include S. Dhanpat's sculpture Mary and Christ and a sketchbook by Mahadev Visvanath Dhurandhar titled My wife in art. It is a series of 175 sketches in graphite, pen,ink, watercolour, oil and coloured photographs.

The haunting landscapes of FN Souza, the still life works of KH Ara, Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar and figurative art works by Tyeb Mehta are also to watch out for. Manifestations also displays patachitra from Kalighat and early Bengal (Ravi Varma School) of paintings of Krishna and Gopi.
Watch out!


At: Delhi Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village
On Till: 29 December
Timings:10.30 am to 7 pm
Phone: 46005300
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