Celebrating cultural renaissance
A premium show of art featuring a cultural renaissance of our times is being organized by the Lexicon Art Gallery at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Known for their penchant for displaying an astute selectivity in their choice of artists, this event, titled 'Manthan', features the works of legends such as Satish Gujral, Jogen Chowdhury, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Thota Vaikuntam, Seema Kohli, Vinita Dasgupta, Vishal Joshi, Ashish Tyagi, Gurudas Shenoy, Laxman Aelay, Paramesh Paul, Rabin Mondal, Ramesh Gorjala, Ratan Saha, Sujata Achrekar, Sunil Das, among others. The event will be held from May 25 – 28
On display are early works from Sunil Das' sixties period, when he created his iconic 'bulls' series. Also, there is an ample variety of sculptures including a six-foot sculpture by Ashish Tyagi. The attractive sketches of Gouri Vemula are a discreet merger of life and its philosophy, while a fiber cast painted cow sculpture by Seema Kohli, attracts visitors by its colorful composition. Mingling contemporary and tribal on the platform are works by the legendary Gond master, late Jangarh Singh Shyam.
The period of the paintings selected for the exhibition has been consciously restricted to the sixties genre so that viewers are given a chance to review the art in terms of its historicity. While the works are not directly related to events and trends of the era under view, their combined effort at artistry exudes a growing originality and individual expressiveness evident through the works.
Besides providing a glimpse of the era under the display, the exhibition has also handpicked some outstanding creations of the time, that are worth a special mention.