DAG’s Centum Series II exhibition showcases the depth and diversity of Indian art
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Founded in 1993, DAG (formerly called Delhi Art Gallery) exhibits and promotes Indian art through local and international museums, art galleries and publications. See our previous interview with Ashish Anand, CEO and Managing Director of DAG (Part I, Part II).
This week, DAG offers a virtual show on the breadth and variety of modern Indian art. The Centum Series – Edition 2 covers “The Greats and The Lesser-Known Greats”, including alternative modernists and the avant-garde.
The artwork spans still lifes, landscapes, watercolors, acrylics, and sculptures from across the country and the century. DAG has shared many of his works on forums like the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and India Art Fair.
Indian art has absorbed and blended a range of western and local styles. “Indian art defies all easy-to-cut silos to carve out a confident affirmation of its own identity, ”according to Ashish Anand, CEO of DAG.
After the rain of Haren Das
“DAG’s continued commitment is to expand the horizons of Indian art beyond the few names that most people are familiar with,” explains Director of Conservation Kishore Singh, in a conversation with Your story.
There are many artists whose legacy has been overlooked in the past and who are now being promoted. The exhibition selection criteria include historicity, rarity, diversity of genres, mediums and periods.
“Setting up the exhibit was exhausting, exciting, but difficult,” Kishore observes. The works presented are priced from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
“There is a lack of appreciation for art that needs to change so that people aren’t intimidated by art,” suggests Kishore. A proliferation of galleries, art fairs and public art will go a long way in changing perceptions about the importance of art.
“Although the mediums change over the years, what artists try to say remains the same,” he observes.
“Art is a reflection of our time, but it can also focus us, question certain values, and certainly inspire us,” says Kishore. This is especially relevant in the dark times of the pandemic era.
“You have to surround yourself things that make us think and think, and art does it, ”he adds. “Enjoy what you see – love it, cherish it,” he urges the audience.
“Art tells the story of human civilization from the cave paintings that have survived thousands of years. You are not the owner of the art you buy, but the guardian for generations to come, ”he adds.
He also offers advice to aspiring artists. “See a lot – visit galleries, check out art online. Train your eye – but most of all, enjoy the art, ”concludes Kishore.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new ways to tap into your creative core?
Ride by Paramjeet Singh
Raje Gaut, the main road to Rotas Ghur, Bahar by Thomas Daniell
b. Tarang II by Moti Zharotia
Untitled by Prokash Karmakar
Figures by K. S Radhakrishnan
Figures by K. S Radhakrishnan (2)
Figures by K. S Radhakrishnan (3)
Left – Untitled (Radha-Krishna) by Anonymous (Kalighat Pat) Right – Untitled (Canna) by Ajit Gupta
Mystery of Jai Zharotia
Mahal de Panna Dai, Chittor by Indra Dugar
Persistent images of Jyoti Bhatt
Still Life VIII of Dattatraya Apte
Bodies stretched by Bose Krishnamachari
Untitled (Shiva Asks Alms) by Early Bengal
Untitled by Avinash Chandra
Untitled by Chittaprosad
Untitled by Thota Vaikuntam
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