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...Group 1890 'believed for one magical spirit-filled moment that they might change the discourse and practice' of art.They called themselves by a house number in Bhavnagar Gujarat belonging to Jayant and Jyoti Pandya, where they met.The core group included the ideologue and firebrand J. Swaminathan, Jeram Patel who introduced techniques of the blow torch, professor and artist from Baroda Gulam Mohamed Sheikh, sculptor Himmat Shah, and painters Ambadas and Eric Bowen who both settled abroad in Scandinavia.Their aim was to search for 'authenticity' for a new modernity in the era post-Independence—in protest against academic realism, the Bengal school, and current imitations of western art.Their show was held in 1963 at the AIFACS Gallery in Delhi, with enthusiastic support from the poet (and later ambassador) Octavio Paz. ...The Week on Sept. 29, 2016, midnight
...One hundred and twenty five more were exhibited recently at the India International Centre.Scribbled on the margins are stories, some drawn from a marvellous imagination, made up on the spot after he did the drawing and at times recalling anecdotes.Take the incident of the 'Airport Fairy' sitting on her suitcase with melting puddles of food around her, waiting for the plane to take off.Or it may be a woman who missed her plane as one is shown flying above.A commonplace incident of course, where even the melting food may be a real dilemma.But did it ever happen with him?Or of 'Eggs, Kebabs and Vegetarianism' with an old man with goatee beard nibbling at leaves.Some hit an autobiographical moment as when Khandual got his passport and he is euphoric, holding the globe.“After that I didn’t need to travel (outside India).” Some drawings are poignant, recalling dear friends such as the designer Bindia when she was diagnosed with cancer and shaved her hair. ...The Week on Aug. 20, 2016, midnight
...The Museum has a collection of 6,800 works by the 'master moshay' of Santiniketan, giving us some idea of how prolific he was as an artist.These include paintings in water colour and tempera, graphic prints, woodcuts, drawings and sketches, and also postcards—Nandalal’s innovation of writing letters inscribed with his drawings.For the posters at Haripura, however, he moved far away from his classic style of exploring mythology and landscape to explore idioms in popular art.Buttermilk churner, 1937, tempera on paper Almost 80 years after they were painted, it may be worth revisiting this body of work, because they remain unique in history. ...The Week on July 19, 2016, midnight
...Their contribution is being celebrated over the past two months in Delhi, at the National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Museum, India International Centre, India Habitat Centre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the arts: in exhibitions, talks, films, theatre, cuisine.At the NGMA, the exhibition titled ‘No Parsi is an Island’ sums up the essence of Parsi culture; of being both cosmopolitan and yet rooted.As mentioned by the co-curators Nancy Adijania and Ranjit Hoskote, the “key concepts for this exhibition are ‘relatedness’ and the ‘worldling’ of the Parsi artist”.Selected from private collections and galleries and well researched, the show exhibits the work of 14 artists over 150 years.As quoted above, these artists possess a remarkable ability to relate their work to both India and beyond.A painting by Pestonji Bomanji reveals this in his painting Feeding the Parrot. ...The Week on May 28, 2016, midnight