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Hema Upadhyay

‘The Glass House’ at Grosvenor Vadehra, London

Noted Indian artist Hema Upadhyay will have her first solo in London on 18 May 2007. Titled ‘The Glass House’, this solo will span all three floors of Grosvenor Vadehra’s London premises at St.Jame’s, before traveling to Italy.

In ‘The Glass House’, Hema tackles notions of migration, isolation, of global sense of displacement, and the need to belong. Herself a migrant in the city of Mumbai, Hema looks at the city, “where space is all but real estate, and where the landscape proliferates with duplex slums and sky scraping monstrosities. Here, real space is built of fake concrete and fictive spaces concretize into the real.” Hema conjures up an image of a world that exists below the surface, mysterious and invisible, carrying suggestions of secrets and lies, romance and violence.

The show will be on till 2nd June 2007.


Julius Macwan at Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai

Well known for his dress code and works based on gender politics, Mumbai based Julius Macwan will have his major solo show opening on 1st May 2007. Hosted by Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries in Mumbai, the show will have an experimental opening day at the NCPA Lawns in Mumbai. Titled ‘J’ the show will continue for a month at the Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai.


Nikhileswar Baruah at RL Fine Arts, New York

Acrobat - Nikhileswar Baruah

Baroda based artist, Nikhileswar Baruah’s solo show titled ‘City Zen’ will open at RL Fine Arts, New York on 4th May 2007. This is Nikhileswar’s first solo show in New York. “We are proud to have a solo show by the very talented young artist, Nikhileswar Baruah as it is our mission to promote the contemporary Indian artist to this side of the world,” said Peter Lewis of RL Fine Arts.
‘City-Zens’ takes an inward journey into a mindscape of emotions and thoughts. It explores the consequences of social, economic and political happenings on the urban individual. Nikhileswar Baruah’s paintings are physical manifestations of those innermost moments of an ordinary individual. The artist’s protagonists seem to be arriving at a Zen-like state of mind, realising the true nature of things that are. 
Artists are known to make contemplative journeys in their artistic process. Nikhileswar’s interpretation is clear, direct and there’s a sophisticated ease in the idiom developed over time. The result is an immediate empathetic connection that one makes with the imagery. His paintings bring about a sense of familiarity to the scenes without resorting to hyper-real visual language or reproduction of photographed images seen regularly in contemporary Indian art. 


Vasudha Thozhur at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Baroda based artist Vasudha Thozhur’s major solo show at Sakshi Mumbai attracts a lot of art lovers. With oral catalogues and interactive works, Vasudha has made a major departure from the conventional solo exhibitions. Through this exhibition, the artist’s involvement with social life comes out quite forcefully. It cuts across disciplines and overcomes the monotony of the self presentation, says a Mumbai based art critic.

Sambit Panda

Tanmoy Samanta

‘Configurations’ at Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata

Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata presents four young Indian contemporary artists namely Ayesha Mriam Durrani, Muhammad Zeeshan, Tanmoy Samanta and Sambit Panda.. Titled Configurations, the show will start on 1st May 2007 and will be on view till 23rd May 2007.


Shobha Broota

Sitaaray- A Galaxy of Artists at IHC, New Delhi

Curated by Sushma Bahl, Sitaaray- A Galaxy of Artists features twelve well known artists from India. Anjolie Ela Menon, Achutan Kudallur, Jogen Chowdhury, Nayanna Kanodia, Paresh Maity, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Satish Gupta, Shobha Broota, Sidharth, Shuvaprasanna, Yusuf Arakkal and Amit Pasricha are the participating artists. The show will be on from 1st May 2007 to 14th May 2007 at the Convention Foyer Gallery, Habitat World, IHC, New Delhi.

Paresh Maity

“A select few stars of Indian art formed the Sitaaray artists group that made it for the Sitaaray Art Camp in Britain hosted by the Old World Hospitality in September 2006 to mark the launch of its new ventures Tamarai and Sitaaray at Covent Garden in the heartland of London’s cultural scene. There was an excitement in the air mixed with nostalgia when Sitaaray group set off from Delhi-on one hand it was like re-treading the path so familiar to all of us on the other an opportunity for a fresh perspective from the centre stage of pulsating cultural capital of the West,” says Sushma Bahl.


Double Take at Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Double Take is photography based group show organized by the in-house team of Gallery Espace. The participating artists are Anand Seth, Anna Tully, Atul Bhalla, Ayesha Kapur, Karan Khanna, Owais Husain and Ravi Agarwal. The show will be opening on 1st May 2007. On view till 14th May 2007.

Yashwant Deshmukh in Delhi

‘Maverick of the Inert’ is the title of the solo exhibition of the Mumbai based Yashwant Deshmukh, at the Sridharani Gallery, New Delhi. Presented by Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, the show was inaugurated on 28th April 2007. On view till 8th May 2007. Hailed as one of the best minimal artists in India, Yashwant has been working on this show for the last one year.


Indelibilities at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

Palette Art Gallery recently presented a grand solo exhibition of Chandra Bhattarjee. The show will be on till 3rd May 2007. Famous for his existential portraits Chandra Bhattacharjee presents a series of paintings that capture the existential moments of the human beings. The show is well received by the Delhi art loving community.


Gigi Scaria at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

Noted young painter, sculptor and video artist Gigi Scaria will have his first major solo in Delhi on 5th May 2007. Presented by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna of Palette Art Gallery, this show will showcase the latest paintings and video installation of Gigi Scaria. A widely traveled artist, Gigi has presented his works in various group shows in India and abroad.


Geroge Martin PJ at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

Kashi award winner George Martin PJ will present his prestigious solo show on 7th May 2007 at the Visual Art Gallery, IHC, New Delhi. Titled, Lost Article, this show is awarded to him by the Visual Arts Gallery and the Art India Magazine, as he was selected as the most promising artist of year 2005. Martin will present painted canvases and sculptures in this show. On view till 14th May 2007.

Lyrical Abstractions: Room of/for Muses Concludes

Lyrical Abstractions: Room of/for Muses, a solo show by Baroda based artist and fashion designer Shelly Jyoti concluded at the Experimental Art Gallery, IHC, New Delhi. In this show the artist had converted the gallery into a private studio of the artist/designer. The installation using paintings and fashion objects debated the issue of private and public realms in relation with a creative woman’s life.


Past Forward Concludes at Durbar Hall, Kochi.

A solo show of the veteran artist S.G.Vasudev concluded at the Durbar Hall, Kochi. Titled ‘Past Forward’ the show was hosted by Open Eyed Dreams. A discussion on Art and Art Market was conducted during the show.


'Amoorta' at Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

Bangalore based art gallery Tangerine Art Space presents a group show of fifteen renowned artists in a show titled 'Amoorta'. "This show is a part of our on going efforts to showcase the best of the Indian art in Bangalore," says Leena Chetan, director of Tangerine Art Space. The show will open on 21st May 2007. Participating artists are Achyuthan Kudallur, Adimoolam K M, Akhilesh, Akkitham Narayanan, Amitava, Amitabha Dhar, Arindham Chatterjee, Gopinath, Harshavardhana, Palaniappan, Prabhakar Kolte, Rathin Kanji, S H Raza, Sujata Bajaj and Velu Viswanandhan


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