On Can You See Me?

My friend Myna Mukherjee has set up an arts’ residency/gallery in Delhi. It’s called Engendered and it opened with a group show titled Can You See Me? in January. Myna asked me if I would write something about the show for her, so I did (and not only because I want to be in her good books so that she lets me stay in one of the rooms at the residency despite the fact that I don’t fit any Engendered criteria whatsoever). You can read it here. I love this opening image. It’s a detail from Amina Ahmed’s “Prayer – … Continue reading On Can You See Me?

Article: On Bako Exists. Imagine

This article was first published in Crest. Bako to Basics Anyone who remembers handwriting class in school will stare with envy at the neatly-printed handwriting on the paintings in Atul Dodiya’s new show, Bako Exists. Imagine. Dodiya wrote those unwavering straight lines of text by hand, without the help of lines or grids, and with his left hand. In case you were wondering, Dodiya is right-handed. “I wanted to give the impression of great care going into each letter that was written, like we did when we wrote in exercise books in school,” said Dodiya. “So I decided I’d write … Continue reading Article: On Bako Exists. Imagine

Obituary: Jehangir Sebavala

This came out first on Mumbai Boss. The Artist as a Gentleman Jehangir Sabavala was 29 years old when he had his first solo exhibition. It was in the Taj Mahal Hotel and was organised by M.F. Husain. Husain, Sabavala and two carpenters hung the paintings. The paintings, that would later sell for hundreds of thousands of rupees, were priced modestly. It was a simple but elegant start to an artistic career that would span more than half a century. Amidst flamboyant contemporaries like F. N. Souza and other artists of 1950s, Sabavala, who passed away yesterday at the age … Continue reading Obituary: Jehangir Sebavala

Interview: Rashid Rana

I wrote a short piece on Pakistani artist Rashid Rana for the February issue of Vogue India. Rashid, being the articulate sort, gave me a solid and lengthy interview of which about 1% was used in the final piece. So here’s the interview in its entirety. It’s long, but it’s a good read. DP: What are the works that you will be showing in Mumbai? Have they been shown anywhere earlier? RR: Majority of the works in the show will be new works (with a few earlier works). These works will be both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional but almost all of … Continue reading Interview: Rashid Rana

Review: We Two, Ours One

This review was first published in ArtSlant. Kitsch with Style Nilofer Suleman’s first show in October 2009 was like a breath of fresh air. Her paintings didn’t take themselves too seriously but most refreshingly, Sulmena presented a distinctive style that blended the simple, broad lines and wide, expressionless eyes often seen in Indian folk art with a very modern sensibility. It was kitsch that didn’t make you cringe and didn’t rely upon the usual tropes. In her second show, Suleman does venture towards a more conventional kitsch (like poster art) but she incorporates it into her work in an effort … Continue reading Review: We Two, Ours One