Arts and Culture July 2007
exhibition, Panchaloha - Metal
Sculptures from Baroda - ( May 22 to June 23) was curated by Dr.
Deepak Kannal, the dean and head of the sculpture department of the
Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, was a unique exhibition
that brought together several generations of sculptors who have been a
part of the sculpture department at different times. The eleven
sculptors, some of the best-known sculptors of their generation, were
showcased together for the first time in the United States. The curator
attended the reception. .
About the artists:
Ahmad: A talented ceramist and sculptor, Ahmad is the recipient of
several awards including the National Scholarship. Ahmad has
participated in over 30 exhibitions and workshops across India including
the Triennial International Ceramic camp organized by the Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi, solo exhibition at Nazar art gallery among others.
Barman: Barman has participated in several exhibitions including the
Harmony show and the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. He has received a
number of honors and was most recently awarded the National Academy
Award from Lalit Kala Akademi for 2005 - 2006. He was also awarded the
Bhatt: Bhatt has
shown his work extensively in India including solo exhibitions at the
Taj art gallery and the Jehangir art gallery in Mumbai. He has also
participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide including the 1961
Venice Biennale in Italy and in several exhibitions organized by the
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Bhatt is the recipient of a number of
prestigious awards including the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi
exhibition award, a silver medal from the Indian Sculptors Association,
the Bombay Arts Society Award, and others.
Gohain: Gohain was awarded the Junior Fellowship, by the Ministry of
Human Resource and Development, the French Govt. Scholarship from Ecole
Superieure Des Beaux - Arts, Le Mans, France and the Harmony Excellence
Award for emerging artists for the Year 2001. He is also the recipient
of the Charles Wallace Fellowship at Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop,
Wales, U.K., followed by Artist Residency at the Glasgow School of Art,
has had a number of solo exhibitions at several museums and galleries
such as Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, The Nehru Centre,
London, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and others.
Gouri: Gouri has had a number of solo exhibitions at the Jehangir
Art Gallery in Mumbai and has participated in several prestigious group
exhibitions across India including the National Exhibitions in New
Delhi, National Exhibition in Lucknow, the Vhai Exhibition in New Delhi,
"Medium Matters" and "Mobile Immobile" at Sarjan Art
Gallery in Baroda. He has
also participated in the "Harmony show in Mumbai in 2003 and 2005.
Gouri is the recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi award in 2003.
has participated in several sculpture exhibitions held all over India
including the National exhibitions, "25 years of Modern Indian
Art" and "Shilpayan" at the National Gallery of Modern
Art, New Delhi. He is the recipient of a number of awards including
Charles Wallace Fellowship to work at Cambridge, United Kingdom, the A.P.
Council National Biennale award for sculpture, National Lalit Kala -
Honorable mention for sculpture, Gujarat Lalit Kala award for sculpture
Kanwal: Kanwal is the recipient of several awards including the
National Scholarship and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society
award. Kanwal has participated in several exhibitions including the
National AIFACS exhibition, 11th TRENNALE International Ceramic Camp,
All India Stone carving camp along with several solo and group
Pandya: Pandya has participated in a number of prestigious art shows
throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New Delhi,
the Harmony show in Mumbai, the Sao Paolo Triennial, the Venice
Biennale, the Triennial of India and Paris Biennale.
Pandya was awarded the Kalidas Jayanti Samaroha award and also
received a Gold Medal from the Indian Sculpture Association among
Rajbhandari: Originally from Nepal, he graduated from the Faculty of
Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1988.
Since then he has devoted himself to being a practicing artist
and a teacher. He has had a solo show at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai
and has participated in several group exhibitions and workshops.
Soman: As an extension to his conventional art practice, Soman began
to work in participatory public art projects and conceptual
installations. His selected exhibitions and projects include the
National Exhibition of Art, The Bharat Bhawan Biennial of Contemporary
Indian art, Bombay Arts Festival, 'Freedom at 70, a protest Exposition',
'Self Portraits of Artists', VII Triennial - International Exhibition of
Plastic Arts, Sculpture 95 show 'A tree in my Life', 'Major Trends in
Indian Art' among many others.
The gallery was inaugurated as a museum in April 2003, and in early 2006 became a full-time museum-gallery. Since its inception we have had several exhibitions including "Lightning" by MF Husain, "50 Years of Bal Chhabda: Paintings in New York," Akbar Padamsee's "Lines of Distinction, Strokes of Genius, Works on Paper 1959-2006" among others.
TamarindArt's vision is to curate exhibitions that reflect a healthy balance between senior established artists and younger talents working with experimental forms of conceptual installations. This combination reflects some of the most important trends in contemporary Indian art.