‘Here and Now’ at Lahore Art Gallery

Shradha Ramesh on a new group-exhibition at Lahore Art Gallery in Pakistan

Here and Now at Lahore Art Gallery

Here and Now at Lahore Art Gallery

New York: Last year, a panel discussion at Saffronart in London addressed the question of identity and innovation in Pakistani art. It seems as if the group exhibition of works by Mohammad Ali Talpur, Hasnat Mehmood, Muhammad Zeeshan, Adeela Suleman and Nausheen Saeed that opened at Lahore Art Gallery last week is almost an extension of this discussion. The five artists are among those instrumental in steering Pakistan’s contemporary art to new levels of visibility on the international stage.

The works in the exhibition ‘Here and Now’ represent the artists’ responses to current political and socio-economic issues in Pakistan. The exhibit is a breakthrough both in terms of concept and artistic technique. Mohammad Ali Talpur is known to portray Pakistan in an inimitable light that is known to the world. Adeela Suleman’s expression through found metal objects and industrial materials stands out, and was one of the central attractions at the recent Pulse Art Fair in New York. According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, it is interesting to see how all five artists unanimously convey the same message using very different mediums.

To read more on the exhibition, click here

Conversations with Imran Qureshi & Ian Altaveer about Qureshi’s Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manjari Sihare in a tête-à-tête with Imran Qureshi and Ian Altaveer about Qureshi’s Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York: In the recent past, we have brought to you news and snippets about Imran Qureshi’s Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. On the eve of the press launch, I had the pleasure of speaking with Imran Qureshi as well as Ian Altaveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art about this Commission.


In conjunction with the installation, the museum has brought out a comprehensive publication, The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, which features a preface by Sheena Wagstaff, the Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of the Museum’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, and an interview with the artist by Navina Najat Haidar, Curator in the Department of Islamic Art, and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, both of the Metropolitan Museum, exploring Qureshi’s creative process and the artistic traditions that have informed it.


To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

The Saffronart Blog is thankful to the Press Department at the Metropolitan Museum for facilitating these conversations.

stART&D: A New Digital Platform for Contemporary Indian Art and Design

Nishad Avari shares a note about this new, exciting initiative, and offers a sneak peek of one of its first projects – a film on Shilpa Gupta’s ‘I Live Under Your Sky Too’

stART&DMumbai: Scheduled to launch later this year, with a host of interesting content focusing on contemporary Indian art, design and culture, stART&D is an inventive, edgy digital platform created by Anita Horam and Mozez Singh that will promote, produce and present all forms of arts and design that  represent “India cool”. stART&D promises a digital magazine, public exhibitions and more through Indian and international collaborations and partnership programs.

Their first project is a video presentation on the public installation of Shilpa Gupta’s site specific animated light work, ‘I Live Under Your Sky Too’, in Mumbai. This project was curated by Diana Campbell of the Creative India Foundation, who is also one of our guest bloggers.

Gupta’s piece was first installed in front of the Arabian Sea at Carter Road in Bandra, Mumbai, and is currently on view in the courtyard of Phoenix Mills mall at Lower Parel, Mumbai. First created in 2011, this piece has been exhibited at indoor and outdoor locations around the world, including in the exhibition ‘All You Need is Love’ at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo this year.

Here is stART&D’s video on the installation:


Stay tuned for more information on stART&D.

To learn more about Shilpa Gupta’s installation, see the Creative India Foundation website and their Facebook page.

Crafting Hands: Sheher

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on a major mural project currently on display at the Lal Ded Cultural Centre in Kashmir

Srinagar: Eminent artists Nilima Sheikh and B.V. Suresh have collaborated with several master craftsmen from the Kashmir valley to put together a mural to be installed at the new terminal in Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. The exhibit includes paintings on papier-mâché and carved sculpture in wood, along with examples of ‘khatamband’ and ‘pinjrakari’ panels and glazed terracotta tiles.

‘Khatamband’ is the art of constructing a ceiling by fitting small pieces of wood together in a geometrical pattern. It is all done by hand, without the use of any nails.

‘Pinjrakari’ is the making of doors, windows and ventilators by arranging small wooden pieces in geometric form to display their edges. Each creation is typically held together by the pressure each piece exerts on the other and by the frame of the panel.

Artist Nilima Sheikh’s recent works have focused a great deal on Kashmir, particularly drawing inspiration from the poetry of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali, which formed the core of her recent series titled “The Country Without A Post Office – Reading Agha Shahid Ali.”

This yet to be completed mural titled ‘Conjoining Lands’ is a 6,800 sq foot multimedia project which will eventually be installed at the Mumbai airport. The mural materialises several long standing traditions of artists and craftsman from the valley.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir on May 31, 2013, and will be on display till June 2, 2013.

‘Restless Ribeiro: An Indian Artist in Britain’ – An Exhibition at Asia House

Emily Jane Cushing shares a note on the Lance Ribeiro exhibition currently on view at Asia House, London.


Lance Ribeiro

London: This exhibition, the third retrospective of Ribeiro’s work since his death in 2010, displays a plethora of the artist’s diverse work including portraits, still life and abstract compositions in media such as acrylic and watercolour, as well as some of the lesser known sculptures by the artist.

Lance Rebeiro

Lance Ribeiro

Born in Bombay, Ribeiro hails from a Catholic Portuguese family from Goa. In 1950, he arrived in London intending to study accountancy. However, he soon enrolled at St. Martin’s School of Art, to study life drawing. During the years that followed, Ribeiro lived between London and Paris. Upon his return to Bombay in 1955, he embraced his passion for both art and literature, and in 1958 began painting professionally. Both his Catholic and Goan heritage inspired his imagined scenes, several of which incorporate Catholic imagery.


Untitled, 1962, Oil on board, 60.5 x 91.5 cm

Ribeiro’s artistic output was original and prolific; when considering his work he states he painted, ‘impulsively, compulsively, endlessly, tired and tirelessly with or without joy’. Both the subject matter and the style of Ribeiro’s work changed vastly over the course of his career, from the 1950s till his death in 2010.

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The exhibition is on view from 24 May to the 29 June, 2013, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Talks about the Lance Ribeiro and his work will be held on 30 May and 12 June at Asia House.

To learn more, browse the exhibition page on Asia House’s website.

An e-catalogue for the exhibition is also available on the artist’s website.

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