Jyoti Bhatt: Rediscovering Photography

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on the artist’s presentation at a TEDx event

Jyoti Bhatt at the TEDx event in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: Renowned painter, printmaker and photographer, Jyoti Bhatt, recently gave a talk at a TEDx event held in Ahmedabad. One of the founding members of the Center of Photography in Baroda, Bhatt shifted his focus from painting to photography early on in his career. He speaks about his love for photography and why he keeps going back to it despite being an equally successful printmaker and painter.

Having studied printmaking, fresco and mural making, one can see these various methods influencing his body of photographic work. Even while capturing the visual culture of rural Gujarat, Rajasthan, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, or just landscapes and individuals, he bears in mind the finer details which can be grasped with the single click of a camera.

Focusing particularly on his love and passion for photography, Bhatt presents several examples of  how he likes to photograph different textures and forms. He also gives an interesting account of a sketch made by him in the 1950s and a photograph that he took fifteen years later being a mirror image of the sketch. He goes on to compare the two works but obviously prefers the photograph as he feels the nuances are captured better.

Watch the TEDx video here

Sculptures in the Spotlight

Our upcoming Evening Sale on 12 September 2019 in New Delhi features unique and dynamic sculptures by leading Indian modernists K G Subramanyan, Sankho Chaudhuri, B Prabha, Himmat Shah, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Prodosh Das Gupta, Ramkinkar Baij, Jyoti Bhatt and Pilloo Pochkhanawala.

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A Tale of Two Compositions

Saffronart will host a live Evening Sale on 12 September 2019 in New Delhi, featuring work by modern masters, including two works by K H Ara and Ram Kumar from significant periods in their artistic careers. These two paintings represent a crucial chapter in the evolution of modernism in Indian art. 

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Asia Art Archive to host a day-long conference on Art Writing in India

Manjari Sihare shares details of a forthcoming seminar on Art Writing in India

New York: Those in Kochi or that part of the world, please check out a forthcoming conference on Art writing in India organized by the Asia Art Archive and co-hosted by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Fields of Legibility: disciplines and practices of art writing in India, is a day-long seminar which will be held on February 6, 2013 in Kochi. Asia Art Archive (AAA) is a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organization committed to documenting the recent history of contemporary art in Asia within an international context. Established in 2000, AAA is the most comprehensive publicly accessible collection of research materials in the field and it continues to grow through a well planned program of research and information gathering. Having set up its first Indian research post in 2007, AAA has over the years undertaken a number of research initiatives in the country, ranging from awarding a research grant to Vidya Shivadas in 2009 to critically survey the field of art criticism in India to a digitization project of the personal archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram in 2010.

Currently, the Archive is working on the digitization of the personal archives of four important pedagogues in Baroda, namely, professors K G Subramanyan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Ratan Parimoo, and Jyoti Bhatt. It is also compiling an extensive bibliography of art writing in India since the late 19th century, across English and regional languages. This daylong seminar is the first in a sequence of such programs that will inform AAA’s research towards a series of anthology publications dedicated to the history of writing on 20th century visual art in India.


10am – 1:30pm

Welcome address and conference introduction

Keynote lecture by Prof. Susie Tharu (Professor of Eminence, Department of Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad)

Panel 1: Writing on the Nation | Writing in the Vernacular
Chair: Prof. Parul Dave Mukherjee (Dean, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Saloni Mathur (Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles)
Prof. Gulammohammed Sheikh (Artist and art historian, Baroda)

2:30 – 5pm

Panel 2: Sites of Discourse | Discursive Positions
Chair: Sadanand Menon (Art critic, Chennai)
Geeta Kapur (Independent critic and curator, New Delhi)
Raqs Media Collective (Artist collective and curators, New Delhi)

Summation by Prof. Parul Dave Mukherjee
Floor open for discussion

To learn more about the Asia Art Archive, click here. 

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