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Kadambari in the Paintings of Rabindranath

Among the faces of women in Rabindranath’s paintings, we often come across an oval-faced Bengali woman with haunting eyes, a mysterious expression, mostly unsmiling. There is sadness in those eyes. Speaking to his confidante, Rani Chanda, of these women, he […]

Abstraction in the Visual Arts

Swapan Chakravorty makes a case for re-evaluating the art of Rabindranath Tagore while exploring the notions of abstract art. The primary problem with the adjective ‘abstract’ stems from its etymology. It derives from the Latin ab, meaning ‘from’, and trahere, […]

Of colours, images & betrayals

Akhilesh speaks of his practice and his concerns to Aditya Basak A.B: For years you have cultivated abstract painting and moreover you are an excellent writer. We would like to hear your inner thoughts? A: It’s really difficult to separate. Both […]

The Journey of Two Abstractionists

Manasij Majumdar anchors a lively interaction between Arindam Chatterjee and Samindranath Majumdar – two of Kolkata’s most dynamic abstract artists – in artVarta office. M.M.: Abstraction is very very ancient. Plato for example, thought about the idea of abstraction and […]

In Conversation: Jogen Chowdhury

Jogen Chowdhury, Professor Emeritus, ex-Principal of Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, and internationally renowned artist shares his point of view on art education with Adip Dutta, a talented young sculptor and member of the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati […]

The maladies plaguing art education

Dipali Bhattacharya (Chief Administrator. Govt. College of Art Kolkata), Indrapramit Roy (Faculty Member MSU Baroda), Chhatrapati Dutta (former Faculty Member, Department of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata) met in the artVarta office on November13, 2010, and over a few […]

A brave new art initiative in Kathmandu

Manjari Chakravarti is all admiration for the effort made by Sangeeta Thapa to bring art and artists from all over the world to Kathmandu, Nepal, in a show on gender based issues. It was quite an event. The twelve-day long […]

Varta Launch: Kolkata Gallery

Varta’s Launch in Kolkata at the Oxford Bookstore, Park Street. January 2009.

In Splendid Isolation: Discussing Manasij Majumder’s Imprints Off A Sensitive Soul, The Art of Amitabha Banerjee

My encounters with Amitabha Banerjee have on the whole been on three fronts. The first was more than two decades ago when he was a senior officer in the USIS when it was located inside a heritage building near Metro […]

Meeting of Minds

The Harrington Streets Arts Centre is designed by Li Lightbody of Abacus Designs of Singapore and Australia. It covers approximately 7500 sq. feet of space and aims to break down the elitist image of the traditional “white cube” gallery space, […]

Sisyphus in Maihar

Ruma Dasgupta writes of the positive energy that can charge up artists, writers and gallerists in an art camp from her experience in Maihar. It was spring but in Maihar on that day in mid-February it was crispy cold and […]

Visual Diary

Eugene Datta reviews Visual Diary, a show of the small format trend-defying works of Chandra Bhattacharjee held in Gallery 88, Kolkata, from the 14th to the 30th of January, 2010. The market’s incursion into art is the biggest thing that […]

Edge Of Faith

Haimanti Dutta Ray reviews Prabuddha Dasgupta’s show hosted by Tasveer and Seagull Foundation for Arts. In this age of digital prints, black and white photography is usually associated with group photos of a by-gone era – of parents, grandparents or […]

Stains on my Chintz

Anirudh Chari reviews Stains on my Chintz curated by Paula Sengupta at the Harrington Street Arts Centre from February 7 to March 20, 2010. Stains on my Chintz curated by Paula Sengupta at the Harrington Street Arts Centre from February […]

Resemble Reassemble

Meera Menezes found the works of Pakistani artists radical and edgy in the show Resemble Reassemble held at Devi Art Foundation, in Gurgaon. Can one escape the notion of a ‘national show’ when putting up an exhibition on Pakistani art […]

Down Memory Lane

The prominent contemporary artist Akhilesh met the master of abstracts S.H. Raza, amidst the greens in Tollygunge Club, Kolkata, on the 15th of February, 2010. Together they walked down memory lane. A: Raza Saab in ’48 you met Cartier Bresson […]