- Chittaprosad retrospective in New York New York | Mar 16 – Jun 15, 2018
- DAG at Art Dubai 2018 Dubai | Mar 21 – Mar 24, 2018
- Celebrating 25 years of Art Our New Identity
Artist Chittaprosad’s retrospective will travel out of the country for the first time to DAG’s gallery in New York, coinciding with Asia Art Week in March 2018. Chittaprosad (1915-78) is best known for documenting the horrific genocide in 1943-44 caused by a man made famine in Bengal when grains from India were feed the allied army stationed there. Asked by the Communist Party of India to travel in the famine-affected areas and document its outcome, Chittaprosad’s book, Hungry Bengal, on the subject, was seized and burnt. It is with this current exhibition that a facsimile edition of the original has been published for the first time since. The retrospective also looks at Chittaprosad’s political art as well as his printmaking. Opens March 16 for general viewings; followed by a conference on political art on March 17.
For its second outing at Art Dubai, the most significant fair for South Asian art in the Middle East, DAG is presenting a selection of abstract paintings by India’s leading abstractionists. The language of abstraction became important from the 1960s onwards in the country, and among those who contributed to it were prominent artists such as Paris-based S H Raza and Rajendra Dhawan, Group 1890’s Ambadas who settled in Oslo, New York’s Natvar Bhavar and Avinash Chandra, Sohan Qadri in Copenhagen, and Ram Kumar and Shanti Dave in New Delhi. A selection of their works, one each per artist, will be shown at Art Dubai from March 19 to 24 at Madinat Jumeirah in the modern section, providing a glimpse of the richness of Indian modern at in the 20th century.
Established in 1993, in what was New Delhi’s hip and happening cultural urban ‘village’, and christened Delhi Art Gallery - who would have thought that simple desire to promote art in the capital would go on to become a powerhouse for Indian modern art? Ashish Anand’s keen sense led him to a primary study of what was a laggard art scene with no acknowledgement of the masters who had gone into decline. As befitting that responsibility, and its expansion with galleries in Mumbai and New York, a decision was taken in December 2017 to rename the establishment DAG, a mantle that extended to encompass a diverse range of programming options that have included research, archiving, publications, education, and the loan of works for important international exhibitions and biennales. Our participation in international art fairs and production of historic exhibitions have transcended geographical locations to create conversations around modern art from the region, thus stepping up our presence in curatorial practices in museums and in cultural and art discourses. DAG’s new branding commemorates its 25 years with a range of programmes spread through the year. Watch this space for details.
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