articles by Ankush Arora

Arts & Culture

Through 100 objects, Vidya Dehejia's new book makes a case for multiplicity of voices to thrive in India

A new book on Indian history is significant at this time because history continues to be a touchy topic in India, and now more so when the idea of a Hindu rashtra has acquired greater currency.

Arts & Culture

From Bihar Museum's biennale to 'Lokame Tharavadu' at Kochi, how Indian art world navigated first half of 2021

In the Indian art world, the first six months of 2021 have been about sustaining physical programming and executing new online initiatives.

Arts & Culture

The more things change, the more they stay the same: A short story about art and NFTs

While browsing through the Instagram handles of galleries and museums publicising online viewing rooms and socially distanced preview evenings, Mrs Q stopped at this wordy headline: A non-fungible token by American artist Beeple sold for $69 million at Christie’s — the most expensive ever sold at an auction.

Arts & Culture

In new SH Raza biography, Yashodhara Dalmia humanises the iconic artist's life and work

The biography draws from Dalmia’s long acquaintance with Raza, and her interviews with his colleagues from the Progressive Artists’ Group, such as MF Husain and Krishen Khanna.

Arts & Culture

2020, a year in Indian art: From virtual galleries to lost livelihoods and new artistic vocabulary, changes a pandemic wrought

Digital formats such as the online viewing rooms and virtual exhibitions, which were largely alien to the market here, have become part of a new way of engaging with the audience, and even doing business.

Arts & Culture

A winter without the Kochi Biennale: Despite loss of serendipity, a meaningful engagement with post-COVID era

Unlike the predictable compactness of exhibitions at galleries and museums, a biennale is known for its emphasis on the sheer monumentality of exhibiting spaces; its publicness; its site-specificity, and the often blurring of demarcations between the artworks, the physical spaces that the works inhabit, and the viewers.

Arts & Culture

At this year's Kochi Biennale, Arpita Singh's playful, surrealistic narratives seek resonance in polarised times

Through her deliberately unsophisticated style of storytelling, she creates distorted or fragmented stories, with plots and sub-plots, that speak to an equally fragile and disturbed modern life.

Arts & Culture

Rameshwar Broota's unsettling visions of paranoias and vulnerabilities in our moment of reckoning

The tormented men, along with a butchered body, reflect the paranoias and struggles of our times, when the body needs constant attention, care and protection from the deadly coronavirus

Lifestyle

Natvar Bhavsar wants to paint for 1,000 years: 'People are always trying to tell a story... I have taken it out of art completely'

Natvar Bhavsar’s paintings do not reflect our immediate realities or matters of the physical world, as we know it. And yet, viewing his paintings, despite the lack of representational forms, is an intense visual experience.

Lifestyle

Remembering Zarina Hashmi: Simplicity and meditativeness of artist's minimalist style are timeless

Zarina Hashmi's personal life, in which themes of home, displacement, belongingness and exile were paramount, shaped her art practice as well.

Life

Coronavirus Outbreak: Kiran Nadar paints gloomy forecast for India's art market, predicts possible drop in prices

Kiran Nadar says that a range of concerns face museums and players in the art world, including tighter liquidity, falling prices of artworks, and the slim chances of visitors returning to museums and galleries, even after the lockdown is over

Life

Coronavirus Outbreak: Art world braces for pandemic's impact with online initiatives, social media outreach

From online viewing rooms to virtual gallery tours and clever social media campaigns such as #museumfromhome, the art market is leaving no stone unturned to offset the potential fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Life

Visual artist Sahil Naik on appropriation of architecture, and why the 'doing over' of what exists has his interest

Sahil Naik's exhibition speaks against the trampling of alternate discourses in a saffronised landscape — a phenomenon that has affected architecture as well.

Life

Erin Gleeson's new exhibition reflects on the synergy between Cambodia's turbulent history and its art

'Out of Line', an exhibition curated in New Delhi by Phnom Pehn-based Erin Gleeson, explores a nation's obsession with artists of 'national' repute. It closely examines its relevance in Cambodia, a country with a history of war, violence, and suppression of the arts.

Life

Mumbai exhibition showcases Akbar Padamsee's legacy of contradictions, celebrating 'inherent duality of life'

In particular, Akbar Padamsee’s mystifying oils, water-colours and drawings reflect his mastery over so many aspects of the composition, such as form, space, and colour. Often, his unique pictoriality blurred the lines between abstraction and figuration, leaving many things unsaid.

Life

Economics of India's arts sector may take longer to improve than envisioned: CII taskforce's Tarana Sawhney

India's return to the Venice Biennale, in the form of a Gandhi-themed pavilion exhibition, has put the spotlight on the CII's Taskforce on Art and Culture.

Life

Delhi's Jamia Nagar has long been perceived as a 'Muslim ghetto' — a label new art initiatives are interrogating

Tucked away in a congested south Delhi neighbourhood, Gallery Magenta in Jamia Nagar is anything but a typical big city art space. It does not host elaborate opening previews, where wine and finger food are generously served.

Life

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee's Met retrospective showcases the artist's wild, free-flowing sculptures

Mounted inside New York’s The Met Breuer, Mrinalini Mukherjee's first retrospective in the United States is somewhat reminiscent of the ‘exotic’ tag that her work has often been categorised into.

Life

From conflict-ridden North East, eight artists re-imagine borders in subtle, ironic ways in a new exhibition

A-Part: Stories of Lands and Lines, an exhibition of works by North Eastern artists, examines the regions many conflicts and fraught relationship with borders, often interpreting borderlines in the literal sense