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A tribute to an artist

An exhibition in the Capital celebrates the artworks of a renowned contemporary artist.

art and culture Updated: Nov 24, 2011 00:33 IST

There have been a number of artists who have contributed to the evolution of contemporary art, but a few of them have left behind such an impressive body of work that they are often paid tribute. One such artist is the late contemporary artist K.K. Hebbar, a retrospective of whose works is being held at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The exhibition, An Artist’s Quest: K.K. Hebbar - A Retrospective, eighth in a series of retrospectives, which opened on Tuesday, coincides with the birth centenary of Hebbar, who passed away in 1996.

The exhibition, curated by Rekha Rao and Rajani Prasanna, showcases art from different stages of Hebbar’s development as an artist, from his early realistic and representational period to the abstract paintings of his later years.

Hebbar, who was particularly drawn to the simple rhythms of rural life, created diverse artworks, which include landscapes and metaphysical spaces, as well as figurative art - their interactions and conflicts, suffering and resilience.

The exhibition will be accompanied by screenings of documentary films, A Tryst with K.K Hebbar, Artist and Innovator, and, K.K
Hebbar - Palette to the Human Heat.

Know him
Artist Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar (K.K. Hebbar) was a celebrated Indian artist known for his India themed artworks. Today, his
paintings are considered highly influential in Indian art history.

Watch out for
What: An Artist’s Quest: KK Hebbar - A Retrospective
On till: December 22
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate
Timings: 10am to 5pm