Delhi Belly churns up in technicolour, Silk Smitha’s curves get a little more sculpted and Munni juts her derriere out of canvas. That is, when Bollywood takes a dip into the artist’s palette. In it’s fourth edition beginning today, The Art Mart celebrates 100 years of cinema in all its glory.
“We are trying to take art out of the elitist mould and make it more accessible to the public. It is a lot more interactive, with paper cutouts, films, workshops and painting competitions,” says Sushma Bahl, curator.
The exhibition, Art n Cinema, displays a selection of artworks by 20 artists inspired by Bollywood, Hollywood and experimental cinema. “Films are a visually creative medium similar to art. Many artists start as film directors or set designers. Hence the two have a very close connection,” she says.
A plus size corset sculpted from aluminium and bronze, titled ‘Vidya Balan’, depicts the actor’s contribution to Indian cinema. “Balan has changed the fad of size zero and made being voluptuous fashionable. My sculpture is dedicated to her,” says Durga Kainthola, who has also painted Marilyn Monroe, Shah Rukh Khan and Michael Jackson for the exhibition.
Chak de India, an eight-and-a-half feet tall fibre-glass sculpture by Delhi-based artist Rajesh Kumar Sharma, shows children playing with hockey sticks on a buffalo as a tribute to the movie. “The film brought our national sport hockey to the limelight, and my sculpture is a salute to it,” says Sharma.
28-year-old scientist Daipayan Das Gupta has created a digital collage of Amitabh Bachchan depicting his journey from 1969 to 2008. You can also get a picture clicked with lifesize cutouts of Salman, Ash and SRK. Most of the artworks range from R30k to R10 lakh.
Vidya Balan: A sculpture by Durga Kainthola
Chak De India: A sculpture by Rajesh Kumar Sharma (R7.5 lakh)
Digital Collage on Amitabh Bachchan by Daipayan Das Gupta (R30,000)
Aamir Khan: A painting by Roy Thomas
Munni: A painting by Sanjay Verma
Catch it live
What: Art Mart
When: September 21 to 23
Timings: 10am to 8pm
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon
Nearest metro station: Huda City Centre on Yellow Line