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Sculpt, paint, exhibit

The art season this winter begins with two interesting exhibitions by foreign artists.

art and culture Updated: Nov 13, 2009 22:24 IST
Gargi Gupta

The art season this winter begins with two interesting exhibitions by foreign artists.

The National Gallery of Modern Art hosts an exhibition by Colombian sculptor Claudia Hakim to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and the Latin American country. On show are metal sculptures from her ‘Signs of Skin’ series, the same series from which a 24-feet long work was put up at last year’s Art Basel fair in Miami.

Hakim applies her training in textile design to metal, using rings, bolts, springs, screws, metal sheets and steel mesh to fashion her large, flowing sculptures that look like pieces of jewellry — a necklace, or perhaps a ring.

Elsewhere, at Anant Art in Lado Sarai, two senior German artists are on show — Siegward Sprotte, a painter, and Maximilian Verhas, a sculptor.

Sprotte hogs the limelight and almost three-fourths of the 6,000 sq ft gallery space, with 42 works painted between the 1960s and 2000s (he died in 2004). Sprotte is famous for his minimalist, lyrical watercolours of nature in flux, influenced by Chinese calligraphy and his interactions with J. Krishnamurti. They may seem a trifle old-fashioned, what with
conceptual art being the hot trend these days, but they’re wonderful nevertheless.

Verhas, on the other hand, is far more modernistic in his bronze sculptures. ‘Rolling bodies’ are his speciality. The fluidity works far more startlingly in Verhas’s larger sculptures — they’re often as high as 6 feet — but the smaller works are more lyrical.

‘Coloured Calligraphy’ at Anant Art is on till November 20.

Signs of Skin, NGMA, until November 30.