Padmashri award winner American sculptor Carmel Berkson, a resident of India for 40 years, will donate her 38 sculptures to city’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on Friday. An exhibition of the sculptures will be held at the gallery from October 8 to November 6.
“Great sculptors of the temples in Mahabalipuram, Ajanta and Ellora did not put their names on their works as they didn’t have any ego,” said Berkson, who prefers anonymity.
“I am not important, the art is,” she added. The 38 sculptures, inspired by Berkson’s study visits to Indian temples and caves, have been made over 10 years.
Berkson’s representation of ancient Indian sculptures is in cubist style, influenced by Pablo Picasso.
Berkson, who came to India in 1970 and settled in the country in 1977. The author of five books, said, “India has a great culture. When I saw the aesthetic sensibility and brilliance in ancient Indian sculpture, I gave up my practice as I felt like I knew nothing.”
“I do not understand why modern Indian sculptors look to the west for inspiration,” she added.