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Amrita Sher-Gil National Art week

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   February 19, 2013
First Published: 10:18 IST(19/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:20 IST(19/2/2013)

Art is as simple or difficult as love — it may be beautiful yet agonising, irresistible yet inexplicable, timeless yet fleeting.

Amrita Sher-Gil’s short life (1913-1941) but immortal body of artwork too, perhaps, leaves the canvas open to many interpretations, which art and its lovers can colour with any shade of emotion.

Monday made a perfect setting for dialogue and reflection on art by its lovers as Amrita Sher-Gil National Art week opened to a packed hall.

The week dedicated to Amrita Sher-Gil on her birth centenary year, organised by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, is a celebration of art by eminent artists, critics, writers, historians and curators.

What comes as a bonus with the week is also the exhibition of photographs of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Amrita Sher-Gil’s father and re-take of Amrita by Vivan Sundaram. The first day saw a slide lecture by painter Anjolie Ela Menon and art commentator S Kalidas.

Week Ahead

Feb 19: Slide lectures by artist Pushpamala N and poet and art critic Ashok Vajpeyi
Feb 20:
Slide lectures by artist Sheba Chhachhi and art historian, curator, editor Kavita Singh
Feb 21: Slide lectures by artist Mithu Sen and curator and writer on art, cultural politics Girish Shahane
Feb 22: Slide lecture by filmmaker and tele-journalist Navina Sundaram and sscreening of short film: Amrita Sher-Gil – A Family Album , slide lecture by artist Dayanita Singh

Feb 23: Slide lecture by artist Anju Dodiya and lecture by cultural commentator Sadanand Menon 

Feb 24: Three sessions — slide lectures by Tasneem Mehta, Alka Pande and artist Atul Dodiya.
Introduction of the art magazine Take on Art by Bhavna Kakar, slide lectures by Kishore Singh and Roobina Karode. Slide lecture by artist Vivan Sundaram and slide lecture by curator and critic Nanak Ganguly and discussion on Museum, Biennale, Art Fair (moderator Sadanand Menon)
On till February 24, at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Art is as simple or difficult as love — it may be beautiful yet agonising, irresistible yet inexplicable, timeless yet fleeting.

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