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A feast for art lovers

A trade fair of affordable art, an artist who is testimony to the human spirit, and other riveting works. Read on to know more.

art and culture Updated: Oct 08, 2009 19:16 IST
Damini Purkayastha

All India Art Trade Fair
The third All India Art Trade Trade Fair offers affordable art made by over 30 artists from across the country. Besides artworks in various mediums, oil on canvas, water colours, crayons on canvas, ceramics, sculptures, photographs, pop, installations, digital and video, mixed media and performance art, what is being highlighted this year are tribal art, ceramics, studio pottery and art on fabric. At the Auditorium, Sai International Center, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, on October 9 and 10.

The Soul Has Its Reasons
This is an exhibition of brilliance. Yasmin Sawhney's bold colours and neat lines give way to blurring nuances and stirring philosophies. The boundaries between the real and the imagined blur as Yasmin explores the life and longing of nameless, sometimes faceless women. Visually impaired (not blind) since 1988, Yasmin is a self-taught artist. She works with a hand-held magnifying glass and paints in phases for 16 hours a day. Also a poet, her words are as evocative as her paintings.

The exhibition is on at the Arpana Caur Art Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, till October 14 Bikash Bhattacharjee - A retrospective Bikash Bhattacharjee's psychological explorations on canvas made him one of the most relevant and powerful artists of his time. Having worked in all mediums, oil, watercolour, pastels and even print making - the artist also taught at the Government College of Art & Craft and became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. Put together by Emami Chisel Art in Kolkata, the exhibition is on till November 5 at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony.

Eye of the Needle
Another Bengal-based artist, Tanmoy Samanta has studied art from Kala Bhavan and from Santiniketan. Coming from the Tagore school of art, Tanmoy explores life in shapes. He dissects an image into the outside, inside, interior and overall landscape - a pair of boots becomes a ball, socket, levers, and levers of the foot and a car becomes an animated life force. On at Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, till November 7.

Life is not black and white
If you're interested in myriad works by several artists, try this exhibition. With paintings by over 22 artists, including Alka Raghuvanshi, Laxman Aelay, Biplab Bisawas, Seema Kohli, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Vallery Puri and others. Curated by Puja Gupta, the works explore an artist's journey, through life and expression, in various mediums. On at The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, till October 11.