Tel Aviv gets ready for city art
Artists from the Capital have yet again made their mark on a global platform. Various works of city-based artists like Atul Bhalla, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Gigi Scaria and Sudarshan Shetty, will be showcased at a special exhibition in Israel.
The exhibition titled Critical Mass, is scheduled to be held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in the city of Tel Aviv, in May 2012. The collection will also include artworks by Ravi Agarwal, Sakshi Gupta, Shilpa Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Rashmi Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Riyas Komu, Raqs Media Collective, TV Santhosh, Shanthamani M, LN Tallur and Lochan Upadhyay.
According to a statement, “The works that are included in the exhibition are anchored in the tumultuous social and political reality. Their multiple layers of meanings reflect different responses to the deep transformations that have been taking place in Indian society, over the past two decades."
According to the description, salient characteristics of the works include repetition, multiplicity and duplication of images or motifs, arrayed together densely. This state of multiplicity is supposed to echo the visual texture and chaotic expanses of the Indian megalopolis.
The showcase of artworks by the selected Indian artists will be accompanied by a Hebrew-English catalogue, that includes essays on Indian culture and on the major socio-political changes taking place in the sub-continent.
The collection includes art in a wide range of media, including photography, painting, video, sculpture, and in the form of installations. The themes of the artworks include, conflict between tradition and modernity, consumerism and urbanisation.