Most gallerists might prefer to introspect within the confines of the white cubicle, but not Nidhi Jain. Director of Gallery Ragini, every year Jain picks on the highlights from her previous shows and exhibits them to garner public feedback. “There is no curatorial thread here. We are bringing together what we have done already. We also provide an insight into upcoming shows,” says Jain.
So this year the annual show “The Contemporary Walk III” comprises 50 works by 20 artists. If artists such as Suchit Sahni, Rohit Sharma and Jagadish Chinthale depict the urban environment, Vishakha Apte’s soft abstracts on oil are serene and meditative. Mousumi Biswas’s Fairy Tale captures the innocence of a young girl gaping excitedly at a rose on a circular canvas painted in blue and Dhanur Goyal has eyes piercing through intricate circular wooden patterns. Jain gives a sneak peek into the next season with works of Rajneesh Chanreeh and Ravindra Dutt. The latter impresses with his prints on archival canvas inspired by miniatures — If Peacock Throne; Time Machine has an emperor flying over the battleground; Game of Chess has soldiers waging in on a chessboard with an elephant cart. “His work is being noticed. The feedback helps us improve,” says Jain.
The exhibition is on at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, till April 22. Contact: 9811252305
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