GANESH PYNE & LALU PRASAD SHAW - Two Faces of Bengal Modernism


To be “modern” in art is to show what is already there in a way that is jarring and unexpected, often inconceivable, to the eye. Modernism moves around the structures of old appearances. Ganesh Pyne & Lalu Prasad Shaw: Two Faces of Bengal Modernism, on view from 1 - 6 February, 2016 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, showcases the work of two of Bengal’s (and India’s) most renowned artists shaped by Bengal’s own modernist tradition. Pyne’s work shows the dark not-so-secretive secrets contained within the very structures of the stories we have grown up with. Shaw’s works reconfigure the aesthetic of scenes from the ordinary.

Ganesh Pyne (1937-2013) is best known for his tempera works depicting symbols, myths and epics as they are lived out. Among his influences are Abanindranath Tagore and Paul Klee, and Pyne adopts both the quietness of the former and the strangeness of the latter. His jottings are matrices (done on graph paper) of spontaneous thoughts, quotes, and sketches that give a sense of the process of Pyne’s art-making.

Lalu Prasad Shaw (1937-) drew his influences from the Ajanta cave paintings and the Kalighat pat style to create his own style of distinct, defined lines and stark colours. He is known for his portraits, his tempera works, and his etchings. Dwelling on the physical details of the things and people he paints, Shaw gives them a special kind of form and intimacy.

The above exhibition is being organized by CIMA. The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) opened in 1993, and has since become one of India’s premier gallery spaces. It is known internationally for giving space to both established artists and to new talent, adding to the development of the contemporary art scene. In the past, CIMA has had individual exhibitions of Ganesh Pyne’s and Lalu Prasad Shaw’s work. This combined exhibition displays not only the skill that made them two of the country’s finest artists, but also their place in the larger context of Bengal Modernism– a period of invaluable importance for Indian art.

Venue : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Dates : Feb 1, 2016 - Feb 6, 2016

For enquiries : Animesh Dey [cimagallery@dataone.in]

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