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Longing for Tomorrow by Thukral & Tagra                          
Nature Morte, Berlin                                                     
April 28 to June 2, 2012

With Longing for Tomorrow, Thukral & Tagra explore the bizarre mix of sentimentality, nostalgia and clichéd futurisms that is epitomized by the rising Indian middle class and especially in the burgeoning new city of Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi where the artists live and work. Thukral & Tagra's frenetic mixture of high and low styles in paintings, sculptures and decorative accoutrements is an apt response to this bewildering and perverse urban reality typifying the “new India.”

As part of the exhibition, on display will be the very first works Thukral & Tagra have produced at the historic Meissen porcelain factory near Dresden. Starting with classical vases from the Meissen archives, Thukral & Tagra pile them up into comical towers and paint them with their trademark imagery in candy colours. Furniture pedestals and wall-mounted backdrops frame the porcelain centerpieces, contrasting the rarified material with more down-market plastics and laminates.


On the Threshold of Time II                                                     
Art Heritage, New Delhi                                                             
April 28 to June 9, 2012

On the Threshold of Time presents work of two artists, Bharti Verma and Aditi Aggarwal.

Bharti Verma depicts Delhi through empty cube-like human dwellings in her minutely executed pen on canvas series. In these somber cityscapes devoid of human habitation, she explores a sense of loneliness despite the lack of privacy experienced in cramped dwelling places. Bharati's city tells the story of presence and absence. Bharti has just completed her MFA from the Delhi College of Arts.

Aditi Aggarwal is a first year MA student from Delhi College of Art. Her work is about the sheer enjoyment of paint and the process in which it can be channelized to create harmonies of colour, rhythm and texture. Experimental by nature, Aditi revels in evolving forms using multiple layers of thick impasto acrylic colour to create dense, energetic fields of playful patterns.


Solo Exhibition of Sculptural Works by Alwar Balasubramaniam                                                                   Talwar Gallery, New York                                                          
May 5 to July 27, 2012

Expanding on the dialogue created by his past works, Alwar Balasubramaniam's new works push the boundaries of his practice conceptually and materially. Imperceptible folds and lines between the artist's closed hands are monumentalized in works carved from sandstone and granite, while in other works cast from the artist's body, the exterior is all that remains: a folded layer existing only as skin, cast off like clothing is a poignant remnant embodying absence. Another work, hovering in mid-air, entices the viewer to believe in the unseen. In an interplay of forms taken from the body, the works become increasingly abstract as they move from the outside to the spaces enclosed withinthe familiar sources of their creation dissolving into unexpected and ethereal formations.

Bala works with the thresholds of the physical, the visible, the perceptible, allowing the viewer to transgress all boundaries. His works materialize the non-physical, show the invisible and permit the experience of the imperceptible.

Alwar Balasubramaniam was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. His works have been frequently seen in international exhibitions and Institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Essl Museum, Austria and recently in a solo exhibition at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Balalives and works in Bangalore, India. His works are also currently on view at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi.


The Caucus Race by Mahesh Baliga                                        
Project 88, Mumbai                                                                       
May 11 to June 20, 2012

The Caucus Race is Mahesh Baliga's third solo. The Caucus Race makes reference to the illusory race in Lewis Carroll's Alice in the Wonderland. The paintings and sculptures in the show portray Baliga's notion that the urge for order actually leads to disorder and that there is ambiguous yet obvious lack of control of the consciousness which leads to perpetual and sometimes arbitrary behaviours.

Baliga's exhibition features Journey (2011), a painting which comprises seven figures in a boat with each figure displaying an identity or function while simultaneously presenting question of order and conditions which Baliga explores in The Caucus Race. The exhibition also includes a large- scale diptych entitled Order of Beings (2011-12), in which Baliga melds together scores of images to create a mountainous effect.

Baliga lives and works in Baroda and his works have been featured in group exhibitions in Baroda, Bangalore, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai.


Reconstructing (White) 3 Curated by Himali Singh Soin                    
The Loft at Lower Parel, Mumbai                                                  
May 23 to July 14, 2012

The Loft at Lower Parel, as part of The Square Foot Project, will be re-staged as a studio apartment for one year and the inaugural exhibition, Reconstructing (White) 3, will include nine 1 x 1 x 1 white cubes, interpreted by some of the edgiest names from the Indian art world, including Hema Upadhyay, Mithu Sen, Abir Karmarkar, Prajakta Potnis, Gautam Bhatia, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Niyeti Chadha, Praneet Soi and Chittrovanu Mazumdar. Utilizing the shell of the new “gallery”, Soin will address this paradox of space and its foldability.


Solo Exhibition of Sculptures by Pradeep Jogdand                     
Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai                                                 
May 30 to June 5, 2012

Pardeep Jogdand, a sculptor from Aurangabad began his academic training from Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai and further studied master degree from faculty of Fine Art Jaipur. His initial works started from the experimentation on diverse subject matters where he explored the possibilities of semi figurative, realistic and mundane subjects in his compositional format. Assembling the different materials making, destroying and rebuilding, through this period he tried hard to understand forms from all possible ways.

The artist's visual vocabulary comprises foliage, flora and fauna that remind unforgettable moments of his childhood packages, sitting under trees bestows peace and tranquility. The totality of his works evokes 'a sense of loneliness' which is somewhere embedded in the deeper layers of his consciousness. His visuals have a power that needs release from preconceived notions to relish the visual aspects of visualization.


Collective Spaces 2012: Group Show of
88 Modern & Contemporary Artists                                                          
M.E.C. Art Gallery, Delhi                                                      
June 1 to June 30, 2012

Collective Spaces 2012 is a group show of 88 modern & contemporary artists such as Samit Das, Ramesh Gorjala, Manish Pushkale, Jatin Das, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Laxman Aelay, Tapan Dash, Rahim Mirza, C. Prakash, Sumitava Maity and others.


Krida- A Play of Colours by Dr. Uma Chattrapati 
Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai                                                    
June 6 to June 12, 2012

Krida- A Play of Colours is Uma Chattrapati's  23rd solo show which showcases 25 works in figurative style - oils on jute. A doctor, dancer and painter Uma's spiritual endeavour is her only asset in life, and she believes that life is a play of colours. Her work is seen as sweet spiritual melody embedded in a medley of bright colours. A pure figurative style in forceful rhythmic strokes  lines varying from bold to thin is a delight to watch. Forceful free lines move very smooth and sharp through varied colours giving shapes to figures dancing along. Uma attributes this drama of painting as her guidance from the higher force getting her to dance on the canvas.

Majority of her paintings are duets - a Shivshakti consommé is her theme  the Adam Eve representation in this universe. The Radha-Krishna is a true deptic duet where one can feel the melody of Krishna's flute and Radha's miraculous trance.

Art, Uma believes is freedom in totality, hence for her it is only a play on canvas, expressing profound deep emotions emitting through her cell memory.

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