DELHI | Aug 11, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014
MUMBAI | Dec 7, 2014 - Feb 5, 2015
Featuring three hundred and fifty works by over 60 significant practitioners of Indian abstraction, Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form explores the eventful and unique journey of abstraction in modern Indian art. Indian abstract artists drew on a range of influences in their work – Western abstract art, in particular the works of artists such as Klee, Rothko, Pollock or Calder, East-Asian influences, and significantly, a range of traditional, tribal, folk and tantric art – for their techniques, themes and approaches. The exhibition features prominent and significant Indian abstractionists recognised for the maturity of their imagery – such as V. S. Gaitonde, S. H. Raza, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohammedi, Zarina Hashmi, Jeram Patel, Shanti Dave, Ganesh Haloi, Krishna Reddy, J. Swaminathan and V. Vishwanadhan. Additionally, it also brings together lesser-known abstract works of artists that are known for their fidelity to figurative or representative art – these feature artists such as M. F. Husain, Somnath Hore, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Sunil Das and Rabin Mondal – their abstract works are a delight to behold and add significantly to our understanding of Indian modernism’s journey.