(New York, NY - August 23, 2010) Two dozen visual artists, who trace their roots to the India subcontinent, explore themes of cultural dislocation, memory, exile, and spiritual inheritances - all implicit in the word "Diaspora" - as part of the 7th annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, in collaboration with New York's prestigious Guild Gallery. Curated by Vijay Kumar, the exhibition is a mix of painting, drawing and prints, photographs, C-prints, photo montages and videos, and sculpture and installation. "The artists confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, and multiple identities to weave together existence in a globalized context," says Kumar. The Exhibition features works by:
Jeet Aulakh, Samanta Batra Mehta, Nandini Chirimar, Ruby Chishti, Pritika Chowdhry, Neil Chowdhury, Erum Chughtai, Anujan Ezhikode, Reeta Gidwani- Karmarkar, Nidhi Jalan, Shaurya Kumar, Haresh Lalvani, Obaidullah Mamoon, Chetan Mangat, Urmila Mohan, Avani Patel, Pinku Roy-Bari, Talha Rathore, Rasika Reddy, Satyakam Saha, Sheena Sood, Anjali Srinivasan, Roshani Thakore, Yetish Yetish,
***On closing night, Tuesday, August 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guild Gallery, IAAC will present a book launch and discussion for Dennis Forbes' book Krishna Reddy: Master Printmaker, Sculptor, Artist.
Considered a master in intaglio printmaking, Krishna Reddy has been guest professor at many top-ranking universities in the United States. Reddy received the Padma Shri in 1972. He has presented more than 200 solo exhibition of his work throughout the world. His works is in more than 250 international museum and major private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery and Library of Congress, Washington,D.C.; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
About The Indo-American Arts Council: The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. It is passionate about showcasing, celebrating and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines of Indian origin in the performing, literary, visual and folk arts. For further information please visit www.iaac.us.
About The Guild Art Gallery: Founded in Mumbai in late 1997 by Shalini H. Sawhney, the Guild Gallery has established a major international reputation for its commitment to showing significant artists whose work is innovative, ambitious, challenging, and intellectually driven. Since its inception, the Gallery's mission has been to represent, support and nurture the work of emerging, cutting-edge artists in their quest to create and discover new initiatives. In 2006, an additional space for The Guild Art Gallery in New York's Chelsea art district was created, allowing for an expanded exhibition schedule. The Guild NY has presented nine solo shows and eight group shows to date. As an up- and-coming gallery, The Guild NY encourages contemporary fine art made by promising and creative individuals. Maintaining the foundation of the gallery by representing contemporary Indian artists, including the Diaspora, The Guild NY is taking steps to widen the circle of representation and add to their visual roster artists from different countries and backgrounds.