MUMBAI - Diva, a new show at the Sakshi Gallery celebrates the female form with works that showcase women in photography, print, painting and sculpture. A range of artists’ works are on display, including Jehangir Sabavala, Francis Newton Souza, Ravinder Reddy and Julian Opie. Meanwhile, the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya exhibits a group of works by leading female artists, bringing them to the forefront of this artistic canon. Women in India constantly battle in a patriarchal society to vie for recognition and acceptance, so it is wonderful that the museum has decided to showcase their creativity and genius in a group show dedicated to their talent.
Anju Dodiya, Difficulty (1997) at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery. Courtesy of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation.
At The Viewing Room, Calcutta Chromosome premiered on the 11th of December. Featuring seven artists from Bengal, this collection contains works from two generations of artists, those who started producing art in the pre-independence period, as well as others who created works in this century. Influenced by the country's historical events but also art movements growing in the west, the works contain a diverse range of practices. The list of artists include Prodosh Das Gupta and Paritosh Sen, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Somnath Hore, Suhas Roy, Sunil Das and Bikash Bhattacharjee. Qaroon Thapar of the gallery has said "We felt that there hasn't been a major show in Mumbai in recent times which focused on the Bengal school of art, especially the senior names such as Bikash Bhattacharjee, Somnath Hore, etc. which is why we conceptualised Calcutta Chromosome over a year ago. We have slowly been able to put together a strong show featuring a cross section of important works spanning five decades by all the seven artists in the show."
Ravinder Reddy's Untitled (2010), at the Sakshi Gallery. Courtesy of the Sakshi Gallery.
Paritosh Sen's Untitled at The Viewing Room. Courtesy of The Viewing Room.
Subramayan K.G.'s Bangladesh Drawing (2008), at the Sakshi Gallery.
Courtesy of the Sakshi Gallery.
Paritosh Sen's Untitled (2004), at The Viewing Room. Courtesy of The Viewing Room.
Rekha Rodwittiya's Intangible Interlocution: An Anthology of Belonging (Version 2) (2011-2012), from Diva at the Sakshi Gallery until January 15th, 2013. Courtesy of the Sakshi Gallery.