THE ART OF BENGAL
DAG MODERN, NEW YORK CITY
The contribution of the first renaissance capital of the country – Bengal – to Indian art and its development is longstanding, enormous and continued. As one of the largest repositories of Bengal art of the past two centuries, DAG Modern is extremely pleased to bring its seminal exhibition The Art of Bengal to New York from December 9, 2016 - March 15, 2017. Collating, appraising and re-evaluating the sheer mass of art from Bengal that has strongly influenced Indian art, but particularly the exhibition features over a hundred works – perhaps one of the largest exhibits of the art from Bengal held under one roof in New York.
Documenting the unique cultural efflorescence in Bengal that began over two centuries ago, the exhibition begins in the 19th century when local, folk artists began creating their paintings on mythological and religious themes traditionally done on cloth and later on paper, known as Kalighat pats, featuring a set of relatively large works. The heights of excellence the academic paintings achieved in Bengal is reflected in the works by Hemendranath Majumdar and Kisory Roy while the dreamy, romantic imagery of the Bengal School is showcased through its masters, Asit Haldar, Kshitinidranath Majumdar, Sarada Ukil or R. Vijaiwargiya. The exhibition showcases the rich diversity and depth of modernist art from Bengal, featuring artists such as Somnath Hore, scultpors Ramkinkar Baij and Prodosh Das Gupta, Chittaprosad, Rabin Mondal, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Nikhil Biswas, Bijan Choudhary, and others, as well as those claiming allegiance to an older Bengal order, such as Bireswar Sen.
With ‘Bengal’ as the connecting thread, this exhibition – mammoth in scale – features artists not merely claiming ancestry to Bengal but those vitally nurtured in its cultural climate such as K. G. Subramanyan. Bengal’s cultural and intellectual climate, together with its artistic imagination continues to exert a great pull on contemporary Indian art – this exhibition is a tribute as much as a celebration.
The exhibition opens at DAG Modern on December 10, 2016, and will remain on view through the second week of March 2017.
DAG Modern: A Profile
Established in 1993, DAG Modern is India’s largest repository of modern masters representing the gamut of Indian art practice in the 20th century. It has established its presence by building the largest, most distinctive collection of Indian modern art which parallels or closely follows contemporary movements in the West, placing it in the same context as Pablo Picasso, Matisse, the German Expressionists, the Paris or New York School. Showcasing such significant names of Indian modern art as F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, Ram Kumar, K. K. Hebbar, V. S. Gaitonde, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Rabin Mondal and Avinash Chandra, the extensive collection provides a critical link for everyone from art-lovers, academicians and researchers, to collectors and investors.
The gallery has traced, compiled, restored and archived entire collections, resulting in some landmark exhibitions lauded for their curation. These consist of several artist retrospectives, those tracing art movements, such as Mumbai Modern and Continuum on the Bombay Progressives, and The Art of Bengal, numerous thematic exhibitions like Indian Landscapes, Indian Abstracts, Indian Divine or The Naked and the Nude, and historical overviews such as A Visual History of Indian Modern Art, besides its signature Manifestations series. The exhibitions and their accompanying high quality catalogues and art publications, noted for the depth of their research, form part of the gallery’s ongoing efforts to shed new light on the extraordinary and unique Indian modernism journey. In addition, it has presented curated exhibitions noted for its pavilion designs at national and international art fairs of repute, such as Art14 and Art15 London, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore and India Art Fair, New Delhi.
DAG Modern has a flagship gallery in the heart of picturesque Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi, and a second gallery in the exclusive DLF Emporio mall in the city. 2013 marked its Mumbai debut in a standalone, sensitively restored historic building in the city’s art precinct of Kala Ghoda. In 2015, DAG Modern expanded its presence with its first international gallery space in New York, in the historic Fuller Building in the heart of Manhattan’s art and business district, and intends to increase its reach to significant and exciting new art centres worldwide.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Sunil Chaddha (firstname.lastname@example.org), Gallery Director, or Ms Josheen Oberoi (email@example.com), Art Advisor. They both can be reached on +1 212-457-9037.