Two Exhibitions on the Art and Activism of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat's oeuvre is characterized by an unparalleled mélange of text and images: his paintings often include significant textual components and his notebooks are replete with sketches. Basquiat's death due to a cocaine overdose in 1988, when he was just 27 years old, truncated his prolific output. His works continue to be in great demand,... Continue Reading →

Ajanta, Ellora, and more at and around Aurangabad

Named after the despotic Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, the city of Aurangabad and its environs host monuments spanning several centuries and associated with multiple religions. Of these, the most famed are the Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave complexes at Ajanta and Ellora, both of which have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Other sites of... Continue Reading →

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories (CSMVS, Mumbai)

Vast in scope and encyclopedic in character, the exhibition India and the World: A History in Nine Stories that opened on 11th November 2017 at CSMVS, Mumbai, offers viewers an encounter with an unusual collection of artworks. Featuring numerous works lent by multiple institutions including, primarily, the British Museum, the exhibition will move to the... Continue Reading →

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait (MoMA, NYC)

The ongoing MoMA exhibition entitled "Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait" draws upon (yes, pun intended!) early and late works by the artist. I visited the show with a former colleague, who shared with me an account of her interaction with Louise Bourgeois in the 1980s. Consequently, I approached the artworks with a heightened awareness of... Continue Reading →

Baroque art film screenings + Jagannath Panda exhibition at the BDL Museum!

Last Thursday, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Bombay, organised a screening of Alain Jaubert's films on the art of three Baroque artists: Rubens (The Glory of the Flesh: Portaits of Hélène Fourment), Georges de la Tour (The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds), and Claude Lorrain... Continue Reading →

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