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India's French Connection: Indian Artists in France

DAG is pleased to present India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France at their New York gallery from November 13 – March 8, 2019. The exhibition will survey the many Indian artists who lived and worked in Paris from 1920-1980, and explores the influence of French artistic movements on the development of Indian modern and contemporary art. The show will include a vast range of works by more than 20 artists, including paintings, printmaking, video, and sculpture, with an exhibition design by Adrien Gardère.

With its innumerable artists, museums and ateliers, the rise of modernism in France created an unprecedented space that allowed for artists throughout Europe to commune. Lesser known among the west are the Indian artists who have been a vibrant and essential component of the Parisian art community throughout the 20th century. These artists inherited new technical practices while being exposed to radically different philosophies and world views from their homeland, while the nostalgic connections from the lives they left behind in India unites them across decades.

The impact of this exchange spans generations and continents: leading modernist S. H. Raza arrived in France in 1950, finally returning to India sixty years later in 2010. During that time, his art practice spanned from the cubist landscapes to impressionism before finally arriving at his signature neo-tantric vision of the bindu inspired by his memories of home. Nirode Mazumdar become an active member of the French intelligentsia from 1957-1967, studying European medieval art alongside Indian fertility cults to develop a distinct and artistic language that belongs to no individual time or place. Later Malini Malani, amidst her academic experience in the aftermath of the 1960s’ social revolution would immerse herself in French cinema, which informed her experimentation with video art.

Artists on view include Sakti Burman, Prodosh Dasgupta, Sunil Das, Rajendra Dhawan, Zarina Hashmi, K. K. Hebbar, Himmat Shah, Amrita Sher-Gil *, Prokash Karmakar, Kanwal Krishna, Ram Kumar, Laxman Pai, Nirode Mazumdar, Anjolie Ela Menon, Nasreen Mohamedi, Sailoz Mukherjea*, V. Nageshkar, Akbar Padamsee, Syed Haider Raza, Krishna Reddy, Jehangir Sabavala, Paritosh Sen and V. Viswanadhan.

*Amrita Sher-Gil and Sailoz Mukherjea are two of nine artists whose works were designated national art treasures by the Indian government during the 1970s. Initially exhibited in Delhi during the India’s French Connection exhibition, their works cannot leave the country and instead will be specially projected within the exhibition.

The private opening of the exhibition on November 13th will feature a keynote speech by Catherine David, Curator and Deputy Director of the Pompidou Museum, on the topic of modern art geographies: transcultural, transnational exchanges in art forms that have nurtured the development of a global modern art. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Amara Antilla, Curator at the Guggenheim, New York moderated by Ashok Adiceam, Senior Vice President-Public Affairs at DAG. On the occasion of the exhibition a fully-illustrated catalogue is published by DAG providing a study of Indian artists and their association with France from 1920-1980, including supplementary images and information not on view in the exhibition is available.

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Artist

Various Artists

Date

Nov 14, 2018 - Apr 08, 2019

Contact

newyork@dagworld.com >

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Installation view of India's French Connection: Indian Artists in France

DAG, New York

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Installation view of India's French Connection: Indian Artists in France

DAG, New York

Artworks

Himmat Shah > <

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Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar > <

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Krishna Reddy > <

Clown and His Mask

Plants

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Two Forms in One

Laxman Pai > <

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By the Sea

Images of Goa X

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Paritosh Sen > <

Bag Lady

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Prodosh Das Gupta > <

Suryamukhi

Prokash Karmakar > <

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Rajendra Dhawan > <

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Ram Kumar > <

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Sakti Burman > <

Magie de Poupee (doll magic)

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Sunil Das > <

Erotic Drawing VIII

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V. Viswanadhan > <

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Vishwanath Nageshkar > <

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Zarina Hashmi > <

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Himmat Shah > <

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Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar > <

Untitled (caravan)

Untitled (Builders)

Krishna Reddy > <

Clown and His Mask

Plants

Plants III

Two Forms in One

Laxman Pai > <

Untitled

Untitled

By the Sea

Images of Goa X

Boats

Paritosh Sen > <

Bag Lady

Untitled

Untitled (Woman Against a City)

Prodosh Das Gupta > <

Suryamukhi

Prokash Karmakar > <

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Rajendra Dhawan > <

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Ram Kumar > <

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Untitled (Mother and Child)

Sakti Burman > <

Magie de Poupee (doll magic)

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Sunil Das > <

Erotic Drawing VIII

Untitled (Erotic Drawing VII)

V. Viswanadhan > <

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Vishwanath Nageshkar > <

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Zarina Hashmi > <

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Artists

Sunil Das

Calcutta

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