New Delhi, September 3: Art and culture has been a vital organ since the history of time for India. And with that paintings form the crux of the Indian culture like this young man, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore’s whose series of watercolours titled “Introspection: A Perspective into Fooling” features caricature-like self portraits stationed outside the white cube-like space of Saffronart housed at Delhi’s Hotel Claridges.
In one of those portraits, he is seen with green cactus instead of hair on his head, while in another cactus stems are replaced by an axe head, just as a third one features an African head. Presented by Gallery Espace, these are among almost 100 contemporary works by 50 artists, which have been brought together by six art galleries as a part of Delhi Contemporary Art Weekend.
The display has brought the collections of Exhibit 320, Gallery Espace, Nature Morte, Shrine Empire, Latitude 28 and Vadehra Art Gallery under one roof, and includes specially commissioned and recent artwork.
Gallery Espace has brought together miniatures of American photographer Waswo X Waswo and Rajasthani artist R Vijay, including their series “Page from a Burning Storybook”, where an American tourist armed with a monocular is seen looking into a vast green landscape replete with flowers. Riyas Komu’s untitled oil on canvas features an ever smiling black and white portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, brought together by Vadehra Art Gallery. One of Shrine Empire’s most prominent displays, Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi’s The Stolen Dream displays a pram made using sparkling razor blades. Then there are window shopping views of a purse and a pair of heels created with the same sharp-edged material.
With little footfall marking the first day of the fair, perhaps owing to onslaught of pouring rains on Thursday, the next three days shall be a test of time on how far the fair has succeeded in bringing awareness on the contemporaries.