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A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India

March 15 - September 2, 2022
DAG presents A Place in The Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, an exhibition exploring the remarkable contribution of women artists in the context of Indian modernism, representing a selection of trailblazers, each of whom crafted a unique identity and practice. This exhibition surveys their artistic journeys while fighting prejudice and patriarchy at a time when women were discouraged from pursuing art, and uncovers the wide breadth of their interests, including early abstract painting, the arduous regimen of making sculptures, and printmaking. Curated by Kishore Singh, Senior VP-Exhibitions and Publications at DAG, the exhibition, which will be exhibited at DAG New York, is planned to coincide with Women's History Month.

The history covered in the exhibition spans the twentieth century–from India’s first art school-trained woman artist, Ambika Dhurandhar, who earned her diploma in Bombay, through later women artists who joined art schools in greater numbers, a time when their visual language stopped being contextualized to their gender only–until the end of the twentieth century when they were equal partners in fashioning a modern and contemporary discourse for Indian art. As some sought to explicitly highlight feminist concerns in their work, addressing questions of gender, class, marginalization, and environments; others responded to folk, abstract, tantra or other aspects of art making. The exhibition’s curation begins with the incredible Devyani Krishna, born five years after Sunayani Devi began painting in 1905 at the age of thirty, and Zarina Hashmi, born a decade before independence in 1947. It features 10 artists, including Madhvi Parekh, Shobha Broota, Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Latika Katt, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Navjot and Rekha Rodwittiya.

Announcing the exhibition, Ashish Anand, CEO and Managing Director, DAG, said: "I have noticed that viewers and critics at our New York gallery always make it a point to ask about the representation of women artists in our exhibitions. I am, therefore, delighted to share a complete exhibition on women artists with them. Their contribution to Indian modern art has been seminal and their recognition needs to be acknowledged."

Added Kishore Singh, "The exhibition looks at a handful of trailblazers who, each in her own way, has crafted a unique identity and practice, thereby contributing to the rich dialogue around the diversity in style, medium, material and context of India’s twentieth century art. Each of these women artists has come up the difficult way to find a well deserved place in the sun."

A Place in The Sun features a selection of exceptional works, including Untitled compositions by Zarina Hashmi and Gogi Saroj Pal, Sea God by Madhvi Parekh, Persona by Anupam Sud, Surveyor and the Surveyed by Navjot, and Florescence by Mrinalini Mukherjee. Mukherjee was recently chosen as one of the 213 artists to be shown at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious art exhibition that has a representation from 58 countries.

This exhibition is accompanied by an extensive online catalogue, available here.

For a special Member Monday feature about this exhibition and DAG NY director Josheen Oberoi, click here

Modernism in Bengal—Ramkinkar Baij
Online lecture, June 22, 2022, 6:30pm EDT

DAG will host an online talk on Ramkinkar Baij by artist, writer, and educator Sharmistha Ray. This lecture contextualizes the pioneering artist and his legacy in Indian art. To register, click here.

Tantra On the Edge: Inspirations and Experiments in Twentieth Century Indian Art

The Claridges, New Delhi
Now on view through June 27
DAG presents this pioneering effort to exhibit works by Indian modern artists. The exhibition showcases the inspirations and experiments of these trailblazing artists and their relationship with tantra philosophy, its vivid abstract sacred symbols and its spiritual illuminations.

Biren De (1926-2011), February '88, 1988, oil on canvas, 52 x 32 in. (132.1 x 81.3 cm.)

The word tantra derives from the Sanskrit root tan, and holds that it is a revelatory science of expanding human consciousness based on the intrinsic belief in the divinity of the self that has the potentiality to attain alternate states of super consciousness. Curated by Madhu Khanna, each artist on display shows how elements of tantra philosophy or its pictorial language are woven into their individualistic creations. The selected artworks are a product of the encounter and a resurgence of a personal quest for artists to find their severed cultural roots, a triumph free from the servitude of Eurocentric models of expression and self-rule of the creative spirit in the truest sense of the word.

Read more and view the exhibition's artworks online, click here