Folk art blog artamour celebrates its first anniversary with the opening of ‘An Imaginal Affair’, an eclectic contemporary art exhibition featuring more than 40 well-known artists from India and abroad. Organized by Aakshat Sinha and Ranjan Kaul who are also the founding partners of artamour, the exhibition is dated October 8-10, 2021 at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi and continues in an online version from October 10-31, 2021.
An Imaginal Affair is an eclectic contemporary art exhibition featuring over 40 well-known artists from India and abroad. The popular art blog, artamour, hosts and organizes the show. Each of the artists featured here has been featured over the past year on the art blog www.artamour.in. The exhibition marks the celebration of the blog’s first anniversary and is the natural culmination of the love affair with art that ignited in October 2020. Seen in this light, the process of selecting and curating works exhibited in the exhibition has been set in motion. more than 15 months ago, when Ranjan Kaul and Aakshat Sinha, the founding partners of artamour and the joint curators of the exhibition, imagined artamour.
The exhibition showcases the diversity and multidimensionality of contemporary art, ranging from lyrical and abstract expressionist drawings and paintings by artists such as Prem Singh, Hemavathy Guha and Sri Lankan artist Sarath G Perera to visual and poignant commentaries on society, politics and gender relations. such as those of Sanjeev Sonpimpare, Inder Salim, Orijit Sen and Satadru Sovan. The show also features the performance of fantastic works by artists such as Santosh Verma, Rajan S Fulari and Kanchan Chander; the provocative sculptural fiberglass installation pieces titled “So what’s your problem if I look sexy?” By Durga Kainthola; stainless steel sculptures by Shovin Bhattachrjee; art photographs by Shailan Parkar; the fine works of Ramachandra Pokale; and the pictorial calligraphy of Qamar Dagar.
What really stands out from the exhibition and will provide viewers with a thrilling experience are the unique video art of Russian artist Maria Arendt; the Blender videos of young artist Aadit Basu; in situ sculptural installations by multimedia artists with wall and floor installations by Rita Prasad; the kinetic work of Susanta Mondal; and the gigantic hanging origami of the artist “ortiecture”, Ankon Mitra.
To provide a global flavor, the exhibits on display include works by renowned international artists such as US-based artists, Tracy Lee Stum and Mark Lewis Wagner; Sri Lankan abstractionist Sarath Perera; British artist Paul Liptrot; Pakistani artist Rumana Husain; and Mexican artist and illustrated book designer Carolyn Watson-Dubisch.
The co-curator of the exhibition, Aakshat Sinha, said: “It is a privilege that we have been able to bring together so many artists on the same platform to present the richness and variety of contemporary artistic practices not only in India but also internationally. . We have tried to ensure that the works included in the exhibition reflect global trends in contemporary art. To this end, we have included, in addition to drawing and painting, creative installations, art photographs and videos. The works are elegantly organized to do justice to the high quality of the works on display and thus offer viewers an aesthetic and unforgettable viewing experience. on their own work. “
Ranjan Kaul, the other co-curator, said: “The exhibition is a satisfying culmination of a year of artamour. Since its launch on October 9, 2020, our art blog has ensured that art lovers do not lose contact with the art world during the In our selection of artists and their representative works, we have deliberately attempting not only to exhibit works of art that meet the highest aesthetic standards, but, just as important, we have included works of art that have meaning and have deeper social relevance. therefore a show with a difference. We are confident viewers will find a resonance with the works on display at An Imaginal Affair and simply love the show. “
To provide access to more works over a longer period, artamour has planned to present an online exhibition from October 10 to 31, 2021 with the addition of ten other artists. This will allow viewers who are not resident in the Delhi NCR area in the country as well as those living abroad to access the unique exhibition and be part of the artistic celebration.
About the founding partners of artamour and curators of “An Imaginal Affair”: Aakshat Sinha and Ranjan Kaul are both Delhi-based fine arts professionals and have worked in the creative space for several decades. Interestingly, both studied engineering before deciding to pursue their passion for art. While Aakshat is an MTech from the People’s Friendship University, Russia, Ranjan is a BTech from IIT Kanpur and subsequently also obtained a Masters in English Literature from the University of Delhi. Aakshat has since 2008, after deciding to end his ten-year professional career in the company, to regularly organize and organize art residencies in India and abroad. In addition to painting and writing about art, he also writes short stories and poetry. Ranjan is also a full-time artist who quit his job in book publishing at the height of his professional career as Managing Director of Oxford University Press India to devote himself to art. He is also an art writer and published author; his works include a novel and a collection of short stories.