The Telegraph online | Debris of the old in the new

The Telegraph online | Debris of the old in the new

Sheetal Gattani

New Canvases — that’s the simple title, shorn of thematic references. But the new canvases of Sheetal Gattani, presented by Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, at its recent show — both in the gallery and online — overturned the very idea of ‘new’ being virgin, untarnished territory. The discoloured, damaged, degraded epidermis of her canvases, astir with intimations from underneath, implied the persistence of a past that subverts brash pretensions to newness. Because every ‘now’ comes with its embedded debris of ‘then’. And it’s the texture, speckled with clues of weathering, that imports a meditative gravity into her work.

African Arts | Hidden Elements

African Arts | Hidden Elements

Victor Ekpuk's Illustrations for the Daily Times of Nigeria

By Janine A. Sytsma

African Arts, Winter 2021, Vol. 54, No. 4, pg. 38-51

 

Ekpuk’s scribbling from the mid-1990s similarly oscillates between transparency and secrecy. Some signs may be familiar to those with a basic knowledge of nsibidi, other African ideographic systems, Nigerian current affairs, and global popular culture, while others come tantalizingly close but ultimately refuse to reveal themselves and supply any specific meaning to the narrative. Indeed, even those examples with clear reference points may possess additional content known only to Ekpuk. In his scribbling-based illustrations, the combination of scripts with different levels of opaqueness accordingly generates characteristically expansive and generative analyses. The more recognizable scripts, interspersed throughout the composition, serve as signposts for discourse, revealing potential deviations from the article’s position and, according to Ekpuk (Kreamer and Purura 2007: 234), helping “to unlock the deeper layers of each composition.” The remaining signs then build on the identifiable examples and facilitate continued nonstructured contemplation of both the article along and interconnected issues, only alluded to in the text. When the illustration is experienced holistically, as Ekpuk intended, the commentary steadily accumulates, with each new layer forming connections with previous layers to generate new interrelated interpretations. (pg. 46-47)

Apollo | In the Studio With...Salman Toor

Apollo | In the Studio With...Salman Toor

"Born in Lahore and based in New York, the painter Salman Toor depicts the lives of queer, South Asian men in imagined surroundings that draw as much from the Old Masters as they do from the modern metropolis. Toor’s scenes are often casual – his figures dance at house parties and stare into smartphones – but always meticulously composed. After his first solo museum show, ‘How Will I Know’, took place at the Whitney, New York, in 2020–21, Toor has recently completed a residency at the Frick Madison, New York, as part of its ‘Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters’ programme; the work Toor has completed, ‘Museum Boys’, responds to two paintings by Vermeer in the Frick, and is currently on view at the museum alongside them."

Telegraph India | With River of Faith, Jayasri Burman goes back to the roots of her inspiration

Telegraph India | With River of Faith, Jayasri Burman goes back to the roots of her inspiration

"For millennia now, the Ganges has been revered and disregarded in equal measure, much like women themselves. Yet somehow, she still flows as she nurtures and ensconces generations in the subcontinent, with every bend she takes. More recently, she has also put up with the ineptitude of the human race as she gave refuge to abandoned, nameless casualties of the pandemic. This and more have been a source of insatiable inspiration and curiosity for artist Jayasri Burman since her childhood, which has now culminated into a show of enormous scale called River of Faith."

domus | American Pastoral

domus | American Pastoral

Bernardo Siciliano

"At the Aicon Gallery in New York, Bernando Siciliano’s works of art, explicitly inspired by Philip Roth, immortalise the moments that narrate these two pandemic years."

India Today | Paresh Maity

India Today | Paresh Maity

Artist Paresh Maity Speaks to India Today About his Latest Art Exhibition in Kolkata

The Observer | "Picturing Motherhood Now" at CMA reimagines our deepest connections

The Observer | "Picturing Motherhood Now" at CMA reimagines our deepest connections

Mequitta Ahuja

"The first piece in the hall is Mequitta Ahuja’s 2020 oil painting entitled “Portrait of Her Mother,” a gentle rendition of the artist’s studio with Ahuja standing in the foreground, her body turned slightly away as though she is torn between us and her work. Two striking portraits in vibrant reds and blues loom behind her, but their presence is overshadowed by the sketch Ahuja holds up for us to see—the pearly paper shining from the center of the canvas. Etched upon it is a drawing of Ahuja’s mother—the two of them share many striking features, from their sharp cheekbones, to the curve of their noses, to the nearly imperceptible tilt of their heads. It is quite a homage carved out of a single instant, with the smallest moments immortalizing a mother’s impact."

The News-Herald | Cleveland Museum of Art's new exhibition 'Picturing Motherhood Now' focuses on role through wide, contemporary lens

The News-Herald | Cleveland Museum of Art's new exhibition 'Picturing Motherhood Now' focuses on role through wide, contemporary lens

“‘Picturing Motherhood Now’ emerged during the global pandemic and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the important conversations about race that followed,” Liebert says. “I think these world events did inflect the show. They inevitably shaped the way artists were thinking, and the issues that were on the minds of our catalog contributors.”

Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From New Art by Mike Perry of ‘Broad City’ to the Affordable Art Fair | Plus, "Judith Has Arrived" at Aicon Contemporary

Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From New Art by Mike Perry of ‘Broad City’ to the Affordable Art Fair | Plus, "Judith Has Arrived" at Aicon Contemporary

Artnet News

September 12, 2021

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)

New York Art Fairs Are Returning, Eyes Open and Fingers Crossed

New York Art Fairs Are Returning, Eyes Open and Fingers Crossed

The New York Times

August 2021

Wayward Sought-Ings: On Anatomy of a Horny Heart

Wayward Sought-Ings: On Anatomy of a Horny Heart

THE KARACHI COLLECTIVE

"It may be best to begin with a memory. A figure of marbled flesh stands atop a plinth, through the folds of a robe one can discern the silhouette of legs, and beneath a draped foot the name “Venus” is emblazoned darkly. This marble statuette of the Roman goddess of love, a popular keepsake, had once stood on the mantelpiece of my childhood home bought by my father on his travels at sea. When I encountered it years later in a studio conversation with Affan Baghpati, the association was immediate."

EXHIBITION: THE SUBTEXT OF ALTERED RELICS

EXHIBITION: THE SUBTEXT OF ALTERED RELICS

DAWN

"Finding the setting of the production for any object is an essential process for many people. That ‘made in’ piece of information printed on the item can start investigations that trace the history, manufacturing processes and, perhaps, even the geographical routing of the object. This research becomes complex when an object is rooted in history, and production of art and design is a composite that is created with articles from different countries in the world."

Anatomy of a Horny Heart

Anatomy of a Horny Heart

The News International

"Affan Baghpati’s art pieces are always intriguing enough to want me gaze them for a while to comprehend the dark humour that lies within each joint and assemblage. At once they might look bizarre, non-sensible and complex; however, these assembled materials are actually juxtaposing history and contemporary forms and tastes to present something Avant Grade."

Anatomy of a Horny Heart

Anatomy of a Horny Heart

Libas Now

"Young, Karachi-based artist Affan Baghpati’s debut solo show in New York is a commentary and dismantling of established narratives and histories through found objects that have been meticulously and thoughtfully molded and re-formed into unique designs."

The Lonely-Hearts Club

The Lonely-Hearts Club

The News on Sunday

"There can be many definitions of creativity, but the simplest one is: to join two different entities and get something new. We are all born through such a procedure and we employ the same formula to fabricate our artworks. Creative individuals often approach it in the most unimaginable manner; establishing a link plainly shocking, utterly odd and normally impossible. However, the excitement lies for makers and viewers in finding a relationship between elements that usually does not exist."

Making Sense Of Security

Making Sense Of Security

The News On Sunday

"In her solo show at Aicon Gallery, New York, Seher Naveed depicts security contraptions as an integral part of our societal existence."

One Piece by Najmun Nahar Keya: The Spell Song

One Piece by Najmun Nahar Keya: The Spell Song

Kajal

"A wall of soft words. Bangla script as sculpture, with pillow-like volume and skin of shimmering sari fabric. The formal beauty of written Bangla catches the eye of the uninitiated. The title, The Spell Song, heightens the mystery of the text. For Bangla speakers the softness will transcend the physical to the linguistic."

Frozen Song: Curated by Najmun Nahar Keya

Frozen Song: Curated by Najmun Nahar Keya

The Daily Star

"Happening now at the newly opened DrikPath Bhobon at Panthapath, "Chobi Mela Shunno'' has successfully created a space for artists, thinkers, activists, and visionaries in self-reflective, experimental processes. "Frozen Song'', an exhibition of the festival, depicts the diversity and transformation of Drik and Pathshala."

The News International | Fire in the Soil

The News International | Fire in the Soil

Khadim Ali

"What Now My Friend?, curated by Salima Hashmi at Aicon Gallery, New York (December 17–January 23) denotes the perpetual saga of strife between the oppressors and the oppressed. Employing the metaphor of Rustom and Sohrab from the illustrations of Shahnameh Ali narrates the current political, racial and religious contradictions. In the exhibition, his large-scale tapestries portray the presence of power and map the conflict between countries, besides describing the latest calamities, such as Covid-19."

Artnet News | Baltimore Artist Mequitta Ahuja on How Her New Exhibition is an Ode to Motherhood and Loss

Artnet News | Baltimore Artist Mequitta Ahuja on How Her New Exhibition is an Ode to Motherhood and Loss

January 11, 2021

“Ma”, the artist’s new exhibition at New York’s Aicon Gallery, includes 20 oil sketches and five large oil paintings. The works may be the artist’s most intimately personal yet—made over the past 15 months, during the final period of her mother Sonja’s life, the works are a form of grieving. Loss, healing, gratitude, and connection exist as interconnected and equal energies.

The New York Times | 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

The New York Times | 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba | Ernest Mancoba

"If museums are serious about globalizing their collections, it won't do just to pick out a few Africans or Asians or Latin Americans whose art superficially resembles what the West already approbates. Art history has to be preconceived as a perpetual migration of artists, images and ideas - across oceans, across decades. A sterling case study awaits in the upstairs space of Aicon Gallery, displaying the lean, precise, calligraphic abstractions of Ernest Mancoba (1904 - 2002), a South African painter who spent his career in Denmark and France."

Cornell Business Review: Fall 2020 | Observing the Art World from Six Feet Away

Cornell Business Review: Fall 2020 | Observing the Art World from Six Feet Away

Pages 32-35

"The difficulty of having a show during this time is that the atrocities in the world today make it difficult to have any kind of celebration while so many around the world find themselves in mourning, but I suppose that revelation is a continuous need. I wish that people could come and enjoy it with me but I understand that that's not possible at the moment."

artdaily.org | Solo Exhibition of the Early Work of Seasoned New York Artist Natvar Bhavsar Opens at Aicon Art

artdaily.org | Solo Exhibition of the Early Work of Seasoned New York Artist Natvar Bhavsar Opens at Aicon Art

Natvar Bhavsar | Sublime Lights

"Aicon Art New York brought us through Natvar Bhavsar: Beginnings (March 1-April 6, 2019) an astonishing show on this Indian-American artist’s early color-field paintings. Now, by giving us Natvar Bhavsar: Sublime Light from September 26-October 31, 2020, the gallery is spotlighting his paintings from the late 1970s through the 1980s. They astonish us equally. Though each painting is a world unto itself, they have a common magical quality. They transport you to a realm beyond yourself and the world in which you have presence."

Avishek Sen’s New York solo ‘reframes’ the conversation between man and nature

Avishek Sen’s New York solo ‘reframes’ the conversation between man and nature

The Indian Express

07/16/2020

Can art foretell the future of humanity?

Can art foretell the future of humanity?

MINT

07/10/2020

"Delhi-based artist Avishek Sen’s solo at New York’s Aicon Contemporary feels prescient and urgent in a covid-19 world."

Rising South

Rising South

Design Anthology Magazine

"‘It’s about time we started exploring this region,’ says Hong Kong-based collector Patrick Sun about his recent acquisitions from India. Sun is among many international collectors, dealers and museums who are now turning their gaze to South Asia."

The Attenborough Panels | Untitled (After "Gandhi")

The Attenborough Panels | Untitled (After "Gandhi")

Art Dose

04/14/2020

Katja Larsson | Wall Street International

Katja Larsson | Wall Street International

"Before there were gods there was magic. Folks could work directly with nature, perform rituals and nature would respond to their will. When magic failed often enough to engender doubt, the gods were discovered. It was now necessary to reach the spirits behind natural phenomena to get the things wanted from nature."

A Tale Of One City Breathe New Life To An Ageing City Through Kintsugi And Wabi-Sabi

A Tale Of One City Breathe New Life To An Ageing City Through Kintsugi And Wabi-Sabi

MASH India

"Najmun Nahar Keya spent five years in Tokyo, on the prestigious Monbukagakusho Japanese government scholarship, awarded to one emerging Bangladeshi artist every year. These five years have had a disproportionately high impact on her art, and on her person."

ArtForum Critics Picks | Debanjan Roy

ArtForum Critics Picks | Debanjan Roy

October 11, 2019

The Many Faces of Gandhi

The Many Faces of Gandhi

New York Times

October 11, 2019

"Two exhibitions look at how Gandhi’s image has been appropriated, even by forces completely antithetical to his message."

Two exhibitions in the US explore the legacy and fragility of Gandhi

Two exhibitions in the US explore the legacy and fragility of Gandhi

News India Times

October 3, 2019

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Artists across generations find ways to connect with, question Bapu through their work

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Artists across generations find ways to connect with, question Bapu through their work

Indian Express

October 2, 2019

ARTFORUM: Alpesh Kantilal Patel on Natvar Bhavsar

ARTFORUM: Alpesh Kantilal Patel on Natvar Bhavsar

"There’s something about the sonorousness of the language and the richness of his color fields that connects somehow. Overall, Bhavsar’s works bring out color’s metaphysical aspects and, via his use of raw pigment, its profound physicality."

Hyperallergic Review

Hyperallergic Review

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

02/18/2016

"Rekha Rodwittiya’s iconic female figures loom large. An amalgamation of Indian classical and tribal images, Rodwittiya’s asexual goddesses evade easy categorization. Currently in her solo exhibition Rituals of Memory at Aicon Gallery, they command an uncanny presence and beg scrutiny."http://hyperallergic.com/276736/talismanic-and-tenacious-goddesses-that-resist-femininity/

The American Bazaar

The American Bazaar

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales

02/04/2016

"Prominent Baroda-based feminist artist Rekha Rodwittiya, who is the founder of The Collective Studio Baroda, is back here after two decades with a major exhibition at the Aicon Gallery, ‘The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores and Other Tales’, which runs from Feb. 4 through Feb. 27th."

Boston Globe Feature

Boston Globe Feature

Anila Quayyum Agha at the Peabody Essex Museum

01/30/2016

OCULA CONVERSATIONS

OCULA CONVERSATIONS

Rasheed Araeen

"Rasheed Araeen should not need an introduction: he is one of the foremost pioneers of Minimalist sculpture in Britain. And yet, (with his first exhibition in Asia taking place now at Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong), that there is a need to introduce Araeen refers to something that has driven at least part of this artist's 50-year career."

International Gallerie Profile

International Gallerie Profile

Salman Toor | Resident Alien

12/01/2015

"New York City has facilitated my cobbling together of seemingly divergent understandings of developing societies seething in turmoil, along with the microcosms of cultures like Brooklyn’s art scene. Since I left Lahore, my work has developed in more abstract directions in order to host and superimpose imagined narratives and homelands in which personal and global concerns intersect.”

Asian Art News Feature

Asian Art News Feature

Debnajan Roy | The Altar of Convenience

01/15/2014

"Alternately playfully irreverent and hauntingly solemn, these sculptures all ultimately speak to the ongoing social and ecological crises that continue to unfold not only in increasingly commodifying consumer societies such as India and China but on a global scale."