The NEWS Art fest 2024: What to expect from the contemporary art showcase in Hyderabad from February 12

Feb 9, 2024

A painting of Thota Vaikuntam

A painting of Thota Vaikuntam. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

NEWS Art Fest 2024 aims to go beyond showcasing contemporary art. Curated by Hyderabad-based artists Lakshman Ale and Bolgam Nagesh Gaur along with Mumbai-based Manvinder Dawar, founder of India Fine Art, the festival will host interactive sessions and workshops with renowned artists. At the State Gallery of Art in Madhapur, Hyderabad, the programs will begin with an art camp on February 12 and will lead to an art display starting on February 17.

An artwork by RM Palaniappan

An artwork by RM Palaniappan. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“We have been wanting to organize an arts festival in Hyderabad for the last two years and it is finally happening. We started with the intention of showcasing the artworks of at least 100 artists and before we knew it, the number grew to 200,” says Manvinder.

He revealed that 12 artists will interact with art lovers in the art camp. Anjali Ila Menon, Shuvaprasanna, V Ramesh, Vinod Sharma, RM Palaniappan, Vrindavan Solanki, G Subramanian, Shipra Bhattacharya, Shobha Bruta, Prabhakar Kolte, Gurucharan Singh and Vimmi Indra are the participating actors. “The camps and workshops are not limited to emerging and mid-career artists or art students. These sessions will be open to anyone interested in seeing the artists at work and understanding the art better,” says Manvinder.

NEWS Art Fest Line Up

Art Camp: 12 to 17 February; 11 am to 7 pm

Contemporary Art Exhibition: 17 February to 7 March

Art Talk: Abstraction as an Art Practice by Prabhakar Kolte; February 15, 4 pm

Music: Hawaiian Guitar Vocals by Jaywant Naidu; February 18, 10.45 am

Presentation by Anjali Ila Menon; February 18, 11.30 am

Performing Arts by Harsha Durugadda; February 21, 4.30 pm

New Media Artworks: Walk Through by Nirmala Biluka; February 21, 5.15 pm

Short Film Screening: the shadows took shape By Chandra Bhattacharya on 24 February; 4:30

Location: State Gallery of Art, Madhapur, Hyderabad

The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, new media installations, drawings and engravings by artists whose work belongs to the early modern art, Bombay Progressive Group, Kolkata Group, Madras School and Baroda Katha figurative groups.

Works by eminent artists from the South such as K Lakshma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Ravinder Reddy and V Ramesh as well as works by Jogen Choudhary, Suhas Roy and Chandra Bhattacharya will depict aspects of human life. Works by Rini Dhumal, Rekha Rodvitiya, Indrapramit Roy, Surendran Nair and Vrindavan Solanki will include figurative and narrative reflections of the land. Works by Manu and Madhavi Parekh will showcase work inspired by folk art while artworks by Prabhakar Kolte and Vinod Sharma will lean towards the abstract. The landscapes of the late Surya Prakash, the bold strokes of Ram Kumar and the reinterpretation of mythological subjects in the Kalamkari style of Ramesh Gorjala will also be part of the exhibition.

A statue of Jogen Chaudhary

A sculpture by Jogen Choudhury Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Among sculptures, see Ravinder Reddy's series on deities, Himmat Shah's terracotta sculptures, Wally Shende and Arzan Khambatta's stainless steel works and Carl Antao's wooden sculptures.

The new media art section, curated by Anand Gadapa and Nirmala Biluka, will feature installations by emerging artists who use materials ranging from leather and charcoal to cardboard boxes to depict social themes. Some of these installations include Swati Bhimani's Fragments of Catastrophe, Manoj Kumar Pannala's Beasts Within and Banda Suresh Kumar's series on living objects. Rahul Mitra's Box City will be an allegory of life in urban areas. There will also be multimedia art installations.

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