The two characteristics of this art are its freedom and individuality. Its freedom stems from the environment, where alI art is allowed to flourish, free from the burden of the past and open to influences from everywhere. Thus, the artist is not constricted by any limited horizons, he may venture where he will and seek his inspiration from different sources. This freedom has tended to emphasize the diversity of our art. Artists are now able to build up their own original styles, which are personal and even idiosyncratic. The artists represented in this exhibition show marked individual idioms. Bhupen Khakkar paints naively humourous or satirical works. His flat colours are broken by stiff characters and ornamental vegetation. Vast spaces are contrasted with little doU like figures. In G. R. Santosh's works we have abstract design which is organic, meIlifluous and suave. The colours merge in a total harmony, there isa cIassical restfulness and serenity in his works. M. Reddeppa Naidu paints traditional icons in a modem manner. His colours are mild and he used a brief calligraphic notation to delineate the ancient Gods of Indian Mythology. Jyoti Bhatt's works analyse and synthesize silhouettes and interiors. There is a decora tive element in his work which is very traditional but is here put ,to a modem use. Vinodray Patel paints sophisticatedly 'wild' compositions of tourists and other contemporary subject matter, his style is at once garish but organic, his paintings are disturbing like contemporary fashions and musico Two sculptores are represented, of whom one works in heavy metal. Mrs. PilIou Pochkhanawala, her constructions are softened by the integrating spaces and by the contrast of rounded with sharp forms. Ajit Chakravarti submits some fine pieces in wood. They are composed to emphasize interior and exterior phases of one formo The graphic artist Deepak Bannerjee submits works of a rich colour and texture. AlI these works give some indication of the variety of art possible in India today. Together they manifest a new spirit and a new awareness and even a certain self-conscieousness that is chacateristic of our times. But above' alI this art has set out on an adventure, it seems to be continually seeking. . Sdl Jaya Appaswamy Editor
BANERJEE, Dipak (1936) Água-jorte
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Formas, 1967, 49 x 39 Estudo liI, 1967. 40 x 39 Hindu-Saga, 1967. 44 x 36 Composição I, 1967. 40 x 29 Máscara, 1967. 44 x 34 Composição li, 1967. 27 x 35 Azul e Branco, 1967. 16 x 16
BHATT, Jyoti M. (1934) 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Um Rosto, 1968. Óleo sôbre tela. 60 x 44 Rostos com X, 1968. Óleo e colagem sôbre papelão. 61 x 61 Rostos em Prata, 1968. Óleo sôbre papelão. 114 x 114 Um Rosto com X, 1969. Óleo sôbre papelão. 61 x 76 Rostos do Meu Diário, 1969. Óleo Acrílico e tinta sôbre papelão. 121x 78 Rostos, 1969. Óleo e colagem sôbre papelão. 121 x 78
Primeira parte do Catálogo da 10ª Bienal de São Paulo (1969).