Three Great Masters In Resonance

GET: a viewing of Resonance, the works of 3 legends, Raza, Sakti Burman and Anjolie Ela Menon together for the 1st time

IN: ART MUSINGS, 1 Admiralty Bldg, Colaba Cross Lane, Mumbai 400 005. Tel: (91 22) 2216 3339, 2218 6071

ON: From the 4th till the 26th of Feb

IT: is the third Resonance exhibition being held by Art Musings, which is held once every two years and features the master painters of Indian Modern Art. Works on display include recent paintings in oils and acrylic. The three artists are being shown together as a group perhaps for the first time making this a must watch.

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About the Artists

S. H. Raza, (1922, Babaria, India), was one of the founders of the Progressive Artist’s Group. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1958, the Biennale de Menton, in France in 1966, 1968 and 1978, and at the Royal Academy in London in 1982. He was conferred the Padma Shri Award in 1981, and the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Raza has had several important exhibitions all over the world including Japa, 2004, and Resonance in 2006 and 2008, with Art Musings, Mumbai. His latest solo exhibition is being held in Paris at the Galerie Patrice Trigano in October 2010.

Raza’s work has formalism, as well as the mystic aspects of Hindu philosophy. Raza’s style has evolved over the years. In the late 70s, his focus turned to pure geometrical forms; his images were improvisations on an essential theme: that of the mapping out of a metaphorical space in the mind. The ‘Bindu’ now became more of an icon, sacred in its symbolism, and placing his work in an Indian context. For this exhibition, Raza is displaying a series based on Bharat and Nav Bharat.


Sakti Burman, (1936, Kolkata, India), graduated from the Calcutta College of Art and Crafts in 1956. He studied at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, visiting Italy frequently and becoming inspired by the frescoes and paintings of the Renaissance period.

Over the years, he has had exhibitions in London, Iran, Moscow, Leningrad, Belfast and Yokohama. His last solo exhibition in Mumbai, Enraptured Gaze was held with Art Musings in 2009.

Sakti Burman’s paintings evoke the look of a weathered fresco, depicting figures in hues that the viewer feels were once vivid, but that are now faded. It transports one into a dream-like world, where the perspective and composition is often that of medieval icons. Burman uses a marbling effect, achieved by blending oils with acrylics, and employs pointillism to apply paint. In this exhibition, Burman has done a suite of paintings in various sizes depicting Dreamland.

Anjolie Ela Menon, (1940, Asansol, India), after a brief spell at the JJ school of Art in Bombay, studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1961-62. She has participated in several landmark exhibitions including the Algiers Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and three Triennales in New Delhi. In 2002, a retrospective of her work was held at the National Gallery of Modem Art, Mumbai. She has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Her last solo show was held in Delhi in early 2010, along with a book launch, ‘Through the Patina’, displaying her works since the last 50 years.

Menon is well known for experimentation and innovation, being the first Indian painter to create computer-aided images in an exhibition entitled Mutations, (New York, 1996) resulting in a permutation of visuals from her own earlier paintings. Her art incorporates diverse cultures, with traces of Greco-Roman and Byzantine traditions. Her works generate a creative friction by juxtaposing the classical icon and the popular image. In this exhibition, Menon presents a spectacular large work Bird in a Golden Cage, as well as a series of small paintings in her trademark style.

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