Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal and The Guild Art Gallery are delighted to present
the first Museum solo exhibition of Sudhir Patwardhan at Roopankar Museum.
This exhibition previews on the occasion of the thirty sixth anniversary
celebration of Bharat Bhavan.
Museum has in its collection some important paintings by Patwardhan from the
late nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. These will form a
significant part of the exhibition. The exhibition encompasses select works
from almost five decades of Patwardhan's practice including archival
material from his curatorial project 'Expanding Horizons', some rare
bronzes, and videos of his sketch book pages.
The artist lives and works in Thane, near Mumbai.
is a painter whose work has been exhibited regularly in India and abroad in
the past forty years. In 1982 he was one of 6 artists in the show ‘Place for
People’ which was a landmark show in Indian Art and initiated a new concern
with social issues in art. The city of Bombay and its surroundings have been
a continuing source of inspiration for the artist. Alongside this social
dimension, the more personal aspects of the artist’s presence in his own
work, and the problems of representation, have preoccupied Patwardhan.
Patwardhan has also been a curator who has focused on introducing new
audiences to contemporary art.
Some recent one-person exhibition
include 'Spectres' at Mumbai and Vadehra Art Gallery, 2017, Delhi; ‘Route
Maps’ in 2012 at The Guild, Mumbai; 'Family Fiction' in 2011, and 'Citing
the City' in 2008 at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. Participations in important
group exhibitions include Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014-2015; ‘Social Fabric’
at INIVA, London; and IFA -Galerie Stuttgart, Germany, 2013 and Modernist
Art from India, Rubin Museum, New York. 2012.
Two books on his work by Ranjit Hoskote have been published - 'The Complicit
Observer' (2004) and 'The Crafting of Reality' (2007). A monograph in
Marathi by Padmakar Kulkarni 'Chitrakar Sudhir Patwardhan' was published in
Patwardhan’s works are in the permanent collection of National Gallery of
Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai; Roopankar Museum, Bhopal; Kiran Nadar
Museum of Art, New Delhi; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA and other public
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