PARWARDHAN: DRAWINGS 1971 – 2006
Guild Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Sudhir
Patwardhan’s drawings spanning more than three decades, from 1971
to 2006 and to the Book-Release of "THE
CRAFTING OF REALITY SUDHIR PATWARDHAN:
DRAWINGS" by Ranjit Hoskote.
Patwardhan’s drawings, treated as a graph traced across three
decades of artistic activity, resemble stills from a sequence of
transformations. A number of them represent preparatory work for his
paintings, test runs for figures or situations. But we also find, in
this trove, finely independent images embodying preoccupations that
have not necessarily been expressed in the paintings.
we savour in the retrospective of Patwardhan’s drawings is a sense
of measured progression through the decades, with certain concerns
positioned at the centre of the process and never displaced. How
does the body resist and overcome the vexing demands of society and
history? Who owns the body : the conscious, rational intellect; or
some hidden, ungovernable self that springs up from the deep well in
the psyche? How to indicate the mutual obligations that hold people
together, and make them most truly human; and how, equally, to show
the breakdown of these connections and the corresponding descent of
humanity into the dark spaces of distrust and violence?
exhibition provides us with an occasion to revisit a life that has
been led vigorously in art, and that has always consciously sought
to bridge the gap between art-making and its lifeworld."
Patwardhan was born in Pune, Maharashtra and studied medicine at the
Armed Forces Medical College Pune in 1972.
is a highly acclaimed artist and his works have been shown and
acquired by various museums. His works have recently been seen in a
show titled 'Gateway Bombay' at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
USA; and in 'Horn Please - Narratives in Contemporary Indian
Art' Kunstmuseum Bern Switzerland. His recent solo show is
- 'Citing the City' at Sakshi Art Gallery, and earlier, a two
person exhibition with Gieve Patel at Bose Pacia, New York.
Patwardhan lives and
works in Thane near Mumbai.