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Swasti Roop

An Abstract Show by Raza Foundation Awardees
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
23rd February 2007 - 24th March 2007
Art Alive Gallery

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Plurality of Abstraction

It is now widely recongnised that one of the most vital trends in contemporary Indian art is that of abstract art. While it can be seen as recapturing of the legacy of S H Raza, Akbar Padamsee, V S Gaitonde and J Swaminathan, it also shows a certain exhaustion with the dominant neo-narrative art. It is amazing to see so many artists of the younger generation are drawn towards abstraction coming as they do from varied social and religious backgrounds. Since search for freedom is an eternal concern of all artists, it seems abstraction allows these artists a space of freedom which can accommodate a variety of experiences, emotions and insights. It also embodies their restlessness, passionate search for form and spiritual and aesthetic anxieties. More than anything else, abstraction allows each of them to develop a personal poetics of form and meaning, indeed an individual idiom of articulation. Some of this freedom is also transferred to viewers who are free to discover elements of meanings in these works of art, each according to his or her viewpoint, experience and sensibility. It would not be an exaggeration to claim that this youthful art tends to put together a new aesthetics of liberation and daring. It reaches out to the ineffable in many different ways reaffirming the prominent role of imagination both in artistic creativity and receptivity.

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