3rd October, 2017

Frieze Masters

Highlights: Frieze Masters 2017

Museum-Quality Presentations – Discover solo and curated shows of major 20th-century figures and extraordinary objects, including:
Prahlad Bubbar (London) with Surrealist poet Paul Eluard’s personal copy of the seminal text L’Immaculée Conception, with manuscript notes by authors Eluard and André Breton and an iconic drawing by Salvador Dalí.

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12th October, 2017


Close Encounters: Frieze Masters 2017

Prahlad Bubbar responded to the fair’s complex context with a curatorial centred around Paul Éluard’s personal copy of The Immaculate Conception, a 1930 publication by Éluard, Dalí, and André Breton. The book was presented at the centre of the booth, around which revolved an inspired constellation of works ranging from photographs by Man Ray (notably, a stunning black and white portrait from circa 1930 of the Maharaja of Indore), a remarkable photograph taken inside a Venetian vaporetto from 1960 by Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin, a cosmic diagram etched into a crystal from 18th century Nepal, a 16th-century Tibetan mandala, as well as an opaque watercolour and gold on paper image of a ‘composite ram’, made up of various other animals, including a tiger and a boar.

Central to this curatorial were the waxed paper negative prints of two 19th-century images by Dr John Murray: one of the entrance to Akbar’s Palace and one of the view of the Taj Mahal from the east. The idea behind these negatives, I was told, was the subversion of the photographer’s gaze. Rather than seeing the surface of the image, these negatives represent an occupation of their representation from within—a total rejection of the colonial frame by inhabiting it totally. The gesture is apt. The gallery consciously used the fair floor to resist binary divisions in order to uncover fluid interrelations across space and time—a cosmic kind of geometry that Frieze Masters as a whole has not quite accomplished…yet.

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25th September, 2017

The New York Times

Italy Between Past and Future: Gianni Berengo Gardin

These images from the mid-20th century capture the ubiquity and possibility of travel and escape. The 31 black-and-white images displayed in the London gallery exhibition of Gardin’s work, “The Italians,” are, for the most part, those he made in the midcentury, when Italy hovered between agrarian provincialism and an internationally touted cosmopolitanism. His images are not merely of the real, the documented — they are also reveries of the imagination.

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5th May, 2016

British Journal of Photography

Early British Colonial Travellers Show Earliest Images of India

Working at the height of Britain’s colonial control over India, the images of Britain authorities’ official photographer, as well as a surgeon and a former banker with a love for their camera, are exhibited for the first time in London, providing some of the earliest known images of 19th century India.

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25th April, 2016

The Economist - 1843

India in Sepia

During the 19th century, technological advances and the spread of colonial rule led to an increase in global mobility – at least for members of the military and wealthy Europeans. The result was a boom in travel photography, a story richly illustrated by a new exhibition at the Prahlad Bubbar gallery in London.

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1st October, 2015

Asian Art Newspaper

Islamic Art Week

Highlights include works commissioned by Europeans living in India showing a high level of tolerance and intellectual curiosity, and of course plenty of romance. A supreme example, minus the romance, would be the perceptively drawn image of the poet Jami. A contemplative man rests on his staff, clutching a book. The face is expressive of experience and the travails of life. Dressed in rose coloured flowing robes, a pale blue shawl, and a chestnut coloured turban, he is offset against an ethereal and atmospherically affected landscape.

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18th June, 2015

The New York Times

India’s Earliest Photographers

“The show is a survey of the photographic medium in India from 1855 to 1930, highlighting some key moments”

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17th June, 2015

British Journal of Photography

The New Medium: exhibiting the first photographs ever taken in India

The New Medium is a neat survey of the birth and rise of photography as a major art form in the subcontinent. Twenty-five photographs are ordered chronologically around the bright, airy rooms of the gallery, each one chosen to reflect a distinct decisive moment in Indian photographic history. Driven by Bubbar’s background in art history, his recognition of context binds the project together as the beginnings of a technological and artistic revolution in the context of one distinct and, in itself, rapidly evolving culture.

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2nd August, 2013

Wall Street International

The Surreal in Indian Painting

The Surreal in Indian Painting: Select Works from the Arturo Schwarz and other Private Collections, an exhibition of twenty-four paintings dating from the 17th to the 19th century, will be staged by Prahlad Bubbar at his gallery at 33 Cork Street, London, from 4 October to 15 November 2013. The exhibition is timed to coincide with Islamic Art Week and Asian Art in London.

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2nd April, 2014

BBC News

Rural India in Black and White

Gianni Berengo Gardin is one of Italy’s most celebrated living photographers, best known for his pictures of his post-war homeland.

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3rd April, 2014

The Guardian

Gianni Berengo Gardin's Best Shot

I was 30, living on the Lido in Venice, and every morning I took the vaporetto, or water bus, across to where I worked in San Marco. I always carried my Leica with me, taking photographs for my own pleasure. I love Venice in the winter – the fog and the rain. This was taken one winter’s morning, when all the men were off to work.

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7th April, 2014

Financial Times

Photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin – Interview

On the day I interview photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy is behaving like the little girl with a curl – either very, very well or horribly. Milan is in chaos because of a transport strike and my iPhone has been pick-pocketed at the train station. On the upside, the spring sun is a balm and my organic gelato tastes heavenly.

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22nd October, 2013


Art Market News

Contemporary Italian art auctions up the ante London’s Italian art auctions spark a bidding frenzy; Cork Street prepares for Asian Art festival and Frank Bowling show selling fast.

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16th September, 2013

Master Art

India’s surprisingly long Surrealist tradition unveiled in Cork Street

AN interesting take on Asian art will be on display at Prahlad Bubbar’s gallery at 33 Cork Street, London W1 from October 4 to November 15 with the exhibition ‘The Surreal in Indian Painting: Select Works from the Arturo Schwarz and other Private Collections’, timed to coincide with Islamic Art Week and Asian Art in London.

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