Still on architecture, but bouncing to the contemporary, I found a triptych of one of the buildings in Smithfield, the long-fading meat market in the middle of London, consistently eyed up by property developers for a generation or more. It’s by Shubha Taparia, and the whole point is the beautiful classical drapery of that green nylon netting that builders like. It billows and creases like a pair of silk stockings on a elderly patroness of the Met.View article
To coincide with the exhibition Moderne Maharajah at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Prahlad Bubbar presents Modernist and Art Deco Paradise: Indore, a small exhibition reimagining the visual world of the Indian Maharaja Yashwant Rao Holkar II, who built and furnished his palace, Manik Bagh or ‘Jewelled Garden’, with supreme examples of art and design, from Mughal and Maratha artefacts to Western modern masterpieces. The pieces on show look truly exquisite and it’s a stand that I would in my dreams do some shopping in.View article
This weekend, find antique textiles from leading international galleries at Frieze Masters in London’s Regents Park. At @friezeartfair look out for the Tibetan rugs and minimalist Manik Bagh carpet c.1930 on @prahladbubbar’s stand.View article
The phenomenon inspired Taparia to construct an installation within her own artist’s studio, 28m by 10m in size and hanging 6.5m above the studio floor. Suspending scaffolding poles, ropes, stepladders, netting, pallets and timber boards from the studio’s beams, Taparia projected the whole lot onto a massive stretched, geotextile screen below it – her aim being to create a piece with something of the agency of her original experience. Those coming to see the work would have to crick their necks, but the artist wanted that to be a deliberate, conscious act.
‘Culturally, looking up has always had contemplative associations,’ Taparia points out, rooting her work of prosaic materials by inference in the grand tradition of decorated ceilings and domes. The digital C-type print ‘Pallets’ is an abstracted vignette from this contemporary ceiling-scape.View article
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.
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.View article
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.View article
Prahlad Bubbar the leading specialist in classical Indian/Islamic art and 19/20th century photography is showing a selection of works by Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most celebrated living photographer. Berengo Gardin is best known for his iconic images of Italy, in particular of Venice in the 1950s and 1960s, although he has also travelled widely taking photographs throughout Europe, America and the East.View article
Prahlad Bubbar, Frieze Masters Stand F10
A Swiss adventurer’s souvenir of Holi: This scene conveys the elegance of courtly life, with a group of finely dressed women celebrating the Hindu ‘festival of colours’, Holi, in exactly the way people do today – by dousing each other with coloured pigments. The delicate costumes, tents, flowers, golden trays and fine jewels testify to the grandeur and ease of life in 18th-century Lucknow.
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.View article
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.View article
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.View article
“The show is a survey of the photographic medium in India from 1855 to 1930, highlighting some key moments”View article
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.View article
Gianni Berengo Gardin is one of Italy’s most celebrated living photographers, best known for his pictures of his post-war homeland.View article
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.View article
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.
Berengo Gardin stayed in Indore with a friend of a friend – Virendar Bubbar, the father of Prahlad Bubbar, whose London gallery is showing original prints from the book until 23 May – but spent most of his time exploring the surrounding countryside with a local interpreter.View article
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.View article
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.View article
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