The Printing Fair in Hyderabad
art lovers in Hyderabad are often spoiled for choice with several major art exhibitions taking place at the same time. This time, giving a break to the trend, only Kalakriti Art Gallery presents Collective Kalakriti: the printing fair. Printmaking in India has had an unusual if less exalted history. Western artists have celebrated, experimented with, worked on and exploited the medium of printmaking because it is recognized as a legitimate expression of art. In India, however, he had to fight against the prejudice that a print is a reproduction and not an original work of art. This myth has unfortunately stood the test of time, rendering the work of printmaking artists obsolete and therefore less valuable, say, than a The painting.
For the uninitiated, a print is an original work of art created and printed by hand by an artist or professional printing assistant from a “matrix” – a slab, block of stone, wood or a stencil. The image is created on the die and the artist takes a limited number of prints or impressions. These prints are numbered and signed by the artist and belong to a limited edition, which makes the print an original work of art and not a reproduction. Engraving consists of a wide range of processes: the current exhibition highlights etching (aquatint) and serigraphs on paper.
“We wanted to showcase the print collection because engravers often didn’t get their due. It is now that the engraving acquires the same stature as a painting. Previously, no one considered prints to be works of art, only as a way to create duplicates. Famous artists like KG Subramanyan, FN Souza, Anjolie Ela Menon and Sakti Burman are known for their paintings as well as their prints,” explains Ruchi Sharma, curator of the exhibition. The exhibition traces the eventful journey of printmaking by presenting a series of 81 prints produced and printed by the Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design, Santiniketan, 2003.
“The exhibition examines the changes in themes, techniques and aesthetics triggered by modernism, the first seeds of which are sown in Santiniketan and Kolkata and seen in the works of stalwarts like Rabin Mondal, Sunil Das, Somnath Hore, Sakti Burman, Manjit Bawa, KG Subramanyan, FN Souza, Anjolie Ela Menon, Amitava Das, Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, Thota Vaikuntam, Paramjit Singh, Manu Parekh , Madhvi Parekh, Jayshree Burman, as well as the work of talented contemporary printmakers represented by artists such as Veena Bhargava, Suhas Roy, Sudhir Patwardhan, Siba Prasad Kar Choudhury, Ranbir Kaleka, Pradip Rakshit to name a few” , she concludes.