Stainless Steel Razor Blades Compose Sculptures of Garments and Household Objects by Tayeba Begum Lipi.
Artist Lalla Essaydi talks to Marie Claire about life growing up in Morocco, her artistic influences, and the surprisingly collaborative environment she creates with her models during her shoots.
Murray's work is deeply thoughtful and tinged with the language of the spiritual—of nature, temple art, and meditation.
Artist Susan Weil on the work of—and her life with—Bernard Kirschenbaum, her poetry, and more
Judith Murray: Tempest, at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea, makes Art Critical's must-see list.
A chat with Gunter Gerzo changed his life and made Ricardo Mazal one the country’s most outstanding abstract artists.
The school’s loosely structured pedagogical model allowed women to play vital roles throughout Black Mountain’s brief history.
Ribbons like light waves undulate across Ricardo Mazal’s mammoth oils. They could reflect the texture of tree bark underpinned by the horizontal geometry of a music staff. Light flickers across the raised ridges of paint like filaments.
What is the state of the canvas when it is cut, disassembled, or soaked in water to soften it?
Sundaram Tagore Gallery will showcase new and recent work—perforated, sculptural paintings cast from resin by Kim Jaeil from June 14 at its New York venue.
Straddling two traditions, both Western and Korean, the other-worldly assemblages of Chun Kwang Young evoke the surface of celestial planets or perhaps formations at the bottom of the sea.
You can’t help but see red at Jane Lee’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
Vivid hues, tactile surfaces and an intrinsic effervescence characterize Lee’s sculptural creations, which deconstruct the concept of painting by visually recontextualizing the function of its elements.
For some artists, materials are merely a means for telling a story. For others, like Chun Kwang Young, the story is the materials themselves.
East and West converge in different ways in the work of Miya Ando and Jiha Moon, two Asia-rooted female artists who have shows in adjacent galleries at the American University Museum.
A solo exhibition by acclaimed Korean artist Chun Kwang Young at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Jane Lee: Red States at Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Q & A with Gary Ross Pastrana, curator of Street Mining: Contemporary Art from the Philippines at STG Singapore.
A first impression of Zheng Lu’s recent exhibition, “Undercurrent,” brought to mind the term “sublime.”
Q & A with Sundaram Tagore about his new Louis Kahn documentary film.
The Japanese painter is the only artist in Chelsea right now who uses a 1,000-year-old Japanese technique (and weasel-hair brushes).
New works by beloved artist Hiroshi Senju mark a turning point in his career and offer a unifying message in chaotic times.
A Q & A with Sundaram Tagore about his new Louis Kahn documentary
New York art exhibition examines contemporary Thai history, and asks viewers to decide what is real.
Miya Ando’s work is showcased in a chic Paris apartment designed by Laura Gonzalez.
If secrets and uncertainties lurk in the shadows, do truths about what is real and knowable reveal themselves, inevitably, in the light?
Artist Antonio Puri’s first solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Singapore is inspired by his birthplace, Chandigarh
Miya Ando describes her works as “studies in nothingness.” Raised partly in a secluded Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, she says her spiritual practice informs her exploration of simplicity and reduction.
Possibly for the first time in over 20 years, an exhibition of renowned Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota’s works is being held in Singapore.
Denise Green's painting has been informed by both her graduate work at Hunter College with Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell as well as her familiarity with the burgeoning scene of what would come to be called French theory in New York in the seventies.
Hiroshi Senju’s sublime, large-scale paintings of waterfalls and cliffs are renowned for combining the techniques of abstract expressionism with Japan’s centuries-old nihonga style of painting.
Sebastião Salgado’s black-and-white photographs of Kuwait, shot toward the end of the Gulf War, feel otherworldly. They capture the spectacular violence of smoldering desert landscapes where nearly seven hundred oil wells—set alight by Saddam Hussein’s murderous forces as they were scrambling out of the country—are engulfed in flames.
Writer Muhammad Yusuf reports on Sundaram Tagore Gallery from Art Dubai
From well-regarded names to those whose aesthetics are underpinned by a more experimental spirit, photography is gaining traction as a worthy investment among collectors.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery showed Singaporean Jane Lee’s paintings of violently syringed, dripped and spread slashes of paint.
Legendary photojournalist Sebastião Salgado talks life and photography while in Bangkok for the opening of his retrospective The World Through His Eyes exhibition recently held at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
The artist grew up in Iraq, surrounded by Arabic calligraphy inscribed on the walls of libraries, mosques and religious schools. The experience reflects in his works that encompass oversized letters in rich colors combining traditional Arabic scripts with contemporary subject matters.
The architect Ryue Nishizawa was commissioned to build a museum that would house works by Hiroshi Senju — an artist whose monumental waterfall paintings adorn many Japanese public buildings.
The Iraqi-born artist Hassan Massoudy, who is based in Paris, draws on his classical training in calligraphy to create vibrantly colored oversized letters evocative of traditional Arabic script.
Literature Programme Manager Hande Eagle interviews Massoudy to find out about his practices, his new book and his views on love, life and art.
In an exclusive interview, the great Brazilian photographer talks about the importance of pictures in our understanding of the world's complexity
The internationally acclaimed artist speaks passionately about his views on art.
When Sundaram Tagore Gallery had to select a strong artist to inaugurate their renovated space in Manhattan, they drew upon Ricardo Mazal.
If you want to be a successful art dealer in 2016, forget sitting in your gallery waiting for customers to come in – and instead embrace a global, connected strategy. That's the key message from entrepreneur Sundaram Tagore, whose galleries in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong showcase contemporary art from around the world.
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957, UCLA Hammer Museum, featuring gallery artist Susan Weil.
Edward Burtynsky's quest to photograph a changing planet.
The globe-trotting dealer Sundaram Tagore, who first set up shop in Hollywood Road in 2007, will present a solo exhibition by Singaporean artist Jane Lee, who is best known for challenging preconceptions about painting through her innovative and visually striking treatments of unconventional materials.
For their first solo show in New York, the artist couple Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan apply a light touch to objects of colonialism and violence, turning them gaudy, playful, and touching.
One of the first exhibitions of contemporary art from Bangladesh at an American museum, the two-person show The Artist as Activist confirmed the South Asian country’s place in the world as it surveyed the politcially engaged practices of artist couple Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman.
Many an artist calls upon found objects to materialize his vision, but Nathan Slate Joseph insists his are “chosen” in the pursuit of making works about expansion and contraction.
There is something quite surprising about Miya Ando, the latest artist to have a solo show with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.
A review of Forty, curated by Alanna Heiss, at MoMA PS1, featuring work by STG artist Robert Yasuda.
Encountering Zheng’s giant sculptures, a question forms in your mind: “How did he make those?”
This exhibition comes to Hong Kong after a stellar outing at the gallery’s Singapore branch.
In this 10th anniversary of Anthony's Poon’s death and against the backdrop of the National Gallery’s Reframing Modernism, Sundaram Tagore Gallery has rolled out a rare exhibition of paintings of the artist.
A figure like Anthony Poon needs little introduction. With a productive career spanning three decades, this second-generation Singaporean artist is best known for his Wave series and sculptural commissions.
Kamolpan Chotvichai creates haunting black-and-white photographic self-portraits that couldn’t be achieved simply with photo manipulation.
Kamolpan Chotvichai’s striking new works blur the line between photograph and sculpture.
Scottish-born Olivia Fraser paints the art of Hindu miniatures in a contemporary idiom in her solo show in New York.
The growing influence of Western art makes it hard to spot the nationality and cultural identities of the artists through their work. This loss of identity is a major concern for Zheng Lu and in his search for uniqueness he tries to immerse into Chinese traditions.
My first ideas about art were shaped in Australia and that remains part of my identity—a really important part.
Delhi-based Scottish artist Olivia Fraser presents her first New York solo exhibition The Sacred Garden at Sundaram Tagore Gallery Chelsea.
Encountering Zheng Lu’s giant sculptures in which he crafts cascades and splashes of water out of chainmail, a question forms itself in your mind: “How did he make those?”
Over the years, Olivia Fraser has mastered her craft. She aesthetically merges old Indian technique of painting with a modern twist and gives it her own contemporary interpretation.
We love Olivia Fraser’s delicate canvasses, which reinterpret the age-old Indian miniature painting tradition.
Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman are currently the focus of “The Artist as Activist,” the pair’s first retrospective on U.S. soil, now on view at the Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum through August 7th.
What comes across strongly in Olivia Fraser's latest work is her mastery over the disciplined process of miniature art making and a deep conceptual familiarity with Indian spiritualism.
Scholar Michael Lobel recently discovered of a cache of photographic negatives from 1951 of Robert Rauschenberg and his then wife and collaborator, Susan Weil, demonstrating their process of making the legendary blueprints—direct cyanotype impressions of bodies and things—on the floor of the one-room apartment they shared in New York.
Steve McCurry, the legendary photojournalist behind National Geographic’s 1985 Afghan Girl cover, captures moments of conflict and quietude in a landmark exhibit at Ayala Museum.
Gallerist Sundaram Tagore’s latest collaboration brings him to Manila, where he partners with Collective 88 and Ayala Museum to highlight some of the world’s most iconic photographers.
Five iconic photographers will exhibit their most memorable works at the Ayala Museum.
The renowned American photographer was in Singapore for the opening of an exhibition of some his most iconic images. He spoke to Channel NewsAsia about his curiosity for people in exotic places.
Hiroji Kubota (b. Tokyo, 1939) assisted several Magnum photographers when they visited Japan in 1961; 10 years later he became a member of the great cooperative agency.
Sebastião Salgado's epic photographic world tour comes to Shanghai
Interview with photographer Hiroji Kubota.
South Korea is finally being recognised as one of Asia's leading creative powerhouses by the international art world.
The recent Dear Painter exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery saw an eclectic collection of works by nine artists of and from Singapore on display.
Like all excellent calligraphers Golnaz Fathi makes art that speaks not only to the richness of her own culture but also to that of others far beyond her reach.
Acclaimed by The Art Newspaper as one of the best exhibitions within All the World’s Futures, Frontiers Reimagined, a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, realizes Enwezor’s vision in an unmistakably optimistic way.
Several contemporary Bangladeshi artists have been grappling with issues of national and personal identities, and with the impact of global interactions. Among their many peers, three women artists—Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969), Dilara Begum Jolly (b. 1960) and Nazia Andaleeb Preema (b. 1974)—explore these issues via the lens of gender.
Curator Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani’s penchant for combining artists by geographical proximity is convincing in her second group exhibition Rev/Action: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.
By brushing layers of urethane and pigment onto sheets of aluminum, Miya Ando created ninety new abstract works for an exhibition at both of Sundaram Tagore Gallery's locations, in Hong Kong and Singapore.
REV/ACTION traverses the cultural differences between each artist and their country. The result is a multimedia group show of emerging and established artists that provides an holistic introduction and educational launchpad into exploring Southeast Asian contemporary art.
The exhibition “Dear Painter,” at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Singapore, took the occasion of the nation’s 50th anniversary to survey local art practices through the medium of painting.
Cambodian artist Leang Seckon has been using his art to explore the turmoil that engulfed every Cambodian in the 1970s and ’80s.
Forget opening galleries in far-flung territories, globalisation is benefiting the traditional hubs.
The Gamelatron is the world’s first completely robotic gamelan orchestra — a kinetic, site specific structure created by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, who has rigged 27 Javanese gongs and mallets on five separate steel towers, programming them to play music that he digitally arranged.
Richard Vine looks at the state of the arts in Singapore.
The work of New York-based artist Miya Ando has been guided by strong family relationships, a deep connection to nature, and time spent living in a Buddhist temple.
The opening night of The Bright Eye Of The Universe and interviews with three artists by SinoVision English Channel and reporter Jane Stone.
Gallery owners here share their thoughts on the vibrant local art scene and tell us more about the sup-and-coming Singaporean names that have caught their eye.
The latest exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery features specially commissioned works by nine local and locally based artists. Gwen Pew asks three of them to tell us more about their pieces.
Artnet talks with Bangladesh-born artist Tayeba Begum Lipi, whose work highlights the violence against women in her country, while also showcasing their fortitude.
Amid the many visual arts exhibitions and events this year commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Singapore’s independence, an upcoming exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery at Gillman Barracks seeks to explore the more abstract notion of artistic and creative autonomy in the city-state at this momentous juncture in its history.
By fusing intimate subject matter with aggressive materiality, Tayeba Begum Lipi reflects on the personal and political perils of a stifling society.
The immediate fascination with works by Korean digital artist Kim Joon is its ready familiarity, even as it is far from the quotidian, but edgily surreal and disturbing.
Shot on location in Singapore, the art and design channel spoke to Sundaram Tagore and acclaimed Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju about his artistic practice.
Inspired by the calmness of moving landscapes, Hiroshi Senju enlightens with Zen musings.
Artist Ricardo Mazal's multimedia explorations plumb the depths of human experience.
Blouin Artinfo speaks with Sundaram about STG's early days; what makes a good gallerist; and which historical figure he would like to share a drink with.
Descubre el estudio del artista mexicano Ricardo Mazal ubicado en Santa Fe, Nuevo México.
Artist Miya Ando conjures visual poetry in the spaces that separate cultures and continents.
The theme of artists breaking down borders both in their practices and their personal lives unites the diverse works in Tagore’s collateral exhibition, but it might also be seen as the impulse driving the New York gallerist’s own broader project.
Sundaram Tagore launched his first eponymous gallery in New York, opened in Hong Kong in 2007, and now also has a presence in Singapore. His mission is to explore the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. “When I first opened on Hollywood Road, there wasn’t a contemporary art scene here,” Tagore says.”
The idea of creating this organization was also to counter our art world’s obsession with glitz, money and power and provide some substance and meaning to our day to-day work. We work to promote the art and culture of under-represented communities and help the marginalized and the underdog in achieving their goals.
Sundaram Tagore had his first taste of the Venice Biennale as a graduate student, when a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Culture landed him in the city to study museology at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Now, 26 years on, with eponymous galleries in New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Tagore has returned to mount his own exhibition to run alongside the 56th Venice Biennale.
As collectors become more international so too are the artists and galleries that serve them.
Internationally-renowned artist Jane Lee was recently at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute for the first part of her artist residency at the STPI workshop.
Renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado visited Hong Kong, where works were being showcased from his latest project Genesis, which was over eight years in the making.
23 Modern and Contemporary artists from the Middle East who transcend borders while tackling such themes as identity and exile.
Edward Burtynsky’s large-format colour photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world in a perversely beautiful manner.
Fans of the Fendi baguette will remember a series of one-off pieces created by various artists. One such bag by New York based Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju depicts a waterfall on the back, and is also the carrier of an environmental message.
World renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has crisscrossed the globe to document the extremes of globalisation, migration and unchartered territories, but is most troubled by mankind's reckless plundering of the planet, which he says is lethally short-sighted.
When asked about the motif that has occupied him for nearly 25 years—waterfalls—the celebrated Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju once explained: "I wanted to paint something that will not be old-fashioned after 1,000 years, a timeless landscape.”
For her second solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore New York, Denise Green presented abstract work that reverberated with buoyancy in color, exuberance with gravity defying forms and majestic glimpses of nature photographs.
Our Sebastião Salgado Singapore exhibition is selected as one of the best gallery shows of 2014.
It’s hard to look at Sebastião Salgado’s epic photographs of indigenous tribesmen, wild animals, and remote landscapes without mixed feelings of awe and sadness.
Sebastião Salgado: The 70-year-old Brazilian is one of the world's leading lights in social documentary photography.
Singapore is more than a city of gleaming shopping malls - it also has a vibrant contemporary arts scene.
01 Magazine talks with gallery artist Miya Ando about growing up between two worlds and how those experiences inform her work.
Curator Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani talks about Anthropos New York, the exhibition of Southeast Asian art she organized in the gallery, and the rise of Thai contemporary art.
Gallerist Sundaram Tagore's 2,500 sq ft Mid-Levels flat is filled with artwork that speaks volumes about his family.
Burtynsky pulls no punches in his work. His photographs in his recent exhibition in Hong Kong entitled Water, and his latest feature documentary entitled Watermark speak to earth’s anguish around the world with an eloquence and directness that few artists match.
On the occasion before ‘Anthropos’ New York opens to the public, The Artling catches up with the busy gallerist.
想想，不管是不是泰戈爾（Rabindranath Tagore) 譜寫了《世界上最遠的距離》，開頭的選段記載了情侶間的愛情，慢慢接近，慢慢遠離，生成了優美的距離。優美的距離,不止歸屬於愛情、人文藝術的世界裏，不止一次地承載和釋懷各名族文化間幽美而又遙遠的距離。因為遠離，我們彼此仰慕，慢慢接近，學習與自身文化不同的世界和人情。
Sohan Qadri's vibrant abstract paintings sprang from a spirit of open-minded inquiry and philosophy.
Come September, Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York will present a large-scale exhibition of artworks by 12 artists from Thailand and Singapore. Curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, Anthropos New York aims to offer some insight into the social, political, and religious dynamics artists from these two diverse cultures are confronting with their practices.
絲綢之路，自西漢張騫出塞，由中國長安和洛陽出發，橫貫歐亞，直通羅馬。途經中國，印度，波斯，伊斯蘭和希臘文化，象徵西方和非西方聞名的交匯。在由泰戈爾第五代傳人Sundaram Tagore於香港開的同名畫廊的「2014夏季聯展」（The Summer Group Show) 上, 延續了絲綢之路的精神,薈萃了當代非西方和西方的藝術思緒。
Not quite Superwoman, but every bit a woman of steel, artist Miya Ando is best known for her metalwork in the form of anodized aluminium that is hand-dyed to achieve beautiful end results; work that is industrial and ephemeral at the same time.
Art heavyweight Sundaram Tagore opened the Hong Kong branch of his eponymous art gallery in 2007. As the first international gallery in the SAR, it sparked an influx of big names in the art world opening outlets in the city.
The art historian, collector, and award-winning film-maker on his love for art and why he calls himself a nomad.
Acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju talks with Artnet about his artistic process as a collaboration with the forces of nature.
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The David Lynch Foundation, which supports programs that promote transcendental meditation, talks with artist Miya Ando in her New York studio.
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Documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado says he works from inside the circle. In today's fast-paced world, that deliberate quality is evident in each of his photographs.
Longtime abstract painter Robert Yasuda's newest works verge on the lush, with an expanded palette, richer surface tonalities, and contours that are increasingly undulant, offering a more nuanced and fluid visual experience.
Sundaram is named one of the primary powers defining the direction of the Hong Kong art world.
Indian-born photographer Prabir Purkayastha tells a compelling story of a city's history through his lens.
Photographer Edward Burtynsky talks about his latest and most ambitious project, Water.
As the Hong Kong art market has blossomed in the past several years, a range of Western art galleries, including global players such as Gagosian, White Cube, Sundaram Tagore and Lehmann Maupin, have opened large outposts in the city…
Taking note as the city's historical facades fell into decay, Indian-born photographer Prabir Purkayastha took up his camera to document the city's remaining colonial architecture.
Edward Burtynsky's Water photos document the way mankind is changing the planet.
With the National Gallery SIngapore set to open next year, it's the perfect time for Singapore Art Museum (SAM) to fully embrace its position as a space completely devoted to the story of contemporary art.
Painter Ricardo Mazal talks about spirituality and his show Kailash: Black Mountain.
Known worldwide for his beautiful imagery of industrial landscapes, Edward Burtynsky’s most recent series of color photographs titled Water will go on display at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Central. The series, which began in 2007, is the artist’s largest and most ambitious project to date.
Edward Burtynsky tells Chean Ui-Hoon that he wanted to photograph nature but wished to do it with a different angle.
The second edition of London's latest fair had plenty of variety and showed promise for the future. Tagore said he was not surprised given London's growing status as an international trading hub.
It really is a wonderful feeling to step into a gallery exhibition and be immediately set at ease by the imagery and colours of the paintings on the walls. So it was with Miya Ando's work in her most recent exhibition entitled Light Metal.
"I do not tell my clients how valuable an artwork is without first telling them the idea and background behind the work, because that's where its true value lies" — Sundaram Tagore
The half-Russian, half-Japanese artist, Miya Ando, first discovered her affinity for metal in a university welding class. She attributes it to the fact that her Japanese ancestors were Bizen swordmakers over a century ago.
在《藝術登陸新加坡》舉辦期間，大會在新加坡畫廊區－吉門營房藝術村（Gillman Barracks）精心安排了場露天派對。Sundaram Tagore畫廊正展示新加坡藝術家李綾瑄（Jane Lee）的100 Faces。 Sundaram Tagore表示，新加坡是印度，中國和印尼的三個主力市場的樞紐，和東北亞的藏家基地香港一樣有重要的地位。
Brooklyn-based artist Miya Ando shares the unusual combination of traditional Japanese techniques and individual innovations that went into creating her recent body of work, displayed in her first solo exhibition “Light Metal” in Hong Kong.
As award winning Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky makes his solo SIngapore debut this month, he shares some of the best shots from his latest series, Water.
In her solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Ando has a selection of her abstract paintings on burnished steel and anodised aluminium.
Over the last decade, Singapore has taken on the mantle of global crossroads, rapidly developing into an equatorial hub of commerce and culture.
Artist Robert Yasuda talks with Blouin Artinfo about the work in his new exhibition, Make Haste Slowly.
Half-Japanese, half-Russian/American metalsmith Miya Ando makes art through alchemy. A recent set of her wall paintings, which emit a “ghostly halo” through phosphorescent pigments painted under the dyes, will be shown at the Sundaram Tagore gallery in Hong Kong throughout February.
Brooklyn-based curator Jason Andrew's global selection of paintings, photographs, films, and painted constructions set out to recast the often limiting idea of what a "lady" should be.
Informed by Eastern spiritual traditions, the art of Sohan Qadri neither evokes thought nor connects the viewer to anything outside itself; like meditation, it turns the attention inwards. (Vibhuti Patel)
The up-and-coming New York-based artist exhibits new works in her first Hong Kong solo exhibition.
Art Stage's Southeast Asia focus has attracted buyers keen on exploring the emerging art scene in this region, with its strong cultural heritage.
Netherlands-born, Berlin-based painter and sculptor Fré Ilgen makes art that speaks to the power of sculptural organization and materials. His sculptures are touched by both stillness and movement and reveal something of the responsiveness of art to the human dynamic.
Singapore is taking centre stage on the global art circuit this week, as collectors descend for South-east Asia's largest art fair.
"Art Stage has always had a strong Southeast Asian focus. But it has never fallen into the category of being a regional fair because it upholds international standards of presentation, and deftly mixes Western and Asian galleries of importance," says Sundaram Tagore.
Ask collectors of Singapore art whose works the covet, and "Jane Lee" almost always pops up.
Local artist Jane Lee spins a layered tale with her paintings.
Sundaram Tagore 位於半山的大宅，猶如小型藝術館,當中有畫作、雕塑、在屋內各據一方，藝術家來自世界各地，以藝術創作展開跨越時空的文化對話。他已大半生的時間收藏藝術品，有籍藝術作品認識各地文化，由此為人生帶來最大的快樂。
We reveal which artists will be capturing your imagination at this year's Art Stage.
t's been four years since the Singaporean artist held her last solo show, but during that period Jane Lee has kept herself busy, taking her work in a new stylistic direction.
Acclaimed historian and gallerist Sundaram Tagore lives and breathes art.
The decision to bring together Nathan Slate Joseph's paintings and sculpture and Taylor Kuffner's elegant sound installation, a stimulating combination of traditional Balinese gamelan music and robotic technology, was an inspired one. Both artists' works have their own distinctive meditative, aesthetic, and narrative qualities, but placed together these qualities are strikingly enhanced.
「當我們大為謙卑的時候，便是我們最接近偉大的時候。（We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility）」這是曾獲諾貝爾文學獎的印度大文豪泰戈爾（Rabindranath Tagore）讓人耳熟能詳的名句。他周遊列國，與徐悲鴻、譚雲山為友，對促進東西文化最落力，描寫也最為細膩，甚至影響中國一代詩風。個半世紀後，泰戈爾對文化融通的深層視野仍然像基因遺傳在第五代子孫 Sundaram Tagore 的血液裏。「當我曾曾祖父拿到諾貝爾文學獎後，把獎金都捐到大學去，他深信人道主義（humanity）而非民族主義（nationalism）會令世界變好。我也深受影響，藝術不是商品也不只講求美輪美奐，最重要是有沒有達到歷史解碼的功能。」Sundaram Tagore這印度大文豪之後如是說。他更侃侃而談「文化衝擊」作為自己收藏和經營事業的單一準則與品味。
他，將廢棄鋼片漂染焊接成五彩繽紛的畫作，打造視覺感官體驗，這出自以色列與美籍畫家和雕塑家 Nathan Slate Joseph之手。他，搜集最傳統的銅鑼， 連接電腦控制的裝置，打造出獨特的聲音與旋律，這來自美國聲音裝置藝術家 Taylor Kuffner 之創。從視覺到聽覺，利用自然週遭的事物，搭配新穎先進的創作方法，兩個人將自己的作品帶到香港。
藝術家除了從生活獲取靈感，生生不息的自然世界，也是激發創作力的繆思女神。像來自以色列的美籍雕塑家Nathan Slate Joseph，善於利用經受風吹雨打「處理」的立體鋼片實現創作夢；而來自美國的聲音裝置藝術家Taylor Kuffner，則喜歡利用峇里傳統樂器打造一系列能奏出天籟之音的藝術裝置。Sundaram Tagore Gallery現正上演兩位藝術家的聯展「EYE TO EAR」，置身場館，不論視覺、聽覺都能享受藝術與大自然合作的成果。
At Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong, there is an installation of gamelan, Indonesian percussive instruments, producing a soothing meditative melody. This is the work of artist Taylor Kuffner, a New Yorker who immersed himself in Indonesian music and cultural forms then experimented with robotizing gamelan.
My Paper speaks to the globe-trotting art gallerist on how Singaporeans are developing a palate for art.
The human body is given a thorough examination at the ongoing Anthropos, an exhibition featuring Thai and Singaporean artists at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Sundaram Tagore announces the reopening of the Hong Kong branch following a complete interior renovation. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, located on the ground and first floor of the Lee Roy Commercial Building at 57-59 Hollywood Road, was the first international gallery to open in Hong Kong and the reopening coincides with the gallery's fifth anniversary.
After a brief hiatus, the Hong Kong branch of Sundaram Tagore Gallery will reopen with a new look and an exciting exhibition on September 26, coinciding with the gallery's fifth anniversary in Hong Kong.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.
New York-based artist Miya Ando is currently having her first solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York, showcasing her signature burnished steel and anodized aluminum works that deftly tie together abstraction, industrial fabrication, spiritual subject matter, and the lessons of American minimalism.
Miya Ando, an artist whose solo show Impermanence recently opened at New York’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, is a product of two worlds. The daughter of a Russian (via California) Jewish father and Japanese Buddhist mother, she grew up in a temple and didn’t learn English until she was seven years old.
While their styles are vastly different from one another, Nathan Slate Joseph, 69, and the late Sohan Qadri are nonetheless both known for their innovative painting techniques. Various pieces by the two artists are currently displayed alongside each other at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Move over, Man of Steel. There’s a new superhero in the city. Her ancestors were swordsmiths. Her mission? To embrace the alchemy of metal. To manipulate steel and aluminum into forms beyond recognition. To create deceptively simple postminimalist art.
The brilliant and inventive mind of Susan Weil is on full display at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery through June 15. At 83, Weil has lived at the epicenter of the New York art world since the early 1950s, and although her art has been relatively overshadowed by that of her contemporaries, Weil's current show has the makings of her best.
Artist Susan Weil talks with Blouin Artinfo about the work in her new exhibition, Time's Pace.
藝術，是一種由藝術家要犧牲自己的生命，身不由己地傳達這些自己也不甚明白的，高於人類標準的 "美" 因此，藝術是關乎 "感召" 。
這是為什麼千住博被公認為日本國寶級藝術家, 他的 "瀑布" 系列、以半寶石、珊瑚、貝母、動物皮膠混合的傳統日本畫礦物顏料、毛筆（以至噴筆），將當日在原始森林受水靈洗滌一新的感召經驗，一次又一次寫在桑皮紙上。
Acclaimed Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju's solo show in Sundaram Tagore Gallery awards the viewer a glimpse of serenity and an inkling of the passage of time as planet earth measures it rather than in fleeting human terms.
Gazing upon Hiroshi Senju’s large-scale, mystical waterfalls, one isn’t immediately struck by the questions: What is beauty? What is art? “Here is beauty”, you think. “Here is art”.
Eine davon ist die Sundaram Tagore Gallery. Gegründet 2000 in New York und heute mit Ableger auch in Hongkong, hat sich die Galerie ganz dem Dialog zwischen Ost und West verschrieben.
Inspired by the beauty of waterfalls, Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju speaks with Hong Kong Tatler about his passion to create beyond nationality and embracing art as a global practice.
Sundaram Tagore sees his role as facilitating arts dialogue between cultures.
The works belong to Susan Weil, an 83-year-old artist who was married to Rauschenberg from 1950 to 1953. The two, who met at art school in Paris, remained close until Rauschenberg's death. (Like her ex-husband, Ms. Weil isn't one to retire: An exhibition of her new works opens on May 16 at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea.)
Sundaram Tagore Gallery 於4月16日至6月9日在香港隆重舉行享譽國際藝壇的日本當代藝術大師千住博（Hiroshi Senju）個人展覽：《日之瀑布．夜之瀑布》，呈獻一系列巨幅熒光瀑布畫作。
Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju is a celebrated master of the 1,000-year-old Nihonga style of painting, which uses natural ingredients, such as ground rocks, shells and coral as materials.
古哲先賢常道「智者樂水」，認為水既是天地萬物之源, 為人類供豐饒的物質，其萬千之姿也能讓人感悟造物的奧妙。日本當代藝術家千住博，同樣好奇「水」的幻變性，常跑到郊野觀察並將所見所想入畫，而他香港的個 人展覽＂日之瀑布，夜之瀑布＂中展示的螢光瀑布作品，就是他多年來跨越繁華與自然，現實與夢幻境界的重要藝術結晶。
Korean artist Hosook Kang is fascinated with nature, specifically the invisible rush of energy that flows through living things and natural phenomena.
American painter Susan Weil discusses her artistic process, including examples of her own work, and reflects on her childhood and influences.
"Firstly, you should look at photographers that you value and only acquire the very best piece the photographer is producing – the top of the line. Just the name of the photographer alone is not enough. The piece itself has to be breathtaking."
Falling in the middle of a sweet spot for fans of Southeast Asian art, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is currently hosting the first group exhibition to introduce New Yorkers to the latest in Thai contemporary art in over a decade.
Opening on International Women’s Day, the 8 Women/8 Stories exhibit at Hong Kong’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery was conceived as an accolade to the eight female artists who contribute to the show’s interwoven narrative.
Sundaram writes about Singapore's rise as an art hub in the Malaysian Insider.
While packing the usual stars, including Cartier-Bresson, Burtynsky, Hirst, Liebovitz and Polidori, the show tries also to speak to the Southeast Asian region via an ambitious sound installation by the American Taylor Kuffner.
Art is a necessity, just like food, air and water.
Sundaram talks to the Imagine TV Network about Taylor Kuffner's electronic gamelan installation in the Singapore gallery.
Sundaram writes about Singapore's rise as an art hub in the Today newspaper.
"Credo che la mia famiglia abbia dato molto al nostro Paese, formando una coscienza sociale e professando sempre il dialogo."
"Hong Kong is already important, but Southeast Asia is emerging, both in terms of being a market and in the artistic sense," said Sundaram Tagore, an international art dealer who landed in Hong Kong in 2007.
Over at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which has branches in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore, a pair of waterfall paintings by Japanese master Hiroshi Senju went home with an American collector based in Singapore.
Photographer John McDermott captures Asia’s ancient ruins, inspired by the dreamy effects of a solar eclipse.
Visual artists are not only dropping tattoo imagery and techniques into their art, but are also gaining mainstream exposure for it.
A day after the opening of the Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore at the Gillman Barracks arts complex, Sundaram Tagore threw an exclusive poolside party for noted art collectors from across the globe.
The exhibition entitled Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, curated by Karin von Roques, takes an important step to altering perceptions.
Sundaram Tagore on his eponymous gallery in Singapore, uniting art from the East and West.
Edward Burtynsky spent most of the past decade with his lens on the oil industry. Now he is shifting his focus to what he calls "the next great liquid": water.
The Singaporean government has in recent years worked with various partners to develop the infrastructure of a major Asian contemporary art hub.
Historically, Arabic calligraphy grew from a desire to honour the perfect language of God as set down from the Koran.
For decades Singapore has concentrated on developing its reputation as a global financial center, a focus that only recently expanded to include its cultural growth as well.
Singapore vs. Hong Kong as Asia's art capital gets serious with launch of new center for international galleries.
Curator Sundaram Tagore tells Aimee Chan why the new art development at Gillman Barracks is so current and important.
The Sundaram Tagore Gallery is expanding to Singapore, opening its fifth location within the new Gillman Barracks art district on September 14th. It beat out 30 other applicants to make the cut as one of the 13 galleries selected by a government-appointed committee to open what is touted to be the next big destination for contemporary art in Asia.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery is the only New York gallery to participate at the Gillman Barracks. The owner is a descendant of Rabindranath Tagore, the influential Indian Nobel Prize winner in Literature.
Former military compound Gillman Barracks is now home to some of the world's top gallery brands.
Gillman Barracks opens as Singapore's - and the region's - new destination for contemporary art.
While other painters may parse pictorial or abstract traditions, the Singaporean artist Jane Lee plays with the stuff and stuffing of the painting. Employing the boldest colors—primarily reds—she uses pastry bags to build up near-sculptural agglomerations of acrylic paint.
Sundaram targets the West Kowloon Cultural District as the gallery’s future location and plans to introduce local artists to the international art scene.
What's the connection between racing car driver Lewis Hamilton, Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon and New York gallery owner Sundaram Tagore? The answer is Singapore.
The impact of oil has consistently reappeared in the work of Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky for well over a decade. Burtynsky’s photographs often soar into the air, freeing us from our limited perspective, offering us the ability to better understand the scale and impact that this material has on contemporary life. It is only through this expansive perspective that we begin to understand the magnitude and consequence of our complicit actions.
This thematic show features nearly 50 large-format images that tell the story of oil, from its origins, extraction, and processing in the tar sands of Alberta or the first offshore platforms in Azerbaijan, through the spaghetti junctions and motorcycle rallies that represent oil's spatial, infrastructural, and cultural footprint, all the way to oil's afterlife in mountains of compacted barrels and broken tankers in the Bay of Bengal.
In conjunction with the launch of "Denise Green: An Artist’s Odyssey", published by the University of Minnesota Press, Artcritical sent contributing editor Jonathan Goodman to the artist’s studio for an in-depth discussion about the Australian artist’s time in Paris and New York and her contributions both as a visual artist and a writer and editor.
The exquisite works in Hiroshi Senju’s series “Cliffs,” 2012—eleven mixed-media paintings, one triptych, all on mulberry paper mounted on board—appear to illustrate Lao-tzu’s idea of Tao as a sort of universal flow or elemental flux informing all things.
Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju is best known for the serenity of his large-scale waterfall paintings that he has made since 1990. His recent cliff paintings that he has developed since 2007 articulate both artistic and metaphysical tension.
Judith Murray’s current show at Sundaram Tagore presents a stunning departure for this boldly original painter with a significant body of work dating to the 1970s. She could be classed as a latter-day Abstract Expressionist in that her work is always abstract and also deeply expressive.
Gallerist Sundaram Tagore goes behind the camera for his first feature film.
Globalization has a recording angel. For two decades, Edward Burtynsky large-format color photographs of mining in Australia, shipbreaking in India, and manufacturing in China have documented how extraction, production and consumption collaborate to alter the environment to degrees almost entirely unprecedented in human history.
Mention the name Annie Leibovitz, and some iconic images of 20th-century pop culture immediately spring to mind.
Walk into New York gallerist, Sundaram Tagore's life as he shares his journey through art, the impact it has had on his life, and how you can become a collector.
A gallery and an art historian, Sundaram Tagore is a man who wears many hats. Sundaram added yet another hat to his collection – that of a film director.
Sundaram Tagore speaks about his documentary, setting up his own gallery and the Asian art scene.
Hong Kong-based gallery Sundaram Tagore displayed photographs and portraits of famous personalities like the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates and Marilyn Monroe.
There was one familiar face at the India Art Fair, a face which has continued to fascinate the world for decades now.
Step into the India Art Fair and you could well be a part of the hype, the hubris and the bazaar that the Indian galleries love to load on your senses. But it is the foreign galleries that have added the pulling down and keeping low and focused fare.
The business of art is enjoying a big-time boom.
Photo essay on India Art Fair 2012 including Sundaram Tagore Gallery
For centuries India has held a grip on the Western imagination. Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s exhibition at this year’s India Art Fair in New Delhi (January 26 to 29) traces the country’s influence on a group of notable photographers.
Steve McCurry's "Afghan Girl" at India Art Fair.
The Art Fair in Delhi has a shed of all its pretensions of being a cultural enlightenment.
The growing ranks of commercially successful Middle Eastern artists, increasingly featured at international galleries, auctions and fairs, provides a rough benchmark by which to measure the growth of the market.
Sundaram Tagore has put together a dynamic selection of art work by bringing Kim Joon and Sebastian Salgado to India.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery has works by all foreign artists.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery from Beverly Hills, New York has a mix of Indian photographers and artists from across the globe at India Art Fair.
Meet Sundaram Tagore, a New York-based gallerist, art historian and now award-winning director.
Nepali Newspaper Nagarik Daily features Jyoti Duwadi's show Wu Xing: Five Elements.
Nepalese artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong explores the confluence of nature, cultures and symbolism.
Wu Xing: Five Elements is a thoroughly engaging and thoughtful work in which each element of the collective has been carefully worked out.
Sundaram Tagore has a distinct sense of style. That's probably just as well, bearing in mind his status as an art historian and the owner of a gallery that bears his name.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong will show Annie Leibovitz and Sebastião Salgado at India Art Fair 2012.
The design of the Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa is a collaborative effort between Ryue Nishizawa and the Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju, whose paintings from 1978 to the present day are on display at the new museum.
Award-winning photographer Robert Polidori recently showed his powerful images of the interiors of rooms as altered by the passages of time in Hong Kong for the first time.
For many artists, the most personal stamp they put on a piece is their signature. Barry Freedland, on the other hand, uses his identity to create most of his art.
The Chinese ink painter Zhang Yu has long struggled with ink painting innovations while keeping an eye on enlarging the great tradition and culture from which his art emerges. While his painting and ideas are steeped in Chinese culture, they also speak vigorously across art's international borders.
Middle Eastern calligraphy on display at a New York City art gallery is being touted as a vehicle for dialogue between Middle East and the West.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery has supported Fine Art Asia since the fair started in 2006. It has branches in Hong Kong, New York and Beverley Hills. The gallery specialises in artwork that interweaves the modern, the cultural and the abstract.
Robert Polidori takes extraordinarily beautiful photographs of interiors that are not, nessarily, beautiful. His images aren't about architecture - what he's interested in is how people take buildings and transform them into habitats.
Internationally renowned for his large-scale photography of ruins and deserted spaces, Robert Polidori likes to recall his defining influence: Frances Yates' The Art of memory, which he came across in 1971.
Why wouldn’t the walls have recorded and layered, one on top of the other, all the emotional vibes of the rooms’ successive occupants and visitors? That is the question that has obsessed photographer Robert Polidori for over twenty years, and that makes his photographs of interiors and exteriors so moving and haunting, long after we have seen them.
Established in 2000 in New York and with branches in Beverly Hills and Hong Kong, Sundaram Tagore Gallery was the first international gallery to open in Hong Kong.
Canadian-born photographer Robert Polidori hasn’t taken a vacation in 25 years. He’s been too busy carting his large-format camera around the world to document the aftermath of events like the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Hurricane Katrina and the Lebanese Civil War.
Using carved planks and curved sections of trees that he felled himself, Tom Doyle constructed handsome, tripodal forms that vary from tabletop models to nearly eleven-foot-tall sculptures. Four of the 13 were displayed attached to the walls at eye level, but the freestanding sculptures held the most potency. The larger works resemble the bones of a long-dead vertebrate, but at the same time the elegance of their compositions make them seem animated.
Hiroshi Senju became a famous artist in the same way Ernest Hemingway described a man going broke: “Two ways, gradually and then suddenly.”
One of the early arrivals, back in 2007, was Sundaram Tagore, a gallerist with outposts in New York and Beverly Hills who focuses on the intersection of Western and non-Western art and shows pieces that further a global dialogue.
What Sebastião Salgado sees in places untouched by humanity.
Sebastião Salgado, one of the world’s most respected photographers, is set to debut his latest work—the Genesis series—in Hong Kong with a solo exhibition at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
(including Chelsea's Sundaram Tagore, which is currently exhibiting Sebastiao Salgado's gritty photographs of poverty and labor).
Art historian, collector, gallery owner, businessman, philanthropist, and now filmmaker: Sundaram Tagore embodies the restless intellectual curiosity, cross-cultural exploration, and entrepreneurial spirit that characterize the liberal arts at their best.
Not many art dealers can call themselves fledgling movie directors, but Sundaram Tagore - who operates branches of his gallery in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong - recently debuted his first feature-length film.
The faces and scenes we meet through Sebastiao Salgado's lens are haunting: Indian coffee growers, Vietnamese boatpoeple, forgotten landscapes and the impact of globalisation on humankind. Salgado, a Brazilian has been called the work's most important photographer of the early 21st Century. This week his debut solo exhibition in Hong Kong opened at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Central.
New York Film Academy Graduate Sundaram Tagore is an Indian-born, New York-based art historian and filmmaker, and the first gallerist to focus exclusively on globalization. Prior to enrolling at New York Film Academy, he opened the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York in 2000 followed by branches in Beverly Hills and Hong Kong in 2008.
Sebastiao Salgado is always on the go. An economist by trade before taking up an acclaimed career in photograhy, the 67-year-old Brazilian has been taking his poetic vision to every last shore on which human civilisation meets the natural world.
As we proceed with our interview in French, Photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has lived in Paris since 1969, begins most of his answers with "Ecoutes..." as to say "Listen..." in a heavy Brazillian accent he has maintained well from his native land.
At the time, Mr. Tagore was one of the first international gallery owners to open a space in the city. Since then several foreign galleries have followed, including Gagosian Gallery and Ben Brown Fine Arts. “Hong Kong has become an important artistic center,” said Mr. Tagore. “There is an audience here that has a voracious appetite for art.”
Sitting in the basement of his agency in Paris, Sebastiao Salgado is recalling the camera that changed his destiny. The memory is more than three decades old, and yet still vivid. There is a glint in his bright blue eyes, his Picasso-like bald head is leaning across the table, his bushy white eyebrows are raised and he is repeating his favourite adjective – “enormous”.
Famous for putting a human face on economic and political oppression in developing countries, Mr. Salgado is photographing the most pristine vestiges of nature he can find: pockets of the planet unspoiled by modern development. He has visited the seminomadic Zo’e tribe in the heart of the Brazilian rain forest and weathered desolate stretches of the Sahara. Next up: two months in the Brooks mountain range of Alaska on the trail of caribous and Dall sheep.
Sebastião Salgado discovered photography while working as an economist for the World Bank. He is now one of the world's greatest photographers.
In the world of photojournalism, a place where his fame and magisterial rhythm of work give him a singular status, Salgado has the added distinction of being his own producer: he owns the factory.
For more than 30 years, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has been a roving prophet with a camera, alerting the developed world to the consequences - unintended and otherwise - of unchecked globalization. But no matter how harrowing the journey has become, his eloquent, unforgettable photographs are invariably attuned to the transformative power of the human spirit.
A documentary photographer with a Ph.D. in economics, Sebastião Salgado has spent much of the last 30 years in the underbelly of globalization, bearing witness to some of the bleakest chapters of recent history. He’s photographed the victims of famine in Ethiopia, genocide in Rwanda, land mines in Angola, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and war in Afghanistan. His last two major projects, “Workers” (1986–1992) and “Migrations” (1993–1999), are epic studies of postindustrial economic development, as reflected in the faces of those whom it least serves, from Brazilian gold miners to Vietnamese fishermen, displaced Ecuadorian farmers to Sudanese refugees.
Tom Doyle fells cherry, oak and sassafras trees to make his carved, rough-hewn tripartite sculptures, some of which he casts in red and brown patinated bronze. The nearly two dozen abstract works here, from 1986 to the present, are either handheld or behemoth in scale.
Only a poet, a painter and a Tantric yogic practitioner could engage with the mystic roots of spirituality. Sohan Qadri, one of India's greatest abstractionists in the genre of meditative moorings passed away early in March. It was at Kumar Gallery's 'Celebration' that collector and friend Virender Kumar had included a series of stellar works by Qadri which revealed his penchant for exploring the notion of emptiness or voids in a series of luminous, dye-infused works on paper.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery will present a group exhibition, "Facing East’, of works that transcend cultural boundaries while reflecting Eastern elements. The show represents artists of Korean, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Uzbeki-Israeli origins. These works define an aesthetic language of East-West dialogue, featuring artists Kim Joon, Nathan Slate Joseph, Sohan Qadri, Hiroshi Senju, Robert Yasuda, Nhat Tran, Amina Ahmed, and Taylor Kuffner. Through their works, these artists struggle to create a sense of beauty that is universal through a wide range of mediums.
Waisler known for his socially and politically charged works deal with the Holocaust, Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. His works soon began to reflect his growing interest in Eastern philosophy, and accordingly, became increasingly abstract. It was after Waisler's journey to India in the mid-90s that his works moved toward figuration and away from pure abstraction.
For his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, California-based American painter Lee Waisler presents a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures. Having practiced abstraction for decades, Waisler returned to figuration full-force six years ago, making what he calls "dimensional portraits," combining strips of wood and blocks of color to create nuanced faces and figures.
There are about 20 portraits of famous individuals arriving at Hollywood Road painted by the American artist Lee Waisler. The subject of these paintings are distinguished people from various fields. But the most striking characteristic of these paintings is the artist's usage of mixed materials -such as wooden sticks, sand and glass onto the thick acrylic paints- to allow the painting to present a totally different texture from the traditional paintings.
In recognition of those who contributed themselves to creating a better environment for the human race, California-based American painter Lee Waisler is presenting a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures in About Faces, his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
The first international gallerist to come to Hong Kong, Sundaram Tagore is now premiering his debut documentary
Edward Burtynsky's photographs are a document of our modern world. From oil-scarred landscapes and the dream like monotony of manufacturing plants, to the booming industrial backdrop of modern China, his work represents the stark and very real repercussions of our modern way of life. But despite the socio-political nature of his subjects, Burtynsky maintains that he is 'not an activist', he is, at the core, an artist.
"Jane McAdam Freud has never seen a shrink. But as an artist and the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, she has plenty to say about theories of the unconscious that have shaped our understanding of the human condition for more than a century.
Freudian theory has long been used as a tool to process modern art, but few artists have consciously created an oeuvre specifically about Sigmund Freud's work - certainly not an artist of the same bloodline. Ms. McAdam Freud's new collection, "Random Plus," explores theories of the unconscious, dream analysis, sexuality and repeated experiences using a vast collection of multimedia pieces fashioned from bronze, clay and copper."
"Every viewer will see in Burtynsky's work the aspects of nature, and of man's engagement in nature, that seem most significant to him at the time. It may be the beauty of color; it may be the magic of pattern; it may be the bizarre juxtaposition of beauty and industry, or the betrayal of nature or of man that often results from uncontrolled industrial exploitation. Burtynsky's work can generate this diversity of appreciation due to its accessibility, its universality, and its honesty. The artificial is made natural, and man's attack on nature is made beautifully clear."
"Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong offers works made between 1985 and 2008. His longtime preoccupation with the effect that industrial operations have on the earth is apparent: The large-sale photographs show how various industries currently dominate landscapes around the world, from oil fields to highways, electronics factories to car lots."
"After following the construction of the Three Gorges Dam [documented in the film Manufactured Landscapes], I'm now doing a series on dams further up the Yangtze as part of a series on water. The kind of meditation I did on oil [in a book published in 2008], I'm doing on water. I see them both as having huge human implications."
"If aliens wanted to understand modern civilization as it is today, they would probably look at Ed Burtynsky's photographs. His large-scale works show monstrous quarries, poisonous metal tailings, spaghetti highways and sprawling oil fields."
"Gallery directors are optimistic about the Singapore art market... New York-based Sundaram Tagore... said: 'The Singaporean community in the artistic context has matured. You see so many more museums, and the Government is taking a greater interest in art.'"
"Famous for his panoramic color photographs of natural landscapes that teem with mining, industrial and building activity, Edward Burtynsky is finally getting a one-man show in Asia."
"Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is famous for his visually striking and disarmingly beautiful large-format photographs of industrial landscapes. During his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, he talks to Penny Zhou about his industrial background and the messages behind his images."
"Today is arguable one of the busiest days in Asia's art calendar with the Fine Art Asia fair as well as autumn art sales by Seoul Auction and Sotheby's taking place in Wan Chai [...] Sundaram Tagore has said time had proved him right about setting up in the city."
"As an industrial designer, the profession presents me with an intrinsic irony.
It celebrates the possibilities of producing beautiful things. But it also exposes the disarming reality of where things come from."
"Back in 1984 when the HSBC tower was first being built, planes still landed in Kai Tak Airport and the jetfoil ride to Macau was considered a long trip, photographer Edward Burtynsky arrived Hong Kong. It was the first place in Asia the Canadian had traveled to. We caught up with Burtynsky before he jetted off to Fuijian province, and chatted about being detained by Chinese police, getting access to Saudi Arabian oil fields and that first trip to Asia"
"Adi Da Samraj is known for his monumental works meant to draw viewers into an ecstatic experience and connect them to a higher spiritual truth. Since his participation in the 2007 Venice Biennale, the late American-born artist has commanded a large international following. This exhibition, called Orpheus and Linead, curated by the renowned Italian critic and art historian Achille Bonito Oliva (director of the 45th Venice Biennale), comprises 11 works on aluminum. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York and it features several works that have never been shown publicly."
"Vast. Intricate. Awe-inspiring. Depressing. Momentous. Stagnant. These conflicting words come to mind when gazing on the universally acclaimed works of Edward Burtynsky. The Canadian photographer is best known for capturing a global panoply of images featuring breathtaking scenes with a man-and-environment theme"
"Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is internationally known for his works on man- made landscapes that render, with disconcerting beauty, grave matters of industrial transformation. For its photography focussed issue, The Hong Kong Gallery Guide caught up with Burtynsky ahead of his exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, to hear his views on photography as an art form, collecting art, and his creative vision."
"Yasuda's paintings are like shields or tablets awaiting a future generation to record its history on them."
World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, known for his disarmingly beautiful images of industrial landscapes, is to have his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The Canadian artist presents large-scale photographs shot in Hong Kong, China, India, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, and the United States.
"Art to humanity, like hope to life, is the purpose of being, the main cog of an apparatus; convincing eyes and souls that dreams exist to be shaped, desires to be fulfilled, taboos to be wrecked. In between political and commercial propaganda, some artists find their place amidst a realm of the non sequitur. Kim Joon is an artist of this kind. Ren Wan loses grip of herself amidst Kim Joon’s beguiling imagery. "
“The sky was red. It was like a volcano had erupted in the clouds,” Uzbek-Israeli artist Nathan Slate Joseph whispers to me in his thick Brooklyn accent. He is recalling the year 1948, when bomb blasts shook Israel and he was just a boy. Joseph pauses before explaining, “When I create sculptures, I go back to the colours and materials I was raised around. It’s like an act of arresting memories.” Indeed it is as though Joseph is gazing into the depths of his childhood when he constructs his deeply coloured metal works."
"Emeralds, rubies, sapphires, 24-karat gold. Aquamarine, topaz, amber, turquoise. The sizzling colours of the pigments in the paintings and sculptures of Nathan Slate Joseph nearly leap off the walls of the gallery; looking at them, you might think the artist has ground up precious stones to create his works. The colours are so saturated yet so organic that it’s difficult to resist the urge to touch them."
"From the mid-1980s to the present, photographer Edward Burtynsky has made beautiful images of landscapes we'd rather not see. He photographs sites that are essential to our worldwide energy consumption: open-pit mines, refineries, quarries, and uranium tailings. More recently, he has photographed landscapes we couldn't imagine without his camera: China's relocation of millions of citizens to make way for the Three Gorges Dam, E-waste recycling, tire dumps, and ship- breaking. For two decades, Burtynsky's environmentally conscious photographs have grown from picturing quiet, seemingly benign hillsides with houses and dogs to the flagrantly poisonous, in the red river tailings of Sudbury, Ontario."
"On his way to document the Gulf spill, the Canadian photographer talks to Edmund Lee about his fascination with the imageries of urban and industrial transformation. It is with the industrial landscapes created by mankind that one can best judge its progress and failings, and Edward Burtynsky has been taking a front row seat in these spectacles of environmental disasters for nearly three decades. The 55-year-old Canadian artist's large-format colour photographs have drawn worldwide acclaim for the sublime beauty they captured."
"Sundaram Tagore Gallery opened its doors in 2000 with a mission to foster the exchange of ideas between different cultures. With three locations in New York, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, the stable of transnational artists straddles the terrain of east and west. The artists fail from such countries as India, Japan, Korea, , Uzbekistan, Mexico, Europe and America. The galleries have become known for cultural activities and collaborative events across the world."
"Over the last three decades, Edward Burtynsky has created a body of images he describes as tracing "the man-made transformations our civilisation has imposed upon nature". This is a modest formulation with which to describe landscape photographs of often vast scale and stunning ocular power. Burtynsky's camera surveys terrain apparently subject to Promethean forces: quarries sit like mammoth inverted buildings, gouged out according to an unnatural symmetry. A mine tailing spreads luminous poison across blackened countryside, a suppurating geological sore. Oil derricks stretch like advancing robots as far as any human eye can see."
"Uncomfortable ironies abound in Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky's large color photographs of ravaged natural terrain. Burtynsky's subjects have consistently been landscapes in which the process of industrialization has resulted in spectacles that dwarf the likes of Michael Heizer's sprawling City, 1970-99. Burtynsky's work is undeniably gorgeous yet maintains connections to the documentary"
"As a recipient of the TED prize, Burtynsky received his wishes, becoming a founding member of an exclusive club that includes the likes of Bono and Bill Clinton. Make no mistake, however; this is not a prize to be wasted on the self indulgent. Upon acceptance, the winner is charged with saving the world of its ills, armed only with their reputation, a sharp mind and a purse of $100,000."
"He has photographed slag heaps in Sundbury, marble quaries in Italy and disintegrating cities along the Yangtze. How a miner turned entrepreneur conjures beauty from devastation, changing the way we see the world"
"Edward Burtynsky's grandly scaled photographs of industrial wastelands and detritus radiate a beauty as fearsome as it is spectacular. His recent retrospective confronted viewers with the true (but not quite hidden) cost of fulfilling our consumerist desires"
"Edward Burtynsky wants to start a conversation about change. His photography documents the massive impact of human beings on the earth's landscape. He has filled his view finder with nickel mines in Sundbury, marble quarries in Italy and the demolition of the Yangtze River vallery in China. The enormous, deeply colorful prints he produces are both sublime and horrible."
"Edward Burtynsky views the world through a large-format camera and finds beauty in highly improbable places. For nearly 20 years his subject has been the ravages of heavy industry, seen at a scale so vast as to be unimaginable."
"When the New York-based art historian and gallerist Sundaram Tagore decided to open a space in Hong Kong, he brought a wave of fresh inspiration to Hollywood Road. A descendant of poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, the gallerist immediately inserted his intellectual edge into the district, with a series of historically important, and sometimes museum-quality, exhibitions"
"Standing in a room of Nathan Slate Joseph works is a meditative experience. One is drawn into a tranquility that seems at odds with the expected dissonance that such a variance of colors could create. Joseph surprisingly presents us with a playful and joyous symphony of colors."
"Natvar Bhavsar's abstract expressionist art offers a spiritual portal to colourful auras and parallel universes. The prolific artist's expansive mind-altering pieces are the impetus for self-examination. His first exhibition in Hong Kong at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery entitled 'RANG' is Sanskrit for both a surge of colour and achieving a state of pure ecstasy."
"Sohan Qadri, by all accounts, has had a fascinating journey. An acclaimed artist, published poet and tantric Buddhist yogi, Qadri is known for his stunningly beautiful dye-infused works inspired by his spirituality. On the deepest level, Qadri's work could be described as a yogic diagram of the cosmos, a sacred roadmap for the practice of tantra."
"Famed New Yorker Nathan Slate Joseph's exhibition opens in Sundaram Tagore Gallery from May 5 – June 10. The Israeli-born artist unveils a new series of stunningly vibrant works. Scouring the streets of the city, he gathers scrap metal which he assembles into paintings and vessels. Intensely coloured, Joseph's art blurs the boundaries between painting and sculpture, East and West, nature and the manmade."
"The Uzbek-Israeli artist Nathan Slate Joseph has had a life-long engagement with metal and color: For Joseph metal is something that is alive, something he relates to. Combined with his astute understanding of color; Joseph's art speaks to the nuances of the environment and his rich memories of time and place"
"By exposing pigment-stained metal to rain, wind and sunshine, Uzbek-Israeli artist Nathan Slate Joseph achieves unpredictable colors on his new steel paintings and sculptures."
"New works by American artist Joan Vennum inspired by India. Composed of broad fields of colour, the paintings invite viewers into a realm governed by imagination and nature. Collapsed horizon lines conjure an infinite and encompassing space"
"Joan Vennum is a New York-based artist who creates luminous paintings flooded with color. She is known for her dreamlike canvases covered with thin layers of repeated brushstrokes.This newest series of oils emerged from Vennum's recent journey through India. "
"ART ASIA has busied itself with establishing a reputation as the unchallenged focal point for contemporary Asian Art collectors in the U.S. Sundaram Tagore Gallery's curated show "SIGNS: Contemporary Arab Art" was well received by both visitors and collectors and was cited by Yolande Whitcomb, ART ASIA's global relations representative, as an example of "ART ASIA's commitment to representing a broad range of Asian art."
"A poet, painter and Tantric yogi, Sohan Qadri is deeply engaged with spirituality. For this show, the artist, who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, unveils a new series of luminous, dye-infused works on paper exploring the notion of emptiness or voids. Qadri rhythmically serrates and punctures the surface of paper as part of his meditation practice. Relying on a language of orifices and elongated paths or lines, he abandons representation in search of transcendence. "
"Today, more than forty years after his arrival in the United States, Natvar Bhavsar is recognized by critics and historians as having extended the language of abstract painting."
"Following his exhibitions at the Venice Biennale and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Indian-born artist Natvar Bhavsar's new works finally arrive at Sundaram Tagore Gallery for his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Natvar's creations are inspired by the Indian traditions of the spring festival Holi– in which people throw bright pigment powders on each other. The works are also influenced by the traditional Indian art form of Rangoli, where people use pigment powder, flour, sand, spices or chalk dust to create imagery on the floor. Devoted to the exploration of color, Natvar is widely acclaimed for his unique paintings."
"New York-based colour master Natvar Bhavsar's exhibition continues at Sundaram Tagore Gallery."
"Closing this week at Sundaram Tagore's Hong Kong space is the first East Asian retrospective of Natvar Bhavsar, a famed Indian artist who made his career in New York and his name in Venice. I must agree with the acquisition curators of major museums around the globe: his work is stunning, It is at once immediate and meditative, and refreshingly bereft of conceptual conceit."
"Natvar Bhavsar continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with pure color pigment in his solo exhibition "Rang," which consists of twenty-two paintings created during a twenty-year span, with many made in
the past two years."
Joan Vennum is New York-based artist who creates luminous, color-flooded paintings that are at once abstract and figurative. She is known for her dreamlike canvases covered with thin layers of repeated brushstrokes.
"The painting in Denise Green's latest exhibition, "Wonder and Evanescence," are florally themed but not flowery - they are serious latter-day abstractions. This is unsurprising given that the New York veteran trained at Hunter College some forty years ago with Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell."
"Natvar Bhavsar, best know for his pure-pigment paintings, says colours are like sounds that reverberate with rhythm. The New York-based Indian artist says that over the past 50 years he has created art that investigates the 'power and possibilities' of colour. In his latest exhibition, RANG, opening at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery next Wednesday, he further explores the subtle energy of colours"
"Ahead of his first Hong Kong exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, the world-renowned abstract expressionist and color field pioneer tells Mary Agnew about making it in New York, hanging with Rothko and Pollock, and the search for ecstacy."
"Korean artist Kim Joon has an enduring interest in hidden desires. Using animation photography Kim makes templates of three-dimensional human figures, which he then embellishes with bright tattoo designs. There is a striking visual quality to Kim's work that owes a great debt to his training as a painter."
Tattoos are taboo in Korea - but it's a Korean artist named Kim Joon that's become well versed in the art of body painting.
"For a long time the Arab art scene fell under the radar screen of the western world. Only a short three years ago, hardly anyone spoke of modern and contemporary art from Arab countries. But, lo and behold, it has now come into the range of the international art world [...] Signs – Contemporary Arab Art at Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents for the first time a selection of seven Arab artists. For all of them, calligraphy plays a vital role in their consciousness and their work."
"Any exhibition of contemporary Arab art is an important step in creating inter-cultural dialogue and understanding beyond the prejudices that prevail about Arabs and Muslims. Signs: Contemporary Arab Art, featuring the work of seven contemporary artists and curated by Karin Adrian von Roques, at New York's Sundaram Tagore Gallery, is one such show."
Korean artist Kim Joon explores the human skin as an extension of canvas and tattoos as a manifestation of human desire.
"Having exhibited widely across the world, this is Kim Joon's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The Korean artist uses digital printing techniques to superimpose images upon nude bodies, creating colorful body tattoos. When you look closer at the artworks, you discover that various luxury brands including Westwood and Ferragamo are embedded on the bodies."
"It would be no exaggeration to call the works of Hiroshi Senju 'out of this world.' In his first solo show in Hong Kong at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, the celebrated Japanese artist reveals a new dimension to his inner vision. Transcendence flows through his sublime waterfalls and fills the landscape of canyons and cliffs, in a series of new works that are unveiled especially for the local audience."
"Signs: Contemporary Arab Art, opening on Wednesday at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, displays the work of seven contemporary Middle Eastern artists, in particular their treatment of ancient Islamic art. Traditional calligraphy and symbols infuse the work of Qatari artist Yousef Ahmad, who distills Arabic letters into abstract shapes, while Syrian artist Khaled Al-Saa'i draws on Sufi philosophy, painting words into spacious landscapes."
"Signs: Contemporary Arab Art, a groundbreaking art exhibition from Sundaram Tagore galleries, New York, to run from October 14 to November 14 offers a rare glimpse into the Arab art world. The first of its kind in New York, the exhibition presents the work of seven influential artists from various countries in the Middle East"
"The Art section of Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2009 will feature exceptional works by celebrated artists in a diversity of artistic styles and media. Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong will show work that encourages a dialogue between the East and West. Featured artists include Hiroshi Senju(Japan), Sohan Qadri (India) and Kim Joon (Korea) along with Susan Weil (USA), Natvar Bhavsar (India)."
Marilyn Monroe, with emblematic ruby red lips,significant black eyeliner and trademark white-blonde hair, became the Pop Art Queen - often celebrated as a symbol of female sexuality buy sometimes used to condemn society's commercialization of sex...Contemporary artists continued to explore different concepts in representing Marilyn in our times.
"If one encounters Hiroshi Senju's work in the Tokyo International Airport
hanging high from the ceiling or under the atmospheric lighting of the
Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel, one will surely be moved by their power."
"Aside from exhibiting a wide variety of antiques, the Hong Kong International Art and Antiques fair has also invited contemporary artists to display their latest works. A specially presented work in the fair is Day Falls Night Falls VI by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju who was the first Asian artist to receive an individual award in the Venice Biennale. His painting style is a blend of traditional Japanese painting style and contemporary aesthetics."
"Aesthetically, when the East meets West seamlessly, the results can be staggering. Such is the case for Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju whose waterfall paintings have been renowned for years. In 1995, he became the first Asian artist to receive an individual award at the Venice Biennale, propelling him to become one of Japan's most celebrated artists."
"Humans need to commune with the elements of nature and art at its best can provide such an experience of communion. Artists often reflect on nature and transform it into intensely condensed metaphors, poems, and songs.Through his sublime paintings, Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju has contemplated multiple facets of water, especially its fundamental power, for almost twenty years [...]n essence, he transforms solid materials from the earth to create images of elusive aquatic torrents."
There is perhaps no greater indicator of changing tastes in London's contemporary art scene and the West's hunger for fresh cultural and artistic influences than the masses of people who came to witness the 'Korean Eye: Moon Generation' Exhibition, which showcases the finest contemporary Korean art at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London.
"A Hong Kong gallery is taking an upbeat attitude by presenting major names in its exhibitions [...] Even as galleries along the city's arts and antiques hub, Hollywood Road axe show and offer fewer high-priced works to tide over the global credit crunch, Sundaram Tagore continues to showcase major pieces by the artists it represents."
Korean-born painter Hosook Kang detonates a series of delicate explosions in her second solo show, entitled In-flight. With miniscule flecks of paint she creates the sensation of infinite particles gently dissipating.
"Since graduating from his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sculpture over 20 years ago, Barry Freedland has been working with robotics and computer programs to make a series of machines to make art for him. He raises questions about the notion of the artist/genius alone in his studio, who pushes the act of creation as far as his physical skills will allow him to."
"As the number of galleries and auction houses in Hong Kong rises, there
are an increasing number of work opportunities in the arts. The presence
of overseas galleries is helping to boost the standards of local art
institutions. Gallery owner, Sundaram Tagore, great-grandson of the
influential Indian poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore,
maintains high standards for the internationally-sourced artwork displayed
in his gallery. "
And Finally, after being interested in the sky, I discovered the waterfall. I felt something clicking as if I recognized some kind of DNA that I had in me, like a past memory. I find that a lot of people whether they are Europeans, Americans or Japanese have similar feelings towards waterfalls. I find that these emotions go beyond the boundaries East/West, or old/new. Once I understood what art was all about and that art should go beyond people's boundaries, it was very important for me to further explore that path.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery artist, Ken Heyman, has Warhol portfolio published by Gagosian.
Pop Artists 1964
Susan Weil blueprint, (Steve and Alexandra Cohen collection), exhibited at Sotheby's Women exhibition as well as Gagosian's Go Figure exhibition.
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Very large close-ups of faces greeted viewers entering Lee Waisler's recent show . . . It is often said that a portrait is as much a picture of the artist as of the sitter, and through his selection Waisler implies that their collective outlook on life is indeed is own philosophic self-portrait.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery showing of Hiroshi Senju's Waterfalls are nature inspired, well crafted paintings that express movement.
"Among the biggest names at Fortuny was Bhavsar, the only Indian painter who finds a place besides that of old and modern masters in any serious European view of world art."
"For his hotly anticipated upcoming show at Sundaram Tagore, Barry Freedland will further his use of technology to explore the issues of artistic agency and human identity in our increasingly tech-enhanced world."
"At the Sundaram Tagore Gallery on Wednesday night, an army of robot hands will be creating works of art for the "Synthetic Surrogate" exhibition. The robots, each mad of a rubber cast of Freedland's hand holding a pen attached to the body of a toy car, are programmed to reach to their surroundings. They might dash away as you get close, or be self-conscious and stop working as you watch"
Natvar Bhavsar's painting ABDHEE 2006 from a private European collection, will be exhibited in the exhibition IN-FINITUM at Museo Fortuny in Venice during the Venice Biennale.
Questioning 'infinity' is a spiritual journey. The human condition strives for perfection, hungers to be in pursuit of completion. On this quest for the imperceptible, the unimaginable, the incomprehensible, man gets confronted with his boundaries and struggles with what is unachievable. It is in this part of incompleteness that the infinite resides, the void, the recipient and source of the all and everything, of the none and nothing. The infinite as a never-ending road to completion, knowledge and enlightenment has inspired intellectuals, artists, scientists and literati since the beginning of reasoning times. Their discoveries and writings, artistic impressions and thoughts will shape another segment of the In-finitum exhibition.
""My ball rolled down the hill and when I ran after I saw tiger cubs. That was what made me aware that we had been living in a jungle all this time," says Sundaram Tagore with a smile emerging on his lips."
Critical Perspectives on Arts, Politics, and Culture:
Murray's radiant painting represent a case for the perceptual and the tactile, as well as for an inclusive, open-ended formalism. They look easy, and not, to make, the result of spontaneous bursts of creation as well as arduous structuring and re-structuring. Their ambiguity and darkness are overridden by a fierce optimism powered by a belief in beauty that is both canonical and dissident, idealized and lashed by intimations of mortality.
Why wouldn’t the walls have recorded and layered, one on top of the other, all the emotional vibes of the rooms’ successive occupants and visitors? That is the question that has obsessed photographer Robert Polidori for over twenty years, and that makes his photographs of interiors and exteriors so moving and haunting, long after we have seen them.
The contemporary-art market may be down, but it is definitely not out. In fact, these unKoonsian times, like many downturns before, allow artists and dealers to be more creative, and collectors to focus on the fundamentals […] Sundaram Tagore, a grandnephew of Indian poet Rabindranath and a dealer with galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong says good art works by key artists—especially in the $500,000 and over range—have been moving.
Serious collectors are art's Big New Hope. Foretold is a return to romance of true collectors, long pushed out of the market as prices escalated, returning to the fold to purchase art for its quality and meaning [...] Discerning collectors have collections to assemble, rather than investments, and are not swayed by the latest trends. "There is a sea-change, they are not interested in the glib or the clever," says Sundaram Tagore, who has galleries in Hong Kong and New York. "They want to access what is beautiful and eternal. If it is cool it becomes dated," he says.
Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.
Susan Weil's paintings under the title Motion Pictures, are world-class pieces by a world-class painter. To see them on a Hong Kong gallery wall is gratifying twice. Not only does the show raise the bar along Hollywood Road and its environs; it also brings out a certain Asian-ness in the work—in the color, some of its subjects, its mix of material—that one might otherwise have missed.
One may see life as a journey to explore new cultural experiences, but there is a greater challenge for curator Sundaram Tagore: he has always had a strong passion for the blending of cultures, whether in contemporary art or gastronomy. While his galleries in New York and now Hong Kong go a long way towards satisfying this desire in the realm of art, few restaurants can satisfy his appetite.
Since opening his eponymous gallery on Hollywood Road in 2008, Sundaram Tagore has become well acquainted with Zuma, for it was here that the art expert and lover of all things Japanese held his launch party [...] Tagore who also owns galleries in his adopted home town of New York and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, decided to set up in Hong Kong as he loves the unchecked energy of the city.
Clare Morin talks to the historically significant American Artist Susan Weil.
There is a sense of rarity to the exhibition Motion Pictures that opens at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery this fortnight. The show will be focusing on new works by the 78-year old American artist Susan Weil, a respected figure in modern art history whose life story is truly extraordinary.
. . . He [Natvar Bhavsar] was also awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1975. His paintings are in more than 800 public and private collections, including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney."
By HOLLAND COTTER
"The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989," a strange and often beautiful show at the Guggenheim, offers glimpses of familiar artists, but also lots of strangers.
Supporters of ART ASIA's inaugural fair reported great satisfaction with attendance: Sundaram Tagore, executive director of SUNDARAM TAGORE GALLERY shared, "Due to the financial meltdown in the US, our expectations were extremely low. However, we did exceedingly well at ART ASIA.
EXHIBITION REVEALS POWERFUL IMPACT OF ASIAN ARTS AND THOUGHT ON AMERICAN ARTISTS FROM THE LATE 19TH THROUGH 20TH CENTURIES
The Third Mind examines the aspirations to understand and internalize Asian art and thought among Asian-American and Asian-born artists working in the United States, identifying the catalytic effect of the transmission of "Eastern" sensibilities and forms into the American vanguard by artists such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Isamu Noguchi, and Natvar Bhavsar.
Approximately 270 Works by 100 Artists and Literary Figures
Features Hiroshi Senju, Sohan Qadri, Nathan Slate Joseph and Hosook Kang. Photographs by Marc Baptiste.
Also includes an interview with Sundaram Tagore.
Like Pollock [Natvar Bhavsar's] paintings are impossible to copy and prints do not transmit their raw majesty.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery making it's first appearance at ART20, placed the emphasis on the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures.
By Emily Waldorf
Natvar Bhavsar's mesmerizing exhibition, Rang, just opened at the Beverly Hills Sundaram Tagore gallery and is well worth a visit. Bhavsar's large scale paintings are bold, bright, beautiful and reminiscent of the abstract expressionists and color field painters of yore but with an undeniably original Indian influence. In order to achieve his signature style, Bhavsar carefully and deliberately sifts layers of pure pigment powder onto canvas using different tools such as sieves and screens. Bhavsar's work draws the viewer in, commanding serious contemplation. After a few minutes you can almost feel rich textiles, constellations and cloud-like patterns emerging from the mesmerizing layers of thick color.
"...Sundaram Tagore, the great grandson of the master poet and Nobel Prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), has championed over the years. Contributing his share of the effort to stir up the local cultural hodgepodge, the man opened his eponymous gallery - the Sundaram Tagore Gallery - on Hollywood road in April this year."
"In this recalibrated metaphyics, color is central to the nature of reality rather than an aspect of our perception of it. Patches of color, and often surprising ones (you'll find giant swaths of yellow and pink and peaches both bold and subdued), shape her compositions, generating warmth and coolness and creating areas of sharpness and softness. More and more in Craig's work, color is not an afterthought but the thought itself."
"Sundaram Tagore Gallery was offering medium-sized, dye-and-ink-on-paper works by Indian artist Sohan Qadri..."
New York and Los Angeles dealer Sundaram Tagore opened his third space with a show entitled "East-West" that continues his family's legacy of intercultural dialogue.
"After taking hundreds of photographs, Mazal repeated the steps he developed by blending them with cropped art on his computer. He produced digital sketches, some horizontal and some vertical, to showcase his different interpretations of the forest."
"Currently showing at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Qadri's paintings are products of deep meditation and natural textile dyes. Simple circles, lines and squares are punctured or serrated in meticulously, powerful symbols that seem to breath and expand, reinforcing the concentration of energies like a yantra or mandala."
"Qadri creates two-colour works on paper, which despite his minimalist approach exhibit a multitude of subtle shadings."
"A longtime fixture in the New York art scene, Susan Weil has always maintained an adventurous attitude toward material and form even as she continued to paint self-assuredly in both abstract and representational modes."
"The latest edition comes in the form of Sundaram Tagore [Gallery], a bright space filled with vibrant contemporary works personally selected by it's namesake, a notable New York-based curator and descendant of influential poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore."
"Bhavsar's paintings are in the tradition of great art through the ages...The roller-coaster of the art market might induce us to lose sight of the varieties of art. 'RANG: Natvar Bhavsar' will restore the balance."
Gallerist Sundaram Tagore says, "Vittorio Matino has a brilliant understanding of color. His trips to the US and Paris in the mid-1970s deepened his knowledge of Color Field School, and he, in turn, extended its language. His work is a unique contribution, and his career is long and deep, spanning half a century."
"I started painting by brush," Senju says. "It didn't really work the way I wanted it to, It was more like the Hudson River School or the work of 19th-Century European artists, which was not what I wanted to do. The more I painted the more I felt to the two most important elements on the earth - gravity and water. And I thought: why don't I try to use gravity, to pour down the paint from the top?"
"Thoughts of Form and Color brings together two major strains in Wagner's work with a minor third. The large cut-out wall pieces, evocative of plant life, comprised her last solo exhibition at Tagore, which integrated some freestanding sculpture (the minor third) but excluded the more classically geometric abstractions found here."
"...Less-colour-saturated but no less intuitive are the pieces by Natvar Bhavsar, who sprinkles pigment delicately on his canvases in an echo of Jackson Pollock, although the works' understated quality reflects a gentle Asian sensibility that's the opposite of the American painter's frenetic, ego-driven style..."
"...Descended from a renowned Bengali artistic and literary family, Sundaram Tagore was born and raised in Calcutta. In his late teens he briefly moved near to Vancouver, later studying art history at the College of Wooster, Ohio, and the University of Oxford and museology at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice..."
"Ken Heyman's work is both marvelously poetic and a spontaneous celebration of tribalism; tribalism as a unifier not a divider. He achieves this trough the simple humanity of his work, as revealed in his recent show."
"...At the end of the summer session in 1949, Rauschenberg and Weil moved to New York. There they experimented with blueprints, the most famous - an impression of the female body - being among Rauschenberg's earliest work with printmaking."
"When Sundaram Tagore established his New York gallery in 2000, a dynamic new phase opened up in the East-West art dialogue."
"Sundaram Tagore, whose galleries in Chelsea, Los Angeles and Hong Kong specialize in international art, says the stigma against summer shows may be changing with a globalized economy. While Mr. Tagore acknowledges that many of his clients have left for the summer, new ones emerge. 'European collectors are coming in, offsetting some of the local sales,' he said. 'There are a lot of Italian, German and British tourists. And for them it doesn't feel that expensive.'"
"...Senju creates, from the most simple of low-tech means, cinematic spectacles that appear to be in motion. They are startlingly beautiful works - perhaps too beautiful, since we tend to be wary of beauty - and raise the question of optical trickery, although the trickery is completely transparent..."
"With galleries in three cities across the world, and plans for two more, Sundaram Tagore tends to take a global perspective."
Artwork by Nathan Slate Joseph - a celebration of texture & color, East & West, and the industrial & the natural; "Spices and Silk" opened Saturday, May 31st at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills. Nathan Slate Joseph's work has been heavily influenced by the colors characteristic of countries along the Silk Road - Morocco, India, China, Indonesia, and Mongolia. The exhibit consists of steel and pigment reliefs and vessels.
Curator Sundaram Tagore explains, "Nathan's work is a mix of East and West, and although he has been a serious part of the fabric of New York City's art scene for many years, his work has a universal element to it." The opening was a great success and the exhibition will run through June 30th.
"Ken Heyman's retrospective exhibition showcases portraits ranging from villagers in Bali to Pablo Picasso, Marlyn Monroe and Andy Warhol..."
"Sundaram Tagore, a New York-based curator and gallerist, has announced the opening of a Hong Kong Gallery. The Gallery focuses on a dialogue between the cultures of East a West while filling the need for better representation of international art in Hong Kong."
"...[Gregory's] arabesque lines of the paintings and the dynamic positive and negative shapes call to mind Islamic calligraphy and images of whirling dervishes. The paintings are joyful and both the lines and the colors have a lot of movement and energy..."
Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said " It is very exciting to exhibit the work of Bruce Porter for the first time... Porter works on an abstract level - his work is energetic because of the dense lines and configuration of forms - what results is primordial and sensual..."
Their inaugural group show consists of five Eastern and five Western artists selected from the roster of artists that the gallery represents. Tagore continued: This exhibition presents a visual to the exchange between Western and Eastern cultures, and will introduce audiences to our distinct aesthetic that we hope will be a welcome addition to the artistic scene in Hong Kong. We will also continue to host additional non-profit and cultural events, incorporating performance and installation art, literature, film and more. We will push the envelope."
"...His [Sundaram Tagore] galleries located in New York and Los Angeles, focus on 'a global community of artists, and particularly, on those artists who are engaged in cross-cultural dialogues between East and West.' He asserts, 'We were passionate about thinking globally long before it became fashionable.' So the only mystery is, why has it taken Tagore so long to hit Hong Kong?"
"Art, globalization and inter-cultural dialogue are themes dear to Tagore. The latter populates his conversation and is reflected in the work he shows. Recent exhibits at his Chelsea gallery have included the metalwork of an Israeli-American, Nathan Slate Joseph; the lush, Scandinavian-influenced paintings by the Indian artist Sohan Qadri; and the ethereal waterfalls of Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju. Tagore's gallery statemnt, afterall, is to develop exhibitions and host events that "engage in spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues with traditions other than our own."..."
"Nathan's work is a mix of East and West, and although he has been a serious part of the fabric of New York City's art scene for many years, his work has a universal element to it."
"The traditional celebratory sound of crackling fireworks and beating of drums overpowered the din of traffic as lion dancers celebrated the opening of the local branch of the New York-based Sundaram Tagore Gallery."
"Hong Kong's ambition to be Asia's art hub received another boost with the recent arrival of three top galleries: Gagosian, Sundaram Tagore and Tang Contemporary. Sundaram Tagore opened on the city's gallery street, Hollywood Road, on May 9."
The Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills held its grand opening on April 5, 2008 . . . Tagore has brilliant insight into bringing the aesthetic dialogue to cross-cultural exchange and selecting international artists that represent his vision of cultural transcendence exquisitly."
"Gallery operator Sundaram Tagore - great-grandson of Rabindranath Tagore, who in 1913 became the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - said he chose Hong Kong over many other potential sites including Dubai and Shanghai."
"Tagore's Galleries in New York, Los Angeles and now Hong Kong combine visual arts with other forms such as poetry reading, dance performances, music, films and charity funding."
"...With two other locations in New York and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Sundaram Tagore Gallery represents some of the most well known contemporary artists, such as Hiroshi Senju and Judith Murray..."
Robert Polidori, the token photographer among the savants, insisted that photography was set by physics.
Anil Revri's elegant and subtle geometric abstractions are lyrical visual poems that induce contemplation. At once sensual and serene, they resonate in the viewer's interion and exterior worlds.
"Ken Heyman began his career as a photographer accompanying Margaret Mead to Bali in 1957 and, with her, producing two groundbreaking anthropological studies. He went on to publish more than 40 book, and shot countless series for Life magazine."
"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."
"Established in 2000, the Sundaram Tagore Gallery has become one of the most important alternative cultural spaces in New York, with a focus on a dialogue between Western and non-Western cultures."
"Tagore explains how his passion for art has enabled him to dissolve differences in cultures and bring them together in a unique and creative way, denoting that art can transcend all culture and social standings."
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong will hold its grand opening on May 9 at 57-59 Hollywood Road. The inaugural group show will consist of five Eastern and five Western artists chosen from among those the gallery represents. The great grandson of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Sundaram Tagore comes from 14 generations of artists, writers and poets. Tagore also has galleries in New York and Beverly Hills.
"The Indian art market just took off about five years ago and has really heated up even further in the last two," says Sundaram Tagore, who has galleries in New York and Beverly Hills, as well as a Hong Kong branch slated to open this month. In addition to demand from the Indian diaspora and Indian collectors, Tagore says, part of the growth has been fueled by American corporations with expanding businesses in India and China.
"It's about finding out who these people are, and finding out who I am in the process."
"These 'philosophical discussions' are fundamental to Tagore's vision for his galleries, or 'cultural spaces' as he prefers to call them. Unlike galleries that buy and sell art solely as a monetary transaction, Tagore has a mission to create a global community of artists and foster a dialogue between Western and non-Western cultures."
"Among the returning dealers is New York's Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which is bringing a selection of richly hued abstractions, priced between $25,000 and $250,000, by the likes of Natavar Bhavsar and Hiroshi Senju, who were born in Gujurat, India, and Tokyo, respectively."
"When it came to choosing where to open his first overseas gallery, Sundaram Tagore, operator of the eponymous US-based gallery, knew it had to be Hong Kong. His experience over the years travelling to the city, which he used as his Asia business base, convinced him that it was the ideal place for his new venture."
"The spiritual basis of our gallery is to create and support an intercultural dialogue between a world community of living artists."
"...the New York based gallery owner tells Kevin Kwong why the eyes, like the mind, need to be exercised daily."
"..Merrill Wagner's handsome wall reliefs (all 2006), made of steel salvaged from a Pennsylvania plumbing parts manufacturer, evoke stylized garden plants...The brushy application of rust-preventative paint (browns, greens, yellows) displayed a Minimalist's attention to surface... "
Workers installed a series of gleaming steel sculptures created by renowned New York artist Nathan Slate Joseph, being exhibited in Gettysburg this weekend n cinjunction with 'The Gettysburg Festival:Prelude and Portraits'..."
"Senju is hardly new on the scene. Born and raised in Tokyo, where he received a Ph.D. in art from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Senju represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1995, winning an honorable mention."
After the great success of the world premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Polidori brings to Venice the touching and paradoxical allure of the devastation left behind in New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina.
"Meditative scenes of the artist working in her studio and adding layers of paint to the large canvas . . . are paired with Murray's fascinating voice-over observations. Scenes from a 2005 New York art exhibit, slides of her work, and commentary from an art historian and other experts add depth to this illuminating program."
"...His art reflects [this] geographical and cultural duality, for his approach combines ancient Japanese painting practices with modern Western imagery."
"As one of the first galleries to create a global dialogue through art, Tagore looks for global artists who have traveled and lived in cultures other than thier own. Thier artwork which combines a diversity of cultural colors and painting techniques, talks to viewers as if in dialogue."
"One does not merely look at a Bhavsar work, one is transported by it. It is as if the artist has bottled up the night sky, dusted it in poweder pigment and cast it out in great dreamlike bursts. The result is a textured canvas that pulses with dimension; grainy up close, smooth and wispy from afar."
" Tagore takes the works of his stable of artists from city to city. His gallery has an eclectic mix of European, American, and diasporic Indian artists..."
"Yet the absence of recognizable imagery in his work aligns Mr. Bhavsar more with American traditions of abstract art, and in particular color field painting; one is reminded variously of the work of the American painters Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Jules Olitski."
"...Sundaram Tagore Gallery exhibits art that seeks to go beyond boundaries of many kinds."
"Together the works reflected Wagner's long-standing interest in the interplay between the abstract and the representational..."
"The Islip show 'Surface Impressions' features topographical works such as La Forza Del Destina "
"Bhavsar's imagery conjures cosmic impressions, like nebulae expanding in a brilliant dance of colored light or stars mingling in a gravitational waltz through space."
"Matino ... paints within the western abstract tradition, using color and the physical act of painting with a spirituality akin to the aesthetics of Eastern civilization."
"The artist gets a remarkable range out of the method, producing big, star-studded Milky Ways on indigo backgrounds, swirling smile storms, pimply white surfaces that look like clotted cream, and floating lozenges of color, usually a square centered on a contrasting color, that remind you of Mark Rothko."
"For the past decade, Matino has explored the color tradition of India, while continuing to develop a capacity for transforming the limits of our perception off color."
"Hiroshi Senju, one of the world's most revered and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, is a painter with divinity."
"Her current exhibition at Sundaram Tagore splits the difference with a collection of new representational constructions..."
"[Nathan Slate Joseph's] reliefs equally suggest the natural world and the exuberant energies of Abstract Expressionism."
"Today, everything is condensed in time. What took 100 years, today takes about ten years and that's largely because of the internet revolution."
"...With the opening of a comprehensive show of 50 or more paintings spanning four decades of the work of Indian-born New York artist Natvar Bhavsar in the special gallery of its Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, became the first university in the country to host such a solo show (March 11 - July 22) by an artist of South Asian Descent..."
"...It is not that there are just layers and layers of pigments, some dispersed by the flow of air in Bhavsar's Greene Street loft studio - not just 80 layers as Kwint said, but as many as 200 - but there are meanings too deep for ordinary cognition, meanings too ancient and new, bizarre and supremely rational, for us even to try and put into words..."
"Dubai is at the crossroads of the east and west, and it is taking charge as one of the great centres of commerce, tourism, and art"
Robert Polidori's haunting photographs if interiors and buildings reveal the everyday lives left behind in Chernobyl, Havana, New Orleans, and Versailles by Hilarie M. Sheets.
"...Hiroshi Senju, one of Japan's most revered and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists showed 27 murals at Japan's Yamatane Museum of Art..."
"...The Milky Way and Other Fairy Tales (2004) was an epic installation in which fifty one pairs of hand-blown orbs were suspended within the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York..."
"Murray's paintings . . . speak with sophistication and energy."
I met Robert Polidori through a photograph he had taken of the Versailles restoration. It captivated me. Seeing so many layers of history in one image was astonishing. So was being spurred to imagine Versailles as a real dwelling defined by the remnants of its inhabitants, and all the changes in history they and it had undergone.
"Political art is back, with artists responding to the American invasion of Iraq in full force . . . [Petry] raises intriguing questions. Why should we love our country when this nation forces us undercover and blatantly discriminates?"
A Chat with Sundaram Tagore, ambassador for India's exploding art market.
"...What was most alluring about the recent works was the way Murray built up their surfaces to convey depth and motion. Her dexterity with paint seems to have released her creative energy and pinned it to the canvas..."
"...Now working with painted paper ritually immersed in ink and dye and then serrated, Qadri has developed a 'new' methodology of painting beautiful spiritual work where the artists is in a calm introspective state..."
The show concerns the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous pass over New Orleans on August 29, 2005, as recorded by the distinguished architectural photographer Robert Polidori in four visits between September 2005 and April 2006; it is being attended, to judge from the day this viewer was present, by more youthful African-Americans than usually make their way into the Met.
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Robert Polidori’s astonishing After the Flood at Flowers East is one of the finest sustained series of photographs for years and that very rare thing, a set of pictures in which intellectual doubt and graphical certainty combine to something approaching perfection.
"Both the evolution and constancy of Barth's concerns were evident in a small survey of her work from the late 1990's to the present..."
fter Hurricane Katrina, Robert Polidori went to New Orleans, where he lived years ago, to shoot photographs of the devastation for The New Yorker. He stayed longer than first planned, then went back again and again, for weeks, taking hundreds of pictures with a large-format camera that produced wide, superbly detailed color photographs.
Make that two ex-Montrealers. One is Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the
eighth son of a French Canadian pioneer who founded New Orleans in 1718.
The other is Robert Polidori, the New Yorker staff photographer born in Montreal
in 1951, who rushed to the city a year ago this month after Hurricane Katrina
forced half a million people to flee their homes. Le Moyne made plans for a
great city. Polidori gives witness to its demise.
To commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, ARTINFO has brought back our AI Interview with photographer Robert Polidori, first published in Sept. 2006, on the eve of the opening of his exhibition "New Orleans after the Flood" at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"...The salty blooms and ocher depths of many of [Joseph's] steel-relief paintings evoke not only the Mediterranean hub of Western culture but also its spokes, spanning the compass... "
"...Bhavsar's paintings are not limited to their surface colors - which are indefinable, suffused as they are with additional tones such as violet, saffron, rose, vermillion, cinnamon, midnight blue, and emerald, tinged warm and cool. Thier surfaces can resemble smoke when the hues evanesce, or they can be more tangible, pebbled textures and raised patterns, edged in a flame motif..."
"The California artist Lee Waisler came to know both the renowned Indian philosopher J. Krishnamuri and the indophile artist Beatrice Wood, a lover of Marcel Duchamp, who inspired the character of Rose in the mainstream American film Titanic"
"Hiroshi Senju is renowned for his unique combination of modernism and ancient methods of Japanese painting."
"...a group of four gloriously shimmering works [by Hiroshi Senju] from this acclaimed series."
(Joseph's work appears in the publication image. His piece graces the dining room wall of Jean Georges, a New York restaurant that overlooks Columbus Circle.)
(featuring the painting A Line in the Sand by Nathan Slate Joseph)
"...artists were fighting for the right to produce art that defied the label 'Indian', explains Sundaram Tagore in this overview of modernism in India."
"Fabulous art in a taxi garage? Sundaram Tagore a descendant of the illustrious Tagore family, himself an art historian, collector and connoisseur moved from his big gallery in Soho to an even bigger space - a 100-year-old garage in Chelsea."
"Petry . . . constructs a space where viewers can look at his work like they look at history - from all sides - revisiting old reminiscences and creating new experiences."
"Looking back the Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents "Now and Then," a retrospective of the 76-year-old artist Susan Weil."
"After spending years in Soho, Sundaram Tagore Gallery has finally made the move to Chelsea, one of the art capitals of the world."
"...When MADi started, it was revolutionary..."
"...Natvar Bhavsar is a color field painter who works in pure pigment. He is largely credited for bringing a spiritual element to the absrtact expressionism movement in America..."
"...The two things that stand out about Bhavsar's works are the colors and the sizes, both bold and magnificent. While critics noticed similarities between the size of his works and those of Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothco and Barnett Newman, none of these art greats were able to capture the color he was exposed to in his youth in India..."
"...Art Chicago found a new home this week at the Merchandise Mart and now may never leave."
"Bhavsar works with dried granules of pigment in a very deliberate and precise approach, although it may appear random. What emerges are canvases that are deeply pictorial in nature. Some of his paintings are monumental--more than 30 feet in length--and lyrical, abstract attempts to reveal both the microcosmic and the macrocosmic universe."
"Sundaram Tagore Gallery has announced that they will relocate to a new space at 547 West 27th Street in Chelsea and inaugurate their new gallery with a show of Natvar Bhavsar to open on March 16, 2006."
"Sohan Qadri's paintings are transcendental and physical experiences..."
"But the first show of Indian contemporary art in the fair's history, from newcomer Sundaram Tagore of New York, also reflects heightened interest in that field Tagore has meditative paintings on paper by Sohan Qadri.."
Joseph's work appears in a publication image of a Los Angeles home designed by Richard Landry of Landry Design Group.
"Natvar Bhavsar is a world-renowned painter from India whose huge colorful canvases hang in more than 1,000 private, corporate and museum collections including the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.."
"Hiroshi Senju, one of Japan's most revered and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, will complete his work in December of 2006 on a set of 27 syohekiga murals to be donated to Shofuso."
"[Murray] has reinvented an abstraction which is nature."
"Waisler . . . [is] influenced by Hindu-Buddhist precepts, specifically the notion of the interrelated duality of creation and destruction."
"Lee Waisler is an American artist with International scope. He has exhibited in museums worldwide and his work is heavily influenced by Hindu and Buddhist culture and philosophy..."
"Murray is exploring a difficult coloristic terrain . . . These painting are confined almost courageously to a narrow range of colors with the repeated admixture of white to vary them . . ."
"Senju says . . . artists can be recognized as worldwide ones only when their works have been publicly recognized as those which have a clear-cut philosophy and vision toward world peace and environmental conservation."
"Qadri, talking about his process of painting, says: 'When I start on a canvas I first empty my mind of all images. They dissolve into a primordial space. Only emptiness should communicate with the emptiness of the canvas'... "
"Coming to the 21st century, we bade farewell to contemporary art of the 20th century . . . realizing that only art works which are recorded in history can lend us encouragement, vitality and healing."
"...Bhavsar has completely demolished appearance and form and contour - nor is there any place for 'line' in the world of color-drunk Bhavsar"
"When I contacted Sohan at his studio in Copenhagen, he explained why he had switched from painting on canvas to painting on paper: 'Paper is much more feminine. Canvas is much more of a struggle. I am against struggle. Good art doesn't come out of struggle. Good art comes out of surrender'..."
"What Bhavsar's paintings achieve is a remarkable intimacy that leads us into the present fusion of language, technology, and the transmission of form."
"[Natvar Bhavsar] became a witness to, and a participant in, the great cultural flowering of our time - in dance, music, and painting."
"Susan Weil's 21-piece pictorial salute to James Joyce, accompanied by excerpts from his novels and related text, might well have fallen into illustration."
This image is among the large-format chromogenic prints mounted on Plexiglas that were part of Robert Polidori's recent exhibition, and among the many published in a new volume, Zones of Exclusion, Pripyat and Chernobyl (Gottingen, Germany, Steidl, 2003).
"Stan Gregory's curvilinear bands of varying thickness laid on vivid minimal backgrounds are created in a painstaking, layered process. In this, he is heir to both the conventions of geometric abstraction and Islamic and Japanese calligraphic traditions."
"...Natvar Bhavsar creates large compositions in which a cosmic vision emerges from lush materiality."
"Murray's lyrical pictures are fraught with references to an earlier, distinctly French method of building up the surface. This . . . goes a long way toward explaining their emotional charge."
"Weil's portrait of James Joyce teems with wit...the exhibition is a delight with invention and pictorial virtuosity."
"Made with ink and dye on handmade-looking paper, color is a key element in Qadri's work."
"In particular, Qadri's color choices--mercury reds, peacock blues, and even stark black and grays-- underscore his Indian roots, while his sense of form points to his philosophical inclinations."
"Stan Gregory[s] . . . work has been associated with the likes of Kandinsky and Matisse . . . [He] evokes the style of Islamic calligraphic art"
"Curated by Sundaram Tagore this exhibition at the Rye Art Center fulfills its promise to document the art of modern India."
"A flair for raising money and for feeding cast and crew." A book launch for Ismail Merchant at Sundaram Tagore Gallery
"Nathan Slate Joseph's work uniquely combines the large-scale exuberance of Abstract Expressionism with the laissez-faire mellowness of found-object art."
"Vennum works in patterns that seem familiar, natural and continuous..."
"Facade designed by Nathan Slate Joseph in collaboration with Caples and Jefferson Architects."
"Harlem New Modernism"
-The New York Times, January 31, 2002_-
"The majority of works, such as the sublime abstractions of Mexican-born Ricardo Mazal, offer little that can, at least immediately, be identified as being Jewish."
"A recognition of [Bhavsar's] place in the mainstream art world today was the release on Oct. 15 of a book on Bhavsar, written by a noted authority on American art, irving Sandler, and published by Craftsman House of Australia, at a reception at the home of noted art collectors Pat and Ben Heller, ...titled "Natvar Bhavsar: Painting and the Reality of Color," contain[ing] 42 plates of color that reproduce the complexities and nuances of the original, which ordinarily elude reproduction, with notable fidelity."
"[Bhavar's] work occupies a unique place in mainstream contemporary art. It is distinguished by what is described as its "materiality." It is not figurative. It doesn't tell a story, nor communicate any idea. It contains no drama; it doesn't prove any point, preaches no moral. It is just there, by itself, existing all alone."
"He is a masterful draftsman and was trained in India in an academic tradition. But colour is his thing. Although he has done figurative work and also went through a cubist phase, there has been an increasing de-emphasis on drawing in his work and a corresponding emphasis on colour. If you have to classify him, his is an abstract expressionist but his work is unique. They always remind me of the state of mind just before you awaken from a dream."
Director of the Wichita Art Musuem in Texas
"Indian modern artists have fought to create their own brand of Modernism far removed from it's early European influences. Here in the second part of his two part article, Indian art historian and critic Sundaram Tagore looks at the struggle of these artists."
"Maqbool Fida Husain is regarded as the modern celebrity artist of twentieth-century India."
"Modern India has produced numerous fine artists who are only now being recognized in the international art market. Here, in the first of a two-part series, Indian art historian and critic Sundaram Tagore looks at the roots of art and modernism in India."
"The gradations of rust that result are enhanced by a variety of other hues, and the final product has the effect of a carefully composed painting."
"Artist, poet Tantric guru Sohan Qadri has been immersed in painting and mediation for more than 30 years."
"Sundaram's current passion is the work of a man of mystery. He is the Copenhagen-based painter cum tantrik, Sohan Qadri, who will have a one-man exhibition at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery starting on September 5."
"Nathan Slate Joseph is a collaborative artist who partners with nature. As he dabs, flings and brushes galvanized steel surfaces with earthy inorganic pigments and then treats them with acids to faciliatate their breakdown, he serves as the front man while weather toils away unnoticed in the back of the house. Making a studio of the great outdoors--or at least a potato field, the artist paints with wind, rain, and sunlight."