R. Siva Kumar
Softbound 228 pages with more than 170 colour plates
Pages with text 38
Published by The Guild in association with Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
This publication has
been published in association with Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, on the
occasion of Sudhir Patwardhan’s exhibition Hamsafar,
encompassing five decades of his select works 1970s – 2018. All the
exhibits in the exhibition have been included in the catalogue.
A short note on the
Roopankar Museum has in
its collection some important paintings by Patwardhan from the late
nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. These will form a
significant part of the exhibition. The exhibition encompasses
select works from almost five decades of Patwardhan's practice
including archival material from his curatorial project 'Expanding
Horizons', some rare bronzes, and videos of his sketch book
Sudhir Patwardhan is
a painter whose work has been exhibited regularly in India and
abroad in the past forty years. In 1982 he was one of 6 artists in
the show ‘Place for People’ which was a landmark show in Indian Art
and initiated a new concern with social issues in art. The city of
Bombay and its surroundings have been a continuing source of
inspiration for the artist. Alongside this social dimension, the
more personal aspects of the artist’s presence in his own work, and
the problems of representation, have preoccupied Patwardhan.
Patwardhan has also been a curator who has focused on introducing
new audiences to contemporary art.
Some recent one-person exhibition include 'Spectres' at Mumbai and
Vadehra Art Gallery, 2017, Delhi; ‘Route Maps’ in 2012 at The
Guild, Mumbai; 'Family Fiction' in 2011, and 'Citing the City' in
2008 at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. Participations in important group
exhibitions include Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014-2015; ‘Social
Fabric’ at INIVA, London; and IFA -Galerie Stuttgart, Germany, 2013
and Modernist Art from India, Rubin Museum, New York. 2012.
Two books on his work by Ranjit Hoskote have been published - 'The
Complicit Observer' (2004) and 'The Crafting of Reality' (2007)
A monograph in Marathi by Padmakar Kulkarni 'Chitrakar Sudhir
Patwardhan' was published in 2005.
Patwardhan’s works are in the permanent collection of National
Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai; Roopankar Museum,
Bhopal; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Peabody Essex Museum,
Salem, USA and other public collections.