The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chemould Prescott Road presents a solo exhibition of new works by Pushpamala N.
Pushpamala N, Abduction-Ravishment.
MUMBAI.- The Passion explores the characters of three women from the Ramayana as archetypal figures. Set in fantasy environments, fateful incidents from the epic are played out on a spectacular stage in both still photographs and videos, with elaborate costuming and lighting to create powerful atmospheres. Pushpamala refers to various genres of image-making in her works, resulting in richly layered hybrids with multiple references. Many of the works in the exhibition refer to theatre stills from the early 20th century, while others use early cinema as their models. The artist is always the central protagonist in these dramas and the works function as documents of performances, as critiques of representational constructions, and as oblique self-portraits.

The Ramayana
The Ramayana, seen as the national epic, is the story of the good warrior king/ hero/ god Rama who is banished from his kingdom to the deep forest due to the machinations of his stepmother Kaikeyi, who wants her own son to be king. Rama’s wife Sita and brother Lakshmana follow him into exile. Towards the end of the fourteen years, the form- changing demoness Surpanakha, the guardian of the forest, is attracted to the two young princes and tries to seduce them by taking human form. The brothers mock her, and as she plunges to attack Sita she is punished by Lakshmana who cuts off her nose and ears. The wounded Surpanakha then goes to her brother, the powerful demon king Ravana and incites him to abduct the princess Sita in revenge. This leads to a Great War where Rama kills Ravana and defeats the demon army, fulfilling his destiny as the god-king.

Chala / Intrigue (Set of 6 sepia coloured photographs) is based on the incident where the old hunch-backed wet nurse of the Warrior Queen Kaikeyi, stepmother to Rama, plays upon her insecurities to ask for Rama’s banishment to the forest before his coronation in order to crown her own son the king. The palace intrigues are portrayed by creating elaborate tableaux reminiscent of early 20th century Company theatre.

Indrajaala / Seduction (B&W Video installation) is based on the punishment of Surpanakha by cutting off her nose and ears by the prince Lakshmana, referring to early ethnographic cinema and animation, which the artist sees as the ‘primitive’ of the modern era.

Apaharana / Abduction: (Set of 9 colour photographs) is based on the abduction of princess Sita by the demon Ravana. The act of the abduction of a woman which is a central theme in many of the world’s mythologies, is stretched out in many frames using the Orientalist images of the odalisque.

Mrugayati / The Hunt (Stop motion colour video loop) is a video created from still images of the demon chasing the princess, like a fragment from a recurring dream or nightmare.

Pushpamala N. (born 1956 in Bangalore) lives and works in both Bangalore and New Delhi. She earned BA and MA degrees in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda after studying Economics, English and Psychology at Bangalore University. She had her first solo show in 1983 in Bangalore and since then has had solo exhibitions in galleries in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Paris, New York and Chicago. Her video works have been screened in film festivals all over the world and in 2010 she was awarded a residency to work in Paris and create a series of photographs at the legendary Studio Harcourt for the exhibition “Paris, Mumbai, New Delhi” at the Centre Pompidou (2011).

Today's News

November 8, 2012

Near-complete skeleton of a mammoth, between 200,000 and 500,000 years old, found

Bolivia's culture minister Pablo Groux returns tiny pre-Inca culture of coastal Peru mummy

Meeting of the giants of art in fifteen specialist sales at Koller Auctions in December

The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona's Collection in six Critical Episodes (1957-2011)

A new exhibition featuring some of John Luke's finest works currently on display at the Ulster Museum

Sotheby's London to auction the archive of Russian film genius Andrei Tarkovsky

Important, scarce American paintings and drawings at auction at Swann Galleries

December Native American Art Sale to offer rare historic and contemporary artifacts

Merton D. Simpson Gallery to auction tribal art treasures online on November 17

Exhibition of work by acclaimed German photogram artist Floris Neusüss opens at Atlas Gallery

Famous Ned Kelly series of paintings by the celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan on view in Ireland

Tel Aviv Museum of Art announces new exhibition: "Roger Ballen - Documentary Fiction, 1982-2012"

Chemould Prescott Road presents a solo exhibition of new works by Pushpamala N.

Cédric Aurelle takes on the role of Director at Gallery Weekend Berlin and abc art berlin contemporary

New Zealand beaching proves rarest of whales exists

Tigerish world record for Japanese work of art at Bonhams sale in London

One-of-a-kind Neil Armstrong autograph brings $38,000+ Heritage Auctions Space event

Pueblo pottery and Plains beadwork highlight Heritage Auctions American Indian Art event

Poster collection seized by Nazis to be sold

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Leonardo da Vinci exhibition offers a very rare look at artist's fascination with beauty

2.- The Barnes Foundation discovers two sketches by Paul Cézanne behind watercolors

3.- From dust to digital: Millions of images from the world's endangered archives made available

4.- Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich explores Europe’s view of Japan in the 19th century

5.- Gustav Klimt's world-famous painting 'The Lovers' now available as a gigapixel photograph

6.- Belvedere highlights both the political and social aspects of The Congress of Vienna

7.- Crystal Bridges debuts an exhibition of masterworks from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

8.- Rarely seen masterpieces from Europe's greatest dynasty on view in Minneapolis

9.- Rouen to open new museum dedicated to tracing the history of French heroine Joan of Arc

10.- Retrospective exhibition of Vivian Maier's photographs opens at Willy-Brandt Haus

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site