29 October, 2020

The Delhi Mumbai Gazette

Front stall-balcony kiss; Wedding of flowers; Saritorial avatars; Melody uncaged; Lightness of touch; Romancing in Chattisgarh

Atul Loke
The Delhi Mumbai Gazette
Front Stall-Balcony Kiss
The plastic neon comb, a must-have for roadside Romeos, is now exhibit A at Mumbai’s National Gallery of Modern Art—artist Bose Krishnamachari has used combs to make an installation at the museum’s annual Ideas and Images art show. The museum has set up street vendors’ stalls and had renowned artists come in and make digital prints, paintings and installations to explore the idea of an innate and informed sense of art.

Pinakin Patel, an architect and interior designer, made the stalls and then invited artists like Payal Khandwala to make a grainy yellow painting of a bhel stall, Bose Krishnamachari to come up with an installation using combs and Dashrath Patel to make digital prints of rose bunches wrapped in old newspapers and white paper bags. Along with works of established artists, there were some unexpected presences—flower and string stalls from the old and grimy but ever popular flower market under a flyover in Dadar and assorted Bombay specialities that crowd...



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