The inaugural exhibition, The Sixties Show brings together the most significant Indian artists of the 1960s
DAG announces its new space in the capital — at The Claridges, New Delhi, the first of three new locations in the capital. Spread over nearly 3800 square feet, the gallery is set to become the focal point for art and cultural aficionados in Delhi.M. F. Hussain, Devi, 1961
Exhibitions at The Claridges will be curated from the extensive DAG collection, which spans major movements, periods and geographies of art practice in India, and by Indian artists overseas. The first of these exhibitions, The Sixties Show, part of a series, is aimed at drawing attention to the feverish pace of art practice in the 1960s, an important decade during which the pull of the Progressive Artists’ Group remained strong, Group 1890 was established, and experimentations in indigenous solutions became the norm.
The 1960s was a period of immense change around the world, and it had deep ramifications on India’s socio-political scenario. The country had left behind the jubilation of independence and was feeling the pinch of a nation grappling with issues of development that impacted society and the environment.F. N. Souza, Untitled, 1962
The art establishment too, found itself on the cusp of this change. Already, the revivalist Bengal ‘School’ had been reviled by later modernists, and the Progressive Artists’ Group was now being viewed as the ‘establishment’. J. Swaminathan’s Group 1890 was at the helm of establishing a fresh, indigenous approach to abstract art, and in distant Madras, a nativist art movement was taking root. The art produced in the 1960s was more ‘serious’ than that of a previous generation, its palette more nuanced, and its context more firmly rooted in the cultural moorings of the country.George Keyt, Untitled, 1962
The 1960s was, in every sense, a celebration of ingenious solutions in art practice. It was a time when a growing number of talented artists began to exhibit in the country's still nascent galleries. Their voice held the promise of new art that was at once a divergence with what had gone before but without being exclusionary of its experimental history.
This significant exhibition carries artists from the Progressive Artists’ Group (such as S. K. Bakre, F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain, and Krishen Khanna); Group 1890 (such as Himmat Shah, Ambadas, Jyoti Bhatt and J. Swaminathan); India’s folk modernists (such as, Jamini Roy and Madhvi Parekh); as well as other high modernists (such as, Bikash Bhattacharya, Shanti Dave, George Keyt, G. R. Santosh and Anupam Sud).J. Sultan Ali, Muria Maiden, 1967
On this important occasion, Mr Ashish Anand, MD & CEO of DAG elaborates ‘In the quarter- plus century of its operations, DAG has played a significant role in developing robust infrastructure for Indian art with vigorous programming that is meant as much to enhance and educate art lovers as to teach them art appreciation. We are delighted to be at The Claridges, New Delhi, with our constant aim of supporting artists and promoting high-quality art. With our inaugural show—The Sixties Show—we revisit a momentous decade, and provide a glimpse of the high tide of modern art at that time.’
The exhibition will be on view from 29 September 2019 to 23 November 2019.