Monday, April 8, 2013

Important milestones in Anjolie Ela Menon career

Born in 1940 in Burnpur in the state of West Bengal, Anjolie Ela Menon did her Bachelors in Literature from Delhi University, and was at Atelier Fresque, Ecole Nationale des Beaux Art, Paris (1959-61). Writing about her first show in 1958 in New Delhi, art critic Richard Bartholomew had predicted that the gifted young woman would soon be among India's very best painters. His perceptive prophecy about her has been vindicated by the path-breaking pieces of art done over close to half a century.

Among her selected solo shows are 'Through the Patina' courtesy Vadhera Art Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi (2010); ‘Menongitis-Three Generations Of Art’, Dhoomimal Gallery, Delhi (2007); ‘Celebration’, Gallery ArtsIndia West, Palo Alto (2006); ‘Gods and others’, Apparao Galleries at Admit One Gallery, New York (2000); ‘Mutations’ courtesy The Gallery, Madras, at Wallace Galleries, New York (1996); ‘Retrospective 1958-88’ at Jehangir gallery, Mumbai apart from earlier shows at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (1976), Alliance Francaise, Mumbai (1963), and Gallery 59, Mumbai (1959).

Her work has been featured at several group exhibitions like 'Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity' at Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi (2013); 'Talking Heads', Art Alive Gallery, Delhi; 'Iconic Processions', Aicon Gallery, New York; 'Women: Sacred and the Temporal', Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (all in 2012); ‘Unclaimed Spaces', Gallery Threshold, Delhi (2009-10); 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai (2009, 10); 'Indian Art After Independence', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead (2009); 'Mapping Memories – 2’, Gallery Threshold, Delhi (2008); ‘Reflections and Images’ at Jehangir gallery (1993); among others.

Her recent participations include 'Art for Humanity’ at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai; 'Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket', Jehangir gallery; 'Resonance' at Art Musings, Mumbai; Art Dubai 2010 and ARCO Madrid 2010. Her works also formed part of the Paris Biennale in 1980. She was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India for her artistic achievements.

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