ART is powerful. It challenges the status quo, our perceptions, pushing us to see ourselves, and others from a new perspective. A picture speaks a thousand words.
ART PODium 2019, an Art fair which brought together artists, art collectors, critics and curators, auctioneers all under one roof. With an objective of getting all the stakeholders of art on to one platform, to form a larger art community.
A unique event, spanning over the entire eco system of art with the objective of promoting the appreciation of visual arts amongst the widest possible audience, backed by knowledge and expertise.
ART PODium 2019 was hosted at the iconic Arts House, a colonial era structure in Singapore and the city's premier arts hub from September 13-16, 11am - 5pm. The show displayed 185 pieces of artworks from over 40 artists, with more than 1000 visitors. A wonderful confluence of Art, Wine, Jazz, Poetry, charity & auction, celebrating visiting Artists, Paintings & sculptures from India & Southeast Asia, poetry reading, wine, jazz music and special attendees. Graced by dignitaries, the Indian and Bangladesh High Commissioners to Singapore, His Excellency’s Mr Jawed Ashraf and Mr Mustafizur Rahman, and Ms Joan Pereira, Member Of Parliament Singapore.
Artworks on showcase were a uniquely curated, taking one down the path of history:
The Bengal School of Art - an influential style of art that flourished in undivided India during the British Raj in the late 19th century and early 20th century and was the fountainhead Indian art. The Artworks on display from this period Rabindranath & Abanindranath Tagore, Sunayani Devi (1875-1962), Jamini Roy (1887-1972), Hemen Mazumdar (1894-1948), Mukul De (1895-1989), Ramkinker Baij (1906-1980), Gopal Ghose (1913–1980), Ganesh Pyne(1937-2013), Bikash Bhattacharya (1940-2006) along with a collection of Early Bengal Oil (late 1900-1930) and Kalighat (1900)
Post independence in 1947 a group of artists got together to form the Progressive Artists Group with an objective was to establish newer ways of expressing India in the post colonial era. They were profoundly influential, and the founding members were the likes of MF Hussain, Raza, FN Souza, K.H Ara among others they were the ones who were responsible for recognition of Indian art globally. All of these Masters were on display at the ART PODium 2019.
Finally there were the artworks of contemporary artists post 1985, who brought in their own very distinctive styles and subjects. We had Manjit Bawa, Seneka Sananayeke, Satish Gujral, Paresh Maity, Sakti Burman, Manu Parekh, B. Prabha, Ram Kumar, Thota Vaikuntham, Laxma Goud, B. Vithal, Bose Krishnamachari, Arzan Khambatta, Senaka Senanayake, Jayasri Burman, Sujata Bajaj, Ranbir Kaleka, Seema Kohli,A Ramachandran, Badri Narayan, Himmat Shah, Fawad Tamkanat, Ramesh Gorjala, Sachin Tekade, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Shiffali Wadhawan, Suhas Roy and Madhuri Bhaduri.
ART PODium also showcased art from upcoming artists from India, Vietnam, Singapore and Korea.
Philanthropy is another of ART PODium's objectives and a portion of sale proceeds was donated The Red Pencil (Singapore) is an Institution of Public Character and a registered charity founded in Singapore with a mission to bring the benefits of arts therapy (drawing, music, movement and dance) to children, adults and low-income families who have been through overwhelming and traumatic life circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, violence and abuse, for which they may have no words.