The Art of Bengal at DAG Modern New York

The Art of Bengal at DAG Modern New York
"Untitled (Saithiya Baul Sampradaya, Birbhum)," 1965-1986, watercolor and gouache on paper, by Amalnath Chakladar (born 1936)
(DAG Modern)

DAG Modern New York presents a comprehensive survey of the art from the state of Bengal, which is rightly considered the first renaissance capital of India. Titled “The Art of Bengal,” the exhibition is on view at DAG Modern New York through March 15.

Being considered one of the largest ever displays of the art from Bengal under one roof, the exhibition takes an indepth survey of the contribution of the state in the development of purely Indian idiom of modern art. The exhibition features over a hundred works that provide a broad overview of the unique cultural efflorescence in Bengal that began over two centuries ago. The exhibition begins in the 19th century when local, folk artists began creating their paintings on mythological and religious themes traditionally done on cloth and later on paper, known as Kalighat pats, featuring a set of relatively large works. The heights of excellence the academic paintings achieved in Bengal is reflected in the works by Hemendranath Majumdar and Kisory Roy while the dreamy, romantic imagery of the Bengal School is showcased through its masters, Asit Haldar, Kshitinidranath Majumdar, Sarada Ukil or R. Vijaiwargiya. The exhibition showcases the rich diversity and depth of modernist art from Bengal, featuring artists such as Somnath Hore, scultpors Ramkinkar Baij and Prodosh Das Gupta, Chittaprosad, Rabin Mondal, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Nikhil Biswas, Bijan Choudhary, and others, as well as those claiming allegiance to an older Bengal order, such as Bireswar Sen. Besides artists claiming ancestry to Bengal, also featured in the exhibition are works by those who were nurtured in the state’s cultural climate, such as K.G. Subramanyan. 

— The exhibition is on view at DAG Modern, The Fuller Building, 41 East 57 Street, Suite 708, New York, NY 10022, through March 15.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the show