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April 04, 2014

Drawing the Line

Taking the Line for a Walk showcases 45 works of Masters in an attempt to turn the spotlight once again on drawing

It is universally believed that lines are the basis of every pictorial experience. Taking the Line for a Walk takes a look at drawing and lines as the end result rather than as a mere tool in a final product. The title has been inspired by the Swiss-born German artist, Paul Klee’s famous quote: “The line is a dot that went for a walk.”

Kamini Sawhney, curator, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, says, “Most of our exhibitions so far, have focused on paintings, and as we were sitting down and brainstorming over ideas for our next exhibition, it occurred to us that we have so many wonderful drawings in the collection which we needed to put out in the public space for our viewers to enjoy. In recent years, drawings have been overshadowed by paintings and newer art practices like installation, video art and more. We felt it was time to return to the drawing board and put viewers back in touch with the purity of the line and the intimacy of a drawing. As we explored the Jehangir Nicholson collection we discovered that we had drawings by many great artists. All of them have at some point in time worked on drawings – whether it was from early in their career like Souza and Raza or much later like a 1998 sketch that we have by Tyeb Mehta. There are wonderful drawings even by artists who were primarily sculptors like Pilloo Pochkhanawala and Sadanand Bakre.”

Forty-five works from the Jehangir Nicholson collection are a part of this showing and include a whole range of drawings dating from 1940 to 2000 by acclaimed artists including Tyeb Mehta, K.H. Ara, V.S.Gaitonde, Akbar Padamsee, FN Souza and more. Also on view are actual sketchbooks that show the finished artwork in its various stages.

Taking the Line for a Walk is on show till August 30, 2014, at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, 2nd floor, East Wing, CSMVS, Mumbai

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