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June 15, 2016

Krishna Reddy: The Editionmaker

Text by Huzan Tata. All images courtesy the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata. Artist's image by Ram Rahman.

Enjoy a retrospective of the nonagenerian’s works in various media through the decades

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He worked at renowned painter Stanley William Hayter’s Paris studio in the 1950s, where he learnt the creation of multicolor viscosity printing, and soon became a pioneering printmaker. Born in Andhra Pradesh, artist Krishna Reddy is known for his sculptures and prints, which he created in a career spanning over 70 years. At a new exhibition in Kolkata, viewers get to see several of the artist’s viscosity prints, watercolors, photographs and sculptures in an arresting show. As the press note for the show says, “Reddy still possesses a childlike amazement for change, never reducing his practice to something that he has arrived to and stayed there. One could rather call him a constant experimenter than an innovator.” From his painted forests and brass models to photos clicked by Reddy of his own atelier, here’s a chance to take in a delightful display of the acclaimed artist’s works.

4 Questions with the artist, Krishna Reddy

  1. Artistic Motivations: “Nature inspires and motivates me. It is all around me and I learn from it every day.”
  2. Inspirations: “All artists inspire me. They are all great in their own ways and we should respect all artists. Personally I think the works of Picasso, Giacometti and Klee, and Indian miniature paintings have great importance for me.”
  3. On the wall at home: “I have the works of Joan Miro, Wayne Thiebaud, Bhupen Khakhar, Nandalal Bose, Benode Bihari Mukherjee, and Ossip Zadkine, who was my sculpture teacher in Paris.”
  4. Concerns that find a place in your art: “I think what rules the world today is selfishness and  self obsession – the culture of ‘me, me, me’. But we should be strong and conquer all of this. As an artist, I’ve evolved and now I  have a bigger understanding of my work.”

Editionmaker: Contextual Sculpture to the Conceptual is on display at Experimenter, Kolkata (2/1 Hindusthan Road) until July 16, 2016. 


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