Upward Movement: NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

Yesterday evening opened the second solo exhibition of the artist NS Harsha at Victoria Miro. Rarely I leave Miro’s gallery disappointed, but this time attending was a real pleasure for the eye and for the soul too.

NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

Harsha next to his painting ‘Chamber Concert’

Harsha is an Indian artist and on his works there is a clear imprint of Hindu culture – research for spirituality, inner peace, contact with nature and animals. But they also face the reality of our period: the penetration of technology and industrialisation. What makes a difference in Harsha’s work is the serenity how it walks us through his visions and the gentle, delicate yet distinct brushstrokes. Paintings like Harsha’s are hard to find these days: the well painted self-expression of a beautiful soul.

According to the press release, the artist has cited Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as a point of reference, and the paintings emphasise how a quest for higher meaning sits alongside the absurdity of everyday existence.

Upward Movement will be on show until 25 April in the Mayfair gallery.
NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

‘Why’ – details

NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

‘Why’

NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

‘Only Way Is through Milking Way’

NS Harsha at Victoria Miro

‘Mooing Here and Now’ – details. Image courtesy of Victoria Miro

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall – IMPREINT’s Self portrait

The Daily Post announce a photo challange every week, choosing a theme and they receive hundreds of curious submissions. This week the theme is ‘wall’ and I’ve decided to submit a photo of IMPREINT‘s Self-portrait because I find it interesting how it transforms the way how we see the both the wall and the artwork itself.

The location of the wall is IMPREINT space.

IMPREINT self-portrait

‘Self-portrait 1’ from the archive of the artist

In response to Daily Posts Weekly Photo Challenge ”Wall

Sotheby’s Bear Witness

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the preview exhibition of Bear Witness in London’s Sotheby’s. The house’s one of the largest ever auction was about contemporary artworks and the gallery was transformed in the spirit. Sotheby’s took a brave step to present the exhibition in this way. The whole evening felt revolutionary and a real pleasure to see and experience. The entire collection belonged to an anonymus vendor whose passion for the modern art was completed by that for the bears and skulls, which have also been auctioned alongside the artworks.

The auction took place on the 10, 11 and 12 of March and I was very curious to see the results. The total sales have risen above £36 million, with higlights such as Rothko’s Untitled (£3.397.000), Gerhard Richter’s Sternbild (£1.565.000) or Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, Attesa (£1.865.000).
The details of the auction are available here.
Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

Francesto Clemente

Francesto Clemente

Kader Attia

Kader Attia