A few weeks ago the artist IMPREINT presented a new project with the sophisticated title ‘semantic’ that will run permanently in the refreshing and inspiring atmosphere called the ‘the space‘. With this new work the artist decided to engage the viewers on single words. I’m here to understand more.
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.
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.
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 details of the auction are available here.