If an artist is also articulate, it's a bonus for art aficionados and neophytes alike as that affords vivid glimpses into the mind behind the oeuvre. Critics and reviewers, of course, have less elbow room then. Happily, snow-haired A Ramachandran, whose two-part retrospective is on at New Delhi's Lalit Kala Akademi, is one of those rare artists.
And that is why the meticulously mounted show (on for an all-too-brief two weeks, ending this Tuesday) is such a treat. Each facet of his nearly six-decade-long artistic journey is not only visually represented via paintings, sculptures and studies, but told in his own words. The canvases are large, the sculpted figures—including a striking 'Monumental Gandhi'—wondrously fragile and his studies sure and sharply observant.
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