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150th anniversary of Monet\’s \’Impression, Sunrise’ commemorated in Paris; American artist Zoe Leonard\’s 6-year-long river project on show; and one more art news


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150th anniversary of Monet\’s \’Impression, soleil levant\’


The cornerstone of Paris’s Musée Marmottan Monet\’s collection, ‘Impression, Sunrise’, turns 150 in 2022, and the museum is commemorating the anniversary with an exhibition. From 21st September 2022 to 29th January 2023, the museum is holding an exhibition titled ‘Facing the Sun: The Celestial Body in the Arts’ that explores the evolution of the representation of the sun in the arts from antiquity to the present. The exhibition showcases the portrayal of the sun in different eras. For instance, once Christianity gained dominance in the visual arts in Europe, the sun became rare in paintings and was reduced to a circle with a human face, it provided the background to biblical scenes, along with the moon. Albrecht Dürer, Luca Giordano, Pierre-Paul Rubens, Claude Gellée known as “Le Lorrain”, Joseph Vernet, Mallord William Turner, Gaspar David Friedrich, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, and Vicky Colombet are just some of the masters featured in this exhibition, in honour of the most illustrious sunrise ever known in art history. Read more at Artdaily.

Zoe Leonard\’s \’Al río / To the River\’ on show in New York’; to travel to Europe later


In her six-year project \”Al ro / To the River\” (2016-2022), Zoe Leonard photographed the 1,200-mile section of the Rio Grande / Ro Bravo that runs between Mexico and the United States. A collection of her most recent works is on display at Hauser & Wirth\’s West 22nd Street location in New York. In their exhibition, Hauser & Wirth offers a selection of pieces comprising the larger work, ‘Al ro / To the River,’ which is made up of a total of more than 400 images. The entire piece will visit the Musée d\’Art Moderne in Paris and MUDAM in Luxembourg. Themes like gender and sexuality, loss and grieving, migration, displacement, and the urban environment are all explored in Zoe Leonard\’s art. The two-volume catalogue includes texts by over twenty contributors from a variety of fields— including art, art history, fiction, journalism, music and poetry— chosen by the artist and editor Tim Johnson to approach the river in their own right.  Leonard’s work encourages the viewer to reconsider the act of looking itself, drawing attention to observation as a complex, ongoing process. Read more at Artdaily.

Exhibition featuring self-taught artist Dipen Bose ends  on 24th September


To pay tribute to his contribution to Indian art, a solo exhibition of Dipen Bose named ‘The Invigorate Masterstroke’ is currently on show at Creativity Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village. The show began on 16th September and shall end soon on the 24th of September. It has been curated by Paramita Sarkar, who has made an earnest effort to bring together the artist’s collections and lend a deep insight into his personal life. Dipen Bose was a self-taught artist, primarily influenced by Nandalal Bose and Indra Dugar. He was also inspired by Jain and Kangra paintings, Far-Eastern Art and even Impressionism, ultimately resulting in a style akin to Bengal School. The body of paintings being exhibited has been sourced from the personal collection of the artist’s family. To know more, read India Blooms.

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