Dance Festival of India Art Exhibition

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This September 19th - 21st there is a magnificent "happening" at the New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street (http://www.nyaa.edu), a one-of-a-kind art show of mixed media artworks by New York-based contemporary artist Pratima Naithani (http://www.pratimanaithani.com). This unique series was created to display a contemporary view of India's rich, ancient heritage. The unusual blend of past and present creates a rarely seen representation to western audiences, but also brings a certain nostalgia to her audiences in the East. This conversation makes her one of the more emotionally charged artists.

... Each artwork is transformed by altering the original context to completely reinterpret and reconstruct a minimalist narrative ... alternating notions of time and space by pairing archaic refinements with modern austerity...

This September 19th - 21st there is a magnificent "happening" at the New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street (http://www.nyaa.edu), a one-of-a-kind art show of mixed media artworks by New York-based contemporary artist Pratima Naithani (http://www.pratimanaithani.com). This unique series was created to display a contemporary view of India's rich, ancient heritage. The unusual blend of past and present creates a rarely seen representation to western audiences, but also brings a certain nostalgia to her audiences in the East. This conversation makes her one of the more emotionally charged artists.

Forty-five artworks, created on paper using traditional techniques, the artworks depict different forms of classical Indian Dance. Naithani explains, however, the presentation of content in her art digresses from tradition by dissecting the elements of subjects to their raw form. "... Each artwork is transformed by altering the original context to completely reinterpret and reconstruct a minimalist narrative ... alternating notions of time and space by pairing archaic refinements with modern austerity...". The art is framed unusually with beautiful sari borders. The show catalogue contains these spectacular images.

The artist has had solo shows at the Visual Arts Gallery in New Delhi, Jehangir Gallery in Mumbai, and a show sponsored by Rolls Royce at the December Miami Art Basel. Some of the group shows in which Naithani's work has appeared are Engendered at Lincoln Center, Erasing Boarders 2008, and the Asia Society show Fatal Love at the Queens Museum. The current show at New York Academy of Art was commissioned by the Dance Festival of India 2008 (http://www.dfi08.org), and sponsored by The ARCH, Inc.

Ms. Naithani graduated from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. Being born in the US of an El Salvadorian mother and Indian father has contributed to a strong intercultural dialogue at home, which is a major source of inspiration for her creative projects. She travels extensively, splitting the majority of her time between New York and India, but also taking every opportunity to absorb the cultures of many other destinations, collecting and archiving the intellectual mental images of past and now, which ultimately are the basis for her creative work.

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TIMINGS FOR EXHIBITION:
September 19th (Friday) 10am - 8pm
September 20th (Saturday) 10am - 6pm
September 21st (Sunday) 10am - 6pm

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