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 THE IMPRINT OF THE INSTINCT(art review)  

M F Husain  and Vijay Shinde are together in an exhibition for the first time. It is not designed to be a display of a ‘guru-shishya  parampara’, nor is it a mirroring of the younger artist work of the older.   Art Exhibition by M F Husain and Vijay Shinde
Both painters are linked by a continuous pre-occupation with the quality of vehemence that draws electric currents from figure and form  and the tableau composition.

Driving home a correspondence between the two need not be forced upon the spectator. It is important however to perceive the nature of artistic resource and visual material that go into the theatre of violence, the elemental truth of birth and decay that is opened up by two artists, ’Violence’ by M F Husain and another ‘Untitled’ by Vijay Shinde.

REVIEW
: If you have read Norman Mailer’s ‘Naked & the Dead’- you are confronted  with a  sense of horror and fear- when raw unabated violence is unleashed. The book was about the futility of war, as was Picasso’s great anti –war painting, ‘Guernica.’

From the artist's point of viewFor me Husain’s 40ft monumental saga on violence might well be one of his greatest works- a work of truly staggering proportions. In the late 70’s he produced a series of works called the ‘Silence of Cyclone.’ 15 years later in 1992 he would produce in eight parts a strong indictment of violence.

If the Cyclone and Violence series were all that he ever did, Husain would find his place in history. He would not even need ‘The Spider and the Lamp.’

It would be madness and yet I feel in some way within the narrow confines of Gallery 7, the dark and nightmarish work might be seen to its best advantage. It surrounds , engulfs and chokes you creating an atmosphere of tension, claustrophobia and oppression –suffocating you. And you do one of the three things:

You either shut the door, bolt it , lock it up and sit in a  corner crouched with fear.

Or you take a gun and shoot these scumbagsA painting by one of the artists
Or what is more likely, you look at the Husain painting and say, “What a great work of art.”

And then you go home.
Feeling slightly sheepish.

Vijay Shinde has invested his abstracts in the past with a fury and madness much like Husain or Jackson Pollock.

In this series however he has stood on the opposite side of the spectrum from Husain.
Husain has shown the threat of violence, Vijay the power of peace. One chooses black, the other white.

Husain underscores violence with a red; the red of blood. Vijay chooses the red on the forehead of the deities.
Husain’s is the angst of the real world. Vijay Shinde ‘s Utopia is of an imagined world.

Pics Courtesy: Gallery7
Festival of  Contemporary Art.

By: Latika Sidana

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