Print Art at JKK


Jaipur’s cultural hub, Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) has thrown open its refurbished print-making studios today with three exhibitions on print art.

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. A print may be known as an impression.

The Print Arts on display are ‘The Printed Picture’, ‘Khel’ and ‘Prints from Rajasthan’. The exhibitions will extol the history and process of print making within Rajasthan, India and abroad.

‘The Printed Picture’ — Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking charts printmaking’s eventful journey in India from its inception as a tool of the colonial enterprise to its rapid success in the printing industry in the 18th century. It also traces the entry of the Indian bazaar print in the hands of the artisan as well as the art school trained artist. The exhibition is curated by artist and scholar, Dr Paula Sengupta.

The exhibition ‘Prints From Rajasthan’ will showcase the work of key artists from Rajasthan and their contribution to the genre of print making in India over the past five decades.

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The exhibition ‘Khel’ showcases the intelligent yet playful response by artists from 14 different countries to three ancient games Ganjifa, Saanp Sidi and Shatranj invented in India and Middle East. Referring to the various paradoxes of life, the games are interpreted by the artists, using different formal approaches to their socio political realities. Both these exhibitions have been curated by Kavita Shah, who is herself a renowned print maker based in Baroda.

The exhibitions will be on till October 8 (except Mondays) from 11 am to 7 pm at the Museum Galleries of JKK.

Jaipur, JKK, Print Art, Paula, Sengupta, Picture, Kaviat Shah

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