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On the Art Trail: This season’s exhibitions for art lovers

DEC 24, 2015 | By Jaina Chandwany

Find fuel to fire your imagination with our tantalising trail of art shows, auctions and new openings this month.MUMBAIUnderstand urban environmentsCurated by Dr Anurag Kanoria and Lajja Shah, Liminal Affinities is a contemporary art show that builds on the extensive interpretation of urban landscapes. Showcasing the artworks of four emerging artists, Digbijayee Khatua, Mainaz Bano, Mitali Shah and Sanju Kunhan, each work deconstructs the cityscape from the past to the present to reveal steady transformation, often with a hidden message. When: December 5 – January 10, 2016Where: Nine Fish Art Gallery, The New Great Eastern Mills, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla, Mumbai 27Website: www.facebook.com/ninefishgallery Travel through the time machineExploring the concept of time, In and Out of Time presents artworks of four exemplary international artists Diana Al Hadid, Adrian Ghenie, Idris Khan and Michael Kunze. The paintings depict specific time frames from notable historical events to the influence of digital imagery while also taking obscure interpretations of man’s troubled past to contemporary follies.
When: December 9 – February 3, 2016 Where: Galerie Isa, 27, Great Western Building, 1st Floor, SBS Road, Mumbai 23 Website: www.galerieisa.com
Take a tour of suburban Mumbai In his exhibition, Mumbai North, Photographer Robert D Stephens builds on his love for the city through a bird’s eye view collection of black and white photographs shot 15,000 ft above sea level. Supplementing the visual archive, are current air pollution levels and “The Mumbai Reading Room” an exhibition of rare books from the 1800’s, all related as historical references.
When: January 8 – January 16, 2016 Where: Artisans’ Gallery, 52-56, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 26 Website: www.facebook.com/artisans.centre.9
NEW DELHI
Return to your rootsVessel Redefined – An Ode to the Craft of Clay explores the evolution of the modest clay pot through the clay works of nine artists. Curated by Nehal Rachh Nandi, every collection is crafted with a silent subjectivity, while also alluding to region specific styles and techniques.
When: November 19 – January 19, 2016 Where: Terra Forma, Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka, Sector 21, New Delhi 75 Website: terraforma.in
Still frames that stop timeThe Picturing Time: The Greatest Photographs of Raghu Rai showcase exhibits 50 images to marks 50 years of the master photographer’s stellar career. The Indian Padma Shree Award winner’s collection by curatorial director Anubhav Nath comes with a 192 page publication by Aleph Book Company that captures the stories behind each image.
When: December 18 – January 31, 2016 Where: Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli, New Delhi 30Website: www.ojasart.com
Let your imagination run wildOn view as an “open studio” project, Silent Call of the Earth by Israeli artist Achia Anzi is a series of interesting installations. In his works of art, he stages a series of deep revelations around the changing significance of earth and its elements – in relation to mankind.
When: December 2 –27, 2015Where: 24 Jorbagh, New Delhi 17Website: www.gallerythreshold.com
KOLKATA
Explore your life cycleJeevansathi, an expansive media showcase as part of a multi-city arts project called Medicine Corner by The Wellcome Collection UK explores the life cycle of a human body and its contact with medical practice.  Curated by Latika Gupta, every artwork depicts the process of birth, ageing, disease and death by investigating historic, economic, social and political circumstances.
When: January 8 – February 15, 2016Where: Akar Prakar Gallery, P238, Hindustan Park, Kolkata 29Website: www.akarprakar.com
JAIPUR
Wandering with a lensFocusing on the theme of travel photography, Travel Photo Jaipur is a unique outdoor photography festival. It will showcase 14 exhibitions from all around the world at some of the city’s landmark locations including the Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and Jawahar Kala Kendra.
When: February 5 – 14, 2016 Where: Jaipur CityWebsite: www.travelphotojaipur.com