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Winter Reels 2016-17 - A series of films on art and artists. [FILM SCREENING]

December-January,2016-2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art, VR-39, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

DIRECTORS: Julian Schnabel, Julie Taymor, Ed Harris, Bruno Nuytten, Amit Dutta, Laurent Bregeat, Partha Chatterjee




December 4 ,2016 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Artist-Julian Schnabel


A biographical film titled "BASQUIAT", was released in 1996, seven years after the artist's death. Directed by Julian Schnabel with actor Jeffrey Wright playing Basquiat, David Bowie played the part of Andy Warhol. Schnabel was interviewed during the film's script development as a personal acquaintance of Basquiat.


December 11,2016 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Artist - Julie Taymor


Frida is a 2002 American biopic drama film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera.The movie was adapted by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas from the book Frida: A biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. It was directed by Julie Taymor.



January 8, 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art
Directed by - Ed Harris

Pollock is a 2000 biographical film which tells the life story of American painter Jackson Pollock. Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lee Krasner, Pollock's wife. Ed Harris received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pollock. The film was a long-term personal project for Harris based on his previous reading of Pollock's biography. 


Camille Claudel

January 15, 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by - Bruno Nuytten


Camille Claudel is a 1988 French film about the life of the 19th century female sculptor Camille Claudel. The movie was based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's brother, the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel. It was directed by Bruno Nuytten, co-produced by Isabelle Adjani, and starred her and Gérard Depardieu. In 1989 it received five César Awards, including the César Awards for Best Film and Best Actress  and Isabelle Adjani received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival


January 22, 2017| Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by - Amit Dutta


Nainsukh is an Indo-Swiss film by Amit Dutta about the most important Indian painter of the 18th century. Nainsukh was the central force in the development of Pahari painting in the middle of the eighteenth century. The images of NAINSUKH are stunning. The comparisons with the paintings could not be clearer, but what astonishes people most is the ability of Amit Dutta to compose those images, and even more, to light them. The lighting is breathtaking. It tells people why Nainsukh would have taken such care with details, maybe especially with the folds of cloth. The film was at the International Film Festival in Venice in 2010 in the section Orrizonti its premiere and has since been shown at numerous film festivals. It is the first filmography of an Indian artist. The ‘Film Comment’ magazine had rated ‘Nainsukh’ as one of the top ten films of the 67th Venice film festival.


B C Sanyal

5 February 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by – Partha Chatterjee


B. C. Sanyal, The Padma Bhushan, painter of” The flying scarecrow”, “Cow herd’, ‘Despair’ and’ Way to peace’, India's highest award achiever in visual arts, the Lalit Kala Academy Fellowship for lifetime achievement by Lalit Kala Academy, Mr Sanyal is a man from Black and white era to the Colour era(22 April 1901 – 9 August 2003), the doyen of modernism in Indian art, was an Indian painter and sculptor and an Art teacher to three generations of artists. During his lifetime he not just saw the partition of the Indian subcontinent three times, 1905, 1947 and 1971, but also witnessed 20th century Indian art in all its phases


He was awarded the Lalit Kala Academy Fellowship for lifetime achievement by Lalit Kala Academy, India's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, Padma Bhushan award in 1984 by Government of India, the honorary citizenship of Baltimore, USA in 1989, Visva Bharati University's Gagan Abani Puraskar in 1993 and the Government of Assam's SankarDev award in 1999.


M F Hussain

12 February 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by – Laurent Bregeat 


Maqbool Fida Husain (29 November 1913 – 9 June 2011) was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG).


Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His early association with the Progressive Artists’ Group, or "PAG of Bombay '' used modern technique, and was inspired by the "new" India after The Partition of 1947. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre. His themes—sometimes treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career, and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works.


Often referred to as the "Picasso of India", M.F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Some of his later works stirred controversy, as they depicted traditional Deities of India in non traditional ways.


He also directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through The Eyes of a Painter. In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, a film he worked on with his artist son Owais Husain, which was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


Sayed Raza

19 February 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by – Laurent Bregeat 


Sayed Haider "S. H." Raza (22 February 1922 – 23 July 2016) was an Indian painter who lived and worked in France since 1950, while maintaining strong ties with India.


His works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy. He was awarded the Padma Shri and Fellowship of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1981, Padma Bhushan in 2007 and Padma Vibhushan in 2013.He was conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) on July 14, 2015.


He became one of India's priciest modern artist on 10 June 2010 when a seminal work, ‘Saurashtra’ by the 88-year-old was sold for 16.42 crore ($3,486,965) at a Christie's auction


He has also founded the 'Raza Foundation' in India for promotion of art among Indian youth, which also gives away Annual Raza Foundation Award, to young artists in India.


Akbar Padamsee

26 February 2017 | Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art

Directed by – Laurent Bregeat 


Akbar Padamsee (born 12 April 1928, Bombay) is a contemporary Indian artist and painter, considered one of the pioneers in Modern Indian painting along with Raza, Souza and M. F.  Hussain. Over the years he has also worked with various mediums from oil painting, plastic emulsion, water colour, sculpture, printmaking, to computer graphics, and photography, as worked a filmmaker, sculptor, photographer, engraver, and lithographer. Today his paintings are among the most valued by modern Indian artists. His painting ‘Reclining Nude’ was sold for USD 1,426,500 at Sotheby's in New York on 25 March 2011. 


He was awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship (Lalit Kala Ratna) by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Arts, in 1962, the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh Government in 1997 for Plastic Arts and the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour in 2010.


In late 1950, Raza was awarded a French government scholarship, and he invited Padamsee to accompany him to Paris. Padamsee left for Paris in 1951, where artist Krishna Reddy introduced him to the surrealist Stanley Hayter, who became his next mentor. Padamsee soon joined his studio, "Atelier 17". His first exhibition was held in Paris in 1952. The artists exhibited anonymously, thus he shared the prize awarded by the French magazine Journal d'Arte with the painter Jean Carzou.

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