With painting as a starting point in his artistic process, Indian artist Manish Nai developed his very personal work: his works on burlap are at the crossroads between painting and sculpture, thus revitalizing the field of abstract art relating it to daily life and to the economy of his country. After a decade of refining his burlap modeling technique, he started to experiment with mural painting, photography and three-dimensional sculpture. Recently he focalized on the empty billboards that, due to the economic crisis, are more and more present in Indian cities. He chooses the moment when the billboards are empty, between an advertising and the next one. Manish Nai relates this emptiness – which is never really so, but rather a playful layering of traces – to abstract painting. In his sculptures and painting Nai is inspired by the noise and crowdedness of Indian contemporary cities, and he puts it in relation with nature. He uses everyday objects and simple materials to create accessible works which at the same time have a very strong conceptual character. Pure forms and colors in Nai’s work lead us to a spiritual and eternal dimension. Born in 1980 in Gujarat, India, Manish Nai studied painting and drawing at the L.S. Raheja School of Art of Mumbai. He is winner of the Pollock-Krasner Fondation Prize (New-York, 2004) and of the ROSL Visual Arts Grant (United-Kingdom, 2014). His work was exhibited in numerous collective exhibitions, among other Bright Noise, curated by Girish Shahane at the Lalit Kala Akedemi, India (2014), Indian Parallax and Doubling of Happiness, curated by Shaheen Merali at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, India (2012). His works were also shown at the Mumbai City Pavilion during the 9th Shanghai Biennale, curated by Diana Campbell and Susan Hapgood (2012). Manish Nai lives and works in Mumbai, India.
Sunday 19 May 2019 at 4:00 pm
Tea time & talk about the indian art scene and Manish Nai
Saturday 18 May 2019 at 5:30 pm
Opening of Manish Nai’s exhibition
Friday 17 May 2019 at 3:00 pm
Opening cocktail of Paris Gallery Weekend
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Karsten Greve (born in 1946) studied History of Art and Law in Cologne, Lausanne and Geneva. He started his career as an art dealer and publisher in 1969. From 1970 onwards he operated the Möllenhof/Greve gallery and then opened the first of his own galleries in Cologne at the beginning of 1973 with a solo exhibition by Yves Klein. Karsten Greve opened his gallery in Paris in 1989 and in St. Moritz in 1999. His intimate relationship with foremost artists, such as Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis or John Chamberlain, provided the base for the high quality of his exhibitions program. His name is since then associated with the most important artists of the post-war avantgarde and he contributed significantly to the worldwide recognition of icons such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni or Pierre Soulages. His gallery also represents contemporary artists as well as photographers and rising young artists.
Josef Albers / Eugène Atget / Roger Ballen / Ilse Bing / Pierrette Bloch / Louise Bourgeois Brassaï / James Brown / Thomas Brummett Alexander Calder / Lawrence Carroll / John Chamberlain / Joseph Cornell / Lynn Davis / Willem De Kooning / Ding Yi / Yuri Dojc / Jean Dubuffet / Lucio Fontana / Gotthard Graubner / Loïc Le Groumellec / Leiko Ikemura / Raúl Illarramendi / Mimmo Jodice / Paco Knöller / Yiorgos Kordakis / Jannis Kounellis / Lucia Laguna / Catherine Lee / Young-Jae Lee / David Malin / Sally Mann / Piero Manzoni / Fausto Melotti / Henri Michaux / Claire Morgan / Manish Nai / Mario Nigro / Robert Polidori Norbert Prangenberg / Qiu Shihua / Gideon Rubin / Georgia Russell / Joel Shapiro / Shen Fan / David Smith / Pierre Soulages / Louis Soutter / Cy Twombly / Luise Unger / Sergio Vega / Wols / Zhou Tiehai