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Shell [skin] opens at Koel

KARACHI: The title of an exhibition of Samina Mansuri’s artworks, which opened at the Koel Art Gallery on Tuesday, is Shell[Skin]. It is a give-away in the contextual sense, that is, with respect to the subject-matter, but not when it comes to form. This is the reason that the introduction on the invite to the […]

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Time Stilled opens at Koel

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KARACHI: A four-day exhibition of artefacts from the collection of educationist Zulekha and her journalist husband, Varis, who travelled all around the globe when they were alive, opened at the Koel Art Gallery on Tuesday. A few years before her death, Zueikha dedicated her assets to a registered charity to help the poor get proper […]

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Summer (E)scape

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KARACHI: While big exhibitions, in terms of number of artworks on display, can cause the viewer lose interest for they may feel there’s too much to choose from, it allows them to get the hang of contemporary trends. Trends cannot be understood in isolation or by witnessing a single creative individual’s effort. For that, a […]

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A tribute to rich art of Sindh

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KARACHI: Sindh — Reverberating Sounds Echo through the Desert, the exhibition that’s beginning at the Koel art gallery on April 18 (today), is a tribute to the rich tradition of art in Sindh and its artists, said artist Noorjehan Bilgirami and co-curator of the show Mohammad Zeeshan at a press conference on Thursday evening. Ms […]

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Paanchwan Period opens at Koel

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KARACHI: An exhibition of artist Fahim Rao’s sculptures titled ‘Paanchwan Period’ opened at the Koel art gallery on Thursday. It has to be said that all of the exhibits on view speak volumes for the artist’s ability of putting to good use, in Wordsworth’s words, ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings recollected in tranquillity’. Here’s […]

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Baring her soul through art

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KARACHI: Some art pieces can be disturbing. If you look at them, you can actually visualize the amount of suffering another human being has gone through, as portrayed through their depiction. It is certainly a reflection of the soul, a sensitive soul, which captures a kind of pain one can never really ascertain. Huma Bhabha’s […]

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The weightlessness of things

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Naiza Khan is one of those very few Pakistani artists who constantly reinvent themselves with the distinction that they don’t like to reinvent the wheel, as it were, but themselves. What’s noteworthy about Naiza Khan is, and it is more than evident, that she has over the years grown both in terms of experimenting with […]

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The language of lines

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KARACHI: They say if you don’t know how to draw a straight line you cannot become an artist. Wrong. If you don’t understand the language that lines speak, you’ll struggle to know what art is all about. The veracity of this observation can be gauged at the Koel Art Gallery where a three-person exhibition titled […]

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From the firmament

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KARACHI: It is common knowledge that the phrase ‘the sky’s the limit’ hints at the infinite possibilities that moving vertically entails. But there’s more to it. Artists and writers have always been fascinated by the concept of time and space. Let’s say, if everything earthly or worldly can be tried to make sense of within […]

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Pursukoon Karachi events from 22nd

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KARACHI: Two dozen events have been planned for Nov 22, 23 and 24 at three venues — Arts Council, National Academy of Performing Arts and Cantt Station — as part of the Pursukoon Karachi project, an initiative of Koel Gallery, announced artist Noorjehan Bilgrami at a press conference at the Arts Council’s Manzar Akbar Hall […]

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Floating Worlds opens at Koel

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KARACHI: Fluidity in art is best expressed when artists feel at their uninhibited best. This makes them follow their imagination like moth to flame. Sometimes imagination leads them into uncharted territories in a serendipitous way and on occasion they mould their imagination as per their whims (the latter is not always advisable unless you are […]

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The seven deadly sins

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KARACHI: Perhaps the most challenging part of an art installation is to make the aesthetics of an artwork involved in its construction commensurate with the concept that stirred the artist into creating it. Installations are a tricky art form. They often dupe the viewer by their sheer size or by talking more and saying less. […]

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Art works across a wide spectrum

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By: Anil Datta Karachi: There’s absolutely no shortage of art galleries in town to cater to the art buffs’ tastes and many of these display stuff which can be pretty weird, in the name of modern art, abstract art, and what not. However, not so with a very refreshingly varied exhibition running currently at the […]

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