“Rina Banerjee”

Women’s sculptures at the Villa Datris

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Villa Datris, a foundation for contemporary sculpture located in the small provincial town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a point of reference for antique dealers, will be honouring female artists during its 2013 exhibition, “Female Sculptors” from 28 April to 11 November. This provincial institution was founded by two aficionados of contemporary sculpture, Danièle Marcovici and Tristan Fourtine. As animators of unsubmissiveness to the empirical trends of the art market, they are active leaders in the area for the cause of contemporary art who are guided by their personal choices. “Female Sculptures” is an example of their said choices. The exhibition highlights female artists, not necessarily feminists, who claim their femininity in a field where men have dominated for a long time. “When women really want to reach the summit of international art, they succeed. I am living proof” said Niki de Saint Phalle. She was the wife of Jean Tinguely and is in fact one of the main artists represented at the event. Her work Blue Goddess – Thoëris, representing an Egyptian hybrid divinity, is a masterpiece. There are also sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Camille Claudel and Mâkhi Xenakis. The themes of the preceding exhibitions were kinetic and optical art with “Movement and Light” in 2012, and material plurality with “Plural Sculptures” in...

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Rina Banerjee: Contemporary India at the Guimet Museum

Paris 26 April 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Guimet Museum is presenting “Fantasies from the West and India” from 25 May to 26 September 2011 featuring Contemporary works by American artist of Indian origin Rina Banerjee. Born in Calcutta in 1963, Rina Banerjee left India with her family to go firstly to England and then New York in the 1960’s. She is an engineer by training but obtained a Master Degree in Fine Arts from the Yale University in 1995. The 25 works by the artist are juxtaposed with the ancient sculptures of the museum. Like a cabinet of unusual things, these works are a heteroclite assemblage of objects: sculptures combining seashells, animals’ skulls, feathers and Indian fabrics; spectacular installations of colonial items and plastic materials found in the streets of New York; dream-related and colourful drawings representing trance scenes…Rina Banerjee’s works express her belonging to both Eastern and Western worlds as well as the contradictions of the post-colonial world and the effects of globalization. Expected to last until 26 September, the exhibition is part of the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair). This is not the first time the museum combines its collections with Contemporary Art. In 2010, it chose to exhibit Pakistanis artist Rashid Rana and Chinese artist Chen Zen. With Rina Banerjee, the Guimet Museum- National Museum of Asian Art – is willing to continue supporting Contemporary...

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