The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, A Painter’s Journey
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Southern Asia Art Council presents a documentary by Sundaram Tagore.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Poetics of Color: A Painter’s Journey is the first and only documentary to trace the roots of South Asian artists’ contributions to contemporary American art. Written and directed by Sundaram Tagore, this 60-minute film explores the life of noted Indian painter Natvar Bhavsar. Rich in visual imagery, the film opens in the vibrant village of Gothava, India, and follows Bhavsar as he journeys to New York City in the 1960s. Through the lens of one artist’s life, this documentary offers new insight into the South Asian diaspora.
In his first film, Tagore uncovers a forgotten history and reveals a little-known facet of American art history. Although it is common today for South Asian artists to work cross-culturally and find critical and commercial acceptance, Bhavsar was a pioneer who paved the way for subsequent generations of immigrant artists. Today, almost 50 years after his arrival in New York, Bhavsar has been recognized as having extended the language of visual art. Last year, one of Bhavsar’s largest paintings was a central focus of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition ‘The Third Mind’.
Sundaram Tagore will conduct a Q&A after the screening.
Cost: Free, Open to the public
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