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                                       & AWARDS

                                       O     f the many solo exhibitions held by Anjolie                                                                          for Visual Arts awarded to her by the Madhya

                                             Menon of her works, notable ones include
                                                                                                                                                                  Pradesh  Government  in  the  year  2018.  She  was
                                             Bhulabhai Desai Institute in Mumbai (1959);
                                       Blackheath  Gallery  in  the  UK  (1965);  Doma                                                                            also felicitated with the Limca Book of Records in
                                                                                                                                                                  2010. Films on the artist’s life have also been made
                                       Khudozhnikov in the USSR (1967); Gallerie Radicke                                                                          for networks like CNN and Doordarshan.
                                       in  Bonn  (1982);  Winston  Gallery  in  Washington
                                       (1984);  Museum  Gallery  in  Hong  Kong  (1996);                                                                          Anjolie Ela Menon has time and again, reinvented
                                       Gallery Admit One in New York (2002); Aicon                                                                                her artistic persona. These deliberate interventions
                                       Gallery in New York (2006); and Asian Art Museum                                                                           propelled her to emerge as one of India's leading
                                       in San Francisco (2006).  She has  also had  two                                                                           modernists. A pioneer in several genres in the
                                       major retrospectives held in Jehangir Art Gallery in                                                                       country, the artist has stuck to her non-conformist
                                       Mumbai  (1998)  and  at  the  National  Gallery  of                                                                        tendencies    throughout     her     illustrious
                                       Modern Art in Mumbai (2000).                                                                                               six-decade-long career without hiding in the
                                                                                                                                                                  comfort of her clichés. Her unique art style has
                                       Of the various group shows she has participated in,                                                                        amalgamated the influences of the West, her deep,
                                       prominent ones have taken place in  London,                                                                                personal experiences  and the rich heritage and
                                       including the Victoria and Albert Museum, New                                                                              diverse cultures of the country. Her signature
                                       York, Singapore, Bangkok and Washington. She has                                                                           technique too - done through layering sombre,
                                       also participated in three triennials in India and                                                                         translucent colours over time and then burnished
                                       represented the country at the Algiers Biennale                                                                            with a dry brush to achieve a textured, patina-like
                                       and Sao Paulo Biennale.                                                                                                    effect  -  has  cemented  her  position  in  Indian  art
                                                                                                                                                                  history. The themes ranging from childhood to
                                       In addition to her work being part of various private                                                                      perosnal  loss  to  the  effects  of  distance  from
                                       and  corporate  collections,  they  are  also  part  of                                                                    family, all continue to have a sense of deep
                                       various permanent collections in prominent                                                                                 sadness and nostalgia - making Menon’s work
                                       museums around the world, including the Asian Art                                                                          moving, brazen and poignant.
                                       Museum in San Francisco, National Gallery of
                                       Modern Art in New Delhi, Peabody Essex Museum                                                                              AstaGuru’s book  attempts to  celebrate  the
                                       in Massachusetts, Fukuoka Museum in Japan and                                                                              massive and ever-evolving oeuvre of the
                                       Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi.                                                                                           exceptional  artist  and  her  influence  on  Indian
                                                                                                                                                                  modern and contemporary art. Through this book,
                                       In her six-decade-long career, she has been                                                                                we hope to chronicle her fascinating journey from
                                       conferred with several awards, prominent of which                                                                          being an avid student of the many arts and
                                       are the Padma Shri in 2000, the Lifetime                                                                                   cultures the world has to offer, her many famed
                                       Achievement Award awarded to her by the Delhi                                                                              phases in life and as an artist, to becoming a
                                       State Government in 2013 and the Kalidas Samman                                                                            stalwart in the arts herself.
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