Rachid KoraÏchi Shortlisted for Aga Khan Award for Architecture
June 2, 2022
Aicon is proud to announce Rachid Koraïchi’s Le Jardin d’Afrique in Zarzis, Tunisia, has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2020-2022 cycle. The Jardin was a focal point of his solo exhibition at the gallery earlier this year: Le Chant de l’Ardent Désir.
Firstpost | S. H. Raza's centenary: Kiran Nadar talks about his immeasurable impact on the world of art
S. H. Raza
May 18, 2022
Raza’s impact on the world of art was immense and immeasurable, says Kiran Nadar. The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is currently exhibiting works that explore the acclaimed painter’s evolution as an artist
The News on Sunday | Reclaiming the future
May 15, 2022
Rasheed Araeen’s new work on display at the COMO Museum can be connected to his earlier paintings in terms of abstraction.
AtfixDaily Artwire | Iridescent Sculpture Installations, Ambiguous Ceramic Forms On View In New Exhibitions at Hunterdon Art Museum
May 11, 2022
Hunterdon Art Museum presents two new exhibitions opening Sunday, May 15, 2022. “Rina Banerjee: Blemish, In Deep Pink Everyplace Begins” and “Maxwell Mustardo: Dish-Oriented” will be on view through Sept. 4, 2022.
NJ Monthly | Fun Things to Do In NJ in May
May 1, 2022
Blemish, In Deep Pink Everyplace Begins, May 15 - September 4 at Hunterdon Museum
#ChannelsTv | Artist, Peju Alatise's Solo Exhibition 'Alafia'
April 30, 2022
Video tour of Peju Alatise's exhibition 'Alafia; at kó, Lagos, Nigeria, April 4-30, 2022.
GRN | Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue through art
April 30, 2022
Rachid Koraïchi participated in the I Conference on Islamic Ornamentation organized by the José Val del Omar School of Art in Granada.
The Kathmandu Post | ‘Art should rise above the personal’
April 9, 2021
Maharjan sat down with the Post’s Shranup Tandukar to discuss his relationship with language, his satisfaction in laborious monotony, and his opinion on personal art.
The News on Sunday | Ode to an artist
April 3, 2022
Noted artist Rasheed Araeen’s public sculpture, unveiled at Bagh-i-Jinnah recently, has the ability to draw in viewers for close inspection
This Day Live | WITH A RECENT CELEBRATION OF TWO FEMALE ART LUMINARIES, NIKE ART CENTRE UPS THE ANTE…
April 3, 2022
A steadily growing attendance at the Nike Art Centre’s last-Sunday-of-the-month Spotlight Art and Artists Review programme lets on to the fact that it is gradually catching on with the Lagos art community. Of course, this may also have something to do with the charisma of the latest featured duo, Peju Layiwola and Peju Alatise, who are among Nigeria’s leading female contemporary artists.
The Telegraph Online | Portrait of an artist and an unwritten autobiography
Francis Newton Souza
March 28, 2022
A friend salutes Francis Newton Souza on his 20th death anniversary — and expresses remorse for having let him down
OCULA | The 2022 March Meeting Contends with Global Decolonisation
March 23, 2022
Koraïchi introduced a project he initiated in Tunisia in response to the Mediterranean migrant crisis by creating cemeteries for victims to be buried and remembered with dignity.
Money Control | S. H. Raza centenary: Unpacking the universal appeal of artist S. H. Raza's works
S. H. Raza
March 20, 2022
The first physical exhibition mounted by the Piramal Art Museum celebrates five decades of Raza's work, with some special paintings from its collection.
ArtAsiaPacific | From 20th-century Paintings to NFTs: Art Dubai 2022
K. S. Kulkarni
March 16, 2022
New York’s Aicon Art mounted a retrospective of Indian artist KS Kulkarni (1918–1994), foregrounding colorful semi-abstract canvases from his late career. Fusing modern and traditional approaches, Kulkarni was inspired by landscapes, religious motifs, and everyday life.
The National | Top 12 Booths to See at Art Dubai
K. S. Kulkarni
March 11, 2022
Top 12 booths to see at Art Dubai as it returns home to Madinat Jumeirah for 2022. Dubai's pre-eminent art fair is back to its original location with more than 100 participating galleries.
STLPR | Please touch this art - Pulitzer Arts Foundation exhibition seeks audience participation
March 11, 2022
An exhibition now on view at Pulitzer Arts Foundation turns that instruction on its head. Visitors to “Assembly Required” are encouraged to pick up, fold, walk into or even wrap the artworks around themselves.
STUFF | Three tapestries smuggled out of Afghanistan are part of a new exhibition at New Plymouth Govett Brewster Art Gallery
March 12, 2022
They have been knifed, disguised and abandoned, and now three towering tapestries successfully smuggled out of Afghanistan as the Taliban took over are on display in New Plymouth.
The National | Art Dubai 2022: What to Expect at the UAE's biggest art fair
K. S. Kulkarni
March 11, 2022
One of the big events on the calendar is undoubtedly Art Dubai, with the 15th event taking place from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13 at Madinat Jumeirah. This year, the art fair is gearing up for its biggest programme thus far with more than 100 contemporary and modern galleries participating.
The New Arab | The sublime is an experience looking for context': Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi's Le Chant de l’Ardent Désir
March 10, 2022
Inimitable Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi's latest exhibition Le Chant de l’Ardent Désir is a transcendental and hypnotic experience that compels the viewer into examining our shared experiences of loss, longing, human suffering and dignity.
Elle India | 5 Women Artists Shaping the Narrative of Indian Art You Need To Know About
Anjolie Ela Menon & Rekha Rodwittiya
March 8, 2022
These women artists have consistently commanded critical acclaim for their work across the world with the diversity of their art practices and continue to be some of the most sought-after artists by seasoned collectors of Indian Art.
The Times of India | Art Exposure's NFT Debut with Paresh Maity
March 5, 2022
The world has woken up to the new transactional idiom of NFTs and India’s stellar artist Paresh Maity’s NFT debut with Artexposure as the owner , is a classic case of ownership with the physical asset as well as the digital in his historic pandemic creation The Perpetual Glare.
The Indian Express | What we Love about S. H. Raza
S. H. Raza
March 4, 2022
February 22 marked the centenary of one of India's most famous modernist painters, SH Raza. Six people -- a collector, a gallerist, artists, a teacher and a curator -- recount their favourite thing about the iconic master's art and life
Settimana | Entendre le cri des migrants
February 25, 2022
David Miliband praised the "remarkable project carried out in Zarzis, which is an inspiration to us all. All over the world there is every reason to think that nothing can change, but through your art and your determination to remind us of our common humanity, you show that special things happen when people take responsibility."
Dart International Magazine | Rachid Koraïchi: Le Chant de l’Ardent Désir
February 19, 2022
In inventing a unique artistic language, Koraïchi draws upon many languages and cultures, including those of the Berber and Tuareg peoples. Within his fold, too, are invented Chinese ideograms plus magical squares and talismanic glyphs and other auspicious signs.
L'Expression | Centre Culturel AlgÉrien
February 14, 2022
On Friday February 25, 2022 from 6:30 p.m., the Algerian Cultural Center, located in Paris, is organizing an evening devoted to the work of Rachid Koraïchi, in the presence of the artist.
The Guardian | Empty shops could be studios for next Bacon or Hirst, says leading curator
February 12, 2022
Britain’s empty high street shops and derelict department stores should be transformed into artists’ studios and galleries to bring life back to city centres, according to the outgoing director of one of the country’s leading art spaces.
Artnet news | Spotlight: Algerian-Born Artist Rachid Koraïchi Creates a Shrine for Migrants Lost in the Mediterranean Sea
February 11, 2022
Every month, hundreds of galleries add newly available works by thousands of artists to the Artnet Gallery Network—and every week, we shine a spotlight on one artist you should know. This week, Artnet spotlights Rachid Koraïchi at Aicon Gallery.
Fox 5 | The Phillips Collection Celebrates 100 Years
February 5, 2022
The Phillips Collection is marking its 100th anniversary with a new graphic installation by D.C. based artist Victor Ekpuk. FOX 5's Gwen Tolbart spoke to the artist about his work, which was inspired by ancient Nigerian script.
Mid Day | Worli traffic island gets a 'cutting' décor
February 1, 2022
The traffic island garden, which sees heavy traffic going to North and South Mumbai, now hosts a 10-foot-high installation of two hands, each holding a glass of ‘cutting chai’
Celebrity Homes | At artists Jayasri Burman and Paresh Maity’s house, songs of parrots and a special place for Durga
January 28, 2022
Everything in the three-story house was done up after careful consideration of each others’ wishes. The result: special places reserved for the couple's own art, separate work areas, and more.
Deccan Herald | The Legacy of a Polarizing Icon
January 23, 2022
This year marks the 50th death anniversary of Jamini Roy, often hailed as the father of modern Indian art. But he has had his fair share of detractors too.
The Shillong Times | Art Sans Borders
January 16, 2022
Banerjee rejects the notion that people choose to be artists. Rather, she says, “Let’s say that art is a reflex for artists and art seekers, and its boundless quality makes me work very hard and love it very much. I could also say that people never fail us; it’s our fixation on being fixed, rigid, standing in one place, that fails people, and this is where migration and ethnicity studies, postcolonialism and culture studies, queer studies keep us awake and moving as we are meant to.”
Times of India | 7 Habits of Highly Effective Hyderabadis: Artist Laxma Goud tells us what sets him apart from the rest
January 14, 2022
Working towards a better version of yourself in 2022? We bring you inspiration from some very inspiring Hyderabadis. Master draughtsman, painter, printmaker and one of the most celebrated names in contemporary Indian art, Laxma Goud tells us what sets him apart from the rest.
The Telegraph online | Debris of the old in the new
January 1, 2022
New Canvases — that’s the simple title, shorn of thematic references. But the new canvases of Sheetal Gattani, presented by Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, at its recent show — both in the gallery and online — overturned the very idea of ‘new’ being virgin, untarnished territory.
African Arts | Hidden Elements: Victor Ekpuk's Illustrations for the Daily Times of Nigeria
Ekpuk’s scribbling from the mid-1990s similarly oscillates between transparency and secrecy. Some signs may be familiar to those with a basic knowledge of nsibidi, other African ideographic systems, Nigerian current affairs, and global popular culture, while others come tantalizingly close but ultimately refuse to reveal themselves and supply any specific meaning to the narrative.
Telangana Today | The making of modern Indian Art
Jehangir Sabavala, Jamini Roy, F. N. Souza, S. H. Raza, M. F. Husain.
December 27, 2021
Artists have created a hybrid Indo-European style of paintings, thus advancing the cultural hegemony of western artistic expression
While the history of Indian art stretches back to the ancient era, the 19th century witnessed an early progression of Indian art being adapted to the western visual lexis with the emergence of Company Style painting.
Apollo | In the studio with...Salman Toor
December 16, 2021
Born in Lahore and based in New York, the painter Salman Toor depicts the lives of queer, South Asian men in imagined surroundings that draw as much from the Old Masters as they do from the modern metropolis. Toor’s scenes are often casual – his figures dance at house parties and stare into smartphones – but always meticulously composed.
My Kolkata | With River of Faith, Jayasri Burman goes back to the roots of her inspiration
December 15, 2021
For millennia now, the Ganges has been revered and disregarded in equal measure, much like women themselves [...] This and more have been a source of insatiable inspiration and curiosity for artist Jayasri Burman since her childhood, which has now culminated into a show of enormous scale called River of Faith.
Inspire Design | Capturing the Capital City
December 6, 2021
The lobby [of the Kimpton Banneker in Washington DC] also features an abstract mural by Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk in addition to work from Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, a co-founding member of Black Artists of DC.
Cultbytes | Pattern, Decoration, and the New Avant-Garde at Art Basel Miami
December 3, 2021
Kavi Gupta showed A mended heart, a lightened soul and A murmer of a prayer, both 2021 by Guyanese artist Suchitra Mattai who has used every day wearable objects tied to her cultural heritage – cut, woven, and tied vintage saris with mounts of ghungroo bells – to create new landscapes, or maps.
The New York Times | The Depths of our Humanity
December 3, 2021
One such site is Zarzis in southeastern Tunisia, where last June Rachid Koraichi, an Algerian artist, decided to build a cemetery, scented by jasmine blossoms and flowering orange trees, that he calls the Jardin d’Afrique, or Garden of Africa.
The National News | UAE at 50: artist Mohammed Kazem reflects on the rapid rise of the country's art scene
December 2, 2021
As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee, Kazem reflects on how rapidly the art scene has evolved – from once-in-a-year shows in the 1980s to an amalgamation of galleries, institutions, collectives and increasingly global events today.
Artnet News | ‘We Cannot Keep Up’: Dealers Return to a Red-Hot Market at Art Basel Miami Beach, Where VIPs Are Clamoring for Contemporary Art
December 1, 2021
Olivia Walton, who recently took over as chairperson of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art from billionaire founder Alice Walton, bought a work by Suchitra Mattai made of saris from the artist’s mother and grandmother, priced around $30,000.
domus | American Pastoral
November 19, 2021
At the Aicon Gallery in New York, Bernando Siciliano’s works of art, explicitly inspired by Philip Roth, immortalise the moments that narrate these two pandemic years.
India Today | Paresh Maity Interview
November 13, 2021
Artist and Painter Paresh Maity spoke exclusively to India Today about his latest exhibition in Kolkata. Paresh Maity is exhibiting his art in Kolkata after a gap of six years. Watch the full interview.
The Observer | "Picturing Motherhood Now" at CMA reimagines our deepest connections
November 12, 2021
The first piece in the hall is Mequitta Ahuja’s 2020 oil painting entitled “Portrait of Her Mother,” a gentle rendition of the artist’s studio with Ahuja standing in the foreground, her body turned slightly away as though she is torn between us and her work.
Indulge Express | Celebrated artist Paresh Maity's work on display at CIMA and Birla Academy of Art and Culture
November 12, 2021
Seeing how the idol makers brought the Goddess Durga to life, a seven-year-old child from a remote village in Midnapore’s Tamluk area tried his tender hands in clay molding and even managed to sell a few pieces at the local fairs for as little as 10-15 paise in the early 70s. Who would have thought back then that some 48 odd years later that very child’s artwork would sell at a premium all over the country and beyond? That’s Paresh Maity for you.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis
Featuring Victor Ekpuk and Rachid Koraïchi
November 4, 2021
Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for a new gallery, Arts of Global Africa, in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria. Evolving out of the graphic and writing systems of nsibidi, Ekpuk’s art embraces a wider spectrum of meaning to communicate universal themes.
Writing is drawing | Rachid Koraïchi at Centre Pompidou-Metz
November 6, 2021 - February 21, 2022
The exhibition juxtaposes precious old manuscripts, grouped together in three display cases, and works by contemporary artists and writers, most of which are from the Cabinet d’Art Graphique at the Centre Pompidou, in which writing is combined with imagery, sometimes even disappearing completely. This journey through inscriptions bears witness to a primordial interweaving of writing and drawing and reveals a universal vital energy. This energy circulates through gestures and lines, fragile crucibles of history, human beliefs and emotions.
The News-Herald | Cleveland Museum of Art's new exhibition 'Picturing Motherhood Now' focuses on role through wide, contemporary lens
October 20, 2021
‘Picturing Motherhood Now’ emerged during the global pandemic and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the important conversations about race that followed,” Liebert says. “I think these world events did inflect the show. They inevitably shaped the way artists were thinking, and the issues that were on the minds of our catalog contributors.
Cleveland Museum of Art | Picturing Motherhood Now
October 16, 2021
There is a long history of picturing motherhood. That history illuminates the culture from which it springs. What, then, do contemporary pictures of motherhood say about our own time?
canvas | Waters of Hope
For Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi, art has the power to enact change, and his paradisical cemetery for migrants who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean is a shining beacon of hope.
Art Review City | Nigerian-born artist and architect Peju Alatise on her back-to-back Venice Biennales, Yoruba influences, and giving back to Africa
August 11, 2021
We recently sat down with Nigerian-born artist and architect Peju Alatise at her new Glasgow studio to find out more about her back-to-back Venice Biennales, how she juxtaposes being a contemporary architect and fine artist, and how Yoruba culture has helped her work stand out in today’s global art world.
Experiment Station | Decoding Victor Ekpuk's New Installation - What Do You See?
August 9, 2021
2021-22 Sherman Fairchild Fellow Shiloah Coley speaks with Victor Ekpuk about the sociopolitical signs and symbols in his centennial commission.
Phillips | Centennial Art Commissions
May 6, 2021
Victor Ekpuk is internationally renowned for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures, which reimagine the ancient Nigerian communication system, Nsibidi, to create his own unique language of abstraction.
The News International | Fire in the Soil
January 24, 2021
What Now My Friend?, curated by Salima Hashmi at Aicon Gallery, New York (December 17–January 23) denotes the perpetual saga of strife between the oppressors and the oppressed.
Artnet News | Baltimore Artist Mequitta Ahuja on How Her New Exhibition is an Ode to Motherhood and Loss
January 11, 2021
“Ma”, the artist’s new exhibition at New York’s Aicon Gallery, includes 20 oil sketches and five large oil paintings. The works may be the artist’s most intimately personal yet—made over the past 15 months, during the final period of her mother Sonja’s life, the works are a form of grieving. Loss, healing, gratitude, and connection exist as interconnected and equal energies.
Kajal | One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect
January 3, 2021
Xpect is a self-portrait. The model is Ahuja. Her classic pose is made decidedly contemporary by her pregnant belly, the sonogram she is holding, and her slight smile. It’s a birth announcement! An Instagram trope inside a painting that is loaded with rebuttals to art history.
Cornell Business Review: Fall 2020 | Observing the Art World from Six Feet Away
The difficulty of having a show during this time is that the atrocities in the world today make it difficult to have any kind of celebration while so many around the world find themselves in mourning, but I suppose that revelation is a continuous need. I wish that people could come and enjoy it with me but I understand that that's not possible at the moment.
The New York Times | 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba | Ernest Mancoba
October 1, 2020
If museums are serious about globalizing their collections, it won't do just to pick out a few Africans or Asians or Latin Americans whose art superficially resembles what the West already approbates. Art history has to be preconceived as a perpetual migration of artists, images and ideas - across oceans, across decades. A sterling case study awaits in the upstairs space of Aicon Gallery, displaying the lean, precise, calligraphic abstractions of Ernest Mancoba (1904 - 2002), a South African painter who spent his career in Denmark and France.
artdaily.com | Solo Exhibition of the Early Work of Seasoned New York Artist Natvar Bhavsar Opens at Aicon Art
September 28, 2020
Aicon Art New York brought us through Natvar Bhavsar: Beginnings (March 1-April 6, 2019) an astonishing show on this Indian-American artist’s early color-field paintings. Now, by giving us Natvar Bhavsar: Sublime Light from September 26-October 31, 2020, the gallery is spotlighting his paintings from the late 1970s through the 1980s.
Widewalls | 11 Contemporary Artists to Watch Right Now
September 23, 2020
A contemporary American painter of African American and South Asian descent who lives in Weston, Connecticut, Mequitta Ahuja casts herself as mythic warriors, epic heroes, and power figures descending from traditions across cultures. She synthesizes her multicultural heritage into works that evoke the process of identity construction.
Bank ABC | Inauguration of 'The Face', an abstract modern sculpture that celebrates Bahrain and Bank ABC
December 11, 2019
Conceived by world-renowned artist, Victor Ekpuk, the new landmark sculpture in the heart of the Diplomatic Area pays tribute to the Kingdom and reflects the changing face of a 40-year-old institution.
CNN | Artist Victor Ekpuk's mesmerizing mural pays homage to African writing systems
June 26, 2019
Victor Ekpuk's room-sized installation, "Shrine to Wisdom," invites visitors to sit and learn, while immersed in one of his signature murals, which is based on an ancient writing system
ARTFORUM | Alpesh Kantilal Patel on Natvar Bhavsar
May 2, 2019
"There’s something about the sonorousness of the language and the richness of his color fields that connects somehow. Overall, Bhavsar’s works bring out color’s metaphysical aspects and, via his use of raw pigment, its profound physicality."
The New York Times | Frieze New York Addresses the Heat and Expands the Kitchen
May 1, 2019
Mr. Koraïchi uses Arabic semiotics and calligraphy as the basis of his work, and the booth will feature engravings, banners, tapestries and a sculpture.
Hyperallergic | Expressions of the Fullness of Being
April 6, 2019
"Bhavsar is at once a thoroughly American painter and product of Indian culture, the deeper meanings and values of which have not left him. Never, as he approaches the divine, does he lose touch with the richly cross-cultural experience that has formed him. A Bhavsar painting is immediately recognizable as his."
The Rubin | Accidentally on Purpose: Conversations with Monika Bravo and Youdhi Maharjan
March 1, 2019
The works of Youdhi Maharjan and Monika Bravo are as different as the artists’ personalities yet exemplify these ideas, and the two share strong connections in their approaches to creativity and the meaning of art.