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ACAW 08: Viswanadhan Velu

Indian artist Viswanadhan Velu sits down to a conversation with critic Louise Nicholson to discuss his show Works 1968 - 2007. They talk about his childhood, his later residency in France, and his fascination with the color red. The talk took place at the Marlborough Gallery on March 18, 2008, as a part of Asian Contemporary Art Week 2008.

Viswanadhan Velu was born in India but since 1968 he has divided his time between India and France. In the context of contemporary Indian art, often concerned with mediatic realism, Viswanadhan is truly unique. He draws from Plato's philosophy as much as the Vedas, seeking the miraculous affinity between Western Abstraction and Tantric Art.

Marlborough Gallery specializes in important contemporary masters. It is located at 40 W. 57th Street.


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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