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The Indian PanoramaFrom Ganga to Mississippi , January, 2016
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignPresident’s Lecture Series : Manav Gupta 
, November 12, 2015
BLOUIN ARTINFOManav Gupta at his musing best , April 14, 2015
Hindustan Times, Eco-friendly: Art goes from earth to earth, April 10, 2015
Matters of Art, Exploring the Holy Ganges in Clay, March 15, 2015
The Pioneer, Message in Clay, December 23rd, 2015
BBC, Ganga using Diyas and Chillams, December 15, 2014

Exotica, Manav Gupta’s unsung hymns of clay August 2013
Architecture+Design Magazine, Art feature, June 2013
Essay by Pavan K. Varma, Manav Gupta’s “unsung hymns of clay”, April 13, 2013
Mail Today, Gupta’s Green Trilogy, Friday April 26, 2013
The Pioneer, All for Earth, April 15, 2013
Sunday Times, Gupta’s “rainforest art” a Hit, February 24, 2013
Tonight Art, Kaleidoscope of Creativity, February 28, 2013
Artslink, Rainforests and the Circle of Life, March 15, 2013
Biz community.com, Rainforests and the Circle of Life exhibition in Pretoria, February 28, 2013

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Public Art Review, Manav Gupta repurposes local pottery, Issue 53 : Leading the Way | Fall/Winter, 2015
Forecast Public Art, Weaving spirituality and environmentalism in public art, November 11th, 2015
Outlook, Excavations in hymns of clay, June 1st, 2015
Millennium Post, Exquisitely etched in clay, April 21st, 2015
The Statesman, River of Clay, April 2, 2015
Deccan Herald, Magnificent Public Art Installation, April 2015
Times of India, Exploring Identities in Clay, November 29, 2014

Classic Feel, Quest for life, August 2013
Whats on!, Leading international environmental artist, speaks out. July 2013
Classic feel, Environmental Art – Unsung Hymns of clay  June 20, 2013
SABC News, Feature on Brics : Manav Gupta’s Clay River. (FEATURED YOUTUBE VIDEO)
Expresso, Renowned artist Manav Gupta’s acclaimed exhibition
Get it Pretoria, Art focuses on Nature, March 14, 2013
Media Update, Rainforests and the circle of life exhibition extended to the end of March, March 15, 2013
Record, Spectacular India Culture hits the stage, 8 March, 2013
The Times, Small wonders, February 22, 2013
Curtain Call, Rainforests and the Circle of Life, February 19, 2013

FRESH, MINIMALISTIC, INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL
In this installation, with a minimalistic approach, the artist depicts his philosophy in understated tones that touch deeply and reverberate, lingering in the mind long after the visual engagement ends.
ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN, June 2013
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(i) ALL FOR EARTH :
 Gupta’s recent mega installation uses earthen lamps as metaphors on environmental issues.
In its entirety it can fill the Tate Turbine Hall.
The artist has four entries in this year’s Limca Book of Records.
(i) Divya Kaushik, THE PIONEER
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MANAV GUPTA’s ‘UNSUNG HYMNS OF CLAY’
It represents the ability of imagination to combine with a symbol in a manner that is at once emotionally magnetic and resonant of the smell of the soil. Manav has elevated this humble piece of clay to an artistic pedestal with remarkable finesse. Its simplicity is breathtaking, but its meaning is multi-dimensional.
Pavan K. Varma, AUTHOR, DIPLOMATCalm connectedness & quiet contemplation
He speaks in poetry and visual metaphor through installations and through paintings layered in watercolour, acrylic and oils, communicating in light and colour and lyrical form, all that he perceives in nature and how it relates to his soul.
Classic Feel 
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GUPTA’S GREEN TRILOGY :
At a time when many artists turn to the west in desperate need for a brainwave, Gupta has universalised the diya – an inevitable fraction of Indian Culture – to draw attention to a contemporary issue.The installation is a metaphor where the earthen lamps signify earth.”
Adila Matra, MAIL TODAY
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KALEIDOSCOPE OF CREATIVITY
It  is the use of Indian philosophy and spirituality that centers rather than dominates the work. The approach is contemporary. Light, and thus hope, is what drives his work in a metaphorical and  practical sense.
Diane de Beer, ARTS EDITOR, PRETORIA NEWS (i)
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GUPTA’S RAINFOREST’S ART A HIT

Artist Manav Gupta is a visionary who uses his works of art to get his message across that the dire state of the earth is in the hands of mankind.
Doreen Premdev, SUNDAY TIMES, (i) SOUTH AFRICA

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Calibre enough to juxtapose it with  Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
This latest  installation reflects the brilliant conceptualisation of the artist in his inverting the everyday humble utilitarian earthen lamp to encrypt it into the river of clay resulting in many considering it to be of calibre enough to juxtapose it with  Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.
Whats on!, Johannesburg (i)

ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN, June 2013

The third edition of the travelling trilogy, ‘Rainforests and the Circle of Life’, by renowned artist Manav Gupta was recently hosted by the High Commission of India, South Africa, at the National Museum, Pretoria. The site-specific installation ‘Unsung Hymns of Clay’ using earthen lamps explores environment consciousness. Architecture+Design brings you a glimpse of the concept and treatment, which is fresh, minimalistic, innovative and original…

The earthen lamp is woven in the cultural-religious fabric of India from time immemorial. Once home, only at the time of worship, they are used as a tool at the altar. Once the prayer ends, it is discarded again to be immersed in Ganges. Its life is strange as the way of the world and the circle of life, like the unsung hymns of clay.

By using the earthen lamp as a metaphor, the artist explores glaring issues of how perception and context interplay with each other. The installation touches upon issues of equality, respect, treatment towards objects, situation, people and the essence of life beyond manmade boundaries. The pollution of the rivers, the shrinking of water and its availability and such other climate change issues have been in the artist’s ethos of work. In this installation, with a minimalistic approach, the artist depicts his philosophy in understated tones that touch deeply and reverberate, lingering in the mind long after the visual engagement ends.

Delhi-based Manav Gupta is a gifted and well-established artist who has delved in the diversity of creativity through paintings, poetry, installations, etc.


manav gupta installation review, Architecture and Design Magazine
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Manav Gupta - installation using Earthen Lamps | Unsung Hymns of clay
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Manav Gutpa’s “unsung hymns of clay”
by Pavan K Varma

Manav Gupta represents the artistic search for an authentic medium that is deeply rooted in the cultural ethos to which he is born. Exceptionally talented, especially in the startling, ingenious use of colour and light, Manav lives to push the horizons of expression without compromising the delicate aesthetic sensibility that is the hall mark of artistic fulfilment. I have known his work and his endeavours for many years now, and have been struck by his continuous effort to experiment with new forms of creativity, be it performance art in concert or his lyrical but powerful works on nature and forests.
His most recent work ‘Unsung hymns of Clay’ has made a particularly strong impact on me. It represents the ability of imagination to combine with a symbol in a manner that is at once emotionally magnetic and resonant of the smell of the soil. The earthen lamp is a part of every home in India. It is a utilitarian vessel at one level, but a powerful vehicle of reverence at another.
Its simplicity is breathtaking, but its meaning is multi-dimensional. It is easily accessible to all, and yet redolent with complexity. It is, perhaps, the one symbol that every India can identify with, and yet often, for this very reason almost taken for granted.
Manav has elevated this humble piece of clay to an artistic pedestal with remarkable finesse. For him it is the bridge between the individual and the divine. It is prayer incarnate, yearning personified. It represents the soil, mother earth, the compact with nature. Its very fragility is a pointer to both the environmental crisis we are facing and the need to do something about it.
Its versatility is a reminder that often the most beautiful things are part of our daily lives in a myriad ways and yet we are not conscious of the vibrations that imbue it. I am normally always a trifle sceptical about installation art. While some examples of this art are genuinely of calibre, many are about shock-impact and sterile gimmicry. Manav’s latest creation proves my scepticism wrong. By simply but imaginatively inverting the earthen diya he has created a work of art that cannot but deeply influence you. I was particularly struck by how he uses this clay vessel to show the plight of receding rivers, the shrinking domain of one our greatest natural assets, the unspeakable pollution and neglect of the Ganga, a river revered since the dawn of time by all Indians. One cannot stand before his installation and not be seized by an array of emotions, which taken together make a deep emotional impact, and sifted apart are about the earth, prayer, nature, rivers, human search and divine benediction.
I wish that more and more people see this installation and pause in the midst of their many preoccupations to absorb the beauty and symbolism of what he has created. 

Classic Feel, News article, Manav Gupta_1
 exotica,august 2013, Manav Gupta_1

 


Mail Today article, Manav Gupta's river of clay installation, Earthen Lmaps, Installation
 Pioneer, Manav Gupta's UNSUNG HYMNS OF CLAY ARTICLES Manav Gupta’s recent mega installation uses earthen lamps as metaphors on environmental issues. The artist has four entries in this year’s Limca Book of Records. He spoke to D Kaushik

He is known for kingsized murals. The six-floor high, 5000 sq feet in façade and 10000 sq foot  painted surface of a mural at the Airtel headquarters in Gurgaon, is among his more prominent works. Gupta employs a contemporary artistic language used to spread a message about environment conservation. He remarked, “I respect and love the earth and nature. And I have always tried to create awareness concerning environmental issues. I have worked in this field for many years. I grew up with nature and this reflects in my work.” Gupta’s latest exhibition is called Unsung Hymns of Clay. Currently showcasing in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, it features a large installation called River of Clay, which uses earthen lamps as metaphors for Indian spirituality, conveying how we use the earth to our advantage. Manav explained, “While growing up, I saw earthen lamps lying in heaps. They always seemed non-descript. But the same lamps, when lit at the altar for prayer, took on different meaning. They are considered sacred, but we discard them after their purpose is served. I used them as a metaphor for Earth. We connect to her but damage and exploit her too.” He added, “It is believed when you use diyas for worship of the lord, you do not have to purify the mud bowls with holy Ganges water, because they already are pure. Oil is poured and the wicker lit is holy. But when prayer is complete the lamp is discarded. So the title, Unsung Hymns of Clay.”He also references the pollution done to the river Ganga. The installation with over hundreds of earthen lamps appears  as a flowing water from the distance. The inverted lamps are arranged in neat, but flowing sequences. In its entirety it can fill the Tate Turbine Hall. “I have given a language to the lamps, which is minimalistic yet dramatic,” he added. Manav just returned from South Africa after the High Commission of India hosted the premiere and launch of the third edition of his travelling trilogy at the National Museum there, after two successive previous editions in recent years in US, Europe and the Middle East. It was extended by the Federal Museum, as an outreach during the BRICS Summit.  “As the exhibition focusses on sustainable development, human responses to the environment and man’s role in climate change and other environmental hazards faced, the duration of display has been extended,” informed Gupta. He took over a year to complete the installation and plans to show it in India too.

  |   | Sunday Times, South Africa, News, Manav Gupta exhibition, UNSUNG HYMNS OF CLAY
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Pretoria News, Art Editors's review of Manav Gupta exhibition UNSUNG HYMNS OF CLAY ARTICLES
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 | The High Commission of India in Pretoria is hosting one of India’s lauded artists, Manav Gupta, and his acclaimed exhibition
 | Features on the Brics members…an exhibition by contemporary Artist Manav Gupta

 

 

Poster at National Museum Pretoria- Manav Gupta exhibition