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Trash Of The Fortnight : M.F. Husain

Trash Of The Fortnight : M.F. Husain
M.F. Husain turns back to his favourite muse, Madhuri Dixit, in the 10 canvases on display at the Tao Art Gallery in Mumbai. He put it all together in just a month. The problem is, the hastiness shows. Five of the 10 displays are chemical prints on vinyl, each must have been done in just half an hour. After all, all it needs is just taking a print and daubing paint in different places. Take Chandramukhi, with Madhuri dancing in a glorious sharara. For some strange reason the top right part of the canvas has been obliterated with white paint. It displays the calculated, pointless obscurity that has become Husain’s hallmark. Another has two stills of the film and the bottom right has a sketch of a two-horse carriage. The painted canvases leave little to understand or imagine. There’s one of a straight outlined dancer with a man sprawled on the floor with a bottle and a side table adorned with a book titled Devdas. Even his biggest fans can hardly say much in favour of this Husain show. Maybe he’s best when he’s plain horsing around!
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