Established in 1997 Threshold Art Gallery is a space for art, ideas and discourse. The gallery fosters relationships between artists, academics and the larger ecosystem that nourishes the art community, the audience, the collector, art fairs and finally the museums.
The gallery highlights the strength of established masters and converges on rising talents at the Threshold of strong flights. Threshold has a defined role to focus attention on the vibrancy, sensitivity, richness and depth of the art from the subcontinent.
The gallery focuses on Solo showings by a stable of select artists and on well researched and curated exhibitions.
Their roster of artists ranges from those who work with traditional materials as well as experimental process-oriented works, where the gallery provides artists a platform for pushing the envelope.
Tunty Chauhan, Director
Tunty Chauhan (b 1965 in Shimla) established Gallery Threshold in 1997 in Vizag . She had an early exposure to art, craft and textiles through her mother who is an artist and father , an asthete with a fine eye for all things beautiful .
She began as a collector, as her passion for art deepened and friendships with artists grew, she found herself immersed in art as a gallerist. Her first few exhibitions were with crafts and indigenous artists. She began collaborating with the Fine Arts Department, Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam where the family lived at the time. Ravinder Reddy was the Head of Department of sculpture and V Ramesh was the Head of Department of painting. It was through these early forays in the 1990s that she established her gallery. She invited over 40 artists to present their work through slide-shows and lectures.
Her earliest curatorial ventures included Paradigms I and II which drew acclaim for curatorial sensitivity. The other important exhibitions that followed were, Drawing the Line, Angkor –The Silent Centuries, Body Mind and Soul, Mapping Memories,The Lost Sparrow ,Humour, Wit & Satire and more recently ‘Revisiting Beauty’ and ‘Verdant Memory’. Each of these shows was thoroughly researched and exhibited with an equivocal lucidity.
Tunty's work has been sustained and nourished over the years through her relationship with artists and love for travel. ‘Mapping Memories’ was a living project born out of this passion. It is an ongoing journey that has covered three continents, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Burma, Bali, Greece and finally China, over three years. Amongst the several workshops held in India, the Pondicherry camp located at the theatre campus stands out. These destinations were ideal choices, being melting pots of culture and creative inspiration.
Her well-honed intuition and discerning eye led her to collaborate and bring forth some hidden gems like V. Ramesh, Shanti Swatoopini, Achia Anzi, Vipul Kumar, Priya Ravish Mehra and Anindita Bhattacharya among others.
The artists she works with have been collected and showcased by leading Museums and Biennales, nationally and internationally. More recently V. Ramesh, at the American University Museum in Washington, Priya Ravish Mehra at the Kochi Murziris Biennale and Achia Anzi at the Yinchuan Biennale.
Tunty’s vision is to incubate a space that not only promotes art through exhibitions but to encourage a discursive field through a regular program of discussions and workshops.
Tunty Chauhan's journey with Threshold, spanning two decades, is filled with insight and ingenuity nourished by an equal dose of passion and tenacity.
She currently lives and works in New Delhi where Gallery Threshold, is one of the well-established, though quieter galleries.
THRESHOLD ART GALLERY
C-221, Sarvodya Enclave
New Delhi- 110017
(Sunday by appointment)