The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, A Painter’s Journey

Date:     Saturday, March - 19, 2011
Time:     2-4p.m.
Location:   Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The Poetics of Color, Natvar Bhavsar, A Painter’s Journey
A documentary film by Sundaram Tagore

Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Saturday, March 19, 2-4p.m.
Free after museum admission. Open to the public.

A 60-minute film screening will be followed by a Q & A with the artist Natvar Bhavsar and film producer Sundaram Tagore.

For information email,, or call Nazneen Spliedt, 650.624.8888

The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar traces the roots of the Asian artist and his contributions to contemporary American art. Written and directed by Sundaram Tagore, this 60-minute film explores the life of noted Indian painter Natvar Bhavsar as he journeys from his vibrant village of Gothava, India to New York City in the 1960s. Here he comes of age as an artist. Bhavsar works like a Tibetan mandala painter in his meditative studio in SoHo, showering clouds of dry pigment on massive canvases.

The film explores the multicultural nature of Bhavsar’s work. Recognized as a pioneer who paved the way for subsequent generations of immigrant artists, Bhavsar is considered to have extended the language of visual art. Last year, one of Bhavsar’s paintings was a central focus of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition The Third Mind. Bhavsar’s works reside in public and private collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His documentary film premiered at the 10th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Film Festival in New York City in November 2010.