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samedi 16 février 2019

The catalyst named Feroze Gujral


Source The Hindu by Georgina Maddox
Feroze Gujral is in London when we get her on the phone, at the Tate Modern. Though we aren’t privy to the why of her visit, as one of India’s leading patrons of South Asian art, we are expecting interesting projects in the near future. She is, after all, the impetus behind initiatives like the VS Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim (2014), and My East is Your West collateral event — a collaboration between India’s Shilpa Gupta and Pakistan’s Rashid Rana — at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). “We are a massive sub-continent and we cannot be ignored. We need more philanthropy for the younger generation,” says Feroze.
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dimanche 10 février 2019

Inspired by Indian Railways, Japan set to engrave ‘Madhubani’ art on its trains


Source Opindia
According to the reports, Japan authorities have requested the Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry to send a team of Mithila artists so that Japan can emulate the art form on its trains. A railway ministry official has said that a team of Madhubani artists may be sent to Japan. India and Japan, one of the successful democracies in the world, shares an immense cultural, spiritual and religious relationship between each other translating into other political, economic and security areas of co-operation. The cultural similarities between the two countries and the influence that India has on Japan have been manifested throughout history as several Indian languages have influenced Japanese culture.
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mercredi 6 février 2019

Art, and nothing more: The Irregulars Art Fair is back


Source Hindustan Times by Aditya Dogra
Co-founded by Tarini Sethi and Anant Ahuja, the fair in its second year has grown exponentially over the last year, and manages to subvert the concept of art being an affair of the elite beautifully. “One could say that our first edition was a little rushed. We just wanted to do this, and went ahead with it. But, this year we have more curators who have carefully put together this fair. In our first year, we had 56 artists in total, and this year we have over 150. So, one could say that we’ve tripled in scale. The theme this year is Alternate Realities, and each exhibit offers something interesting for the visitors. This always has, and will continue to be a space for independent artists to take the centre stage; we’re just doing our best to keep that going,” says Abuja.
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mardi 5 février 2019

India Art Fair 2019 Proves The South Asian Market Is On The Rise


Source Harpers Bazaar by Rebecca Proctor
The fair’s 11th edition reported swift sales for regional and international galleries alike attesting to the growth of the South Asian art market. At this year’s India Art Fair, the country’s largest modern and contemporary art fair, 75 galleries gathered in New Delhi from 24 Indian and international cities. While the fair, which saw its last day yesterday, featured a majority of South Asian, predominantly Indian galleries, this edition witnessed a continued presence from international art world heavyweights, namely David Zwirner, Blain|Southern, Grosvenor Gallery and neugerriemschneider, which participated for the first time. The overall sentiment was one of increased confidence in the Indian art market – one much more positive than in previous years.
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lundi 4 février 2019

Jane and Kito de Boer on why Indian art is at such an exciting phase -- and how to spot the next big artist


Source Times Now by Akrita Reyar
“Art is key to understanding a society. Our collection of Indian Art helped peek into the soul of the nation. No nation can be understood by others if it does not understand itself. One of the reasons that China in its 5-year plan a decade ago made Art and Culture a ‘Strategic Industry’ was because it understood the power of culture to engage with its own people to shape a narrative of their national identity. This also helped communicate the best ‘face’ of China to the outside world. Culture is also a good business.” “The ability of Art and Culture to decode the soul of a nation is a help to diplomacy. As a diplomat, you want to seek understanding beyond the facts and figures. Painting, poetry, literature, music and dance are powerful ways to transmit what people stand for, what makes them sing. Culture is a bridge - it comes from a place of love - and this is a powerful diplomatic asset.”
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dimanche 3 février 2019

Watch: Hip-hop band Swadesi’s new song asks for Mumbai's Aarey Forest to be saved from ‘development


Source Scroll In
The multilingual hip-hop band Swadesi has released a new video in collaboration with activist Prakash Bhoir and The Aarey Collective. The video tries to draw attention to the alarming rate of destruction of Aarey Forest under the guise of development. Aarey Forest is the only green patch of significant size in the northern suburbs of Mumbai. The Warli people live in the area, and constant development projects are threatening them with displacement and loss of livelihood. The Marathi rap song, titled The Warli Revolt, is something of a war cry. It begins by outlining the history of the Warli people, and then goes on to suggest that development projects are selling “fake progress” for profits. The song threatens a “massive revolution” against the cutting down of the forest.
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jeudi 31 janvier 2019

The market is hot for modern Indian art


Source Apollo by Emma Crichton-Miller
In 1947, in the turbulent aftermath of Partition, six young men in Bombay – Krishnaji Howlaji Ara, Sadanand Krishnaji Bakre, Hari Ambadas Gade, Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza and Sayed Haider Raza – united to form the Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG). With leftist leanings and a desire to forge a new idiom freed from imperialist influences, they turned for inspiration to international modernism – above all, Picasso, Kandinsky and Klee – alongside South Asian high art and folk traditions. By the early 1950s they had been joined by Krishen Khanna, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde and Mohan Samant, while Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta and Akbar Padamsee also became closely affiliated with the group. Souza laid down their principles in a 1948 manifesto: ‘Today we paint with absolute freedom for content and technique, almost anarchic…’
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India Art Fair 2019: The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) displays an exceptional collection


Source Architectural Digest by Avantika Bhuyan
It is this newer way of looking at existing collections that forms the heart of the curatorial philosophy at MAP. Founded by Abhishek Poddar, the institution is all set to be the largest private art museum in southern India, with a growing collection of over 15,000 works of art, dating from the 12th century to the present. To be housed within a state-of-the art space in Bengaluru, with an auditorium, a research library, education centre, storage, and a specialised art research and restoration facility, the museum’s holdings have been categorised into six key areas: modern and contemporary, photography, folk and tribal, popular art and textiles, craft and design, and pre-modern art. However, the team at MAP seeks to look beyond these categories to trace and map relationships between artistic disciplines. “At the India Art Fair, MAP will explore this curatorial strategy — combining photography and painting, as well as what’s previously been considered as ‘low art’ and ‘high art’, or ‘contemporary art’ and ‘tribal art’,” says Gaskell.
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mardi 29 janvier 2019

Why this edition of the India Art Fair might be its most exciting yet

Source Vogue India by Avantika Bhutan
From the headlining artists, including the iconic Chinese artist-activist, Ai Weiwei, and Icelandic-Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, to performance art interventions by Mithu Sen, Yasmin Jahan Nupur and the freshly-instituted “Young Collectors’ Programme”, there’s a lot that’s shaking up the India Art Fair 2019. A few themes spill over from last year too, like having 70 per cent of the space reserved for Indian galleries, and the rest for the ones from abroad. With quality trumping quantity, the list of exhibitors has witnessed a slight cut—from 78 in 2018 to 75 this year. One will also see a host of international galleries make their debut this year, including Neugerriemschneider from Berlin and the Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto. Here are six reasons why you cannot miss IAF 2019.
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Direction l’Inde


Source Art Price
Le Marché de l’Art indien révèle une forte croissance au cours des derniers mois. Le produit de ventes annuel de 2018 affiche en effet une hausse de +29% par rapport à l’exercice précédent, soit une croissance bien supérieure à celle des autres acteurs asiatiques, exception faite de la Corée du sud. Un peu plus de 1 400 œuvres d’art se sont vendues en Inde au cours de l’année 2018, ce qui s’avère très peu pour satisfaire la demande intérieure, en témoigne un taux d’invendus particulièrement bas de 7%, tandis que la moyenne mondiale dépasse les 30% d’œuvres invendues. Le résultat annuel des ventes aux enchères s’élève, lui, à 72,5 m$, plaçant l’Inde en douzième position mondiale du Marché de l’Art, derrière l’Australie.
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The upcoming Chennai Photo Biennale promises to be a treat


Source The Hindu by Rohan Manoj
What do we see through a glass darkly? Mere reflections, or a façade hiding an eldritch realm that lies just beyond our ken, populated by demons plotting to invade the material world and devour all mankind? The ancient Chinese believed the latter, dubbing these creatures the ‘fauna of mirrors’ — and this concept has been adopted as the title for the second edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB). “It’s not a theme as such,” says artistic director Pushpamala N., who views it in broader terms, “as a metaphor for photography itself, a mirror portal that creates another world.” A parallel world that is “familiar yet strange, perhaps friendly and intimate, sometimes mysterious and hostile — but always magical.”
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Behind the Mask: Artist Pushpamala N on her new exhibition


Source The Indian Express by Vandana Kalra
Less than a month before the Chennai Photo Biennale opens on February 22, its artistic director Pushpamala N is both preoccupied and excited. “When photography went digital, people said photography is dead but it is proliferating in so many different ways,” says the Bengaluru-based artist. A reflection of her own oeuvre, she has chosen not to have a single overarching theme for the Biennale in its second edition. The title “Fauna of Mirrors” is an old Chinese myth that proposes an alternate universe and Pushpamala says she “will argue around the myth to see the practice of photography as a mirror reflection of modern life, creating a parallel world of images — familiar yet strange, perhaps friendly and intimate, sometimes mysterious and hostile — but always magical.”
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Amar Kanwar ou l’art de présenter le monde comme il ne va pas


Source Le Monde par Roxana Azimi
Amar Kanwar est sérieux. Résolument sérieux, dans chaque propos, dans le moindre geste, même lorsque, consciencieusement, il sucre son thé à l’excès. Regard triste, voix grave, l’artiste indien n’est pas là pour amuser la compagnie, mais pour documenter le monde comme il ne va pas. Depuis vingt ans, il a fait de la violence, physique, psychologique, sexuelle, étatique, le cœur d’une œuvre filmique politiquement engagée. A partir du 12 janvier, il expose à la galerie Marian Goodman, à Paris, une envoûtante installation vidéo conçue comme une parabole, sans indication de lieu ou d’époque. L’histoire fictive d’un mathématicien célèbre qui aurait choisi de s’isoler au fin fond de la forêt pour mieux percer, dans l’obscurité, le mystère des grandes questions philosophiques.
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Jitish Kallat’s deeply-reflective third solo at Galerie Templon, Paris marks his return to painting


Source Architectural Digest by Shaikh Ayaz
Kallat’s new show, titled ‘Phase Transition’ that opened at Galerie Templon, Paris on January 12, once again reveals his fixation with closing the distance between order and disorder, myth and time, and the conceptual and gestural. If you find references to his own work in the current exhibition, Kallat is quick to point out that there may be remnants of “earlier discarded paintings,” suggesting a continuity of themes that any artist returns to time and again.
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samedi 26 janvier 2019

Delhi’s Gallery Espace morphs into a miniature studio with Manjunath Kamath’s new show


Source Architectural Design by Uma Nair
Strongly influenced by folk and traditional art forms as well as literature, the imagery in Kamath’s current body of work, that includes drawings and a terracotta platter reflects a decorative and narrative quality akin to Indian and Persian miniatures. Unfolding Moon attempts to unveil the unseen and unsaid, without losing its playful and mysterious quality. The rendering of characters is very close to those seen in fables, and within the pictorial space we see a mosaic of memories. Manjunath is meticulous in placement and creates a myriad mapping of deeper resonance. It’s like Moghul Persian Islamic and Indian design dynamics interlinking to create a mosaic of world cultures.
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India Art Fair: In capital form?


Source The Hindu by Elizabeth Kuruvilla
Despite a few bumps along the way, including a majority stakeholder moving out, the 11th edition of the annual contemporary art fair is forging ahead — with 75 participants, curated walks and more. The India Art Fair seems to be in a state of flux. About a year and half after the MCH Group, which runs the prestigious Art Basel, acquired a majority 60.3% stake in the fair, it is ready to sell. Significant cost-cutting measures after losses the group incurred led to the axing of the regional art fair initiative, under which it had bought IAF. There’s a lot to take in. A brief guide on what you must not miss at the 11th edition:
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vendredi 25 janvier 2019

India Art Fair 2019: Exhibitions to See


Source Ocula by Kanika Anand
India Art Fair runs from 31 January to 3 February 2019, with IAF Director Jagdip Jagpal highlighting the inclusion of talks, walk-throughs, screenings, live events, and performances, including Word and Hopes, Yasmin Jahan Nupur's six-hour performance that interrogates the boundaries between spectator and performer. A series of seven collector's masterclasses will also take place, with advice on buying at auction delivered by head of sales for South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art at Christie's, Nishad Avari, on 3 February. Supported by curator and researcher Sitara Chowfla, this edition will be more focused and better integrated with parallel exhibitions across the city. Here is a selection of shows to see in and around New Delhi during the fair.
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mercredi 23 janvier 2019

No Subodh Gupta works at India Art Fair, artist to also give JLF a miss

Source Business Standard
Leading contemporary artist Subodh Gupta, a regular at the India Art Fair, will not be part of the annual show this year and will also skip the Jaipur Literature Festival, where he was scheduled to speak, organisers of the two events said Tuesday. Gupta, whose works have been represented in the past by both Indian and international galleries at the India Art Fair (IAF), was accused of repeated sexual misconduct by several women who made anonymous complaints in December last year. The high profile artist had denied the allegations, saying they were entirely false and fabricated.
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lundi 21 janvier 2019

Filling Art History’s Feminist Gaps


Source Hyperallergic by Sharmistha Ray
Two museum retrospectives that opened this past December by women artists on opposite sides of the world — Judy Chicago in Miami and Navjot Altaf in Mumbai — offer further proof that histories have far too often suppressed less than convenient truths for art worlds patronized and dominated by men, whether they be the United States, India, or anywhere else. Both exhibitions address important feminist perspectives on history and language, systems of knowledge and formal issues, revealing the contemporaneity and urgency of these ideas.
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mardi 15 janvier 2019

Archive of a dancer who created modern dance on its own Indian terms


Source The Asian Age by Sunil Kothari
Chandra had a flourishing dance career. But she was not satisfied with performing Bharatanatyam with the mythological themes and songs. It was on 30th December that I was asked to inaugurate an archive of renowned dancer Chandralekha. Sadanand Menon, who is the managing trustee of Spaces at 1 Elliot ‘s Beach Road, Besant Nagar and looks after the Spaces and Chandralekha’s archival material, books, photographs, reviews, writings, video recordings of her works, interviews and several other things, had asked me to inaugurate the Archive Building. He had also asked me to speak about Chandralekha as I was one of her oldest friends. She was known as Chandra to all her friends. Her close friend and associate was the well-known painter, designer and multi-faceted artist Dasharath Patel. His paintings, ceramics, photographs and several other materials are also being looked after by Sadanand. As a matter of fact, Sadanand, Dasharath and Chandra worked together. Sadanand had also curated an exhibition of photographs, paintings, ceramics, etc. for National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. A documentary film is also made by Iffat, a filmmaker from Jamia Millia.
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Voices from South Asia


Source The Pioneer
Art galleries are everywhere, but there’s a lot more beyond that world. The India Art Fair has become a pilgrimage of sorts for art lovers in the country as well as abroad offering insights into cultural landscapes and initiating dialogues on various states and cities. This year the fair aims to discover modern and contemporary art from South Asia, presenting 75 exhibitors from 24 Indian and international cities. Featuring a diverse selection of contemporary art galleries from across India, the fair will also continue its tradition of presenting works by leading modernists like FN Souza, Tyeb Mehta, Raja Ravi Varma, Akbar Padamsee, and Ram Kumar.
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McClung Museum Opens Exhibition Featuring Art from Indigenous Communities in India


Source by The University of Tennessee
Indigenous artistic traditions of India are on display at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture as part of its new exhibition, Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India. The exhibition opens February 1 and will remain on view through May 19. Many Visions, Many Versions presents the work of contemporary artists from four major indigenous artistic traditions in India. The exhibition features approximately 80 paintings and a film created by 24 significant Indian artists including Jangarh Singh Shyam, Jivya Soma Mashe, Sita Devi, and Swarna Chitrakar. Many Visions, Many Versions explores the breadth and variety of cultural traditions in India, revealing a dynamic aesthetic that is deeply rooted in traditional culture yet vitally responsive to issues of global concern.
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dimanche 13 janvier 2019

Movement JIVYA SOMA MASHE & CRISTIAN CASTELNUOVO


Source :CENTRO FOTOGRAFICO CAGLIARI presents: Movement JIVYA SOMA MASHE & CRISTIAN CASTELNUOVO Per la prima volta in Sardegna il maggior esponente della pittura tribale indiana Warli in una mostra di pittura con fotografie di Cristian Castelnuovo. Dal 16-01-2019 al 14-02-2019 Vernissage Mercoledì 16 Gennaio 2019 dalle 19.00
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British anthropologist to call on old friends


Source The Hindu by S. Harpal Singh
“My time among the Raj Gonds taught me not only to love the Adivasi way of life, but also how to rethink my career and my purpose in life,” he sort of summed up about his extensive work among the ethnic tribe. Apart from the research work which went into the making of the book co authored by Professor Haimendorf — Tribes in India: Struggle for Survival — Mr. Yorke made 11 anthropological films about India for the BBC and many other television channels, according to the note.
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What Is “Outsider” in Unthinkable Times?


Source Hyperallergic by Edward M. Gómez
Northern California’s Creative Growth Art Center, which introduced such crossover outsider-to-contemporary-art-market stars as Dan Miller and the late Judith Scott, will show drawings and totem-shaped ceramics by Dinah Shapiro, works whose compositions seem to emerge organically and construct themselves. From Paris, dealer Hervé Perdriolle will showcase boldly colored, oil-on-wood nature scenes by the Moroccan Ali Maimoune, which bring to mind the earth-honoring spiritualism of the paintings of the late Jamaican Intuitive Everald Brown (1917-2003). Perdriolle will also feature meditative, pencil-on-paper drawings by the singer Paban Das Baul, a mystic minstrel from the Indian state of West Bengal.
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