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vendredi 23 février 2018

New Museum Triennial Looks Great, but Plays It Safe


Source New York Times by Holland Cotter
The New Museum’s fourth triennial exhibition, “Songs for Sabotage,” is the smallest, tightest edition of the show so far. Immaculately installed, it’s also the best looking. Less admirably, it’s the safest. There’s a lot of good work, real discoveries. But in a politically demanding time, the show keeps its voice low, acts as if ambiguity and discretion were automatically virtues. In an era when the market rules, the show puts most of its money on the kind of work — easily displayable things — that art fairs suck up. As if to justify the reference to sabotage in the title, there are examples of activist, or activist-minded art. Anupam Roy from New Delhi, a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, papers a room with Expressionist drawings assailing the reactionary climate in his country today.
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jeudi 22 février 2018

Same, but different: the 10th India Art Fair


Source Ocula by Gayatri Uppal
At Nature Morte, images from Gauri Gill's 'Acts of Appearance' series were on view; first exhibited at documenta 14 in Kassel in 2017. Working with the Bahora crafts community in Maharashtra, Gill commissioned a few families to create masks that reflect their contemporary realities, and photographed these mask makers, and other volunteers from the village community, wearing their creations. This relationship between craft and art practice was also a focus at A Search in Five Directions—an exhibition on textiles presented by the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in collaboration with Devi Art Foundation (21 January–31 March 2018). A tribute to the late Martand Singh, who spearheaded a significant textile revival movement in the 1980s and 1990s, the show references seven 'Visvakarma' exhibitions from that period, which documented traditional textile techniques and worked with weavers and craftspeople to adapt, innovate and evolve these techniques for contemporary times.
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India’s Art Market Is Poised for Liftoff—But Haven’t We Heard This Before?


Source ArtnetNews by Melanie Gerlis
Another sign that India’s art market boom might not be a flash in the pan is the growing number of international museum shows of work by artists from the region. In its first two years, New York’s Met Breuer mounted as many solo shows of Indian artists (Raghubir Singh and Nasreen Mohamedi). In 2016, London’s Tate Modern had a solo show of Bhupen Khakhar, whose work fetched a record £1.1 million at a sale of the late Howard Hodgkin’s collection last year. Closer to home, India’s art traders are bullish about an enthusiastic mass market of potentially younger buyers who are embracing technology at breakneck speed. One of the biggest success stories has been StoryLTD, an online-only, fixed-price, or no-reserve e-commerce offering that Saffronart launched in 2012 as a way to meet the challenges of the global economic recession.
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Highlights From The 2018 India Art Fair


Source Hong Kong Tattler by Aaina Bhargava
The commitment to presenting the highest quality Indian art in respect to country’s history, contemporaneity and future talent, is evident in this year’s India Art Fair. Not to mention the increase in non-profit and public institutions that participated in this year's fair—which was higher than any year before—which continues to and form connections between the artistic community and the public, giving international visitors and those new to the world of Indian art a solid introduction. Through representation from neighbouring South Asian Nations is slightly inadequate, Jagpal’s determination to use the fair as an “opportunity to explore and test ideas to shape the long-term future of India Art Fair, to ensure that it reflects the cultural diversity and distinct identity of the region,” shows promise of expanded regional focus in the future, bolstering the local and international presence of South Asian art.
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mercredi 21 février 2018

7 things we learnt from the 10th India Art Fair


Source Livemint by Rahul Kumar
An art fair is a commercial space, and transactions are important for the key clients of the fair—the galleries. Almost all the galleries I spoke to confirmed that they were satisfied with the business they generated in the 4 days at the fair. Chatterjee & Lal and Jhaveri Contemporary were two returning galleries this year. “We are pleased to have engaged with new collectors at this edition,” said Mortimer Chatterjee of Chatterjee & Lal. Visiting museum personnel and patrons from abroad allowed for increased opportunities for international placement of works of art. “It was heartening to see interest from foreign buyers,” said Rasika Kajaria of Gallery Exhibit-320.
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mardi 20 février 2018

More people are collecting art now than 10 years ago, says Yamini Mehta of Sotheby’s


Source The Indian Express by Vandana Kalra
The Indian art market did probably bottom out a bit in 2009 but what you end up seeing is a filtration process. The works of the modernists and established artists came back much more quickly. There are many more people who are collecting art now than 10 years ago. Wider group of collectors also means more stability. People are not just buying a name, but also educating themselves about the artists. In India, a lot of works are still too inexpensive when you compare to the other markets. Newer groups of artists are being auctioned and getting high prices.
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Rare Raja Ravi Verma works may fetch $400,000-$600,000 at Sotheby's auction


Source Business Standard
Following in the footsteps of Untitled (Damayanti), sold last season for a remarkable price of $1.7 million, Ravi Varma's Tillottama carries a pre-sale estimate of $400-600,000, the organisers said. Painted circa 1896, the luminescent portrait of Tillottama, a celestial nymph from Hindu mythology, is characteristic of the artist's oeuvre; by combining western Academic Realism with markedly Indian subjects, and unexpected combinations of colours, Ravi Varma's works of art remain timeless and uniquely his.
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dimanche 18 février 2018

Of high heels and high art


Source The Hindu by Gayatri Rangachari Shah
Cool sneakers or boots for the day and high heels at night are my uniform for art fairs and this year in Delhi was no different. Wise footwear is critical since, across the world, these fairs are celebrated for their art, and their relentless nights on the town. Last week, the 10th edition of the India Art Fair in Delhi had both in spades. After the MCH Group, which owns Art Basel, purchased a majority stake two years ago, there was considerable anticipation as to what direction the fair would take. Well, its new director, Jagdip Jaspal, who previously worked at the UK’s Tate museum, is committed to showing the best Indian art galleries and stayed true to her word. Many gallerist friends like Priya and Amrita Jhaveri of Jhaveri Contemporary, Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal of Chatterjee & Lal, and Bhavna Kakkar of Latitude 28, who had sat the fair out previously, had returned this year.
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Delhi’s new-look India Art Fair


Source Financial Times by Rachel Spence
Now in its tenth year, the art fair, which was previously known as the India Art Summit, has had its highs and lows. Its inception coincided with the global crash of 2008 that burst India’s financial boom. For a while faith in the art market stayed alive. In 2013, Christie’s even began to hold auctions in Mumbai. But last year, as prices flatlined, Christie’s pulled out, and the fair, which had garnered a reputation for chaotic halls and uneven quality, lost the patronage of leading Indian spaces and the handful of top foreign galleries, such as White Cube and Lisson, who once exhibited. This year however, fresh winds blew. Despite gridlocked traffic and smog-stained skies, the spacious elegant exhibition halls and serene, grey-carpeted piazza made for a mood of serene commercial optimism.
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Change is the only constant: Images that symbolise contemporary experience


Source Sunday Guardian by Bhumika Popli
If there is one exhibition you must see this month, let that be Mutations. Being hosted at Delhi’s 24, Jor Bagh gallery, the photography exhibition is on view till 25 February. This show is a side event of the recently-concluded India Art Fair, and is a part of an ongoing four-month-long cultural programme between India and France called “Bonjour India”. Various techniques and forms of photography are on display at the show. The 16 Indian and French photographers have presented portraits, landscapes, digital montages, collages, mixed-media works, as well as samples of staged and alternative photography.
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Reimagining the idea of India


Source The Tribune by Monica Arora
Considering that art is actually derived from life, should artists create art for art’s sake or should they use the medium to convey a message? Indeed, it is vociferous assertions like Riyas Komu’s art which are echoing the sentiments of the people of the Indian subcontinent and are becoming defenders of our ability to express and live freely. These are voices of dissent, of defiance and non-compliance, of self-belief and upholding values that we, as a democratic, sovereign and secular republic, were promised after the independence from imperial rule. And yet, with the state inflicting several sanctions, prohibitions and dos and don’ts and other cultural restrictions, one discovers the many voices from the art fraternity that have taken the onus of expressing the voice of the people in this suppressive atmosphere.
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mardi 13 février 2018

Anju Dodiya on art, empathy and her latest exhibition, The Air Is A Mill Of Hooks


Source First Post by Manik Sharma
Few contemporary artists in India have the kind of reputation that Anju Dodiya does, given she has a solo exhibition running parallel to the India Art Fair. Fewer still, are as reclusive and self-aware. For those aware of her previous works, the idea of the self is almost a given. Dodiya has been known to explore the idea of pain, the very nature and forms of it. In her 17th solo show, titled ‘The Air is a Mill of Hooks’, Dodiya steps outside the body and examines the space within which Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Mystic’ — that gives the exhibition its name — was born.
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Christie’s to unveil South Asian modern masterpieces and contemporary art in New York


Source Architectural Digest by Uma Nair
Christie’s upcoming March sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art during the Asian Art Week, New York, includes over 70 lots and is expected to realize in excess of $10 million. The sale features modern masterpieces by celebrated artists such as Sayed Haider Raza, Tyeb Mehta, and Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, alongside works by contemporary artists.
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Refugees, human displacement dominate major Indian art fair


Source New York Daily News by The Associated Press
As you enter the maze, painted panels with portraits of suffering refugees line your path. The sound of crashing waves fills your ears. Light flickers. This is "The Flow," an art installation by New Delhi-based artist Subba Ghosh, a work inspired by the world's ongoing refugee crisis, and the millions of people driven from their homes by conflict and poverty. Human displacement, the suffering of refugees and the notion of identity dominated the 2018 India Art Fair, an important platform for contemporary artists that provides a carefully curated glimpse into the South Asian art scene through the years. The themes are universal, the artistic expressions deeply personal.
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India Art Fair Makes an Unorthodox Demand of Exhibitors—and It Pays Off


Source Artnet News by Skye Arundhati Thomas
Yamini Mehta, Sotheby’s international head for Indian and South Asian art, said this year’s fair comes at a fertile moment in the country’s art market. “A lot of the speculators are now out of the market, and collectors are instead buying with the idea of owning a work for at least a generation,” she said. “This has built stability in the marketplace, whereas before you had works mostly staying in their crates and moving from one warehouse to another for years.”
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India Art Fair 2018: Challenging the male gaze


Source Livemint by Tanuj Kumar and Radhika Iyengar
One of the themes that particularly stood out at the 10th India Art Fair was seen in artworks that explored issues of gender equality and women’s rights. It may not be premeditated, but across galleries there were works that questioned established gender roles, attacked patriarchy or mocked the male gaze. In the post-Weinstein era, some works that were made long ago, assumed a new meaning and interpretation.
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Frame of Thought


Source The Indian Express by Damini Ralleigh
Most of the work, however, was sold on the first day, during a preview for select audience that the gallerists admit have been carefully determined. Many seemed thrilled at the widening of the collectors’ group, stating that during the IAF they were able to establish contact with new buyers. “The audience at IAF has changed dramatically over the last nine years that we have been exhibiting here. The management seems keen to bring a certain kind of audience to benefit the galleries and they have been able to do that cleverly,” says Pratik Raja of Experimenter, who, through the art fair, has sold works to the Kiran Nader Museum of Art and Devi Art Foundation, and some international buyers, “conversations with whom are still afoot”.
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lundi 12 février 2018

Prolongation jusqu'au 15 février



EXPOSITION "AFFORDABLE CURIOSITIES" 102 RUE DU CHERCHE-MIDI PARIS 75006 JUSQU'AU 15 FEVRIER TOUS LES JOURS DE 11H A 20H

C’est à cette adresse qu’André Breton et les Surréalistes ont créé leur première activité d’édition "Au Sans Pareil" dès 1919. Cette librairie a ensuite été animée par la famille Morin. Gaston, Charles, Jacques et Sylvie Emery-Morin s'y sont succédés. Sylvie Emery-Morin et Julie Emery ont récemment transformé ce lieu mythique en une galerie éphémère. La galerie Hervé Perdriolle y présente une série de petits formats d'art contemporain vernaculaire indien du 30 janvier au 15 février tous les jours de 11h à 20h "Espace Le 102" 102 rue du Cherche-Midi Paris 6.

Artistes : Jean-Daniel Allanche, Benjamin Bonjour, Bhuri Bai, Chano Devi, Yamuna Devi, Raphaël Lonné, Jivya Soma Mashe, Michel Nedjar, Shine Shivan, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Ram Singh Urveti...

IN MAPU’S MEMORY: DISCOVER INDIGENOUS HANDLOOMS IN DELHI AT THIS EXHIBITION


Source Verve
Now, Devi Art Foundation, and the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in New Delhi, is hosting the exhibition A Search In Five Directions — organised in memory of Mapu, drawing from his Vishwakarma series. Curated by industry stalwarts Rakesh Thakore, Rta Kapur Chishti and Rahul Jain, the showcase includes creations that amply ‘reflect fresh explorations in technique and aesthetics’. This mammoth initiative is sure to help new viewers discover textures, weaves and dyes of India through several interesting and enlightening exhibits.
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India Art Fair returns to its roots


Source The Art Newspaper by Anna Brady
Not every contemporary gallery is facing an upward climb, however. The nine-year-old Experimenter gallery from Kolkata had a strong start, selling 80% of its booth of work by emerging artists on the first preview day on Friday, including works to the M Woods private museum in Beijing and Delhi’s Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. The architectural works of Indian artist Rathin Barman proved particularly popular—a large painted steel and brass sculpture, Defunct Architectural Space (2018), sold to Delhi’s Devi Art Foundation. Three sets of nine works on paper also sold, including one to a US collector. Gallery director Priyanka Raja, who sits on the fair’s selection committee, says the work that the fair's previous director, Neha Kirpal, put in over recent years is now converting into raising standards.
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Kochi Biennale Foundation honoured

Source New Indian Express
Acknowledging the immense contributions made by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) towards the development of modern and contemporary art, the Asia Society Centre on Thursday honoured KBF founders Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu with the prestigious Asia Society Asia Arts Game Changers Award 2018 at an event in New Delhi.They were felicitated with the Asia Arts Vanguard award, which acknowledges and celebrates the work of eminent artists whose practice has brought a deeper understanding of the region to the people of Asia and beyond.
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dimanche 11 février 2018

The Great Within: Photographs of India and the British Raj in the 19th Century


Source Sotheby's
Indian photography from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century remains ambiguous in history. The Great Within: Photographs of India and the British Raj in the 19th century will feature some of the subcontinent’s earliest photographs created in an era when the subcontinent of India was a wide-open treasure trove for the British Crown. It is hoped that for both the Indian diaspora and for a wider audience this work will gain a wider notice.
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India Art Fair 2018: 10 artworks that will attract your attention from the 10th edition


Source The Indian Express
From the master strokes of prominent artists to the contemporary installations, the India Art Fair (IAF), which began on February 9, offers a heaven for art connoisseurs, exhibitors and art lovers not only from the country but from its neighbours too. Taking place annually at the NSIC ground here, the fair is a reflection of the fast-developing arts scene in the country, offering curated insights into its varied cultural landscapes.
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samedi 10 février 2018

India Art Fair 2018: Celebrating 20 years of Khoj


Source Architectural Digest by Avantika Bhuyan
These days, Khoj studios is gearing up for a very special exhibition. Titled Turn of the Tide: 20/20 Artists for Khoj, the show celebrates 20 years of Khoj’s existence as a significant alternative arts incubation and experimentation space. And to mark this occasion, 20 contemporary artists, who have been a part of the ‘art lab’s journey — through residencies, workshops, exhibitions and community art projects — have come together to present their artworks. These works will then be put up for sale to support the continued work at Khoj.
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India Art Fair: The female artists leading the country's art renaissance


Source CNN by Jagdip Jagpal
The aforementioned Nalini Malani was the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, while Nasreen Mohamedi's influential abstract drawings were recently showcased at The Met Breuer in New York. The younger generation is more likely to explicitly addresses social issues faced by women in the country today. Among them are a number of artists exhibiting at India Art Fair week, including photographer Gauri Gill, whose 2012 exhibition "Transportraits: Women and Mobility in the City," explored women's personal safety on the streets and public transport. But India's female artists are also making a name for themselves through a huge variety of non-gendered topics. One prominent example is "My East is Your West" at the 2015 Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious art events in the world (and one where the subcontinent has traditionally been under-represented). The exhibition saw Indian artist Shilpa Gupta collaborate with a male artist from Pakistan to reflect on the complex relations between their two countries.
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