vendredi 30 avril 2010

Indian Artist Souza’s Work May Raise $3.4 Million at Auction

Source Bloomberg by Scott Reyburn
An auction of works by India’s priciest modern artist, Francis Newton Souza, is expected to raise as much as 2.2 million pounds ($3.4 million) as dealers look for a recovery in the country’s art market.
A separately catalogued collection of more than 150 lots of paintings, drawings, prints and sketch books by Souza will be offered at Christie’s International in London on June 9. The painter died in Mumbai in 2002 and works are being offered directly from his estate.
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jeudi 29 avril 2010

Is Saffronart on its way out ?

Source Tips On Investement In Indian Art
What does all this indicate about future? One, that the packing up of these dubious institutions is not entirely a bad thing. It gives space for more genuine art houses and artists who were long being ignored by the market. Important curators like Jyotindra Jain who had always worked outside the influence of these art houses now get more media space. Similarly artists like S Ravi Shankar, Anish kapoor, Sach Jafri, who were always known abroad but remained largely ignored by galleries like Bodhi and auction houses like Saffronart will now get pride of prominence.
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mardi 20 avril 2010

Indian art goes global

Source The Hindu by Hasan Suroor
On April 23, new works of Indian contemporary art will be auctioned at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery with those from other BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia and China — in what has been billed as a “celebration” of a renewed phase of creativity in these countries in the wake of their economic success. The event, it is claimed, confirms the increasing globalisation of Indian art which is seeing a surge in sales in the international market. While critics say it is a marketing-driven bubble prompted by the hype over India's new global status, Peter Sumner, Indian art specialist at Phillips de Pury, the auction house behind the sales, insists that the interest is “real” and here to stay.
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samedi 17 avril 2010

The art market: Phillips’ slick “Bric” auction

Source The Financial Times by Georgina Adam
Phillips de Pury continues its series of “themed sales” in London this week with its first “Bric” auction. Bric is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China, the economic powerhouses that are predicted to out-produce the G7 industrial nations within 20 years. /.../

What long-term impact has Christie’s stratospheric Yves Saint Laurent sale had on the French art market? At the time of the €342m sale there was much fighting talk about it re-establishing Paris’s position in the art market, after decades of decline. Well, a year on, a number of top foreign dealers are opening in the capital. Work continues on Gagosian’s new gallery in the upscale Rue de Ponthieu, right beside Christie’s Paris, opening in September, while the Brussels dealer Guy Pieters has recently moved into a fine townhouse almost opposite. The leading Italian dealer Tornabuoni has taken space further up the same avenue, and Paris is buzzing with rumours that Pace will be the next to arrive.
I asked Pace president Marc Glimcher about this. “I hear this about lots of different places, but it’s not impossible,” he said. “The Parisian art market is strong because the city is creating a context for people to come and engage in the art world, and one of the ways of doing that is buying art. The Yves St Laurent sale could have acted as a catalyst.”
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vendredi 16 avril 2010

Modern Folk

Source Studio Online

MODERN FOLK, a group exhibition featuring selected work from the masters of modern Indian art. This exhibition examines the point of convergence and intellectual synergy between the (Western) Modernist avant-garde movement and (Indian) indigenous and tribal folk art. Artists featured in this exhibition are those of a number of Indian artists who throughout the 20th century have warned against taking Western Modernism as a privileged yardstick. The legendary Jamini Roy, for example, turned away from the post-impressionism of his early works. Later, J Swaminathan started the magazine ‘Contra’ in 1966 with a cri de coeur to reverse the trend of Indian artists looking for the “back slaps of art snobs, especially those in Paris, London, and New York”. Swaminanthan, like KG Subramanyan before him, and Roy before that, instead turned to India’s indigenous folk and tribal culture.
In doing so, all these artists articulated a very peculiar art historical twist; for as recent academic debates in the West have observed, Western modernist avant-gardes themselves, from Cubists to Surrealists, owed a large debt to non-Western folk and tribal art through the process of ‘borrowing’ – now termed ‘Primitivism’. In a sense, modernists both in the West and in India were turning to the same sources but from different registers.
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jeudi 15 avril 2010

Indian Tribal Art Comes to Brookline

Source The Quad by Renee Trilivas
This is the first foreign solo exhibition for Indian tribal artist Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, entitled “The Tribal World of Venkat Raman Singh Shyam,” as well as for the non-profit Brookline Arts Center according to Executive Director Susan L. Navarre. Visiting curator John H. Bowles says this type of indigenous art is usually seen as “souvenir art” and is not taken seriously by the traditional art community. “I’ve been challenging these notions for many years,” Bowles said at the opening reception on Sunday, “this [exhibition] focuses the art in a typically Western way rather than ethnographic.”
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lundi 12 avril 2010

Folk legends of India's art world at Wellesley's Davis Museum

Source Milford Daily News By Chris Bergeron
From the hills of central India, artists of the Pardhan Gond clan like Venkat Raman Singh Shyam paint the folktales and legends of their people with joyful colors and earthy wisdom. Little known in the West, a handful of Pardhan Gond artists have been using contemporary materials since the early 1980s to keep timeless stories alive in vivid paintings.
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samedi 10 avril 2010

Magical idiom

Source The Hindu Magazine by Vaiju Naravane
Janghar Singh Shyam, a Gond from Madhya Pradesh, who was unable to take the demands made on him by the modern artistic milieu with its fierce competition and pressure to produce, took his own life while on an artists' residency in Japan in 2001. He was just 39 at the time and at the peak of his artistic powers and his exuberant canvases, touched with a sense of wonderment and magic, rich in colour, peopled with fantastic birds and beasts, literally soar to touch universal truths.
Jivya Shoma Mashe, of the Warli tribe in Maharashtra, like Janghar Singh Shyam, has transformed traditional Warli painting to give it new form, shape and dimension. He pits the smallness and helplessness of the individual against the immense forces of nature as in his series on the fisherman's nets, giving us a new commentary on the human predicament.
These individual works of great power demonstrate that tribal art in India is no longer limited to the “community” but has crossed the threshold to produce individual artists capable of giving voice to their inner turmoil through their own specific vision.
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vendredi 9 avril 2010

Rebirth of Indian tribal art

Source Indian Express by Georgina Maddox
Celebrating the rebirth of Indian tribal art, an exhibition titled “Other Masters — Contemporary Creations of Adivasis,” opened at the Pres du Musee Branly in Paris this month. Curated by art historian Dr Jyotindra Jain, it showcases the collection from the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in New Delhi, highlighting innovations in ancient tribal art.
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dimanche 4 avril 2010

India : After Slowdown, Art Market Picking Up

Source : IPS By Sujoy Dhar
After sitting out the slowdown in the art market until last year, Ambica Beri, owner of an upscale art gallery here in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, is cautiously hosting shows again this year.
The positive signs that the market is indeed recovering are so far holding up, say Beri and other arts professionals. There was good attendance and sales from the second India Art Summit in August 2009 and the Spring Online Auction held in March by Saffronart, the world’s largest online fine-art auction house that operates from India’s financial hub Mumbai. Collectors returned to the market at the India Art Summit in the capital New Delhi, although there were fewer exhibitions and art works were being sold at prices lower than before, points out Beri, whose Gallery Sanskriti is known for hosting some of the biggest names in Indian art.
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vendredi 2 avril 2010

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jeudi 1 avril 2010

The art market emerges from shadows of the recession

Source The Indian Art Trust
The art market seems to be emerging from dark shadows of the economic slowdown. The real art buyers are now back, doing what they know best – buying quality works. The turning point that the stuttering markets have been anxiously awaiting seems to be very much in sight. Following the £65m sale of a Giacometti sculpture, which marked a new record at Sotheby's in February, analysts feel that the market has ‘got its verve back’.
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