dimanche 27 mars 2011

Tagore makes his way into traditional scroll art

Source News One by Madhusree Chatterjee
‘It takes us three weeks on an average to paint a 15-foot scroll depicting the life of Rabindranath Tagore,’ veteran ‘pat’ artist Manimala Chitrakar told IANS. Manimala and fellow-artist Rani Chitrakar, natives of Pingla, are part of a group of seven painters who are exhibiting their work in an exposition of regional and traditional art, ‘Vernacular, In The Contemporary,’ at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon. The exhibition, curated by Annapurna Garimella of the Bangalore-based Jackfruit Research and Design, has brought centuries-old vernacular art traditions to chronicle contemporary realities and urban landscapes. The works on display have been sourced from the personal collection of connoisseurs Lekha and Anupam Poddar.
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Treasuring art, the Kiran Nadar way

Source Deccan Herald by Poonam Goel
“I got my first painting, a canvas by Ram Kumar, as a donation from Vadehra Art Gallery,” she says, “Arpita Singh donated a large body of her work to the National Gallery of Modern Art and there may be several other artists and patrons who are willing to do the same.” As of now, Nadar is not the one to wait for someone else’s philanthropy. She has already begun planning another museum in Delhi. While purchases for the same have already begun — she prefers to keep mum at the moment about her new acquisitions — it will be some time before we get to see Nadar’s next dream project and with it, jaw-dropping art!
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samedi 26 mars 2011

Running of the 'Bulls': A $2.8 Million Record

Source The Wall Street Journal by Stan Sesser
Nine years ago, the Indian artist Tyeb Mehta set a record when his triptych painting called "Celebration" sold at a Christie's auction for $317,500. It was the highest sum ever paid for an Indian painting at an international auction and an early milestone in a market boom for contemporary Indian art. On Wednesday, a painting by Mr. Mehta, who died in 2009, set another record, bringing in almost nine times the price of the 2002 sale. His diptych "Bulls" sold for $2.8 million at Christie's. The only contemporary Indian art work that has sold for more is a geometric painting by artist Syed Haider Raza, which sold for $3.5 million last June.
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Padamsee's 'grey' work goes for record $1.4m

Source Times of India by Neelam Raaj
Another Indian modernist has entered the million dollar club. An iconic black and white nude by 82-year-old Akbar Padamsee notched up $1,426,500 (Rs 6.3 crore) at a Sotheby's sale in New York on Friday, setting a new auction record for the artist. The untitled work — a reclining nude — was painted in 1960, at a time when Padamsee produced few paintings and only worked in shades of grey. "The price is well-deserved as this is one of the most significant works of modern Indian art to have come on the market," said Priyanka Mathew, the Indian art specialist at Sotheby's. The record has turned the spotlight on the Mumbai-based artist whose prices have been steadily rising in the auction market.
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jeudi 24 mars 2011

‘Each of my works is my god’

Source Indian Express by Nadine Kreisberger
What is your idea of happiness?
Living in each micro-moment. Fully. And more than that if possible! Mithu Sen
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lundi 21 mars 2011

L'art contemporain indien progresse de façon impressionnante

Source Art Markett Insight
Dopé par des ventes spécialisées, l’art contemporain indien a progressé de façon impressionnante : en janvier 2008, le secteur affichait un indice des prix en hausse de 830% sur la décennie ! Parmi les stars des ventes en 2010 se distinguent quatre Indiens : Bharti Kher, Anish Kapoor, Raqib Shaw et Subodh Gupta.
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mercredi 16 mars 2011

La Chine devient le marché d’art numéro deux au monde

Source Art Info
Le scepticisme sur la montée du marché chinois de l’art devrait continuer de se dissiper : selon une nouvelle étude par la British Art Market Federation, la Chine a devancé le Royaume Uni pour devenir le deuxième plus grand marché de l’art mondial. Les ventes des maisons d’enchères et galeries chinoises, à 8.3 milliards de dollars, compteraient pour 23 pour cent du marché mondial, nettement plus que les 22 pour cent anglais et toujours bien moins que les 34 pour cent des Etats-Unis. Le Royaume Uni demeure le meneur dans l’Union Européenne, avec 59 pour cent du marché. La France est deuxième avec 16 pour cent, et seulement 6 pour cent du marché mondial.
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jeudi 10 mars 2011

Solo show Subodh Gupta in Finland Museum

Source Sara Hildén Museum Subodh Gupta 12 February - 30 April 2011
The spring season of the Sara Hildén Art Museum opens with an exhibition of Subodh Gupta, the superstar of India's contemporary art. Gupta is at the moment one of the most important names in international contemporary art. He is known for his paintings and installations dealing with the Indian way of life and everyday culture.
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Roots in the air, branches below

Source Modern and Contemporary Art from India February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
Roots in the air, branches below,
the tree of life is unchanging,
they say; its leaves are hymns,
and he who knows it knows sacred lore.

“The Fifteenth Teaching: The True Spirit of Man,” in The Bhagavad-Gita, an ancient poem put into written form ca. first century BCE (trans. Barbara Stoler Miller, 1986)
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A spotlight on Ram Singh Urveti and Jangarh Singh Shyam

Source The Art Trust
Interest in India’s exquisite and rich tribal art form is beginning to grow not only within the country but also among art aficionadas globally. This is giving rise to many new stars on the horizon of contemporary Indian art. And going by the indications of rising demand for tribal art at auctions, the prices are only going to rise, and this indeed might be a good time to buy a bit of it and own the abundant talent available in form of artists like Ram Singh Urveti and Jangarh Singh Shyam.
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lundi 7 mars 2011

Le Corbusier's Indian masterpiece Chandigarh is stripped for parts

Source The Guardian by Jason Burke
It is a last-ditch effort to save a city built as a monument to modernity and hope but now threatened by neglect and the fierce demands of the global art market. Chandigarh, 180 miles north of Delhi, was built by Le Corbusier 60 years ago. Since then, many of its finest buildings, recognised as modernist masterpieces, have been neglected. Recently, international art dealers have made substantial sums selling hundreds of chairs, tables, carvings and prints designed by Le Corbusier and his assistants but obtained at knockdown prices from officials often unaware of their value. "We have to act before it is too late," said Sharma, 87. "The Taj Mahal was made by foreign craftsmen and admired by foreigners before Indians saw it as a major attraction. Today the Taj is a symbol of India. Tomorrow it will be Le Corbusier's work in Chandigarh."
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dimanche 6 mars 2011

Facts about Fakes

Source The Telegraph
With a show of counterfeit Tagore paintings going strong at the Government College of Art & Craft, Soumitra Das delves into the murky world of canvas clones. If fake paintings of Rabindranath Tagore can be exhibited with impunity within the hallowed precincts of the Government College of Art & Craft, the oldest such institution in this land, mind boggles at the humongous size and ramifications of the grey market in which such counterfeits exist in India as well as abroad, and also the reach of these fraudsters.
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samedi 5 mars 2011

Leading Artists at Christie's New York Sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

Source Art Daily

Photo : Tyeb Mehta, Bulls, acrylic on canvas; diptych. Painted in 2005-2007.
Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction will feature works of leading 20th and 21st century Indian and Pakistani artists, juxtaposing tradition with a contemporary edge. The sale presents an exhilarating array of important works and will feature celebrated Modern Masters Tyeb Mehta, Syed Haider Raza, Francis Newton Souza, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Maqbool Fida Husain, Arpita Singh, Bhupen Khakhar and Manjit Bawa alongside the biggest names in contemporary art including Subodh Gupta, Rashid Rana, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, and TV Santhosh.
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vendredi 4 mars 2011

India loosens tax laws to art

Source Art Market Monitor
India’s art fraternity Monday gave a huge thumbs up to the budget for 2011-12, saying it would free imported art and antiquities from the shackles of customs duties and help bring more works from abroad to the country. Culture Minister Kumari Selja also hailed the move. Selja said in a statement the concession by the government would encourage “more and more private, corporate and philanthropic organisations and individuals, to promote and popularise Indian art”.
Private parties also welcomed the budget, which removed customs duties on works of art and antiquities imported for exhibition by private promoters. Hitherto, this exemption was available only to public institutions.
The government’s move will “internationalise art in India”, said Neha Kirpal, director of the India Art Summit, the country’s biggest art fair.

jeudi 3 mars 2011

Not Just Modern Art, but Indian

Source The New York Times by Gayatri Rangachari Shah
Founded in 1947, the Progressive Artists Group originally consisted of six artists who wanted to “look at the world from an Indian way, not a British way,” according to Sayed Haider Raza, 89, who, besides Mr. Husain, is the only other living member of the original group. The Progressives also included Francis Newton Souza, an outspoken figure credited with founding the group; Krishnaji Howlaji Ara; Hari Ambadas Gade; and Sadanand Krishnaji Bakre, the group’s only sculptor. Other noted modern artists later became associated with the group, including Vasudeo Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Mohan Samant, Akbar Padamsee, Tyeb Mehta and Krishen Khanna. “Although the group faded away in 1956, the Progressives are an important punctuating point in locating the modern Indian art movement,” said Ms. Parekh of Sotheby’s. “Even today, having stood the test of time, paintings by Husain, Souza, and Raza form the core of stellar private and public collections of Indian modern art.”
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