samedi 30 avril 2011

Reason for cheer

Source Business Standard by Kishore Singh
This also means that the Indian art market has to stop its incestuous love affair with only Indian artists. Those such as Vijay Mallya, of course, are already known for their dalliance with Picasso, Andy Warhol and the like, but as a group Indian art buyers have so far ignored Western or, for that matter, other Asian art. This, of course, opens up a huge window of opportunity for the marketplace, for sooner rather than later art will evolve its own brands (artists) without whom no billionaire status will be complete, as essential as a Bentley or a Jaguar in a crowd of Mercedes and BMW cars. Recently, Picasso’s highest-priced work at an auction, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, was picked up for $106.5 million by a Chinese collector. In the case of India, two catalysts are likely. Either the Chinese will train their sights on Indian masters, or the next big buyer of Western (or Chinese) art at record price will turn out to be an Indian (any guesses who that might be?). Whichever way the coin flips, one thing is for sure: it’ll send the prices of art in general, and Indian art in particular, soaring.
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mercredi 27 avril 2011

La dernière usine de machines à écrire a fermé ses portes

Source Le Figaro par Charles Gautier
Faute de commandes, la dernière usine au monde basée à Bombay a décidé de cesser la fabrication des machines à écrire après plus d'un demi-siècle de production. L'ordre des touches sur les claviers d'ordinateur est désormais l'ultime vestige de l'ère des machines à écrire. En Inde, la dernière usine au monde fabriquant encore les appareils sur lesquels des générations de dactylos ont abîmé leurs ongles, vient de baisser le rideau. Le Daily Star a révélé que, faute de commandes, le groupe Godrej & Boyce basé à Bombay a, sans surprise, décidé de cesser la fabrication après plus d'un demi-siècle de production. La faute, évidemment, à l'irrésistible ascension de l'informatique, qui a réduit de 50.000 unités en 1990 à 800 seulement en 2010, le nombre de machines produites annuellement par le conglomérat du sous-continent.
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dimanche 24 avril 2011

Let’s all speak out of turn

Source Tehelka by Subodh Gupta
There has been very little coverage of Weiwei’s plight and this central fight for artistic freedom in Indian media. Our media is, in general, less concerned with art and artists. Our coverage tends to be home-oriented. But things are changing slowly — art is always a slow thing. Recently, we were in Jantar Mantar to protest against corruption. Not only that, a lot of people came to a three-day function at Alliance Française recently, which protested the wrongful imprisonment of Binayak Sen. It was more than an exhibition or seminar — it was a way to voice a kind of thought. The job of an artist is to make art. Not every artist can come out boldly and speak out like Ai Weiwei. But for the ones who do, it’s good for them as well as their countries. We should all support artists who talk about the big issues of our time. But sometimes an artist’s work speaks for itself. We have signed a petition for Weiwei and written to the Chinese culture ministry. We are in the same boat as him and we have a big fight ahead of us.
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vendredi 22 avril 2011

jeudi 21 avril 2011

Jharkhand’s ‘hell’ in UK - Glare on corporates at London show of photos, tribal art

Source The Telegraph by Amit Roy
London April 20 : Organisers of an exhibition of photographs and tribal art from Jharkhand which has opened at the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies in London have made a number of allegations against mining companies working in the area. The most serious is that Uranium Company of India Ltd has suppressed information on the growing incidence of birth defects in the local population. It is also alleged that children are allowed to swim in pools containing contaminated water; also clothes infected with the ore are being washed at home by the workers’ wives who, like their men folk, take no precautions. It is not clear if the vulnerable villagers are being exposed to radioactive material.
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Le Zimbabwe et l'Inde, nouveaux venus à la Biennale de Venise, annoncent leurs pavillons et artistes

Source Art Info
L'Inde avait déjà déclaré que son commissaire serait Ranjit Hoskote et la liste des artistes comporte Zarina Hashmi, graveur et sculpteur ; Gigi Scaria, peintre et artiste vidéo ; Praneet Soi, artiste mix-média et The Desire Machine Collective, l'équipe matrimoniale de Mriganka Madhukaillya et Sonal Jain. La pavillon porte le titre un peu menaçant Everyone Agrees: It's About to Explode (Tout le monde est d'accord : Ça va sauter). L'Inde avait réalisé un événement indépendant, iCon: India Contemporary, pour la Biennale de 2005, présentant six artistes.
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Don't Believe the Hype: "Art in the Streets" Is a Fun Ride, But No Revolution

Source Art Info by Doug Harvey
"Art in the Streets" is ultimately a hybrid of two ethically ambiguous cultural movements, neither of which bears much resemblance to what it claims to be. Museums are alleged to be educational resources for the public governed by learned consensus — certainly not a tax-shelter arena for rich people's pissing contests. Street Art is supposed to be an inherently political collective visual reclamation of bureaucratically and commercially apportioned public space and consciousness — certainly not a cynical marketing ploy by semi-pro illustrators without the chops to make it in the industry. To the extent that these fictions cancel each other out and create a gap for creativity to flourish, the show is a surprising and delightful success. Revolutionary and historical it ain't.
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Saffronart Announces a 24 Hour Online Auction of Books and Drawings by Prominent Modernists

Source Art Daily
Amongst the lots is a rare set of pages from F.N. Souza’s personal scrapbook from the 1960s, offering an intimate glimpse into his personal life at a very important juncture in his career. Other highlights of the sale include books and catalogues inscribed and illustrated by artists like Souza, Jehangir Sabavala, Manjit Bawa and Sakti Burman, alongside out-of-print art publications dating from the 1950s including some of the first monographs published on Indian artists in India and abroad. Also included in this auction are drawings and catalogues from the personal collections of the eminent critic Rudy von Leyden, and patron and collector Julian Hartnoll.
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dimanche 10 avril 2011

Jangargh Singh Shyam au Grand Palais

Au Grand Palais, deux superbes grandes acryliques sur papier se retrouvaient à proximité de peintures de Jean-Michel Basquiat et de Keith Haring. Né la même année que Basquiat (1960), Jangarh Singh Shyam a mis fin à ces jours en 2001 au Japon. L'œuvre de Jangarh Singh Shyam a été prolifique et d'une incroyable créativité pour cet artiste autodidacte repéré, encore adolescent, dans un village du Madya Pradesh par le grand artiste et penseur Jagdish Swaminathan.
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Sotheby's in $447 mn Asian art auction

Source Indian Express
Hong Kong has become the world's third largest auction hub after New York and London, thanks to the rising political and economic prowess of China, with mainland millionaires regularly among top bidders. "Remarkably, virtually every day saw records broken," Ching said in a statement.
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The Bare Necessities

Source Bangalore Mirror by Vishwas Kulkarni
When Rasai Shankar Naidu got off the train at VT from Yeerode village in Tamil Nadu, 30 and heartbroken from a husband who left her for another woman, she only had the clothes on her back. A chance encounter with a fellow Tamil immigrant, who worked as a male model for the JJ School of Art and a fortune-teller outside the station, taught her the craft of standing still, striking a pose, then standing still again. She initially posed with her clothes on but the money, she realised, was better if you posed without them. It got her eight bucks a session. In her new avatar she was rechristened Aarey by the students.
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mercredi 6 avril 2011

Art Chennai brings the exploding Indian art world to Southern India

Source Art Markett Monitor by Marion Maneker
Twenty-two galleries and 27 art shows showcased more than 2,500 works from India’s leading and upcoming artists. There was also video art, art camps, live art, art conversations, and an art auction. “We tried to bring everything connected to art,” says Sanjay Tulsyan, convenor of the show and managing director of Tulsyan NEC Steel. “We even brought in artists to paint live.” The response was encouraging; Lalit Kala Akademi saw an average 900 visitors daily; other venues attracted more than 15,000 visitors.
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Le cri de la mère d'Ai Weiwei

Source Le Figaro par Arnaud de La Grange
Cette arrestation (l'arrestation de l'artiste chinois Ai Weiwei auquel l'on doit la conception du Nid d'Oiseau, le fameux stade des JO de Pékin) n'est que la médiatique manifestation d'une vague de répression brutale de toutes les voix dissonantes, depuis six semaines, sans précédent depuis longtemps. Apparemment motivée par la crainte d'une contagion de l'esprit « Jasmin », et du vent de révolte populaire des pays arabes. Et si Ai Weiwei est connu, tant dans le pays qu'à l'extérieur, des douzaines de personnes, plus ou moins connues, des blogueurs, des avocats ou des écrivains ont été interpellés. Certains ont été relâchés, d'autres formellement arrêtés, tandis que d'autres encore ont disparu de la circulation. Il y a deux semaines, Liu Xianbin, un dissident du Sichuan, a été condamné à l'énorme peine de dix années de prison.
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mardi 5 avril 2011

Une Cour royale en Inde Lcknow (XVIIIe-XIXe siècle)

Source Art Aujourd'hui
Lucknow, capitale d'Awadh, une province de l'empire Moghol au nord de l'Inde, a vu s'épanouir aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, une société composite, à la fois indienne et européenne, extraordinairement diversifiée et sophistiquée. À travers près de deux cents oeuvres, peintures à l'huile européennes, aquarelles, gravures, peintures de cour indiennes, textiles, parures, objets d'art décoratif, orfèvrerie, verreries et bijoux, ainsi qu'une importante collection de photographies, le musée Guimet présente la première exposition d'envergure internationale consacrée à l'art du métissage qui s'y est développé.
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lundi 4 avril 2011

Semaine d’art contemporain et moderne à Chennai

Source Art Media Agency
La ville de Chennai a organisé une semaine dédiée à l’art sur 18 sites situés en son sein. 27 live painting et 22 galeries faisaient partie de la programmation comprenant au total plus de 2,500 œuvres d’art indiennes. La plupart des grandes galeries indiennes ont exposé les grands noms et les artistes émergeants de l’art indien moderne et contemporain.
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Chinese Contemporary Primary Market Confidence Indicator Rose Whopping 28% Since September

Source Artdaily
ArtTactic’s newest survey of the Chinese contemporary art market reflects what many in the art world have suspected over the past six months: the confidence of Chinese collectors in contemporary art has now made China the “most confident” art market in the world. According to ArtTactic’s overall Chinese Contemporary Art Market Confidence Indicator, confidence rose 12 percent since September 2010, with the Chinese Contemporary Primary Market Confidence Indicator rising a full 28 percent in the same amount of time. This, according to ArtTactic, has seen China surpass the American, European and Indian art markets to become the world’s top market in terms of Market Confidence. Currently, ArtTactic places China 21 percent above the US & European market Confidence Indicator, and 34 percent above the Indian Confidence Indicator.
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20 Indian classics to go under the hammer

Source The Asian Age by Ipsitaa Panigrahi
An early work of M.F. Hussain, that too a portrait dating back to the 1950s, is surely any art aficionado’s delight. Apart from Hussain, a rural folklore from Jamini Roy and a reflective Bikash Bhattacharjee can surely leave Indian art lovers asking for more. Working on that tangent, the Pundole Art Gallery, one of the earliest art galleries in India will be hosting an art auction with some of the greatest works from the collection of the National Centre for Performing Art (NCPA) on April 20.
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samedi 2 avril 2011

New Delhi : La présidente de l'Inde remet le Padma Award à Jivya Soma Mashe

Pratibha Patil, élue première femme présidente de l'Inde en juillet 2007, a remis, en présence du premier ministre Manmohan Singh, les Padma Awards ce vendredi 1er avril au peintre Warli Jivya Soma Mashe et à plusieurs autres personnalités indiennes dont le cinéaste Girish Kasaravalli, les médaillés d'or des Jeux du Commonwealth Gagan Narang et Krishna Poonia, pour services rendus à la Nation.

Important collection of contemporary Chinese art up for auction

Source The Financial Times by Griselda Murray Brown
Baron Guy Ullens, the retired Belgian businessman turned art collector, started buying classical Chinese paintings and antiques in the early 1980s and contemporary Chinese art in the mid-1980s. His long-held ambition was to open a Chinese museum to house his collection – and in November 2007 he opened the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in a converted arms factory in Beijing’s 798 district. The UCCA is now the city’s largest private art museum. When asked if he would continue to buy Chinese contemporary art, Ullens told The Art Newspaper, “I don’t want to keep going in the same area”. It reported that he is now interested in Indian artists, having recently bought his first painting by Bharti Kher, “The Left-Over DNA of a Little Mouse that the Cat Ate”.
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