vendredi 30 septembre 2011

Indian Highway à Rome

Source What to see in Rome
Le Musée MAXXI réalise la première exposition en Italie sur le panorama de l’art actuel de l’Inde, en comprenant qu’aujourd’hui c’est une zone qui vit d’importantes transformations économiques et sociales qui se reflètent dans la représentation esthétique. Le parcours de cette exposition établit une séquence intéressante qui nous mène aux polysémies culturelles entre les divers artistes choisis pour ce compte-rendu, où les significations et les allusions génèrent un espace de réflexion chez le spectateur.
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lundi 26 septembre 2011

Ana Mendieta : Blood and Fire

Trop peu d'articles sur l'actuelle exposition de cette artiste née à Cuba et décédée à 37 ans en 1985 à New York. Son œuvre radicale n’a été exposée que de façon relativement confidentielle depuis 1976. C’est l’exposition du New Museum of Contemporany Art, en 1987 à New York, qui commence à mettre en lumière la force de ce travail. L'œuvre de Mendieta explore sans concession les relations du corps et de la nature, les légendes américaines ancestrales et les éléments (eau, air, terre, feu), croisant ce qu’on a pu appeler body-art et land-art.
Too few articles about the actual show of this artist born in Cuba and died in 1985 at age 37 in New York. His work has been exposed as radical in a relatively confidential since 1976. This is the exhibition of the New Museum of Art contemporany in 1987 in New York, which begins to highlight the strength of this work. Mendieta's work explores the relationship without compromising the body and nature, legends and traditional American elements (water, air, earth, fire), crossing what has been called body-art and land-art.
> Ana Mendieta : Blood and Fire Galerie Lelong Paris 8 septembre- 8 octobre 2011

mardi 20 septembre 2011

Christie's Dominates New York's Fall Asia Week Sales, Bringing in $75.8 Million

Source ArtInfo
The mostly strong sales during September Asia Week showed that — no surprise — the thirst for Asian art continues to be powerful, and that, this year at least, Christie's leads the way as the top auctioneer for the market category. The Rockefeller Center-based house posted a strong sales in four of the five auctions it held to take home $75.8 Million, while its York Avenue competitor, Sotheby's, had only middling results after its three auctions, bringing in $31.5 million. Hugo Weihe, the head of the South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art department at Christie's, referred to Husain as "clearly one of the founding fathers of Indian modern art," and told ARTINFO that "after the sale, every collector in the field will need to have a work of Husain's." Weihe added that he has noticed a relatively new trend of Chinese collectors showing up in the salesrooms of Indian art auctions.
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samedi 17 septembre 2011

Once upon a time, said my fictional grandmother...

Source The Pioneer
One of the last reports regarding the Hadron Collider experiment, mentioned the search for the God Particle was unsuccessful. And that scientists were planning to call the highly publicised event quits. The attempt hasn’t been shut down yet. However, it looks like theories of the birth of the universe will continue to be a topic for much endless speculation. Shampa Shah, who curated the event, mentioned that tribal myths generally tend to happen fall into three categories. Those of origin. Of sustenance. And destruction. This idea parallels the one about primordial Hindu Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, representing creation, preservation and destruction. It is anyone’s guess which influenced which. What is also interesting, is in complete contrast to the Big Bang Theory, tribal myths throw the idea out, that at the start was zero, or nothingness.
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vendredi 16 septembre 2011

The great assembler

Source Livemint by Sanjukta Sharma
Dodiya was born in 1959 to a Kathiawadi family living in Ghatkopar. “In the early 1970s, through Doordarshan, I was educated in the cinema of Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, two big influences in my life, especially Ray. A few years later, I also saw films by Truffaut and other European masters. Bollywood was always there,” says Dodiya, adding that cinema is a big part of his life and a way to understanding deeply human concerns. Dodiya joined Mumbai’s Sir JJ School of Art in the mid-1980s. He met his wife-to-be Anju there and had his first solo show of oil paintings in 1989 at the Chemould gallery. Shireen Gandhy, for whom it was the first exhibition as a gallerist, says: “Atul has transformed from an artist to someone akin to a teacher since then. That was not a fertile time as far as art was concerned. There was no market as such for artists. But he made a mark.” Two years after his first solo, Dodiya received a French government fellowship to spend a year in Paris. It was a time of anxiety and questioning, says Anju. “We would visit the Picasso Museum often; it was just a street away from where we were staying. Atul thought it was already a dead end for him because whatever was left to be done in art has been done, what else could he do?
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jeudi 15 septembre 2011

M.F. Husain’s ‘Sprinkling Horses’ Sells for Over $1 Million

Source The Wall Street Journal by Margherita Stancati
Mr. Husain has long been in the “one million dollar club,” artists who sold a single piece for that sum or more. His “Empty Bowl at the Last Supper,” sold for $2 million in 2005 –at the time the highest sum ever paid for a work of modern Indian art. More recently, in 2008, his “Battle of Ganga and Jamuna: Mahabharata” a diptych inspired by the ancient Hindu epic, sold for $1.6 million. His record-breaking sales figures remain behind S.H. Raza’s and Tyeb Mehta’s. Mr. Raza’s “Saurashtra,” a geometrical painting rich in reds and greens, sold for $3.5 million in 2010. No other work of modern or contemporary Indian art has ever sold for that much. Works by Mr. Mehta – an artist of Mr. Husain’s generation but far less prolific – periodically break the one-million-dollar mark. His diptych “Bulls,” which sold for $2.8 million in March, was seen as a sign that the Indian art market was on the way to recovery from the economic downturn.
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samedi 10 septembre 2011

Do We Need a Ministry of Culture?

Source Tehelka by Janani Ganesan
India doesn’t have a culture policy. This might be because the creation of a culture policy in a country as heterogeneous as ours is too dangerous a tinderbox for anyone to touch. But in the absence of a policy and any commitment to cultural activity, do we really need a Ministry of Culture? Could privatisation be the way forward? Unfortunately, no. Not even the most exasperated of our respondents wished the State to step out of the game altogether. Says Samson, “One person with a dream and a few good friends can make a huge difference to the arts. But private bodies serve small communities and are for the few, by a few.”
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vendredi 9 septembre 2011

Artistes Chinois à Paris : une rencontre entre Orient et Occident

Source Mairie de Paris
L’exposition « Artistes chinois à Paris », organisée en 2 parties, l’une au musée Cernuschi et l’autre en plein air, au parc Monceau, fait apparaître au grand jour l’influence qu’a eu la Ville Lumière, à partir des années 1920, sur toute une génération d’artistes chinois. A découvrir du 9 septembre au 31 décembre 2011.
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Commentaires : Belle initiative, on attend avec impatience d'autres expositions comme celle ci sur les artistes indiens ou encore brésiliens à Paris ! Il est temps de célébrer ces artistes qui ont eu et qui ont encore une passion pour la France. Il suffit de parler avec un jeune artiste indien, par exemple, pour comprendre. Il vous parlera de son pays où il y a si peu de musée et de galerie. Il vous dira son étonnement et son émerveillement devant tous ces musées parisiens où le public ne cesse de faire d'interminable queue comme si la culture était une denrée de première nécessité. La France a toujours ce pouvoir d'attraction et il n'y a que les français pour avoir un air contrit et mélancolique alimentant le fantasmagorique déclin culturel de notre hexagone.
Au delà de tous les efforts diplomatiques vers les pays émergents, il nous faut commencer par rendre hommage à ces artistes, devenus trésors vivants grâce à l'essor économique de leurs pays, et qui encore aujourd'hui ne cessent, à travers les nombreux interviews qu'ils accordent, d'être les plus efficaces ambassadeurs de la France à l'étranger. Pour que cela perdure, il nous faut rester une terre d'accueille et célébrer ceux qui nous aiment ! Beaucoup de générosité et un minimum de lobbying s'il vous plait…

jeudi 8 septembre 2011

Maqbool Fida Husain, victime des extrémistes même après sa mort

Source El Watan par Nacéra Benali
Même mort, le peintre indien le plus célèbre de l’ère contemporaine continue d’être la cible des extrémistes hindous. Poussé à l’exil en 2006, Maqbool Fida Husain dérange encore. Une exposition posthume de ses œuvres s’est finalement tenue dans la capitale indienne, après que plusieurs galeries aient refusé d’abriter l’évènement, invoquant «des menaces dissuasives».
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mercredi 7 septembre 2011

Leading contemporary artist Subodh Gupta to help state 'develop'

Source Times of India by Pranava Kumar Chaudhary
The Bihar government has decided to actively involve the country's leading contemporary artist, Subodh Gupta, in various development projects, including the upcoming international museum and the state's centenary celebrations. Gupta, who was in town on Monday on an invite from the government, met HRD principal secretary Anjani K Singh, who is also the nodal officer of these projects. The duo discussed the details of the projects. "I was born in Bihar and it's my pride and pleasure to assist the government As an artist, I will do whatever I can," the Khagaul-born celebrity said even as he expressed his "amazement and pleasure to see the changing profile of Bihar as a result of the untiring efforts of chief minister Nitish Kumar".
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samedi 3 septembre 2011

National Museum Institute to organise Special Lecture Series on Indigenous Art of Canada

Source Northern Voices
Dr. Inglis is a Canadian anthropologist and art historian who specialises in the artistic traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America. He was for over 25 years a curator and Director-General of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Canada’s national museum of history and ethnology. Dr Inglis is also a well-known specialist in the traditional arts of India. He holds a M.A. in Museology and Indian Art from Calcutta University in India, where he studied Indian art and architecture, folk arts and crafts, and ethnography of tribal societies.
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