jeudi 29 décembre 2011

Made in India

Source Le Monde Diplomatique by Philippe Pataud Célérier

dimanche 25 décembre 2011

New twists in old artistic styles

Source Hindustan Times by Damini Purkayastha
“These artists are quite talented, but they live on the edge of poverty. The problem is that we’ve dumbed down our folk art because we want quantity over quality. What we’re trying to do is get back to good work,” explains Majumdar. All the works in the exhibition have been done with detail, sticking to the age old technique. In true folk tradition, they also tell the story of their times. “The subject is the story of today, from the corruption during the Commonwealth Games, to the way women are treated. We are trying to break the notion that folk art is disconnected from contemporary life,” says Majumdar.
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vendredi 23 décembre 2011

Avec Chakra, Stan Lee offre un héros indien aux Indiens

Source ActuaLitté par Mario
Le co-fondateur et P.D.G. de Liquid Comics, Sharad Devarajan a affirmé : « Stan Lee est l'un des conteurs les plus prolifiques dans le monde, il a créé des personnages emblématiques qui ont généré des milliards de dollars au box-office et qui sont connus par presque tous les hommes, femmes et enfants sur Terre. L'opportunité d'apporter en Inde l'expérience inégalée de Stan dans le genre super héros et de lui permettre de collaborer avec des talents locaux pour créer un nouveau personnage indien est l'aboutissement du rêve de toute une vie ».
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mercredi 21 décembre 2011

Indias boom creates openings for untouchables

Source The New York Times by Lydia Polgreen
“This is a golden period for Dalits,” said Chandra Bhan Prasad, a Dalit activist and researcher who has championed capitalism among the untouchables. “Because of the new market economy, material markers are replacing social markers. Dalits can buy rank in the market economy. India is moving from a caste-based to a class-based society, where if you have all the goodies in life and your bank account is booming, you are acceptable.”
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lundi 19 décembre 2011

New Visions: Contemporary Traditional Indian Folk and Tribal Art

Source Times City
Curated by Minhazz Majumdar, this show presents some of the stimulating new works by artist Pushpa Kumari and Pradyumna Kumar (Madhubani), Kalam Patua (Kalighat) Mantu and Jaba Chitrakar (patachitra) and Govind, Prakash, Sangita and Somi Jogi (Jogi visionary art). Their contemporary traditional Indian art is an emerging trend with a palpable energy and vitality.
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samedi 17 décembre 2011

French’s toast

Source Times of India by Archana Khare
In 1996, when Herve Perdriolle sold off his house in Paris and shifted to India for three years with family, many might have labeled him crazy. That's because he was pursuing Indian tribal art. But what he has managed to achieve is not only extraordinary but also mocks the culture mandarins of this country who should have done that job instead. Perdriolle travelled the remote areas of India to meet artists and began collecting their works, which now make up his Galerie Herve Perdriolle in Paris. "I've always looked for challenge s and that is why I took up the challenge to put rural Indian art culture on the same pedestal as the urban. In late 1990s, almost no European art critic or curator was working in the Indian art field and that's when I decided to move base to India," says Perdriolle.
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Tribal Instincts

Source Times of India by Archana Khare
"I've always believed that when urban contemporary artists would have achieved a substantial price, then there would be space for rural contemporary artists, too. That's what is about to happen in India," says Herve Perdriolle, the French connoisseur who owns the eponymous Paris gallery. Perdriolle will showcase works by the late Chano Devi (Madhubani ), Jangarh and his son Mayank Shyam (Gond), and Pushpa Kumari (Mithila) at the India Art Fair. Neha Kirpal, founding director of the India Art Fair, says that tribal art should entice the young collectors as "the market for this genre of art market is still nascent and a lot of good quality work will be available at reasonable prices."
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dimanche 11 décembre 2011

We have a long way to go in art

Source India Today by Pavan K. Varma
I am afraid much of what passes off as contemporary art in India is a plain imitation of western trends. One development, especially that of installation art, frankly borders very often on gimmickry. In 2004, 500 renowned artists and historians in the West judged the French artist Marcel Duchamp's (1887-1968) installation of a common urinal, which he titled 'Fountain', as "the most influential art work in the 20th century". The elevation of common urinals may be comprehensible as part of a certain artistic evolution, but there is no need for Indians to be a part of it. Besides, installation art, embedded in our own cultural context, has a living tradition in the decorations for Indian festivals, marriages and a host of other celebrations in everyday life. My suspicion, though - and several leading artists I have spoken to seem to agree - is that most artists experimenting with installations are merely copying western idiom and themes, and are encouraged by western galleries and curators, and their hangers-on in India, to do just that. There is something terribly wrong in all of this. Too often, our threshold for self-congratulation is too low. Our civilisation was once the standard of excellence. We cannot be imitative or derivative and neglect what is our own in the blind pursuit of what is not.
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dimanche 4 décembre 2011

Tribal library a big boon for researchers

Source Daily Pionner
Researchers who wish to explore the information of Madhya Pradesh tribals would now get their desired information with ease, courtesy the tribal library developed by the Tribal Research and Development Institute (TRDI). The researchers need not to wander here and there for getting information on the State's tribals as all the requiredinformation has been made available under one roof at the TRDI. Usually researchers have to visit various places and different regions to collect information about the tribals, the TRDI has made this simple by bringing all the information needed under one roof. TRDI Assistant Research Officer Lakshminarayan Payodhi while talking to Viva City said, "The TRDI library would be the best place for researchers as they could get many references in it, as over 25,000 books on tribals are available in the library."
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vendredi 2 décembre 2011

Museum Links India's Past With Its Present

Source The New York Times by Gayatri Rangachari Shah
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum reopened to the public in January 2008 after a five-year restoration. Awarded the 2005 Unesco Asia-Pacific Award for Culture Heritage Conservation, the museum is an example of how a revitalized public institution can foster contemporary art appreciation across a wide audience. From well-known contemporary Indian artists like Sudarshan Shetty and Jitish Kallat to the lesser known Sheba Chhachhi and Nikhil Chopra, the museum has hosted art shows that explore issues of identity, historicity, mythology and urbanity. The museum has quickly become a valued cultural resource for this city of 20 million, bucking the trend of India’s other major national museums, which have low acquisition budgets and are seen in the local art world as lacking innovation.
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