jeudi 31 mai 2012

Most important work by Tyeb Mehta to lead Christie's sale

Source Art Daily Notable international exhibitions of Indian art will be held in Brazil, Tel Aviv, America and Denmark this year, following the inaugural Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre and Musée Guimet in Paris. In this dynamic context, Christie’s presents the annual London sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art on 11 June. The inspiring group of 112 lots spans the Indian modern masters through to distinguished contemporary artists, epitomising the creative vitality of art rooted in rich traditions. The top lot is Mahishasura, 1996, by Tyeb Mehta, the most important painting from this groundbreaking series to come to auction (estimate: £1.2 million – £1.8 million).
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lundi 28 mai 2012

'Criminal tribes' may finally be integrated in mainstream society

Source India Today
Branded "criminal tribes" by the British, about 200 so-called Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes (DNT), who are among the most poor and destitute and whose number run into millions, may finally get a chance to join the national mainstream. The National Advisory Council (NAC), led by United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, has asked the government to enumerate these tribes in the current Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC). Many states do not have a list of these tribes and their current status, as such, is not known. This has made these tribes among the most underprivileged and destitute communities in India, the council said.
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dimanche 27 mai 2012

Shilpa Gupta : Nixon in China

Source The Hindustan Times by Riddhi Doshi
Like deities, US President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat seemingly appear out of thin air and walk down a gangway ladder to the stage. The setting is Paris’s iconic, 150-year-old Théâtre du Châtelet. Unfolding on stage is a scene from Nixon in China, an opera composed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Adams in 1987. “The entire project has been a learning experience,” says Gupta. “The most interesting aspect was the grand scale of designing for the opera. I had never worked on such a scale before.”
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jeudi 24 mai 2012

Now, there’s invisible art!

Source Times of India by Ismat Tahseen
Can nothingness excite? It seems so. The premise is that art is about firing the imagination rather than simply viewing objects. So you have artworks that include a movie shot with no film, invisible ink drawings, a piece of paper that an artist stared at for 1,000 hours over a period of five years, and a plinth once stood on by Andy Warhol, supposed to be viewed in the presence of the artist's 'celebrity aura'! A website quoted gallery director Ralph Rugoff, as saying, "It leaves so much to your imagination. It's sort of like the power of radio compared to television - in great radio drama you're inventing characters in your head".
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mercredi 23 mai 2012

Johnny Depp joins Native American tribe

Source Zeenews
Johnny Depp has been made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe. Depp, who is in New Mexico, shooting the film adaptation of ‘The Lone Ranger,’ plays ‘Ranger’ sidekick Tonto in the movie. Comanche Nation tribal member LaDonna Harris said on Tuesday that the tribal chairman presented the actor with a proclamation at her Albuquerque home May 16, the New York Daily News reported. She said the Comanche adoption tradition implies that she now considers Depp her son.
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vendredi 11 mai 2012

The mundane as high art

Source The Hindu by Priyadeshini S.
“The biggest achievement for an artist is to create your own language. I am an aam aadmi from Bihar with middle class roots. Even today my work is about that. Unless you create your own language people won't recognise you. Even now I work with utensils.” But hasn't the shift in audience necessitated a change in idiom? Haven't the conveyor belt and suitcases, images in his subsequent works, distanced him from his roots, from the kitchen that he so nostalgically holds on to? “No, the conveyor belt in ‘Across Seven Seas' or ‘Saat Samundar Paar', has the tiffin from my home,” he says categorically. But then isn't the tiffin box turning a clichéd image? “The language of art is universal. Jasper John created images of the American flag, he cannot but create that… each artist will talk about his own culture and environment and deliver in that language.”
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jeudi 10 mai 2012

Indian Art Market Confidence

Source ArtTactic
The overall ArtTactic Indian Art Market Confidence Indicator is marginally down by 2% from October 2011. The confidence in the Indian economy has increased from 28 to 45, off-setting a 9% decrease in confidence for the Modern Indian art market, and a 24% drop for the Contemporary Indian market. For the Modern Indian market, 30% of the experts believe the market will go up (34% in October 2011), and 70% believe the market will remain flat (66% in October 2011). An immediate recovery for the overall Modern Indian art market seem to be some distance away, with 50% of the experts believing the market will at least need two more years before a broader recovery will take place.
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mercredi 9 mai 2012

Demand for tribal President grows

Source Times of India by Rakhi Chakrabarty Tribal groups are drumming up support for a Scheduled Tribe candidate as the next president of India, but they are yet to agree on a name. Earlier, former Speaker and NCP leader P A Sangma had pitched for a tribal candidate for the president's post. The Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ICITP), which represents 310 tribal organizations, delegation met Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday and proposed Mooshahary as the presidential candidate. "Rahul Gandhi promised to seriously discuss our proposal," said Jebra Ram Muchahary, ICITP chief advisor.
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