samedi 29 septembre 2012

Prince Claus laureate Jivya Soma Mashe is renowned for his vivid representation of the Warli vision of nature and culture in equilibrium, and for highlighting the contemporary relevance of local forms of knowledge. SOIL, partially funded by the Prince Claus Fund is a unique double exhibition initiated by artist Jackie Sleper and the Indian art historian and curator Sushma K. Bahl.
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Source Business Standard by Kishore Singh
The honest intention serves up a platform for artists looking for their due and collectors for value — but does it deliver on its promise? I was fortunate in having, for company, a keen collector with a very generous budget and a mandate to help identify any work (or works) that he would willingly buy — his contribution to emerging artists of exceptional talent. We teetered up aisles and down corridors, looked left and right, even managing to speak to a few artists — mysteriously, the artworks weren’t labelled — but, despairingly, failed to find anything to take back home.
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vendredi 28 septembre 2012

The United Art Fair: First Impressions

Source Art Info
In a bizarre, inexplicable, and possibly unintentional twist, the most overwhelming democratic space in the two halls that comprise the United Art Fair is the VIP lounge.
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lundi 24 septembre 2012

Mithila painting exhibition at Fresno State

Source Fresno States News by Joan K. Sharma
The British colonial officer in Madhubani District, William G. Archer, “was stunned by the beauty of the paintings and similarities to the work of modern Western artists like Klee, Miró, and Picasso,” Sharma added, so he made black-and-white photographs that were the earliest-know images of the Mithila work. Archer later became the South Asia curator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1977, American anthropologist Raymond Owens was conducting research in Madhubani and was similarly “stunned” by the Mithila paintings, now on paper, and shared some with fellow anthropologist David Szanton. They helped establish the Ethnic Arts Foundation, dedicated to sustaining the Mithila painting tradition.
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dimanche 23 septembre 2012

Vernacular Moment: Rethinking Tribal Art

Source The Sunday Guardian by Julia Marchand
It seems that "tribal art" has somehow succumbed to a more appropriate word: vernacular art, a term that best describes the unique and rich diversity of the Indian contemporary art scene. "In claiming its diversity and hybridity as part of contemporary art, India not only acknowledges its rich pluralistic existence but also re-configures the definition of contemporary" (art historian and curator Yashodhara Dalmia.) Re-configuring the notion of contemporaneity in India goes hand-in-hand with its market, and the systematisation of vernacular production, circulation and valuation.
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vendredi 21 septembre 2012

Kochi to turn into a canvas for world artists

Source The Hindu by S. Anandan
This December, the contemporary art world will move into the city for a three-month sojourn beginning ‘12/12/12’, the day the maiden Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) opens. India’s first biennale is billed to be a watershed in the port city’s evolution — from being a crucible of ancient cultures into an international hub of contemporary art.
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mercredi 19 septembre 2012

11 milliardaires de plus vont donner la moitié de leur fortune

Source Metro
L'action philanthropique des plus riches américains se poursuit. Le duo de choc Bill Gates- Warren Buffet, qui ont lancé en 2010 l'opération "Giving Pledge" (promesse de dons) consistant à donner au moins la moitié de sa fortune à des œuvres caritatives, a convaincu onze milliardaires de plus. Au total, 92 fortunes ont pris cet engagement Après le réalisateur George Lucas, le fondateur de CNN Ted Turner, le maire de New York Michael Bloomberg, le fondateur de Facebook Mark Zuckerberg ou encore le fondateur d'eBay Pierre Omidyar, c'est au tour du directeur général de Netflix, Reed Hastings, du co-fondateur d'Intel, Gordon Moore, et de l'ex-patron canadien du géant des boissons alcoolisées Seagram, Charles Bronfman, de promettre de se délester d'une partie de leur fortune.
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Asian art seeing a resurgence in global market

Source Daily News by Madhusree Chatterjee
The sale of the Asian Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie's for four days Sept 11-14 at the Rockfeller Centre in New York that mopped up $44,735,075 is being labelled by experts as a comeback for art from Asia and India. The Indian section was led by an untitled oil-on-canvas work by V.S. Gaitonde, which the master from the progressive contemporary school painted in 1969. It raked in $962,500. Jonathan Stone, the chairman and international head of Asian Art, says the auction reflected a world-wide demand for the greatest objects of Asian art.
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The long road

Source The Hindu by Neha Mujumdar
Writer-artist Gieve Patel’s lifelong fascination with people of the Warli tribe began in his grandfather’s estate. Warli adivasis worked on the estate, and when Patel, as a young man in his 20s, would try to interact with them, he would be discouraged, because they were from another caste. In an early poem, Grandfather, he attempts to sort out this puzzle – why does his kindly grandfather discourage him to mix with the ‘others’?
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dimanche 16 septembre 2012

They joined the fight

Source Business Standard by Gargi Gupta
Painter-writer J Swaminathan and writer-artist Richard Bartholomew were two key, and lively, figures of the Delhi art world of the 20th century. Their sons seek to rescue their legacy. One was an eminent painter who started out as a journalist and remained, through his career, a writer who penned incisive essays on aesthetic and cultural debates in left-wing journals in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The other was the preeminent art critic and newspaper reviewer of those decades, and an artist who painted (early on) and (later) took beautiful, intuitive photographs of his family, his artist friends and life around him.
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vendredi 14 septembre 2012

Christie's sale of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art achieves $7,060,625

Source The Economic Times
The successful sale can be attributed to works of exceptional quality, extraordinary history, and accessible estimates, which led to an enthusiastic response from clients throughout the entire sale. The modern art section reflected the continued strength and breadth of this collecting field and was led by Vasuedo S. Gaitonde's extremely rare Untitled, 1969, from the collection of Dr Bernard Peters, which achieved $962,500."
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jeudi 13 septembre 2012

The art of misunderstanding

Source Financial Times by Griselda Murray Brown
Kher’s work has been shaped by her decision to stay in India – as has her attitude towards artwork collapsing and things not going to plan. “In India,” she says, “you have to give a bit and you have to go with it.” The chaos that characterises life in the country’s teeming cities, and the clamour of its 1.2bn voices, is expressed in Kher’s poignant piece “Sing to them that will listen”. Part of the Parasol Unit show, it’s a small Tibetan “singing bowl” filled with rice, each grain hand-inscribed with words from an Indian Sunday newspaper’s matrimonial column. Phrases such as “fair girl”, “B.Tech” and “caste no bar” speak of the selection process behind each potential match – but these careful messages are mostly obscured by others, leaving chance to create its own order.
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mercredi 12 septembre 2012

Atul Dodiya chez Daniel Templon

Source Art Actuel
Atul Dodiya, né en 1959, vit et travaille à Mumbai. Fort d’une étonnante capacité à se réinventer, Atul Dodiya a investit un éventail complet de styles, se lançant dans des expérimentations toujours maîtrisées, depuis la peinture photo-réaliste de ses débuts jusqu’aux œuvres sur stores métalliques qui lui ont valu un succès international. Cette réflexion sur l’objet reflète son intérêt pour les aspirations de la classe moyenne indienne et l’impact de la globalisation sur ses traditions.
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vendredi 7 septembre 2012

Three cheers for India's tribal & folk art

Source The Times of India by Archana Khare Ghose
I sincerely hope Saffronart makes this auction a regular feature in its annual calendar as tribal/ folk art deserves this recognition. Throughout my career of writing in art, I’ve faced difficulties in pushing stories related to this genre in newspapers where I’ve worked and even when I’ve got a go-ahead from a kind editor, it has always been tough sourcing images of these artists. If Saffronart’s auction succeeds, it would be a booster shot to the efforts of the very dedicated professor and former director of Crafts Museum in Delhi, Jyotindra Jain, who has been inarguably the strongest voice in favour of Indian tribal/ folk art for a long time, and also to the efforts of Meena Verma and Tulika Kedia who have been brave enough to open dedicated galleries to folk/tribal art in the commercial art hub sector of Lado Sarai in New Delhi. This write-up cannot be complete without mentioning the French art connoisseur Herve Perdriolle who runs a gallery in Paris that has such a vast collection of tribal and folk art from India that an average Indian would be surprised on beholding it all. > read more

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