lundi 31 août 2015

Souza Oil is the Top Lot at Saffronart’s 15th Anniversary Auction

Source Blouin Art Info by Archana Khare Ghose
Saffronart, India’s very own, totally home-grown yet international auction house, and also the most successful in the business where quite a few were born and faded before the country could even know about them, has turned 15. The little baby of Dinesh and Minal Vazirani is a robust teenager with the maturity of well-travelled businessman. And to commemmorate this landmark, it’s hosting the 15th anniversary Evening Sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Oberoi Hotel on September 10.
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vendredi 28 août 2015

Seeking a wider canvas for global art

Source Business Today by Priyanka Mathew
In North America, there is a large and vibrant community of non-resident Indians, or NRIs, who have achieved success in nearly every field, be it finance, medicine or entertainment. Numerous top executives at several major companies, such as at Microsoft and Diageo, and most recently Google, are Indians. Leading international banks, such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, also have Indians in key positions. The strongest new segment of collectors works in the hedge fund industry, where yearly bonuses in tens of millions of dollars are not unheard of and competing for trophy works in auctions is considered as one way to enjoy prosperity.
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Art as repetition

Source The Telegraph by Ruchir Joshi
This is not to say that all contemporary Indian art is derivative or plagiaristic, far from it, but that there’s too much flabby following of trends and fashions by artists who should know better, and a shocking lack of rigour (or worse, complicity) on the part of Indian gallerists and critics who should be pointing out the borrowings, the failure to produce original work or even work that acknowledges a genuine homage to a previously realized work. However, looking at the simple beauty of Hatoum’s world map made from glass marbles, the sparkling, spatchcocked planet spreading under the darkening Paris skyline, you forget about your local quibbles and feel you heart lift at the work of a true contemporary master.
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Google Cultural Institute adds new images & virtual exhibits from India

Source Medianama by Sneha Johari
The Google Cultural Institute (GCI) has added over 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits from India, in partnership with the National Museum, reports Newsvoir. GCI will be digitising material from 10 new partner institutions, namely the Salar Jung Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata, Dastkari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Kalakriti Archives, Heritage Transport Museum, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams, and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
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Verve's Power Women: Feroze Gujral

Source Verve
Feroze Gujral’s original claim to fame was her popularity as one of India’s top models. She has walked the ramp for various designers, endorsed products for a gamut of big brands, dabbled in Bollywood and even anchored a television show called Tonight with Feroze. Dipping her feet into the complex world of business, Gujral effortlessly managed successful design studios and event management companies. A vivid supporter of the arts, she has established the Gujral Foundation which funds higher education in the field of design, art, fashion and architecture.
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How Google Cultural Institute wants to help digitise India’s cultural heritage

Source Indian Express by Shruti Dhapola
Google’s Cultural Institute today announced 10 new partners in India as part of its efforts to digitise the country’s cultural heritage and make it available online. The search-giant also announced that it would help these partners create their own smartphone apps. Minister of State of Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma, and Google’s Vice President and Managing Director for South East Asia and India Rajan Anadan were also present at the announcement. “Google Cultural Institute only works with non-profit groups. What we are offering is investment via digitisation, tools. We come in and give collection management systems for free, story-telling tools,” says Amit Sood, Director for Google Cultural Institute.
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jeudi 27 août 2015

Take A Ride In India's Vibrant, Joyful Art Taxis

Source Huffington Post by Maddie Crum
In the bustling city of Mumbai, taxis will crowd popular areas, waiting for passengers to hop inside. In order to secure customers, some drivers amp up the look of their vehicles, adding lights, glitter balls or sound systems, making their service more than merely functional. "People will sometimes pick one they like the look of," Nathalie Gordon, co-founder of Taxi Fabric, told The Huffington Post. "That's very much a cultural thing." But one way of setting a cab apart from competitors had yet to be explored -- the upholstery. So, four entrepreneurial colleagues -- Sanket Avlani, Mahak Malik, Gordon, and Girish Narayandass -- set out to change that. Lamenting the collective lack of emphasis on design as a profession in India, they set off to showcase designers' work by pairing them with taxi drivers, morphing plain seats and ceilings into colorful, engaging artworks.
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mardi 25 août 2015

Cross-Cultural Collaborations in India

Source Huffington Post by Harpreet Kaur
Having developed my arts management expertise and completed studies in international relations, my passion now lies in identifying cross-cultural opportunities between creative sectors. In December last year I began a six-month journey around India starting with Jagriti Yatra, a 15-day train journey with 500 young people from different states, all passionate about transforming the country through enterprise. Jagriti Yatra is associated with the Southbank Centre, with Jude Kelly and many members of her team boarding the train in recent years
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dimanche 23 août 2015

Relative value: Banking on Art

Source Mumbai Mirror by Reema Gehi
Bernhard's job at the bank brought him to India. "But I had visited the city earlier because Deutsche Bank had bought the Tata Palace in 1992. I came to view the space and build a collection around it," he says. The Mirchandanis were one of the few professional art consultants in the city back then, and they collaborated with Bernhard on the project. In the late 1980s, Usha, as an independent art dealer, was working closely with architect Kamal Malik. Having spent her early years in New York, she worked with the J Walter Thompson advertising agency, which housed a wonderful contemporary corporate collection.
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samedi 22 août 2015

Rauschenberg and O’Keeffe lead Tate’s 2016 programme, but who is Bhupen Khakhar?

Source The Art Newspaper by Hannah McGivern
Painting will take centre stage at Tate in 2016, with solo exhibitions dedicated to major art historical figures such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Maria Lassnig, Wifredo Lam and Robert Rauschenberg. Sharing the summer slot with O’Keeffe, however, is the self-taught Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003), who continued to work as a chartered accountant even as his homoerotic, Pop-inspired canvases attracted international attention in the 1980s. The 1981 piece in Tate’s collection, which Khakhar said represented the difficulties he faced in coming out as gay, gives the show its title: You Can’t Please All (1 June-6 November 2016). The exhibition will bring together Khakhar’s work from across five decades encompassing textiles and ceramics. The artist’s only previous major exhibition at a UK institution was at the Lowry in Salford in 2002, the year before he died.
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London's Tate museum salutes Vadodara legend

Source The Times of India
ondon's famed Tate Modern Museum will showcase retrospective works of Vadodara's celebrated artist late Bhupen Khakhar. The exhibition will be held in November later this year. More than a decade after his death, Bhupen's works continue mesmerizing art lovers across the globe. "It is a rare honour for an Indian artist to have his works displayed at one of the biggest contemporary art museums. The show will have everything from drawings, water colour paintings and writings of Bhupen on display. The exhibition will give a glimpse of the life and time of the legendary artist," said artist Atul Dodiya.
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Zain Masud: The world is her canvas

Source DNA by Gargi Gupta
Zain Masud, recently appointed international director of India Art Fair, is uniquely at home in the world. Born to a Hijazi (Saudi Arabian) mother and Pakistani father, the 32-year-old grew up and got her degrees in Britain, worked for art galleries in Paris before moving to Dubai, where she was assistant director of Art Dubai, the region's most happening contemporary art jamboree, until 2014. Masud spends part of the year in Beijing, where her father lives. It was where she met her Irish-American fiance, who has now moved to Moscow, and where she now spends a lot of time. At other times of the year, she is with her mother in London, her sister in Indonesia or her friends in Delhi. Zain's connection with India goes back further to her grandfather, her father's father, who was Tamil, a scribe in the Indian army who was posted in Singapore during World War II where he met his wife to-be, who too had a mixed heritage - partly from Calcutta (as it was then called), and partly from Sichuan province in China.
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Video Art Exhibit In Istanbul Looks To Replicate Success In The West

Source Blouin Art Info by Hemani Bhandari
As “Moving Image Istanbul” enters its second edition, the video art fair is coming to the second floor of Kuleli Building of the Haliç Congress Center in the bustling metropolis of Turkey. It’s scheduled to be held September 4-6 and willrun alongside “Art International”. As the name suggests, “Moving Image Istanbul”is a film-centric art fair that already had runs in New York and London.The Istanbul edition was launched last year.
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Sunil Das did hit the bull’s eye with his art

Source Financial Chronique by Shona Adhikari
As one of Bengal’s world-class artists, Sunil Das who achieved fame with his charcoal and conte sketches of horses, passed away on August 10, 2015. Born on August 4, 1939, Sunil was 76 years old when he succumbed to heart failure. His death is mourned in India as well as globally and his legion of friends are still trying to come to terms with his somewhat untimely death.
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Stay at the Taj Hotel with M F Husain and Jamini Roy for company

Source Business Standard by Ritika Kochhar
The Taj Group’s collection of paintings by modern Indian artists is one of the largest in the country with about 1,000 original paintings, including 200 masterpieces and 3,000 prints. While most of the works are displayed in the flagship property of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, the Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi has a fairly extensive collection, too. Since the 1960s, the group has followed a tradition of buying, promoting and building close relationships with upcoming artists. As Delhi-based art critic and curator Gayatri Sinha says, “While most Indian corporations have been largely indifferent to art, the Tatas stand out for having made the right investments in art at the right time.” There was a time when the Taj was a central hub for Indian art, and until the early 1990s, the Taj Gallery was one of the few places where admirers and collectors could visit and buy contemporary art.
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The Biennale Condition

Source The Indian Express by Shikha Kumar
My first book of poems, Zones of Assault, was published when I was 22. The early ’90s was a tough time for poets. But we’re survivors. Poetry in India, today, across languages, is in a very good place indeed. Young poets now have access to far more poetry, and literature in general, and use this sensibly to assess the direction of their work. Many are working across media, between text and image, print and digital platform. Poetry may not be central to the cultural landscape, but it is not marginal either.
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May this breed grow…

Source The Hindu by Shailaja Tripathi
We like to donate. In places of worship, to a needy, in case of a natural calamity, for social causes. but art and culture seldom figure in the list. Well, the government of our country fares no better! In the 2015-2016 budget, merely Rs.2,169 crore have been allotted for art and culture. It wasn’t any great last year. But in times like these when the government refuses to emulate the role of rajas who wholeheartedly patronised art , and a limited CSR support, few generous individuals rise to give back to the society through contemporary visual arts.
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vendredi 21 août 2015

Indian artist’s mural to debut at Dallas Museum of Art

Source The Dallas Morning News by Deborah Fleck
Indian artist NS Harsha’s work is shown in group and solo shows around the world. Born in 1969, he lives and works in Mysore, India. His art is inspired by Indian popular and miniature painting, which he translates to large-scale wall paintings. Over 12 days, the artist worked on-site to produce a 120-foot mural of more than 50 fictional characters, each accompanied by a deity, at the Dallas Museum of Art. The mural adorns the museum’s main concourse in what is the first in a series of planned concourse installations.
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Winter is Coming

Source The Indian Express by Niya Shahdad
Walk and observe. Pause and click. Print and paste. Such is the trail and technique followed by contemporary artist Julian Opie in his creation of a series of 75 prints, which depict a circular walk taken through the French countryside on a beautiful winter day. Now on exhibit at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, “Winter” will be travelling to various cities in the country until August 2016, as part of British Council’s “Re-Imagine Art” project, which fosters debate and dialogue between India and UK through cultural exchange.
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King Without a Crown

Source The Indian Express
At the turn of the last century, when New Delhi became the Capital and Bombay emerged as the cultural centre, with its Art Deco architecture and films, Calcutta took a step back. Indian modernist Rabin Mondal’s work fell under the same shadows that were cast upon his city. Born in Howrah in 1929, Mondal grew up in a place where the sheer density of people clustered within brothels and factories fed claustrophobia. He lived during a time marked by the impact of Bengal and Indo-Pak partition, the Naxalite movement and the famine. His art is an uninhibited observation of the sociopolitical, but also an expression of his psyche that has been home to anxiety, fear and disillusionment.
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