mercredi 30 décembre 2015

Outsider Art Fair New York 2016

Source Galerie Hervé Perdriolle
La galerie Hervé Perdriolle a le plaisir de vous présenter en avant-première les œuvres que nous exposerons à l'Outsider Art Fair de New York du 21 au 24 janvier 2016.
The Galerie Hervé Perdriolle is pleased to present you a preview of art works we will showcase during Oustider Ar Fair New York from 21 to 24 january 2016.
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lundi 28 décembre 2015

Portrait of the Year in Art: Awards, protests and records

Source The Indian Express by Pallavi Chattopadhyay, Pallavi Pundir, Vandana Kalra
In September, Kapoor, 61, joined hands with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for an eight-mile walk from London’s Piccadilly, to show solidarity with refugees around the world. He was part of Indian politics too. After a scathing column against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in The Guardian, where he compared Modi’s rule to the Taliban, Kapoor’s name was dropped from a new cultural panel instituted by the Rajasthan government. The controversial year ended with an honour though — Britain’s new passport design now features the “inspirational works” of the artist alongside cultural figures from the last 500 years, including William Shakespeare.
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mercredi 23 décembre 2015

Memorial For Hema Upadhyay at Vadehra Art Gallery

Source Blouin Art Info by Archana Khare-Ghose
The tragedy has brought focus on the stellar career that Hema was always capable of having, considering that she didn’t take long to establish herself as one of the most important contemporary artists of India. Born in Baroda in 1972, Hema studied at the famous art school in her home city — the Maharaja Sayajirao University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in painting and a Master’s in Printmaking from the Fine Arts Faculty of MS University in 1995 and 1997 respectively. In 2001, her first solo show titled “Sweet Sweat Memories” was held at Chemould Art Gallery in Mumbai, the city she shifted to after finishing her education.
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jeudi 17 décembre 2015

Indian Art Reaches Record Prices in Mumbai Auctions

Source Newsweek by John Elliott
Christie’s and Saffronart this week established Mumbai as an internationally significant center for Indian art auctions, with record prices being achieved not just for established modern artists, whose prices have been steadily climbing (three overall world records in the past three months), but also for classical miniature painting and sculptures that are now attracting new collectors.
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Vasudeo S Gaitonde Shatters Contemporary Indian Art Auction Record

Source Artlyst
Christie’s has recorded the highest total sales figures for an auction in India. Their third sale totalled INR 97,69,90,000 / $14.7million, well above the pre-sale high estimate of INR 75,06,30,000 becoming the highest total for any auction held in India. 95% of the lots sold, in line with the results of the previous annual auctions. Strong bidding was seen across all price points from clients representing four continents - a demonstration of the international demand for this category, reflected in the demand for the top lot this evening. Five bidders, on the telephones and in the room, battled for Untitled, an oil by the modern master Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), painted in 1995 which soared above its pre-sale estimate to sell for INR 29,30,25,000 ($4,416,502), breaking the previous world auction record (INR 23,70,25,000 / $3.7 million) for the artist and for the category set by Christie’s at the inaugural India sale in 2013. The previous record was $4.01m for a work by Goan artist Francis Newton Souza.
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mardi 15 décembre 2015

Vasudeo S Gaitonde auction sets new world record for Indian art

Source The Guardian
An oil painting by abstract artist Vasudeo S Gaitonde has sold for 293m rupees (£2.9m) at a Christie’s auction in Mumbai, India, setting a new world record for Indian artwork. Gaitonde’s untitled painting from 1995 broke the previous record of $4.01m (£2.7m) paid for a Francis Newton Souza work at a sale in New York earlier this year, the London-based auction house said. The Gaitonde canvas was purchased by an anonymous international collector, Christie’s said, following the auction at the luxury Taj Mahal Palace hotel. “It achieved a world record for any Indian work of art sold at auction,” Christie’s international head of world art, William Robinson, said.
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Multiple records at auction of Classical Indian art

Source Business Standard
A bronze figure of Parvati sold for Rs 6.48 crores (USD 981,818) at a live sale of miniature paintings and sculptures powered by Saffronart and set three major records for works sold at auction in India. The monumental Vijayanagar bronze of Parvati led last evening's sale at the new gallery space here of the auction house, which netted a total of Rs 16.39 crores (approx USD 2.48 million). In what is termed as a "white glove" sale in auction trade all the 70 lots on offer were sold, auctioneers said in a statement today.
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lundi 14 décembre 2015

We have big plans for India: Christie's

Source Business Standard
"We have big plans for India - long term and holistic. It's about being an integral part of the art scene which doesn't only entail selling, but also educating. The whole idea is to bring up the benchmark of the relevance of art from the grass root level. We have plans to do more antiquities and ramp up sales. We are getting more involved in education of art by bringing speakers to talk on art conservation and institution building," Deepanjana Klein, Christie's International Head, South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, told IANS.
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dimanche 13 décembre 2015

Hema Upadhyay Murder: Trucker Leads Cops to Alleged Killers

Source NDTV
Sources said Hema had returned from Dubai just days before her murder. She had gone there with fellow artists for the opening of an art gallery, where some of her works were displayed. "She flew back to the city last week," said a close family friend. "She seemed perfectly normal and happy. She shared a suite in the Dubai hotel with her friends. None of them felt she was going through any kind of crisis." Remembering her as a warm and graceful person, another artist friend said even though Chintan and she were not on talking terms since they filed for divorce some years ago, she rarely spoke about it to friends.
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vendredi 11 décembre 2015

FN Souza’s Peasants in Goa goes for Rs24 lakh at auction in Mumbai

Source Hindustan Times by Apoorva Dutt & Humaira Ansari
“The reception to Thursday’s live auction was fantastic,” said Hugo Weihe, CEO of Saffronart. “As expected, it was a great opportunity for younger and newer art enthusiasts to purchase wonderful art at relatively affordable prices.” Saffronart co-founder Dinesh Vazirani, who conducted the auction, said it was encouraging to see international bidders as well. “With only two lots left unsold, it’s been a huge success,” he said.
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jeudi 10 décembre 2015

It’s time for art to be political

Source The Hindu by Deepanjana Pal
Sometimes the protests and idealism would be meshed in artistic imagery, like in the works of Navjot Altaf and Vivan Sundaram. Repeatedly, we’ve seen artists rally together to create collectives like Sahmat, Open Circle and KHOJ, which have offered insightful socio-political commentary. Sometimes the questions would be tangled in the dense but beautiful works made by the likes of CAMP and Desire Machine Collective. Performance artists such as Inder Salim and Tejal Shah have long perplexed many with their strange and fantastic ways of exploring political issues. Recently, 400 artists signed a petition supporting the writers who returned their national awards. Before you ask why they didn’t return anything, check how many Indian artists have been chosen for state honours. It’s a disappointingly tiny number. Perhaps it is time for Indian artists and art to become less polite and more political.
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'Made in India' stall a hit

India has seen Green Revolution as well as White Revolution, now is the time for Cultural Revolution in our country. We need to preserve the rich heritage of the country." Inside the Made in India pavilion, one can find various art forms like Warli painting from Maharashtra, Phad painting from Rajasthan, Kalighat painting from West Bengal, Madhubani painting from Bihar and Kalamkari painting from Andhra Pradesh. The articles ranging from a book mark to Phad painting are available in the price range of Rs 10 to Rs 40,000. The artists have given a little twist to their traditional art form as paintings are available on T-shirts and stoles too preferred mostly by college-going students. Mamoni Chitrakar, a Kalighat artist, has introduced new concept in her traditional art form.
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lundi 7 décembre 2015

There’s accounting for taste

Source Mumbai Mirror by Mortimer Chatterjee
Collecting began early; some of her first purchases were works by Anjolie Ela Menon and M F Husain. As her exposure to art grew the collection began to reflect her maturing taste. When asked how she selects works, Sangita remarks, "It is mostly my personal choice. I buy art based on my instinct, how a work of art speaks to me. Most importantly, a work of art should allow me to get in touch with my inner self. If I connect with the artist, it's great — I like them involved." The grand architectural statement that is the new JSW Centre (built by renowned architects Burt Hill, now Stantec) has allowed Sangita free reign over a huge space, much of which is conceived as open plan in form. To encounter an Anish Kapoor installation upon entering the building is an exercise in shock and awe. Other major statement pieces that have been installed onsite include Shilpa Gupta's constellation of steel books, Rana Begum's meditative installation and a massive mural canvas by Dhruvi Acharya, that occupies the entire back wall of the company's all day dining restaurant.
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A Little Bit More of F N Souza Through Works on Paper

Source Blouin Art Info by Archana Khare-Ghose
There are so many layers to the intoxicating story of Francis Newton Souza that it is best handled one layer at a time. One well-known fact, for instance, is that Souza holds the record for the most expensive Indian painting ever sold at an auction; his “Birth” went for $4.01m (approx. Rs 27 crore) at a Christie’s auction in New York in September this year. But that’s just one of the several layers, many of which most of us don’t know yet. And that’s why it takes a focused auction like the upcoming Saffronart sale, “F N Souza: A Life In Line,” to peel and unravel the many aspects of the highly interesting individual that Souza was (he was born in Goa in 1924 and passed away in Mumbai in 2002).
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jeudi 3 décembre 2015

Fabric of India at the V&A

Source Christies by Chiara de Nicolais
On 3 October the exhibition The Fabric of India opened to the public, the main highlight of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s India festival. It will remain on view until 10 January 2016. The Fabric of India focuses on the production of textiles in the Indian subcontinent. It showcases many pieces from the V&A collection which only recently came to light and have never been shown before.
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Baby steps for India art market, best yet to come

Source News India Times by Ankush Arora
Despite the high expectations, Klein said India is still a conservative market. The culture of buying and collecting is still at a nascent stage, with few speculators. This conservatism probably stretches to Indian education as well, where the culture of cultivating an interest in art is noticeably absent. While the country has the world’s third largest number of billionaires, it remains a low middle-income economy. Such wide income disparities and the preoccupation with daily sustenance reduces art connoisseurship to an elite minority of non-resident Indians, foreign collectors, institutions and the super rich.
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