mardi 30 janvier 2018

Luxe Hotels Turn Artsy

Source DNA by Priyanka Golikeri
According to Ashok Adiceam, director public affairs, Delhi Art Gallery (DAG),art and especially modern and contemporary art is indeed entering the space of luxury and boutique hotels, as a way to complete the distinctive and exclusive experience they are offering to their clients. "It is obviously a very good thing, provided there is a proper selection and well thought out display and scenography, which mirrors the values of the hotel and especially respects the work of art display," says Adiceam, adding that DAG has already organized auctions in several palatial hotels.
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The sanctified wall

Source Livemint by Rahul Kumar
In September 2000, Shyam was invited to spend a year in Japan. As was his habit, Shyam camped in Delhi with Pushkale. He decided to paint a wall as his gift for the house Pushkale had bought. The work depicted maya, the supernatural power, as the core concept. Shyam bid goodbye before he left for the airport with much warmth, excited and a bit anxious. The painted wall became a commanding presence at his friend’s residence. Several months later in 2001 Shyam made the headlines back in India. He had committed suicide in Japan. The wall at Pushkale’s home became the last work he’d ever done in India.
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Padma Shri honour: Tribal painter helped world see modernity through Gond art

Source Hindustan Times by Neeraj Santoshi
Renowned Gond tribal painter Bhajju Shyam who was honoured with Padma Shri this year, recalls an incident with a laughter, which proved a turning point in his life. “Had I not slept that night as a watchman, I would perhaps still have been a watchman. In the mid-1990s, when I came to Bhopal from my native district Dindori, I started working as a watchman at IIFM in Bhopal’s Nehru Nagar area. After three months as a watchman, I was caught sleeping at 4 am one day. My payment was stopped. I was angry and left the job”, says Bhajju Shyam in an interview to HT.
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INDIA/Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art

Source E-flux
FotoFest announces the release of a new hardcover book. INDIA/Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art is published in conjunction with the FotoFest 2018 Biennial in Houston, Texas, March 10–April 22, 2018. The book and corresponding Biennial exhibitions are an extensive presentation addressing issues in contemporary India, a dynamic and diverse nation of over one billion people. The book features over 300 four-color reproductions from established and emerging artists of Indian origin.
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The next generation of India’s folk artists is breaking from the traditions of their parents

Source Scroll In by Chanpreet Khurana
“In the beginning, there were sky and water,” Japani Shyam, a Gond artist and Jangarh Singh Shyam’s daughter, said on the phone from Bhopal. One of the most popular creation myths among the Gond tribe, this origin story is key to Japani’s art. It begins with the supreme Gond god Bada Dev creating a crow from the dirt and sweat he rubs off his chest. The crow looks for a place to rest but finding no earth to sit on, he finally spots a perch, only to find it’s the claw of a giant crab. The crab agrees to help the crow find clay for land, and calls the earthworm up from the depths. The earthworm coughs up a bit of clay, which it would otherwise eat. The crow flies back to Bada Dev who tries, and fails, to create land out of this clay. Bada Dev calls upon a spider to weave a web on the water, and then spreads the clay on it. This time, it sticks. There are now sky, earth and water.
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Rural Tapestry

Source The Pioneer by Uma Nair
To look at a set of images by Jyoti Bhatt is like looking at a series of still lives. Spend some time and you could be looking at vintage panoramas that stand still in a time warp. Images of rare iconicity, startling, engaging, encounters with Indian villages that contain an immense scope of Indianesque idioms. Jyoti Bhatt, the famed Indian painter, printmaker, and photographer once again unveiled a suite of his historic images at Rukshaan Art, Mumbai. The many images in this exhibition chronicle the artists’ travels through rural environments in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar, from 1967 to 1995.
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‘Nothing is too sacred to be touched’: Madhusree Dutta on the evolving world of her documentaries

Source Scroll In by Damini Kulkarni
The most poignant scenes of 7 Islands and a Metro feature fictionalised versions of Sadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai declaiming their own work. Scribbles on Akka also juxtaposes a fictional narrative of a young woman who chooses to become a nun with Mahadevi’s journey into asceticism. “The argument that we are trying to make is supreme, and not the purity of the image with questions about whether an image is documentary or fictional,” Dutta said. “Because television is full of such pure documentary images and it is adding rubbish to public discourse.”
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dimanche 28 janvier 2018

Exposition 102 rue du Cherche-Midi

Source Galerie Hervé Perdriolle
C’est à cette adresse qu’André Breton et les Surréalistes ont créé leur première activité d’édition "Au Sans Pareil" dès 1919. Cette librairie a ensuite été animée par la famille Morin. Gaston, Charles, Jacques et Sylvie Emery-Morin s'y sont succédés. Sylvie Emery-Morin et Julie Emery ont récemment transformé ce lieu mythique en une galerie éphémère. La galerie Hervé Perdriolle y présente une série de petits formats d'art contemporain vernaculaire indien du 30 janvier au 10 février tous les jours de 11h à 20h "Espace Le 102" 102 rue du Cherche-Midi Paris 6.

vendredi 26 janvier 2018

Journey of Bhajju Shyam: From a Night Guard to a Padma Shri Awardee

Source NEWS18 by Vivek Trivedi
Bhajju worked as a night guard and electrician before becoming an artist. Fed up with financial constraints, Bhajju decided to leave his village at the age of 16 and landed at Amarkantak in Anuppur district where he worked at a tree plantation and used to get Rs 2 for every sapling he planted. Bhajju was ushered into the world of art by his uncle, Jangarh Singh Shyam, a noted Gond artist. Bhajju's confidence got a boost when five of his paintings were sold for Rs 1200 at an exhibition in Delhi. He gained prominence when his artworks were exhibited at Paris in 1998. Then came the turning point of his life, when he was invited by a London-based restaurant in 2001 to paint murals on interior walls.
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jeudi 25 janvier 2018

If the West can appreciate India’s tribal art, why can’t Indians?

Source Quartz by Maria Thomas
The paintings of iconic Indian artists such as MF Husain and VS Gaitonde may raise millions of dollars at global auctions, but there’s a whole world of tribal talent that remains largely unknown, even within India. To change this, an upcoming online platform is putting these unsung artists front and centre, highlighting the unique paintings of the Gonds from Madhya Pradesh and the Warli in Maharashtra, among others. Tribal Art Forms, a collaboration between the contemporary art galleries Exhibit320 and BluePrint12, aims to raise awareness about India’s diverse tribal art forms, and give its master artists the recognition they deserve.
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mercredi 24 janvier 2018

The new art patrons: Jim Amberson loves Southeast Asian Art

Source Prestige by Lionel Lim
Originally from Minnesota, US, Jim Amberson has been based in Singapore since 1998, with the exception of a two-and-half-year secondment to India. He works in corporate insurance management. Jim Amberson collected coins and stamps as a child but started collecting art more than 15 years ago. Some of his works have been loaned to museums and exhibitions the world over. Many of the artists he collects have become friends as he enjoys discussions about their practice and how these works fit into their oeuvre. Jim Amberson also travels around Southeast Asia to purchase art, particularly Hong Kong, New York, Melbourne, London, Milan, Paris as well as Basel.
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10 of India’s top artists come together for a Mumbai exhibition

Source Vogue India by Phalguni Desai
In January 2008, the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum opened to the public once again, entering a new phase of its life as it transitioned from what was originally the Government Central Museum of Natural History, Geology, Archaeology and Economic Products (established in 1857) to its current state. Helmed by director Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, the museum has spent the last decade bridging the gap between contemporary art and the city, by inviting contemporary artists, first from the Mumbai, and then from other parts of India, to engage with the museum’s existing collection and remains from its previous lives. These ten artists make up ten perspectives that speak to the last decade of the museum’s history. Its interest in contemporary art has resulted in many stand-out shows with Indian artists such as Sudarshan Shetty, Atul Dodiya, Nalini Malani, Thukral and Tagra and many more. Here’s wishing the BDL museum another decade of glorious, large scale exhibits that form new and interesting perspectives from our histories.
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mardi 23 janvier 2018

Surrey gallery welcomes big, colourful Indian art on tour

Source Surrey Now-Leader by Tom Zillich
“I focused on Gond, Chitrakar and Warli art while David (Szanton, my co-curator) focused on Mithila art,” Das told the Now-Leader in an email. As curators, they researched the artworks and translated their findings into accessible texts for audiences, she explained. “Our objective was to put together a diverse, high-calibre and representative selection of works from the four communities. We additionally elected to borrow works from several key collections from France, India and the U.S., which helped to keep the calibre high and to form a picture of how this genre of art is developing.”
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Sculpting a Melody

Source The Indian Express by Pallavi Chattopadhyay
Born in Lahore in 1917, Bhagat did his art training at the Mayo School of Art, Lahore, before migrating to India after the Partition, and began his career as a faculty member of the College of Art in Delhi in 1947, before retiring as its head of the Sculpture Department in 1977. Sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak, Director-General of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), who has curated the exhibition, says, “He is like the character of Bhisma from the Mahabharata. He was a sculptor who was attached to his roots. He would go to the Konark temple and the Ajanta and Ellora caves and sketch the figures of the deities there. The journey from the physical to spiritual often can be felt in his works.”
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samedi 20 janvier 2018

How I rediscovered India's unity in diversity at Bhopal's Museum of Man

Source Daily O by Rana Safvi
According to Kim Ann Zimmermann, "Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts." The Oxford dictionary defines it as "The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society". This diversity is so beautifully showcased at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, popularly known as Museum of Man, in Madhya Pradesh's capital city Bhopal. "A myth may be defined as a story that serves to connect individuals to their cultures and to explain natural and supernatural phenomena, including the creation of the world and the origin of humans" according to Ivy Hansdak.
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mardi 16 janvier 2018

Here’s what to expect at the 10th edition of the India Art Fair

Source Architectural Digest by Avantika Bhuyan
Taking Vernacular Forward Even though there are many new facets to the fair, there is also certain threads, from previous editions, which will be continuing, to offer a sense of familiarity to the viewers. One of these is the focus on vernacular arts, as part of Platform, which acts as a springboard for emerging art practices and art collectives from South Asia. This, in some ways, carries forward the strain of Vernacular in flux, the theme of the 2017 edition, which was curated by Annapurna Garimella last year. This year, one will see Tribal Art Forms and Delhi Crafts Council make an appearance at the fair, and also the return of Pichvai Tradition and Beyond, in order to showcase a new interpretation of India’s rich vernacular art culture.
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dimanche 14 janvier 2018

Bringing art to the streets: the St+art Goa project

Source The Navhind Times by Sheras Fernandes
If you travelled to Panaji in the third week of December when the Serendipity Arts Festival was in full swing you must’ve seen the difficult-to-miss billboard style cut-outs, murals and sign paintings on display. Well, these creative pieces of art were part of the St+art Goa project curated by Hanif Kureshi that aimed to look at Goa from the perspective of creative artists. With the aim to make art available for all, a group of international and national artists got together to paint the streets in Panaji as part of the festival.
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Marg — India's oldest art journal launches its digital archive

Source DNA by Ornella D'Souza
"...We hope that all the problems of beauty in construction, design, function and human value will be posed in MARG and we trust that this magazine will become a breviary of architecture and art for all enlightened citizens of our country and abroad, an index to the growth and development of our new renascent civilisation." This excerpt is from the six-page-long editorial of the very first issue of the Marg magazine (October 1946) titled, Planning and Dreaming, by founder, the late Mulk Raj Anand. Here, the Padma Bhushan recipient writes with fervour how he envisages that while the art magazine will document rich Indian art traditions, the "general character of our magazine [Marg] will be a humanist one".
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Indian Indigenous art makes a stop at the Surrey Art Gallery

Source The Source by Naomi Tse
Das says Indigenous Indian art is a largely unknown field in the USA and Canada but is also under-appreciated in India as well. “Some paintings may express an artist’s vision of nature; some may be a portrayal of rural life; others may comment on modern life; and yet others may visually recount a more traditional story that may or may not be mythological,” says Das. Jordan Strom, the local curator at the Surrey Art Gallery, says that they are very excited to have this opportunity to be the only venue in Canada to show this work and for the chance to compare and contrast the different Indigenous arts and traditions.
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Madhubani can become Florence of east: Expert

Source Times of India
President of Ethnic Arts Foundation (USA) David Szanton on Monday suggested people to look to their past to understand the present. Addressing a function organised by Mithila Art Institute, an offshoot of Ethnic Arts Foundation, to deliberate on the future of Madhubani paintings, Szanton recalled how he was impressed by the unexplored possibilities of the art form in early 1980s and in the company of his friends in the USA, including Parmeshwar Jha, decided to do something for the artists who got merely a pittance for their work till then.
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Smoke out the halo

Source DNA by Ornella D'Souza
The piece on which ‘Smoke Out’ is centred is a ‘rat’ from a rock drilled with holes – the animal whose essence, he says, of being dirty and Ganesh’s vahana at the same time, traditional sculptors, have failed to capture. “The Nandi bull can be looked as a ‘brand’, but somehow the human psyche doesn’t classify the rat on the same level. I’ve tried to sort this problem with a contemporary form that’s not fixed and made porous by drilling stone through ‘stone flaming’ that sees the end of the drill, flamed.”
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Madhubani paintings become the graffiti for Bihar

Source Media India Group by Surbhi Kapila
About 50 government buildings in the town of Madhubani, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, are being painted in the hues and designs of Madhubani, a style of painting originating from and synonymous to the state. The act comes after the Madhubani railway station was donned in the paintings by local artisans recently. Over 140 artists from Madhubani village painted over 7,000 sq.ft of station premises depicting mythological characters of the Ramayana.
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lundi 8 janvier 2018

The Night is Bright

Source The Indian Express by Dipanita Nath
In West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, a santhal village called Borotolpada is coming alive for an annual international cultural event, called Night of Theatre n 10•La Nuit des Idées. Beginning 5 pm on January 27, the dark hours will be packed with dance-theatre performance, sound art wandering, video installations, photography exhibition and philosophical discussions, among others, created by artists from the village in collaboration with those from France, Germany, Mexico and Canada.
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dimanche 7 janvier 2018

Light installation on Mumbai shore questions religion, gender, identity

Source DNA by Ornella D'Souza
Light dances through tiny bulbs arranged in a scramble of English, Hindi and Urdu cursive words, on four rows of an 18-feet wide light-art installation that resembles a banner on two poles. All the three languages translate the same line – We change each other. When one script comes on, the other two switch off. This creation by contemporary Indian artist Shilpa Gupta has been standing at Mumbai's Carter Road seafront since New Year's Eve. Its presence has had joggers and casual loiterers rendezvousing in the salt-breeze, halt, ruminate on its meaning, and admire the installation's ability to weave itself to the canvas of the foamy rocks, coconut trees, wintry grey skies, street lamps, and mild cacophony of the traffic behind.
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Social engagement has always been part of my art’

Source The Indian Express by Vandana Kalra
One of India’s foremost artists, Nalini Malani has consistently worked with past traditions to comment on contemporary concerns. Her art has examined socio-economic disparities, political realities as well as gender and racial inequalities. With her 20 museum solos and almost 200 international museum group exhibitions, the veteran in the international contemporary art world has become the first Indian to have a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Divided between the ongoing exhibition in Paris, and Castello di Rivoli–Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, the retrospective comprises two complimentary exhibitions, bringing together 50 years of her work. The show is a stunning testament to her experiments with the subject and the medium — from film to camera-less photography, painting, stop motion animation, artist books, to theatre and more. The Mumbai-based artist, 71, talks about her influences and the need to break stereotypes.
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My dear fellow deshbhakts, let me provide ‘a glimmer of encouragement’

Source The Indian Express by Ramachandra Guha
In the spirit of the dying historian who once scolded me, I must now provide “a glimmer of encouragement”. Amidst all the exploitation and abuse, the corruption and the criminality, I cannot forget that in this vast country of ours, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there remain resources of hope and inspiration that might yet help turn around the downward drift. Here are a few. Where some other countries have the election of generals, we still have general elections. While a French scholar once sneeringly referred to Indians as “Homo Hierarchicus”, women and Dalits are increasingly challenging patriarchy and caste prejudice. Where businessmen were once confined to particular privileged families, now thousands of young Indians fired merely with intelligence and audacity are starting their own companies in a hundred different fields.
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jeudi 4 janvier 2018

Hyderabad gets its own ‘Art District’

Source The Hindu by Serish Nanisetti
“Maqtha Art District is the third art district in India after Lodhi Art District in Delhi and Mahim (E) Art District in Mumbai. The vision for the neighbourhood is to become a hub for contemporary art and a new area of interest of the city, while also being regenerated thanks to art interventions,” says the statement by St+Art India Foundation.
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lundi 1 janvier 2018

Pictures from the Past

Source The Indian Express by Vandana Kalra
Artists remember their perception of art and how their world views shaped it when they were 18.
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The best is yet to come: 2018 will prove to be the most eventful year for art lovers

Source Sunday Guardian by Bhumika Popli
The IPF Hyderabad, which is an initiative of the Light Craft Foundation, in strategic partnership with the Minisitry of Tourism in Telangana, is an international photography festival. It is known for showcasing a wide range of photography across genres, from portraits and landscape through photojournalism to fine art, by emerging and legendary photographers from India and overseas. Without a doubt, the festival aims at congregating the greatest minds in the field of photography and at the same time establishing a global platform for learning through various events like featured exhibitions, panel discussions, debates and talks, portfolio reviews, photography workshops, open studios and book launches.
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Everything you can expect from India Art Fair this year

Source Vogue India by Avantika Bhuyan
Jagdip Jagpal calls India Art Fair a “work in progress” It has barely been a couple of months since she was appointed director of South Asia’s leading platform for Modern and Contemporary art, and Jagpal is already in the thick of things—she’s busy configuring ways of taking the fair to its next level by working on a crisp list of focus areas.
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