jeudi 26 avril 2018

Auteur of Arts

Source Daily Pioneer by Deepali Meena
In 2013, Chemould Prescott Road celebrated its 50th year, for which Geeta Kapur curated a series of five simultaneous exhibitions in Mumbai under the over-arching title: Aesthetic Bind which prompted her to write a book about the same. In the book Kapur aesthetics as “indistinguishable from the turbulent unconscious and the ground of subjective struggle.” And by the word bind she meant bondage, compulsion and dilemma. The book revolves around Kapur’s critical analyses of around 52 contemporary artists ranging from sculptures, portraits, watercolour paintings, photographs and sketches based on their skills and techniques.
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vendredi 20 avril 2018

Subodh Gupta’s edible canvas in Paris

The Hindu by Ashvin E Rajagopalan
The performance dinner started with a cheela, a savoury chickpea crepe. This was followed by bhel puri, and finishing off the round of starters was a crispy eggplant pakora. All these are Gupta’s favourite foods. They resonate with him deeply and represent the most common meals he would have eaten growing up in Bihar. The next course was something different. Served in a terracotta bowl was a khichdi topped with yoghurt and crushed papadum, accompanied in the same bowl with a dollop of aloo bharta. The textures were great and the aloo was a delightful amuse bouchewith its tangy lime flavor. Next, impeccably dressed waiters brought out thalis for each guest. Another seven dishes to enjoy, and no one was complaining. The thali included basmati rice, daal, raita, a beautiful mustard and mixed greens sabzi, potato and cumin sabzi, mustard tofu and — for non-vegetarians — a Goan prawn curry and lamb. My favourite, if I had to really choose, was the dessert: a well-set dahi (curd) with bananas and saffron. This is Gupta’s comfort food.
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Subodh Gupta honoré à la Monnaie de Paris

Source Le Monde
« L’œuvre de Subodh Gupta, dont il est autant le cuisinier que le sculpteur, le peintre que le performeur, aborde la spiritualité, la politique et le champ social. Il pense chacune de ses œuvres d’art comme un agrégat de cultures : son histoire personnelle, l’histoire politique et économique du monde, l’histoire de l’Inde au XXIe siècle, son interprétation de l’histoire de l’art contemporain où Duchamp et le Nouveau Réalisme jouent un rôle éminent », confie Camille Morineau, commissaire de l’exposition, qui commente pour Le Monde une sélection d’œuvres.
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mardi 17 avril 2018

Meet the power patrons of the FICA Advisory Board

Source Architectural Digest by Rosalyn D’Mello
Roshini Vadehra, one of its founders, measures its influence through the metric of its many beneficiaries. “FICA has had an exciting decade with 47 grants for artists and curators, and an active art educational programme for artists, teachers and students,” she says. Another FICA initiative is the Reading Room, which was “born out of the need to make exclusively published art publications available to a larger public, who have little or no access to university or private libraries in India,” says the FICA website. “We hope to have a permanent foundation space soon,” Vadehra says.
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Ram Kumar (1924­–2018)

Source Art Forum
“Like other painters of abstract landscapes such as Richard Diebenkorn, who was also drawn to waterfront cities, he began to use the shoreline and the horizon as the barest elements of a painting’s intelligibility, Alex Traub wrote in the November 2016 issue of Artforum. Associated with the Progressive Artists Group as well as the Delhi Shilpa Chakra, Kumar would be featured in solo exhibitions as well as major exhibitions including a two-person show with M.F. Husain in Delhi and Prague in 1967, the Festival of India shows in Russia and Japan in 1987 and 1988, “The Moderns” at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai in 1996, and “Ramkumar: A Retrospective” at the Aicon Gallery in London in 2011, among others. He was the recipient of a J.D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship in 1970, for which he traveled to the United States, and was honored with Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1972 and Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1986.
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vendredi 13 avril 2018

Galerie Hervé Perdriolle Nouvel Accrochage Avril 2018

Source Galerie Hervé Perdriolle
Galerie Hervé Perdriolle Nouvel Accrochage Avril 2018 : Aldo et Stephan Biascamano, T. Venkanna, Pablo Bartholomew, Shantaram Tumbada, Mayur et Tushar Vayeda… Galerie en appartement Paris 75005 - visite sur rendez-vous : herve.perdriolle(at) – 06 87 35 39 17 > voir une sélection d'oeuvres disponibles

jeudi 12 avril 2018

Bhopal, where old and new co-exist

Source MydigitalFC by Shona Adhikari
Bhimbetka, located 45 km south of Bhopal, has approximately 500 caves, discovered fairly recently, where the most amazing rock paintings may be seen. Some of these date as far back as 12,000 years, and some seem to have been painted over, indicating that these caves were used by succeeding generations. The colours of the paintings are remarkably well preserved, with depictions of wild buffalo, rhinos, bears and tigers.
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Stainless steel art on display in Paris

Source The Whashington Post
Reporters got a preview of Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta’s large-scale, stainless-steel sculptures April 10 ahead of the show at the Monnaie de Paris.

mardi 10 avril 2018

Sotheby's backs Indian art market by launching sales in Mumbai

Source The Art News Paper by Anny Shaw
Since then much has changed. After the global financial crash of 2008, the market plummeted but in recent years it has been quietly making a comeback. Sotheby’s opened an office in Mumbai in September 2016 and recent events, such as the opening of a sculpture park in Jaipur in December and reports of healthy sales at the India Art Fair in Delhi in January, are creating a palpable buzz. India’s economy has been growing at a rate of around 7% a year since 2014, which is also fanning optimism in the art market.
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lundi 9 avril 2018

Near Forgotten Train Station in India Pulls In Tourists after Artful Makeover

Source Latin American Herald Tribune
Traditionally, Madhubani artwork – which boasts the coveted GI (Geographical Indication) tag – would adorn the walls and floors of huts in villages, although they are now painted mostly on cloth and canvas or handmade paper. The makeover has meant the number of daily visitors to the train station has more than doubled, the railway spokesperson said. While around 1,000 local workers and travelers had used the station every day (a small figure in India, where rail travel is very popular) that number has been boosted by a growing number of tourists, some of whom have come from overseas to see the colorful results of the makeover.
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dimanche 8 avril 2018

Amrita and Umrao Sher-Gil's portraits

Source Millennium Post by Uma Nair
Umrao Singh's older daughter, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), was a pioneering artist and an emblematic figure in the history of pictorial modernism in India. Her talent, her beauty, her flamboyant personality, her cosmopolitan outlook and her sexual emancipation have made her something of a legend. Her presence was framed in a more literal sense by the photographic lens of her father. A serious amateur photographer, Umrao Singh focussed solely on his family and himself, unaware that he was pioneering the genre of the mise-en-scéne that would be renewed by Indian photographers half a century later.
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vendredi 6 avril 2018

Saffronart’s forthcoming auctions feature rare finds

Source Livemint by Radhika Iyengar
Saffronart has two big online auctions scheduled in the coming week. While one offers an exquisite collection of classical Indian art, the other provides a formidable selection of folk and tribal art.There is artwork by Sita Devi, for instance—a Mithila artist known for her bharni (filling) style. Awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, Sita Devi was one of the first folk artists to move from traditional wall painting to paper. There is also the work of the internationally recognized Bhopali artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, who introduced Gond tradition to mainstream art. Shyam’s Landscape With Spider (1988), for instance, was featured in Sotheby’s auction in New York—a first for an Indian folk artist.
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Artistes Japani Shyam and Tanvi Shah to get Young Women Achiever Award 2018

Source India Today
The annual YFLO Young Women Achiever Awards recognise womens contribution to society in various fields like sports, media, politics, visual arts, performing arts, entrepreneurship, community service, literature, cinema and fashion. Japani Shyam, although born to a Gond artist father, decided to carve out a creative path of her own. She is best known for creating a unique depiction of deities and animals. "I feel extremely happy to win this prestigious award. Firstly, because it is an award given to women by women. Secondly, I am thrilled that being a tribal girl, I am being recognized for tribal art. I am proud to bring this traditional art form from a small village to everyones notice where it is slowly gaining appreciation by all," Shyam said.
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jeudi 5 avril 2018

"Living Traditions" Folk and Tribal Art

Découvrez en ligne le catalogue de la prochaine vente de Saffronart "Living Traditions" Folk and Tribal Art du 11 et 12 avril 2018. Saffronart nous propose pour cette spécialité des ventes de plus en plus sélectives. Certains lots laissent encore à désirer tant par leur qualité que par leur absence de rareté. Cependant on peut y trouver des pièces historiques, dignes d'être présentées sur le second marché, dont celles de Sita Devi et de Mahasundari Devi. A souligner aussi les efforts de la maison de vente pour nous proposer un catalogue bien présenté et abondamment documenté.
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