samedi 24 juin 2023

Nalini Malani Wins 2023 Kyoto Prize

Source Artforum
The Inamori Foundation in a statement credited Malani with “creating phantasmagorical spaces with approachable art forms using various media,” lauding her as having “contributed to the ‘decentralization’ of art that has been ongoing for more than thirty years since the end of the twentieth century.” The foundation additionally noted that she “comes from a region of the world where many women face difficulty achieving social advancement.” Malani participated in the fifty-first Venice Biennale in 2005 and exhibited at Documenta 13 in 2012. In 2017, she became the first Indian artist to be given a retrospective at Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Alongside Yanagimachi and Lieb, she will receive her prize at a ceremony taking place in Kyoto on November 10; the event will mark the first time in four years that the award has been presented in person.
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samedi 17 juin 2023

Why aren’t more artist x artisan collaborations acknowledged?

Source The Hindu by Georgina Maddox
In the dictionary, an artist is defined as “a person who creates art [such as a painting, sculpture, music, or writing] using conscious skill and creative imagination” and an artisan as “a worker who practices a trade or handicraft”. This hierarchy has been starkly visible in the art world for many years. The Udaipur-based American and his collaborating team of local artisans walked in on the opening day wearing the signature white fedoras that the protagonist of his works usually dons. But, despite the display of camaraderie, there was change brewing behind the scenes. Shortly after the Art Fair, two of Waswo’s long-time collaborators left to pursue their own careers. (Their names have been withheld for legal reasons.) The catalogue featured two new names: Chirag Kumawat, a dab hand at realistic style painting, and Dalpat Jingar, a border artist and miniaturist. “I am excited about the new collaborations, but, of course, doubtful too. What has been lost, and what has been gained?” ruminates the artist, who has exhibitions coming up in London this month, and plans in motion for a show in Mumbai next year. Incidentally, Waswo is one of the few artists who publicly validates the inputs of his artisan collaborators. The majority do not acknowledge them, treating them instead as fabricators and craftspeople.
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jeudi 8 juin 2023

Mithu Sen on Art, Poetry, and Lingual Anarchy

Source Ocula by Natalie King
Among visceral works on view is Sen's early video performance, Ephemeral Affair (2006), in which the artist is recorded flinching and contorting her face while being tattooed, but we cannot see her skin being perforated. Inducing states of unsettlement and discomfort, mOTHERTONGUE begins with an 'unacknowledgement' by Sen projected on the wall, signalling the awkwardness of Australia's colonial history, complete with word puns. A backlit kangaroo drawing rendered in ink and watercolour hangs nearby (Kangaroo, 2023). Sen's Un-acknowledgement (2023) questions the role of traditional land acknowledgements, which recognise the Aboriginal custodians of Australian land while amplifying its historical seizure—statements that often emphasise their position as foreign guests in Australia, or a museum.
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20 contemporary artists share their perspectives on time

Source Hapers Bazaar by Diya J Verma
Notations on Time, a group exhibition showcasing the works of 20 contemporary artists—on display at the Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai between January 18 and June 02, 2023—poses the compelling question: how does one measure time? Prompting a dialogue to highlight the complex, intertwined relationship between the past, present, and future—creations by artists Soumya Sankar Bose, Anoli Perera, Ayesha Sultana, Gauri Gill, Dayanita Singh, and Lala Rukh, among others, address the tangibility of time and explore its physiological dimensions. “Notations on Time is an experiment in conjuring an eco-system of time where dreams intersect with history, and seasonal cycles with the measure of each breath.
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mardi 6 juin 2023

9 new art shows in India to add to your June 2023 calendar

Source Vogue India by Huzan Tata
As we eagerly await the first monsoon showers to bring respite to our sunburnt selves, the latest art shows in India are continuing to satiate our creative souls as always. A special mention for Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery, which is showcasing works by the legendary Arpita Singh at London’s Frieze Art Fair—do catch it if you’re in the UK before the 17th of the month. Akara Art has diversified into two galleries recently, hosting separate spaces for their Modern and Contemporary art respectively, leading to SoBo gaining a new art gallery in the bargain. DAG’s Mumbai space is now displaying Iconic - Masterpieces of Indian Modern Art that was earlier on display in the capital and brings to its walls works by everyone from Amrita Sher-Gil to Raja Ravi Verma. Here’s our pick of more shows to head to this June:
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