mardi 13 février 2024

Mumbai Collector Sangita Jindal on Her Sprawling New Contemporary Art Center in Ancient Hampi

Source ArtNet by Lee Carter
Sangita Jindal has been captivated by the ancient city of Hampi in South India since she first laid eyes upon the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the early 1980s. Hampi, explained the prominent art collector and philanthropist, was a “dynamic hub where art, architecture, and literature flourished from the 14th to 16th centuries.” As many as 1,000 temples, shrines, and other monuments were intricately carved out of local granite during Hampi’s heyday. Many of them still stand, making the site a major tourist destination and an auspicious location for Jindal’s long-planned, newly opened art center. Hampi Art Labs—with its organic, stone-like forms designed by architect Sameep Padora—promotes the creation of contemporary art through residencies and workshops that bridge past and present disciplines. It’s the latest initiative from JSW Foundation (which Jindal chairs), the philanthropic wing of the Mumbai-based conglomerate JSW Group (which her husband leads). Together, the couple is well-known for supporting arts and heritage projects in India.
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Inside India’s Booming Art Scene

Source Forbes by Grace Banks In the early days of January, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi spoke for the first time about the Indian contemporary arts scene on his youtube channel. Referencing the India Art, Architecture and Design Biennale held at the Red Fort, New Delhi, in December, which he attended, Modi called the event a “celebration of our country’s diverse heritage and vibrant culture” and spoke about his pleasure at being able to interact with art and artists. Later, he published photos of the event on his own website. For a ten year presidency that has offered little financial support to the arts, and in an election year, this broadcast and coverage felt to some like nothing more than a publicity campaign.
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dimanche 4 février 2024

Politics of purity: Konkan artist shatters sexist stigmas with cow dung, embroidery and more at India Art Fair

Source The Decan Herald by PTI
New Delhi: A yellow tarp in one corner of the India Art Fair presents a sight commonplace in rural India - cow dung cakes plastered to a wall to dry. Look closer, however, and you see the cow dung cakes are stylised in the shape of female genitalia. For Konkani artist Mayuri Chari, the rows of vaginas sculpted in cow dung are a statement against the hypocritical attitude towards menstruation. Through her art, she questions the tradition of banishing women from their homes during their period for purification of the home and a cow is worshipped while a human is rejected for being impure,” Chari told PTI.
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samedi 3 février 2024

The Young Artists To Watch Out For At The India Art Fair 2024

Source The Sunday Guardian by Noor Anand Chawla
The fifteenth edition of the annual India Art Fair (IAF) opened to much fanfare on February 1, 2024 at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in New Delhi, and is on till Sunday February 4. The grand show features 109 exhibitors with an entire section dedicated to the category of design, in line with the fair’s commitment to celebrating the best of South Asian art and culture. On display are a plethora of works – masterpieces of Indian modernists as well as the works of emerging artists and contemporary masters of traditional arts. Artists from the South Asian diaspora are also part of the milieu. Through this immense display of talent, we kept our eye out for young and emerging artists who were pushing the boundaries with their work. Here is our pick of the best young artists to watch for at the India Art Fair 2024.
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