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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –16TH APRIL, 2014

 

ART

UNESCO to scrutinise Delhi’s bid for heritage tag
The Hindu, April 16, 2014
Before Delhi is accorded the tag of a World Heritage City, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation will be sending a team of archaeological experts here in June to examine the heritage sites in New Delhi and Shahjahanabad which had been included in the dossier submitted by the Union Culture Ministry. “These experts will be from South-East Asian countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Hong Kong who are more familiar with Indian monuments than archaeological experts from Europe and the United States. To ensure unbiased scrutiny of these sites, none of the experts will be from India,” said a senior official of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, which had submitted the dossier to UNESCO in January this year.

Mixed media, paintings, sculptures at artists' group show
Business Standard, April 16, 2014
Four contemporary artists are collaborating to display a varied body of artistic work under one roof here. Tited "TRACES", the exhibition is a melange of mixed media paintings, canvases of different colour palettes, creative ceramics and sculptures. Artists include Abhijit Kumar Pathak, Indira Purkayastha Ghosh, Sidharth M Pansari and Triveni Prasad are set to showcase at the Shridhari Art Gallery from April 17 till April 27. Triveni Prasad Tiwari who has a Masters degree in Fine Arts (Pottery and Ceramic Design) from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has won many laurels and accolades.

Judge by the cover
The Asian Age, April 16, 2014
Abbey Road, The Wall and The Next Day — the mere mention of these names evokes a visual image of these iconic albums by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and David Bowie. These legendary album covers only prove that what’s outside is as important as the music inside, and the indie scene in the country is only too aware of it. Vasu Dixit, the musician and album artist from Swarathma, says that they were clear that the album art should reflect their music. “We knew that it should have some Indian kitsch art and we portrayed ourselves in those colours. The indie music scene in India has grown and now, bands are making music online with ease. The challenge here for artists is to create a cover that is synonymous with their music,” points out Vasu, who was featured in Open Files, a show on Pepsi MTV Indies that highlights iconic album art.

Drawing from nature
The Hindu, April 16, 2014
Can you draw the leaf of the camel foot tree? Or maybe you’d rather quickly sketch that ladybird before she flies away? Encouraging children to bond with Nature, to take time and observe things around them, to feel respect and responsibility towards their environment — a small step towards it is the idea of nature journaling. “We want children to open up and spend time with nature and feel its magic. Nature journaling brings together sketching and writing, and combines it with the practise of keeping a diary, where people capture their feelings. So here you get children’s perspective of nature.

80-year-old Gandhi letters to be auctioned for first time in India
The Times of India, April 16, 2014
These two bits of paper are nearly 80 years old but the Gujarati words sleeping diagonally on them, still feel young. 'Religion is what a man himself believes to be such,' translates one. The other warns, 'People who, after a superficial study of my life, take hasty decisions imitating me feel frustrated and many even repent'. On April 28, these two letters written and autographed by Mahatma Gandhi will go under the hammer for the first time in India, at a heritage art auction in Mumbai.

Photo fest that brings art in public space
The Asian Age, April 16, 2014
The aim of Fête de la Photo was to bring photography out of its traditional context and show it to the people, in streets, in public spaces, off the walls and enable it to reclaim the space it once had. Continuing with the spirit of India Photo Now or IPN 2008, Fête de la Photo brought together India and France to contemplate the possibilities of photography in contemporary times. In Delhi, Fête de la Photo, the first-pan India photography festival in public spaces, organised by the French embassy in India and the New Delhi Municipal Council as well as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Tourism, Archaeological Survey of India, the National Museum and the Delhi International Airport Ltd received a tremendous response.

Artistic tribute to victims of gender violence
Deccan Herald, April 16, 2014
Organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Creative Mind Publications and NIV Art Centre, the art exhibition named on the December 16 rape case was not thematic to the incident yet it was a homage to the young lady who signifies fearlessness.“We want to show solidarity with Nirbhaya and other women like her who lost their lives facing atrocities,” says Manoj Kumar Tripathy of Creative Mind Publications. “Artists from across the country have come together to enthusiastically express their feelings in support of women who deserve freedom and respect.”  

The Road Less Taken
The Indian Express, April 16, 2014
The brief stretch at Lado Sarai village’s F lane is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of its many young and contemporary art galleries. Galleries such as Abadi Art Space, Exhibit 320, Latitude 28 and Wonderwall have, over the years, transformed the rustic neighbourhood with their intervention, for accessible and experimental art. Just as we enter what is popularly called the “art district”, the road bifurcates and leads one well inside a new address. Barely three days old, Art District XIII is the latest addition to the burgeoning art hub, and the aforementioned road is not just metaphorical.

Fair Trade
The Indian Express, April 16, 2014
Started about two years back, as a platform “for emerging artists without a middleman” the United Art Fair (UAF) now has a new director and a new objective. “The business of art needs to be promoted and for me it’s important to make it more commercially viable,” says Riya Diwakar, Delhi-based investment banker who has acquired the event from Anurag Sharma of United Arts Logistic Private Ltd. The selling-point of UAF till now might have been direct interaction between artists and the aficionados, but Diwakar intends to change that. The fair, to be held in October this year, will now invite galleries — both domestic and international.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –13TH & 14TH APRIL, 2014

 

ART

A man with designs
The Hindu, April 13, 2014
Fifty years ago, Shyam Ahuja launched his brand of dhurries. He talks about what his plans are and why quality is more important than price. Once upon a time, not so very long ago, Shyam Ahuja was the first and last name in floor decor. This was the man who reinvented the dhurrie up from being an underlay for carpets and rejuvenated the moribund art of dhurrie weaving. His flat woven rugs, woven in the softest pastels and the sharpest prints, adorned many homes first across India and then the world. Mostly, these were the homes of the elite. The hoi polloi watched and waited for the annual discount sale when they could actually acquire a Shyam Ahuja.

Enroute to self discovery
The Asian Age, April 13, 2014
Gaurav Chawla and Kishore Labar recently hosted a preview of group exhibition, “Inner Vision”. Dr Karan Singh, Naresh Kapuria and Pratibha Prahlad inaugurated the art show held at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center. Spotted at the do were Anuradha Ramam, Nupur Kundu, Sangeeta Murthy, Gopi Gajwani, M.K Gandhi and Meeta Pandit among others. Five female artists from Pakistan and four contemporary female artists from India came together under roof to jointly exhibit their paintings at “Colours of Hope” exhibition. Presented by Empowerment, the show was inaugurated by Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit. The exhibition focused on intangible factors including sharing, emotions, peace, feminism and love.

Jehangir’s jade pendant, two Indian paintings go for Rs 10 cr in auctions
Pune Mirror, April 13, 2014
rare painting of renowned classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai by Iraq’s most celebrated modernist painter Jewad Selim, an intricate painting of the great Indian fruit bat by artist Bhawani Das and a jade pendant worn by Mughal emperor Jehangir to control palpitations fetched prices many times more than estimated, at auctions in London this week of paintings and objects from medieval, colonial and modern period related to India. Topping the list was the painting of a Great Indian fruit bat with a 1.5- metre wingspan by Patna-based artist Bhawani Das, which sold for £458,500 (Rs 4.60 crore). The painting was commissioned by Lady Mary Impey, wife of Sir Elijah Impey who was with the East India Company, and completed around 1780 by Das.

Capturing Life in Varying Moods
The New Indian Express, April 13, 2014
Lithography, a printmaking process, allows artists to retain the originality and freshness of their works. This is being popularised by the Lalit Kala Academy through the Surinder Chadha Memorial Lithography Exhibition at David Hall, Fort Kochi. Incidentally, Chadha was a famous lithographer. In lithography, the artist paints onto a limestone and this is embossed on to a piece of paper. This art form was popular as a medium in the 1830’s where illustrations using stone lithography were common. Lithography has been utilised by great European painters like Edouard Manet, Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso.

Goa news in brief
The Times of India, April 13, 2014
Joyce Integrity Trust Foundation presents 'Nakshatra Art Exhibition' of 11 contemporary artists, curated and organized by Neeta Chandraa. The expo will be inaugurated by NCP spokesperson Trajano De Mello at 6.30pm on April 12 at Maquinez Palace, ESG, Panaji. The house band Smoking Chutney will feature world renowned Brazillian guitarist Ricardo Vogt on April 17, from 9pm onwards. Ricardo is a member of grammy award winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding's band.

Sotheby’s spring Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern art
The Times of India, April 13, 2014
The Sotheby’s spring Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art will be held in New York on May 7, 2014. A significant selection of highlights from the sale will be on view in Sotheby’s London galleries beginning tomorrow through April 15, before returning to New York for exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning May 2. Following Sotheby’s sale of Alberto Giacometti’s Grande tête mince (Grande tête de Diego) for $50 million in November 2013 – the highest price for a work of art in any Impressionist & Modern Art auction last year worldwide – the May sale will offer four sculptures and one oil by the artist. The selection is led by La Place, Giacometti’s first multi-figural sculpture, which stands as one of his most powerful representations of psychological isolation and vulnerability (est. $12/18 million*).

Rhyme and rhythm over frappe and latte
Daily News & Analysis, April 14, 2014
A bookseller called Sudarshan Loyalka was to later offer the fledgling Circle a platform at his exhibition at Churchgate, and the Artists' Centre at Kala Ghoda was the Circle's home for a while. For the most part, poetry readings in English were confined to the third floor of the Theosophy Hall at New Marine Lines in Mumbai, where Nissim Ezekiel organised programmes for the Indian P.E.N, and to Ezekiel's own ground floor office, where the Circle members met. Gradually, as these limited options began to fade away, newer spaces emerged. In 1998, an American journalist and dancer, Janet Fine, who had made Mumbai her home, persuaded art gallery owners to offer their space for a movement she called COHO — the Colaba-Cuffe Parade version of SOHO, she said, referring to the art district of New York.

The Art Director
The New Indian Express, April 14, 2014
 Neha is the one who gave the Indian art scene its single and most powerful shot of energy with out-of-the-box thinking. “There was low awareness for art among people. I was living in London and while passing art galleries,would often wonder how to generate interest among Delhiites in viewing art. The decision to return to India was driven by patriotism to change things,” she remembers. Neha says hotels are occupied top down during the India Art Fair. Galleries have pushed their limits and raised their standards. “In the last six years art related events have changed. There are art awards and simultaneous openings. It’s a total contrast to the lackadaisical approach of six years ago.”

The Portrait of the Artist in Contemplation
The New Indian Express, April 14, 2014
In 1982, much before he became famous, Paresh Maity—w­hose paintings, photographs and sculptures grace many tony homes and galleries—accompanied a friend from Kolkata to Delhi to buy a motorcycle. It didn’t form a ‘motorcycle diary’, but unknown to him, Paresh’s journey to Delhi had already begun. In the 1990s, he returned to live in India’s “art capital”. A few years after his first solo exhibition, he bought an apartment in Chittaranjan Park—the capital’s ‘mini Kolkata.’ “Thus I became a ‘Delhiite’,” confesses the artist, whose trademark black rimmed glasses, flamboyant tunics and signature silver necklace makes him an exotic figure in Delhi’s creative arts and events circuit.

Art Matters - Subodh Gupta: celebrating the object
NDTV, April 14, 2014
Artist, Subodh Gupta's monumental installations with mundane objects like stainless steel kitchenware have deep undercurrents and capture the essence of his childhood. An anthology of his works is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. One of the country's most successful artist, Subodh Gupta says that he did not think too much about his art. Whatever he found in front of him, he made it into art. His creations centre on objects of everyday life and their relationship with the user. Even though not many paint about food, it is a recurrent theme in his works.

Art Matters: Atul Dodiya - experiments with truth
NDTV, April 14, 2014
For the first time NGMA presented a solo show by a contemporary artist on such a large scale. Titled, 'Experiments With Truth: Atul Dodiya', the exhibition displays 130 works of the Mumbai based artist which reflects his concerns with the times we live in and the firm belief that despite experiments with different material and mediums, painting will always remain the most challenging art form. Amongst these is a series of 12 works from 2003 called the Antler Anthology which has Gujarati poetry written on the paintings. Atul, a Saurashtrian living in Mumbai, was extremely hurt and upset by what happened to Gandhi's Gujarat during the riots of 2002.

Art exhibitions and auctions support causes
The Financial Chronicle, April 14, 2014
It is now widely perceived that one of the best ways to raise funds for charity is art exhibitions and art auctions. A judicious mix of art works by famous names and upcoming younger artists — whose works are often created at an art camp or workshop — has traditionally been considered more or less infallible. However, with the worldwide economic crisis one can no longer be sure that all or some and in the worst scenario, any paintings will find buyers. Earlier this year to fund their ongoing educational projects, one of Kolkata’s most prestigious clubs had recently organised an art auction during a well-attended international evening.

‘Human-scapes’ captured
The Hindu, April 14, 2014
Shanavas Ashrof’s photography exhibition reveals the many stories his camera has captured. For Shanavas Ashrof, being in Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghat was surreal. Amidst the lassi shops and thronging tourist crowds was the deep smell of death. His photograph at the cremation grounds has a body burnt to ashes, beside one half-consumed and a third laid on the pyre. At the foreground lies one ready for the fire, and at the backdrop a sleeping dog. The picture is one of 60 photographs displayed at Shanavas’ solo exhibition in Durbar Hall Art Gallery—‘Blind Spot’. “There’s an experience, an emotion, and a stage of my life behind every photograph here,” says Shanavas. He took to the camera first in his profession as a graphic designer, for he believed that photography would better his designing skills.

Fashioning Paper
The Hindu, April 14, 2014
We are surrounded by a culture that is filled with colours — somewhat rather obsessed. When I am able to tell a story without any colour, why should I go for it? Also, I like the challenge of the colour white, I feel it is inviting and I like it when people spend time looking at and admiring my works and figuring out its many details over a period of time.” At the India Art Fair this year, Sachin’s sculptural flower created out of paper had attracted many enviable glances as crowds of people just stood and gazed. In many ways, his sculptural installation reminded me of the great artist Holly Senn who created sculptural paper works from discarded library books.

Harsh Harmony, an exhibition of digital art prints kicks off
The Times of India, April 14, 2014
Since 2002, a neuro disorder has tied her down to a wheelchair. But fighting all odds, this artist has continued with her artistic exploration and expression. On Sunday, Gibson's exhibition of her recent digital artworks titled - Harsh Harmony - kicked off with eminent artist professor Jyoti Bhatt inaugurating the exhibition at city-based Raaga Centre for Photography as an Art Form. Since last two years, she has been living in Mussourie where her son goes to school, travelling to Vadodara during the winters. Her recent works are inspired by the grandeur of the Himalayas as well as the tiniest elements in her immediate environment that she captures in her travels from the mountains to the plains.

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created sand art with message "Vote for Stronger India"
Orissa Diary, April 14, 2014
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture On the eve of Hanuman Jayanti Pattnaik created Lord Hanuman with a message " Vote for Stronger India" at Puri beach of Odisha on Sunday. Pattnaik created a 8 ft high sand sculpture using about 6 tons of sand to make the sculpture which took 4 hours to complete. Students of his sand art school joined hands with him in erecting the sculpture. “The state election commissioner put me as a state icon for the upcoming election. I want to request all the citizen of India to cast their vote as it is their birth right,” said Patnaik. Sudarsan has so far participated in more than 50 International sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –8TH APRIL, 2014

 

ART

Campaign uses art and fashion to raise awareness on child brides
The Times of India, April 8, 2014
No Child Brides, a campaign by Child Survival India and Havas Worldwide, held an art exhibition recently at the India Habitat Centre titled 'White Bindi Art Project'. The campaign strives to raise awareness of one of India's major social issues - child brides - through the use of white bindis. The idea began 6 months ago when Havas Worldwide, an advertising agency, and Child Survival India, an NGO fighting child marriage, began a collaboration to raise awareness on this social issue.

Strong revolution: Delhi artists cheer queer
Hindustan Times, April 8, 2014
There may be some relief for the gay community after Supreme Court’s decision to consider the plea for an open court hearing on the petitions filed by gay rights activists, but the fight continues. Sunil Gupta, 60, is known to be one of the key artists behind the queer art movement in India. This, bravely in the face of ­similar protests. Artist Balbir Krishan, whose work was taken off during an exhibit, says there is still a long way to go. Life turned upside down for him last year when a series of his work on homosexuality was pulled down in Hyderabad. And not only did his work suffer, his ­personal life also went for a toss.

High Indian street art
Vertikal, April 8, 2014
A big boom was used by German graffiti artist Hendrik Beikirch and local Delhi artist, Anpu Varkey, during the recent New Delhi Street Art Festival. The lift, a 125 ft Genie S125, was supplied by Manlift India, and was used to create the largest painting ever of Mahatma Gandhi, on the exterior wall of the New Delhi Police headquarters. The wall measures 45 x 12 metres and the artist said: "Without a manlift it would be nearly impossible to create a mural of this height, in terms of the safety, versatility and functionality required for the job".

Artworks focus on conversations around food
Business Standard, April 8, 2014
Issues about food, sustainability, agriculture and also food cycles involving growing, farming, harvesting, producing, circulating and distributing, are the focus of artworks by Indian and international artists here. "Khoj's InContext programme was instituted to create a public dialogue around ecological issues through artistic projects and interventions," says Pooja Sood, director, Khoj. Through residencies over the last two years, Sood says, they have narrowed focus to supporting projects and interventions that have dealt with a variety of ecological issues surrounding food.

Bonsai as art needs promotion
The Times of India, April 8, 2014
Three-day bonsai exhibition came to an end on Sunday. Chief guest Malusha De Sa distributed the prizes to winners. Of the 300 participants, 42 were awarded. Aruna Gupta was awarded overall winner of the three-day event and Anju Singh was declared the winner in senior section category. For best overall presentation, Anita Bajpayee was presented the queen trophy. The other winners were Kishori Shukla, Malini Mirza, Sachin Bhavsar, Priti Meghwani, Priyank Sharma, Shashi Shukla, Devmala Singh, Nisha Nigam and Nalini Awasthi.

What Misses the Eye
The Indian Express, April 8, 2014
What if we were taught to say ‘C for nose’ or ‘B for cow’? Can letters in an alphabet be subverted to mean other objects? That is what visual artist N Ramachandran projects in his paintings at the “Chasing Mirrors” exhibition. He forces one to look beyond the visible. Held at The Lodhi hotel currently, the show hosts works of 13 artists from across India. “It explores the different layers of urban cities, old, new, happy, sad, traditional, sophisticated and naive,” says Sharan Apparao, the curator.

A group show that pays a tribute to art collectors
The Times of India, April 8, 2014
A gallery in SoBo is currently displaying the works of a number of artists in a group show titled Collections. The inspiration behind the show is an ode to all those who collect art. And artists who's works will be displayed at the gallery include Nikhil Chaganlal, Charan Sharma, PN Choyal, GK Dhanoo, Somnath Hore, Sunil Padwal, Vijender Sharma and several others — a collection of established as well as emerging names.

Inspired by nature
The Times of India, April 8, 2014
Young, Pune-based artist Dipak Asole is all set to display his recent works in Mumbai, starting from tomorrow. His show, titled 'Colourful Thoughts' comprises works in oil colours and acrylic colours on canvas. Born in 1979 in a Ladkhed, a small place in the Yavatmal district in Maharastra, Dipak's father was an art teacher, which is probably how the artist's interest in art first surfaced. After completing his formal art education, Dipak has had several art shows to his credit.

Calling on the Masters
The Indian Express, April 8, 2014
It’s the home for luxury fashion and now the corridors of DLF Emporio also have luxury art to boast of. It is where Jamini Roy’s doe-eyed beauty is sharing space with SH Raza’s bindu, as Akbar Padamsee’s untitled portrait looks on. On April 11, the set of works will move to the British High Commissioner’s residence where bids will be invited to take them home. Tie-up between Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) and NGO Khushii, the auction will comprise 70 lots, all from the gallery collection. Leading with the highest estimate, Rs 1.2 crore to 1.8 crore, is MF Husain’s Mother Teresa — the faceless canvas has the saint draped in the symbolic white sari with blue border with a child in her arms, representing mothers across the world.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –6TH & 7TH APRIL, 2014

 

ART

Art Street: Rise of the patterns
The Hindu, April 6, 2014
French street Artiste Ouvrier whose art you may stumble across on walls in Paris and Pondicherry shows his work at Artika Gallery this entire month. An expert in using the stencil, see how Ouvrier and his wife Aye Cherie have merged Indian mythology and French 19 century life in the same canvas. The show ‘Buzzling light’ has symbolism disguised in fantasy. The photographs were selected among local winners in 167 Alliance francaises over five continents. The international photo contest is being organised by the Alliance Française Foundation, every since 2010. The images tour the world ,starting wth the Parisian galleries.

Art from the soil
Business Standard, April 6, 2014
Sundari Bai is hard at work. Her concentration can't be swayed either by the sweltering April heat or the hustle-bustle around her. As she moulds figurines from clay, while supervising her assistants working on birds for a jaali, little does she know that she is a legend for most artists participating in the Tribal Workshop Conclave being held at Delhi's Lalit Kala Akademi. A skilled practitioner of the traditional bhitti chitra art of Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, she has showcased her skills all across India, and was even invited to a major exhibition of Indian tribal art at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. The conclave is part of the Akademi's 55th National Exhibition of Art.

East meets West
The Hindu, April 6, 2014
The 2014 Asia Week began with an Open House Weekend where the public could walk into countless galleries and museums for new shows. Throughout the week there were lectures, panel discussions and opportunities to view Asian art at scores of galleries and museums and auction houses — Christie’s, Doyle, Bonham and Sotheby’s. There were grand benefit receptions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan Society, The Korea Society and the Rubin Museum of Art. “This March, Asia Week New York was considered the most successful since we started six years ago,” says Carol Conover, Chairman of Asia Week New York.

Noida artist wins emerging artist award
Business Standard, April 7, 2014
based artist Chetnaa Verma has been announced the winner of the Glenfiddich 'Emerging Artist of the Year Award, 2014'. The prize includes a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000, a three months residency in Scotland, with a monthly stipend, and a solo show. In a grand finale held at Gallery Nature Morte last evening, Chetnaa was chosen among five artists shortlisted for the Prize. Tauseef Khan from Delhi and Shrimanti Saha of Baroda were declared as the first and second runner-up at the finale event. Over 4500 works by 1800 artists were reviewed by a 10-member jury, comprising leading artists, curators and collectors.

A young trio uses 39,000 white bindis as a powerful idiom against child marriage
Daily News & Analysis, April 7, 2014
No other Indian accessory has perhaps lent itself as beautifully to varied style statements as the humble bindi. You could be a glamorous socialite, an 'adarsh Bharatiya nari', a bleeding-heart liberal or a punk star and wear the bindi with equal panache. In its latest and profoundly evocative interpretation, a trio of young artists based in Delhi are using the great Indian forehead art to mix fashion and art for a cause. Launching what they call the White Bindi Project, Prakhar Jain, Sumit Sond and Nikhil Guha recently unveiled a massive 5ft by 7ft artwork that uses 39,000 white bindis. The figure represents the number of girls across the world forced into child marriage every day.

Modern Indian Art on a High
The New Indian Express, April 7, 2014
Modern and contemporary Indian art is doing well even when globally art is said to be going through a recession. The reason can best be prescribed to the fact that works of Indian artists has potential of appreciating in value and has many takers from India and abroad. Amit Vadera and Gaurav Karan of Crayon Capital Art launched their show, Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, with a big bash. The exhibition is on at their gallery till April 20.

The Alternate Course
The Indian Express, April 7, 2014
At the ongoing National Tribal Art Conclave in Delhi’s Lalit Kala Akademi, we watch these two artists working on paintings that depict the lives of farmers from their village. Bringing together 100 artists from the diverse tribal communities across the country, the conclave is an attempt at creating awareness on tribal art. As onlookers walk past these artists, their curious eyes trace the deft motion of their nimble fingers, while a few stop to sit beside them. They go on to ask questions and try their hand at learning the craft.

CUB plans course in arts and crafts
The Times of India, April 7, 2014
With a view to preserving the age-old culture and tradition of arts and crafts in the country, the Central University of Bihar (CUB) is going to launch a vocational course in arts and crafts from the next academic session. CUB vice-chancellor Debdas Banerjee said through this course, the university intended to bring skilled artisans on a big platform where they could share their creativity with the nation and the world. The three-year course of Bachelor in Arts and Crafts would run under the School of Vocational Studies, he said.

Celebrated artist’s works locked in musty room at Venkatappa Art Gallery
Bangalore Mirror, April 7, 2014
The KKH Gallery Wing where Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar Rao's works were displayed is now being used to store Svetoslav Roerich's paintings. Artist Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar Rao lived in Mumbai for most of his life, but his name is uttered with a great deal of respect by contemporary artists from Karnataka. Such reverence is not merely for his works and 'singing' lines; it is for his generosity and desire to pass on his knowledge, among other things. Yet, his daughter, artist Rekha Rao, finds herself running from pillar to post to have her father's 69 paintings (including his famous Nagamandala painting) restored to their rightful place in the KKH Gallery Wing at the Venkatappa Art Gallery.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –5TH APRIL, 2014

 

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Stencilling in Indo-French themes
The Hindu, April 5, 2014
Artist Ouvrier, known for his street art in Paris, is here to popularise the art. A man and woman stroll down a bridge clad in 19th century fashion in Paris. But almost elbowing the scene to the side is a towering Hayagriva, the horse faced avatar of Vishnu. The layering of two distinct images and stories sits well on canvas, only because of a stencil, a relatively new art form. This month Artist Ouvrier, known for his street art in Paris, is in Puducherry to popularise the art which gained momentum a few decades ago.

Art and history blend
The Hindu, April 5, 2014
A beautiful foil to the book is the exhibition inaugurated that morning. Enlarged images of the paintings on the walls of the Varadaraja temple speak volumes of the treasure that has not been given its due. A lyrical impression of Krishna and Radha plucking flowers beckons the visitor at the entrance to Vennirul Art Gallery. This, incidentally, adorns Dr. Nanditha’s book. The grandeur of the temple, the speciality of Kanchipuram where it is located and the skill of artists, whose imagination found full flow under the patronage of successive rulers, are tastefully displayed with pithy captions supplying information on the visuals.

Annual art exhibition in Delhi in need of some energy
The Hindu, April 5, 2014
The 55th National Exhibition of Art is underway at Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), the apex body responsible for the promotion of visual arts in the country. In addition to 168 artists, there are 9 invited artists like Rajender Tiku, Dhiraj Choudhary, etc. and four LKA produced films on S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain, Ram Kumar and Akbar Padamsee — all directed by Laurent Bregeat, a famous name in the world of art films. Executed in a wide range of mediums by artists from across the country, some of them are really fine specimens of creativity and imagination. An annual effort that was kicked off by the Akademi in 1955, it is one of its most seminal activities but over the years it has increasingly lost its lustre.

The science of art
The Hindu, April 5, 2014
Writer and painter Manohar Devadoss recently released his book called From An Artist’s Perspective. Speaking at the launch organised by the Madurai Readers’ Club and Aravind Eye Care System, he said, “Had I not suffered from this rare genetic eye defect, I would not have written seven books (which includes a translation).” G. Vasudevan, Director, Hotel Fortune Pandiyan, received the first copy from P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman-Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System.

Students paint their way into Limca records
The Times of India, April 5, 2014
Students of SGS Institute of Technology and Science have brought laurels to the city by making it into the Limca Book of Records for painting 24 walls for 36 hours continuously. On September 22, 2012, nearly 176 student artists attempted to set the national record. The official confirmation of the feat came on Thursday. Team 'Pratibimb' was overjoyed with the achievement as the honor meant that their efforts paid off. GRAFFITI, 2012, featured more than 600 participants in 80 teams. As many as 24 teams were shortlisted. The main event, which began on Sept 21, 2012, featured teams of student artists.

Portrait of Mrinalini Sarabhai by Iraqi modernist painter for sale
Mail Online India, April 5, 2014
A portrait of classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, executed by Iraqi modernist painter Jewad Selim, is coming up for sale at a Bonhams auction in London for an estimated Rs 50 lakh to Rs 70 lakh. The sale is included in the Islamic and Indian art auction scheduled for April 8 on New Bond Street, London. Titled Nalini, the painting is one of only three oil paintings by the artist ever to be offered at auction. Procured from the artist's family, the artwork was previously exhibited in the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute in 1952.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
The Telegraph, April 5, 2014
Shyam Kanu Borthakur, the artist from Assam, had made Calcutta his home, but his inspiration was still the hills and jungles of his home state. Borthakur was known for his powerful depictions of the elephants, boars and rhinoceroses that roam the wilds of Assam. The artist died in Calcutta after a prolonged illness on January 31 this year. Ganges Art Gallery held an exhibition of his drawings thereafter.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –4TH APRIL, 2014

 

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Pakistani artists turn to Indian art market
Bangladesh News, April 4, 2014
In Pakistan, lack of support from public institutions, little awareness about art and the absence of an ardent collector base have resulted in "limited" options for Pakistani artists, who see India as one of the potential markets for their work to flourish in. In return, Indian galleries have positively reciprocated towards Pakistani artists for their distinctive vocabulary in what already is a stiff-market when it comes to contemporary art in India.

Christie's to auction historic Indian art, gems in UK
Business Standard, April 4, 2014
A bejewelled medieval dagger from the Mughal courts of India will be the showpiece of a major auction here at Christie's next week as part of its Islamic Art Week sale. The pistol-grip pale jade hilt of the dagger or 'khanjar' (Lot 145) set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, yellow sapphires and coloured gemstones dates back to the 17th century and is expected to fetch between 100,000 to 150,000 pounds.

Walls of treasure
The Hindu, April 4, 2014
“Art in temples faces threat from vandalism of two kinds; one the works are spoiled by visitors and the other in the name of renovation they are damaged,” observed N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, releasing ‘Paintings of the Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram,’ a book authored by Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Director, C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer Foundation. He went on to commend the efforts of Dr. Krishna in preserving heritage, in the light of the fact that most of our treasure, especially the bronzes, are smuggled out or stolen away.

Ragas in frames
The Hindu, April 4, 2014
Indian ragas are Sharon Horvath’s inspiration. The artist will be holding an exhibition of her paintings in New York. Apart from some final touches, Sharon Horvath is all geared up for an exhibition of her paintings inspired by her stay in India at the Lori Bookstein Gallery in New York. A research grant authorised by the Fulbright Commission and the United States/India Educational Foundation is what has brought Sharon to the country. “My husband, Tom Pappas, and I are artists. We have visited exhibitions of Indian miniature paintings in New York and were fascinated,” says Sharon. They were also captivated by Ragamala paintings, a set of miniature paintings depicting various moods of the ragas of Indian music. These are representations of love and longing according to Indian tradition.

Two contemporary artists showcase recent works
The Times of India, April 4, 2014
Connoisseurs in the city are in for a treat as two contemporary artists from Pune — Sunil Shelke and Vijay Ghayal — are currently showcasing their works in Mumbai in a show titled Mind Echo. The paintings comprise latest works done by the artists in acrylic, dry pastel and charcoal on canvas. Says Sunil Shelke, "I am impressed by various emotions in a sensitive human mind. Mystery and wonders of nature in life have often inspired me, due to which their artistic reflections and due perceptions find relevant space at strategic arenas in my creations.

Galleries to malls
The Asian Age, April 4, 2014
Art is around us – from the vibrantly painted murals to the hastily scribbled graffiti on the walls. But when it comes to the realm of contemporary art, it is only recently that this genre has shaken off its “la-di-dah” image. There has been a slow yet steady transition from the spot-lit canvases on the walls of art galleries to mall atriums, hotel lobbies and even beach promenades. A retrospective exhibition Madras Before After was held in Chennai's Elliots Beach recently. Curator Girish Shahane says that this is due to the rising popularity of contemporary art.

Art hub by the lake
The Indian Express, April 4, 2014
Soon after the formal opening of The Company Theatre Workspace — a sprawling art residency by the Vadivale lake in Maharastra’s Kamshet — with a dusk-to-dawn cultural programme earlier this month, came the news of the theatre group sweeping the META awards by winning five trophies for its play Piya Behrupiya. Atul Kumar, the theatre artiste behind the residency and play, talks about his amazement, inspirations and agenda ahead.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –27TH MARCH, 2014

 

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Art masterpieces helping map pollution levels in Earth's past atmosphere
News Track India, March 27, 2014
Researchers have shown the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth's past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red. When the Tambora volcano in Indonesia erupted in 1815, painters in Europe could see the colours of the sky changing. The volcanic ash and gas spewed into the atmosphere travelled the world and, as these aerosol particles scattered sunlight, they produced bright red and orange sunsets in Europe for up to three years after the eruption

New York museum to showcase Hindu gods
India Blooms, March 27, 2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York will display various Hindu deities in its upcoming exhibition “Lost Kingdoms” from April 14 to July 27. According to reports, it will exhibit sculptures, some as old as early 5th century CE, of Krishna holding Mt. Govardhana from southern Cambodia, an ascetic Ganesha from central Vietnam, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, Surya, Garuda, Rishis, Kalkin, Harihara, Aiyanar, Skanda, Devi, Vishnu Mounted on Garuda, Shiva Linga, Shiva Trident, Shiva's Footprints, Shiva's Bull, Brahman Priest, etc.

Tracing History of Magical Arts Around the Globe
The Indian Express, March 27, 2014
A caveman points his finger at the sky as a bolt of lightning streaks down while his ‘sorcery’ awes the people gathered around - it is a diorama representing one of the earliest known instances of misdirection and illusion that has developed over the ages into the fine art of magic. At Magic Planet, the world’s first magic-themed edutainment complex being set up at Kinfra Film and Video Park here, the diorama is the first of numerous exhibits at a unique museum that traces the history of magic globally.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents Rare Hindu-Buddhists Art of First-Millennium Southeast Asia, 4/14
Broadway World, March 27, 2014
A ground-breaking international loan exhibition devoted to the Hindu-Buddhist art of first- millennium Southeast Asia will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning April 14. Some 160 sculptures will be featured, many of them large-scale stone sculptures, terracottas, and bronzes. They include a significant number of designated national treasures lent by the governments of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar, as well as stellar loans from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Visit the Education Centre at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Here's why...
Mid Day, March 27, 2014
For A while now, the main museums of the city, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum have been evolving, with art and craft activities, technological advances, performing arts’ related sessions and public lectures. Adding to this surge is the Education Centre at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla. The centre opened in January this year and since then, has been hosting a fine mix of events that includes short film workshops and film festival for school students, Folk and Indian Classical music performances and films screenings.

Delhi artist in race for prestigious art award
Daiji World, March 27, 2014
A Delhi-based artist has made it to the final list of a prestigious art award, along with other four others from different parts of India, organisers announced Tuesday. Tauseef Khan (Delhi), Sirivella Pragathikumar and Shrimanti Saha (both Vadodra), Ravishankar (Chennai) and Chetnaa Verma (Noida) were shortlisted after a ten-member jury list rigorously scanned over 4,500 works by 1,800 artists for the Glenfiddich "Emergining Artist of the Year 2014" award, which is in its third edition.

Paintings that reveal earth's ancient pollution levels!
News Track India, March 27, 2014
Imagine colours of a painting that can tell the environment information in earth's past atmosphere in places centuries ago when instrumental measurements were not available? A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the earth's past atmosphere. These paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red. When the Tambora volcano in Indonesia erupted in 1815, painters in Europe could see the colours of the sky changing.

Workshop focus on folk instruments
The Times of India, March 27, 2014
A series of workshops on folk and tribal musical instruments was started at the Jorasanko Thakurbari on Wednesday with the aim of reviving lost art forms and instruments of Bengal. The workshops, set to run for eight days between 11am and 5pm, have been organized by the West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC). Those interested in participating need to simply show up on time to enjoy sessions with musicians from various tribal communities, said Akademi secretary Haimanti Chattopadhyay.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –26TH MARCH, 2014

 

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National Museum hosts 'The Body in Indian Art' exhibition in Delhi
News Track India, March 26, 2014
The asks profound questions about the way in which Indians have chosen to represent the body through millennia, across region, religion and culture. Curated by Dr.Naman P Ahuja, and inaugurated by Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh in the presence of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Director-General Satish Mehta on March 14, the exhibition has close to 300 objects on display, from 44 institutions and individuals across the country. The exhibition has been received wonderfully in the Europalia Festival that took place in Brussels, Belgium. The Government of India worked hard to ensure the success of the exhibition enabling many artworks to be sent abroad. In this exhibition, we are also showcasing some extremely rare and fragile works that could not be sent abroad. Some of them have never been exhibited before.

Christie’s to hold Islamic Art Week from in April
The Economic Times, March 26, 2014
An abundance of riches from the Islamic and Indian worlds will transform Christie's two London salerooms during Islamic Art Week from 8-11 April. The sale on 8 April 2014 of Oriental Rugs & Carpets will feature property from a number of exceptional private collections from around the world, including rare 16th century weavings from Egypt, Damascus and Ottoman Turkey. On 10 April the sale of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including a Private Collection Donated to Benefit the Univers ..

Delhi Artist Shortlisted for Emerging Artist of the Yr Award
Outlook India, March 26, 2014
ity-based artist Tauseef Khan is among the top five artists shortlisted for the third edition of the Glenfiddich 'Emerging Artist of the Year' award. Khan's artwork titled "Burj reflection", "Coliseum Reflection" has been selected for the award, which is a partnership with online art gallery bestcollegeart.com. With a total value of Rs 10 lakhs, the award includes Rs 1 lakh in cash, a three month residency in Scotland with a monthly stipend, and a solo show. Chetnaa Verma from Noida, Sirivella Pragathikumar and Shrimanti Saha from Baroda as well as Ravishankar from Chennai are among other shortlisted artists. All the five artists are scheduled to present a group show "Five for the Future" at Gallery Nature Morte in Gurgaon on April 4.

Indian by Design
Daily News & Analysis, March 26, 2014
One of India’s designers quickly gaining a global reputation is Delhi-based Gunjan Gupta, who rose to fame with her Golden Throne line. In this collection, she wrapped chairs in thin sheets of gold and silver using warq, a traditional craft practised by artisans in Jaipur and Udaipur. Her recent collections make use of Indian street aesthetics including bori (jute sacks used to store grains) in a sofa seat and the potli (laundry bundle)in an overstuffed chair back. Then there is the gadda (mattress roll) that becomes a daybed. The Subodh Gupta-esque bartan chair uses differently-sized aluminium and brass cooking pots for a ‘functional installation’. These will be part of a collection showcased in Milan in April and Art Basel in June 2014—another feather in the cap of the young designer who curated India’s first Design Exhibition for the Experimenta Design Biennale in Lisbon in 2009. 

Kashmir snow fest showcases creativity, normalcy
Khabar South Asia, March 26, 2014
The two-day Snow Fiesta 2014 opened February 16th and featured sculptures and other works of art created by teams of local artists. Sculpted pieces ranged from a giant frog to a Kashmiri samovar, an igloo and a two-seater car. The festival drew around 600 visitors, organisers said. E-Planner, a Srinagar-based event management company, arranged the festival in association with both the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Office and Callisto Art and Culture. he festival also represented an opportunity for Kashmir to promote its artists, Quraishi said. "Our artists in Kashmir are talented. The festival has helped everyone showcase their talent. It has also inspired youths to come forward and get involved in innovative things," he said.

Nongmaithem Nandaraj Honored with Lalit Kala Academy Award
Kangla Online, March 26, 2014
Works of 168 artists at Lalit Kala Akademi exhibition New Delhi, March 19 (DIM News) :Art works of 168 artists from different parts of India are to be displayed in an exhibition here that begins March 20, the organisers said Wednesday. The 55th edition of Lalit Kala Akademi’s annual exhibition “National exhibition of Art “has put together works of different medium: oil and acrylic on canvas, stone and bronze sculptures, charcoal paints, etchings and ceramic artwork. The exhibition ends April 10. Apart from this, the Akademi, a government institution that promotes and develops Indian fine art ,has also chosen works of 10 artists for their prestigious National Award for2013.

Special children 'splash'' out in city art competition
The Times of India, March 26, 2014
Children express themselves through art at a fundamental level. At times, their artwork is the manifestation of such expression but often, the very physical process of creating is the expression. About 120 children from over 10 different NGOs working with learning disabilities took part in artistic endeavours, drawing and painting with their hearts at 'Splash', a drawing competition organized by Concern India Foundation (CIF) at The Shri Ram School in Moulsari. Kids aged between 5 and 10 took part in the competition that was judged by renowned artist and writer Bulbul Sharma, who involved the kids in painting a magnificent canvas titled 'Tree of Life', which will be displayed in an upcoming art exhibition in Gurgaon.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –21ST MARCH, 2014

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Buying art for your home, just log in
The Times of India, March 21, 2014
To buy works of celebrated painters work, you don't have to visit a gallery.You just can do it at the click of the mouse in the comforts of your living room. Welcome to the forever expanding world of virtual art buying. According to reports, more than two million net-savvy buyers are now fast taking to on-line and buying a piece of art on leading online auction sites every 28 hours. Apart from auction sites, the number of people buying art online has definitely gone up. All leading art galleries in India have now ventured into the field of online selling and the increased awareness has been a boon for the buyers too. Of course, here the credibility of the gallery counts a lot.

Chilled-out art
Mint, March 21, 2014
F.A.M Jam started on 6 March and will go on till 24 April, with around three people—a DJ, an artist and an independent film-maker—performing or showing their works each Thursday. “It is not a conventional entertainment show that happens on the weekend. Thursday is a day when people start looking forward to relaxing and their weekends,” says Pritamani. “The shows are a mix of entertainment and also encouragement for the parallel art world that is growing in India,” says Sohail Arora, art manager of KRUNK.

Museum exhibitions lend contemporary context to artefacts: Expert
India Education Diary, March 21, 2014
The age-old inclusiveness of Indian culture is second to none globally and a landmark exhibition currently on in the country’s capital mirrors its range and depth, according to renowned art historian Neil MacGregor, who is director of the British Museum. ‘The Body in Indian Art’, which opened in National Museum last week showcasing a broad spectrum of aesthetics in the representation of the human body, exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of religions in the subcontinent over the past four millennia, the London-based expert noted in a lecture here.

Major Museums & Art Galleries in Kerala
Silicon India Travel, March 21, 2014
Since Kerala emerged as a gateway for Europeans to India from the arrival of Vasco Da Gama in ancient era history of 'Gods Own County' Started in beautiful land. A number of museums in the state showcase the various aspects of the civilization such as the social, cultural, literary and artistic development from that period. Here we prioritized few major Museums and Art Galleries which owned the precious belongings of the state. The Hill Palace, Kerala's first heritage museum noted for royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the treditional architectural style of Kerala. Hill Palace exhibited are over 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from Japan and China, Kudakkallu.

In search of the missing
The Hindu, March 21, 2014
Hajra Waheed was born to Indian parents in Canada. The artist grew up in Canada and in Saudi Arabia. Educational pursuits took her to the U.S. and then back to Canada. This diversity can perhaps explain how Hajra’s art eschews regional trappings so well. The artist is exhibiting at the eighth edition of Art Dubai, a significant platform for the visual arts from the West Asia, North Africa and South Asia regions. Hajra is being presented by Kolkata’s Experimenter gallery. “I think having been raised in different places has enabled me to look at various aspects of myself,” says Hajra, who had her first solo in India last year where she showed different pieces from the same body of work.

Lalit Kala Akademi hosts artwork from across the country
The Hindu, March 21, 2014
Selecting the brightest and the most imaginative artist after going through a mind-boggling number of 6,583 entries is a painstaking job. But for the Lalit Kala Akademi, it was an essential prerequisite to get the right kind of artists from across the country. This also meant getting proportional representation. To achieve the task of selecting the 168 artists for its 55 edition of National Exhibition of Art, the Akademi-appointed committee had commensurate number of painters, sculptors, graphic artists and photo experts as its members.

Striking contrasts
The Hindu, March 21, 2014
Grey columns of gloomy text interspersed with mug shots of deceased people—who knew that inspiration can lie in the morbid depths of the obituary page of the daily newspaper? It did for artist Kodankandath Antony Francis. He has reproduced the standard obit page on canvas in acrylic for a show at the Durbar Hall Art Gallery. In stark contrast, his co-host, Sunil Poomangalath paints a languid countryside with contented people and livestock. ‘The Art of Small Things,’ an exhibition of paintings by Francis and Sunil, brings together works that are entirely different in treatment, style and tenor. “We have been friends and have worked on many paintings together. But a combined show is a first,” Francis says. While 17 of Francis’ works are on display, Sunil has brought 10. Both self-taught artists attempt to create a balance in diversity.

A legacy of art
The Hindu, March 21, 2014
English Prof J. Vasanthan who died two months ago, has left behind more than 2,500 brilliant art works. They came to light when his book shelves were being cleared. The discovery propelled his daughter Chandini Appadurai to start the J. Vasanthan Art Foundation. Besides keeping alive the memory and legacy of the professor, the foundation will also provide a platform for emerging artists and raise awareness and appreciation of art and culture. Chandini says she often saw her father sketch on the backs of calendars. “In seconds he would come out with a drawing. I did not understand the nuances of his artwork those days,” she says.

Sensational Idea, a Weekend Celebration of India’s Art and Culture, Returns to Peabody Essex Museum
India New England, March 21, 2014
he Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates an unparalleled 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India with its Sensational India! festival, April 5 and 6, with a vibrant array of dance and music performances, art-making activities and the popular Bollywood Dance Party with DJs from Boston Sound and Light Company. Sensational India! is made possible in part by Samir and Nilima Desai and The Desai Family Foundation. Piotr Adamczyk of Google’s Art Project will discuss the extraordinary program that puts the best art collections of the world on the Web. Thanks to this effort, people can now view 30,000 works of art from more than 150 museums, without leaving their house. Adamczyk will specifically focus on work in India, including the recently launched Archaeological Survey of India, which seeks to protect the cultural heritage of the nation.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –20TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Exhibition of Indian Islamic Calligraphy at AMU
Two Circles.net, March 20, 2014
A three-day exhibition of Indian Islamic Calligraphy organized by the K. A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University was inaugurated by AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali and Managing Director of the Siasat Art Gallery, Mr. Zaheeruddin Ali Khan were present on the occasion. The exhibition of Islamic Calligraphic Art is being organized by the Centre for Quranic Studies in collaboration with the Siasat Art Gallery of Hyderabad. Works of master calligraphers from Hyderabad along with the works of students of diploma course in Calligraphy and Graphic Design will be on display for three days.

Renowned artist Gulam Mohammed Shaikh works around complexities of daily life
Deccan Chronicle, March 20, 2014
For renowned artist Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, his childhood days, the complexities of daily life and the world around him have been the main themes for his works that has won him accolades from art lovers world over. "I am not static and love to be always on the move. I closely observe life around me. My works are basically an impression of my observations as a nomad who has walked a lot. I still love walking," he said while describing the title of his talk titled 'Walking the World' organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation as part of 'Art Talk' series here yesterday.

500-year-old rare Chinese cup to fetch 38.6 million at auction
The Indian Express, March 20, 2014
A 500-year-old extremely rare Chinese ‘chicken cup’ belonging to the Ming Dynasty is set to fetch a record-breaking 38.6 million at an auction. The ‘chicken cup’, one of the just four left in the world, is expected to set a new record for Chinese porcelain at auction, with estimates of between USD 25.7–38.6 million. The cup produced during the Chenghua reign (1465-87), will feature in Sotheby’s spring sale in Hong Kong next month, a news agency reported. The Chenghua ‘chicken cups’ were produced in small numbers and now there are just four left in the hands of private owners around the world.

Works of 168 artists to be displayed at Lalit Kala Akademi exhibition
Jagran Post, March 20, 2014
The 55th edition of Lalit Kala Akademi's annual exhibition "National exhibition of Art" has put together works of different medium: oil and acrylic on canvas, stone and bronze sculptures, charcoal paints, etchings and ceramic artwork. The exhibition ends on April 10. Apart from this, the Akademi, a government institution that promotes and develops Indian fine art, has also chosen works of 10 artists for their prestigious National Award for 2013. These awards will be conferred on Thursday.

Delhi girl excels in art contest
Hindustan Times, March 20, 2014
The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) in the UK has picked a student from Delhi as one of five winners of an art competition, “Who are you in a gender defined world?” School students from across India were asked to create work that looked at their identities in the context of gender attitudes in society. Akshita Wadhwana from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya School in South Delhi was declared  third from a shortlist of 100 students. Wadhwana wins a part scholarship to study at the AUB and a chance to see her film featured at the ‘Gender Defined World Exhibition’ at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on May 2, 2014.

Believe in your passion and apply wisdom to your work: Photo artists Abhinav Sah and Anand Rathi
Daily News and Analysis, March 20, 2014
Several years later, after making the decision to follow their passion, the duo have set up a company called Knotinfocus, a candid wedding photography company. They are now in the business of capturing the precious moments of a couple's special day which also includes the pre-wedding ceremonies like mehendi, sangeet, cocktail party etc.. Living in parallel worlds and unknown to each other, the duo nurtured a similar passion- photography! One fine day however, by a stroke of luck, they bumped into each other when Sah shot Rathi's wedding and discovered that they shared a passion for photography.

Riot of colours at Sharda Vidya Mandir
The Times of India, March 20, 2014
Welcoming the spring, Billabong High International School (BHIS) recently conducted annual IT and art exhibition. Student Ayush Surana, said, "My project was about making a calculator and a movie on future technology like nanotechnology." Another student of grade VII Altamash said, "More than my piece of work I was surprised to see talent of both my seniors and juniors." Principal Sujata Lakhani was happy BHIS provided a unique platform where budding artists and prospective technocrats shared the stage to display their diverse talents. Every conceivable art form beginning from textured drawing, sponge painting, worli art, paper batik, perspective drawing to dry brush painting was showcased. Their knowledge of IT was not too far behind with attractive models on networking, PPTs, websites and animations using software such as Java and Qbasic.

Gaitonde work leads Sotheby’s NY sale
The Asian Age, March 20, 2014
Modernist Vasudeo S. Gaitonde’s painting is estimated to fetch $2 million to $3 million in international auction house Sotheby’s sale of modern and contemporary South Asian art in New York on March 19. Gaitonde is set to be the subject of a major retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim Museum this autumn, making him one of the first modern Indian artists to be honoured with a retrospective in the United States. A representation of the artist’s Painting No. 3 was displayed as part of a travelling exhibition here earlier in 2014.

Renowned artist works around complexities of daily life
Business Standard, March 20, 2014
For renowned artist Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, his childhood days, the complexities of daily life and the world around him have been the main themes for his works that has won him accolades from art lovers world over. "I am not static and love to be always on the move. I closely observe life around me. My works are basically an impression of my observations as a nomad who has walked a lot. I still love walking," he said while describing the title of his talk titled "Walking the World" organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation as part of "Art Talk" series here yesterday.

Art, song bring Tihar walls to life
The Times of India, March 20, 2014
If you drive past Tihar Jail, you will come across 16 works of art and a song of despair. The jail's sprawling boundary wall that runs along the stretch between the Lajwanti Garden flyover and Hari Nagar Depot bears in large white Devanagari lettering, a poem by one of the women inmates. "Subah likhti hoon shaam likhti hoon/Is chaardiwari mein baithi bas tera naam likhti hoon/ In faaslon mein jo gham ki judai hai/ Usi ko har baar likhti hoon," read the first few lines of the poem repeated over on the wall just short of a kilometre long.

Woven art in Gurgaon
The Times of India, March 20, 2014
An exhibition and sale of rare, antique tapestries, to be held in Gurgaon from March 21 onwards, promises to give connoisseurs here a peek into the 'rich man's art'. Featuring period European, Persian and Oriental tapestries, the exhibition is a visual chronicle of life from XVII to XX century, and has over 50 pieces from around the world. There are antique and vintage tapestries from France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Peru, Turkey, Persia and Egypt, woven in silk, wool, linen, chenille and cashmere, in the warm and muted colour palette of natural dyes of that era.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –16TH , 17TH & 18TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Manjusha and Sheeba have a heart for art
The Times of India, March 16, 2014
It may have been a busy Wednesday evening, but that didn't stop Bangalore's art enthusiasts from heading to this star hotel for an art show with a cause. They turned up at the ITC Windsor for Nostalgia, an exhibition by Bangalore-based art promoters Maadhyam and Mumbai-based Samsara Art that featured over 40 works by upcoming talent and award-winning artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Satish Gujral and Arzan Khambatta.

LFW: Indian miniature paintings on the ramp
The Times of India, March 16, 2014
Aarti Vijay Gupta presented a collection at the LFW 2014, which was a tribute to 16th-19th century.
This season at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014, young designer Aarti Vijay Gupta presented 'Indian Miniature Paintings' (1600-1800 BC) which was a tribute to 16th-19th century. Aarti took her style files to the next level as she married the past and the present in her eye popping new collection. With each season, the designer has revealed her keen sense of innovation fused with her contemporary expression which sets her apart. She breathes life into her creations with her signature prints and cuts.

Actress Shubra Aiyappa launches Pochampally 'IKAT art mela'
News Track India, March 16, 2014
Mela 2014, at Sree Chowdeshwari Kalyana Mantapa ,West of chord Road ,Rajaji Nagar,Bangalore.In this Mela, renowned Textile designers and Weavers of Pochampally , presenting their designer and appearls, handicrafted designer sarees, dress materials, hand bags many more. The exposition will be on till 23 rd March 2014. Sandalwood upcoming and Tollywood Actress Shubra Aiyappa inaugurated the Mela by lighting the lamp.

Get a glimpse of entrepreneurial side of Dharavi
The Times of India, March 16, 2014
Barodians can get a glimpse of the other side of Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, which is known more for its notorious activities and filth. A three-day photo exhibition organized by Avaneesh Bhatt at Akriti Art Gallery has brought out the positive and entrepreneurial side of Mumbai slum, spread over a vast area. The exhibition puts on display 70 photographs that capture Dharavi in a different essence.

True luxury is culture: Gaurav Bhatia, Moët Hennessy India
Daily News & Analysis, March 17, 2014
When Gaurav was 14, he picked his first Shakti Burman painting. The art connoisseur’s family hails from Lucknow and he values heritage and loves all things beautiful. As I meet him at his plush office, I see a dandy-on-the-job — he’s wearing a pin-stripped custom-made suit, a polka dotted pocket square, a gingham shirt, a dotted tie and a pair of tanned Berluti shoes. Style comes naturally to Gaurav, as he had the privilege of seeing beautiful things around him — textiles, old fabrics, jamawars, chikankari. “I have a passion for well-tailored suits. When I’m pulling off a casual look, it’ll be a polo shirt with a pair of Jodhpur breeches. I am obsessed with the perfect white shirt and have a dozen of them. It’s a indulgence that I am not proud of,” he says.

Music and art add colours to this Holi
The Times of India, March 17, 2014
Residents welcomed the festival of Holi with multi hued performances across the city. Various artists showcased Holi-themes performances at a music academy, a resto-bar and RWAs. Ganesh Mohan, a 29-year-old Coimbatore-based aeronautical engineer and an award-winning dancer, was in Gurgaon this weekend to present a fusion dance performance on Saturday at Epicenter. "The performance which I gave was a mix of Tamil folk, Odissi, Kathak and Western. I also did a bit of juggling and skating," he told TOI.

Art of Everything
The Indian Express, March 17, 2014
Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki takes you on a journey you don’t quite expect. He talks of how as a student, he could never afford art materials and how he found an alternative — everything else. From materials as diverse as a toothbrush and a shopping bag to his own hair, Iwasaki used everything he could, to create art. “My falling hair made me realise my mortality. I wanted to showcase the fragility and the transience of things. I can do that by using materials that are extrememly fragile,” he says.

‘I show the invisible in my works’
The Indian Express, March 17, 2014
Among the works that sold out at the India Art Fair (IAF), the country’s largest exhibition-cum-sale of art held annually in Delhi, was an eccentric series with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, an unknown Indian boy, and the artist herself painted on layers of cigarettes. “Step closer, there’s something more beneath the obvious,” says Vinita Dasgupta, 30. On a second look, the “cigarettes” turn out to be canvas strips rolled into hollow pipes of various sizes. They are pasted together to create an undulating surface, giving Dasgupta’s paintings a three-dimensional appearance.

Putting pictures together
The Hindu, March 17, 2014
 Out of the blue there arrived the other day a catalogue that brought back memories of Mala Mukerjee who many years ago took photographs for my Madras Musings and for assignments I had worked on. Many others in Madras will remember her as the charming wife of a banking head in the city, hostessing very propah dinners by night and roaming the city by day handling her saree as she leaped about trying to get the best angles for a picture she wanted to capture just right. There are still others, particularly cricket buffs, who might remember her picture of that very last moment that made a Test at Chepauk an exciting tie in 1986.

Artists, poets come out in Trinamool nominee’s support
Can India, March 18, 2014
Arguing Bengal’s art and culture should get a voice in parliament, a section of film and theatre personalities, singers and poets including a few Left sympathisers Monday extended support to Trinamool Congress nominee for Balurghat Lok Sabha seat Arpita Ghosh. A self-confessed “communist”, Bengali film actor Arindam Sil extended support to Ghosh – a known theatre personality – saying he could not see any alternative to the Trinamool which can work for the common man.

Studying a civilization in watercolour
The Times of India, March 18, 2014
Dr T K Biswas, Director, talks about the latest works titled 'Chariot of Civilization' of artist Pradip Maitra that will be showcased in Jehangir Art Gallery next week A very sensitive water colourist Pradip Maitra, during the span of 1979 to 1997, about 18 years, foregoing, occasionally, his art college classes and thereafter, spent days and nights by the dirty and filthy railway tracks and shabby locomotive shades in north Calcutta. Those days, Maitra remained practically obsessed with steam railway engines and boggies.

Bollywood baddie Prem Chopra's daughter Prerna promotes art
The Times of India, March 18, 2014
All eyes were on curator Prerna Joshi, (the daughter of Prem Chopra and wife of Sharman Joshi) at the ITC Windsor last week. She is the owner of Samsara, a Mumbai-based organisation that promotes art, and along with Radhika Mukhija of Maadhyam, brought 40 works of upcoming and award winning artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Satish Gujral and more to the city, to raise funds for cancer foundation HCG.

Music for the soul
The Hindu, March 18, 2014
With World Poetry Day (March 21) coming up, we take a look at a few Indian poets. Poetry was a tool of social and political movement. We’ve all written poems or at least attempted too. Even a simple rat-mat-bat poem, qualifies. But there are many who went on to evolve into great poets who are still remembered for their great talent and body of work that served to inspired millions of people – creatively, socially or politically.

Baroda March brings city artists into focus
The Times of India, March 18, 2014
It is a 'March' that artists from Vadodara take out in Mumbai every year. For seven years now, artists from the city, who get trained at M S University's (MSU) Faculty of Fine Arts, have brought focus on to them through the Baroda March, an event curated by Rukshaan Art, that features promising artists from the city in every edition. In its seventh edition, the Baroda March featured a range of artworks across mediums prepared by 58 artists, having some or other connection to Vadodara, known to be a hotbed for artists since decades.

Lennon’s art works to go under hammer
The Times of India, March 18, 2014
The largest ever collection of John Lennon's work - original drawings, poems and prose is all set to go under the hammer. British auctioneers Sotheby's announced on Monday that it will auction the greatest collection of John Lennon autograph drawings and manuscripts produced by the artist for his critically acclaimed books: In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965).

Painter jumps the canvass gun
The Times of India, March 18, 2014
Without waiting for a "formal" announcement by the Congress on his Lok Sabha candidature from Jadavpur, painter Samir Aich on Monday met expelled CPM MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah "to learn", a pre-poll euphemism to seek support. Aich didn't return empty-handed with Mollah telling him that though he will not support any political party it doesn't stop him from backing clean and rebellious candidates like Aich. By canvassing for Mollah's support, Aich followed the footsteps of CPM's Jadavpur candidate Sujan Chakraborty, who sent similar overtures to the outspoken and the only undefeated CPM MLA since 1977.

Nail artist finds place in India Book of Records
The Hindu, March 18, 2014
M. Narahari, a nail artiste from the city, has found place in the India Book of Records for collecting and painting his own finger nails. Narahari has been growing his nails, only to cut them after certain growth, and adorn them with various depictions in colours, for the past 23 years. On nails, he painted personalities such as Ambedkar, Mother Teresa, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and others, apart from political leaders, and monuments.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –15TH MARCH, 2014

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'The Body in Indian Art' inaugurated at National Museum
Business Standard, March 15, 2014
Towering stone sculptures dating back several centuries and a painted book about magic made for Mughal emperor Akbar, are among the nearly 300 spectacular art objects displayed at the National Museum here in an exhibition that explores representation and expression of the human body. The display of ancient and modern objects in the show 'The Body in Indian Art', is much bigger than what was mounted at the four-month Europalia festival at Brussels, which was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in October 2013 and reportedly attracted an audience of one million people.

The week ahead
The Hindu, March 15, 2014
The London Symphony Orchestra makes its third visit to India with British conductor Daniel Harding leading two different programs: Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Stravinsky: Petrushka (v. 1947) An hour before the concert, Maestro Daniel Harding will be in conversation with Gareth Davies, Principal Flute of the LSO. This is free for ticket holders for that evening’s concert.

When East meets West
The Hindu, March 15, 2014
A joint exhibition of paintings by Victoria A.M. and Wilhelm Bronner depicts the meeting of cultures Victoria A.M.’s ‘Moonshade’ tells the story of a baby girl at birth, traces her growth into childhood and womanhood, through the joys and sorrows of life, intertwining it with the metaphor of a river’s lifeline. Much like life’s unexpected turns, dangers lurk within the river’s beauty too. The painting, dominated by two women resting beneath jasmine flowers, is inspired by Victoria’s 2006 poem on Indian villages that told of the unspoken sadness of flowers whose nectar has been stolen by bees at dusk. “A woman’s life in this world is like that too; the small ‘sadness’es of her being go unseen,” she says. ‘Moonshade’ is on display at ‘East Meets West’, an exhibition of Victoria’s works with those of German artist Wilhelm Bronner.

Singaporean artists bring multicultural hues to India
The Authint Mail, March 15, 2014
Colourful pictures of nature, plants and lifestyle is what 22 artists from the Singapore Art Society (SAS) have brought to the national capital through paintings depicting multicultural hues of Singapore's cosmopolitanism. In a cultural exchange, the SAS has joined hands with the Art Spice gallery of the Metropolitan Hotel to showcase 44 works from Singapore-based artists. The exhibition was launched Wednesday evening.

Indian artist’s artwork installed at Rockefeller
The Asian Age, March 15, 2014
A work by India’s foremost contemporary artist Subodh Gupta has been installed in front of the Rockefeller Centre in New York to mark the Asian Art Week. The Spill, which consists of a stainless steel bucket spilling over in excess with lunch boxes, glasses and bowls, is estimated at $300,000-500,000 by Christie’s auction house. The installation, was set up for the preview of the South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale by Christie’s on March 18. The sculpture, installed in the prestigious Manhattan complex since March 11 will be at the spot till the day of the sale. Gupta’s Spill was the first work of the Southeast Asian art sales to be installed outside Rockefeller Centre, according to Christie’s.

Painting camp in Guwahati brings together young artists from northeast
News Track India, March 15, 2014
A five-day Northeast Painting Camp recently held in Guwahati, where young artists from all the northeastern states got a chance to exhibit their works depicting the rich heritage as well as the contemporary situation of the region. A total of 14 young artists from Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim participated in the camp. The camp was organized by the Lalit Kala Regional Centre, Bhubaneshwar with an aim to give a platform to the artists to exchange ideas and showcase their works.

Delhi slum artists display acrobatics, aerial dances
Business Standard, March 15, 2014
Acrobats and traditional young performers from Delhi's slums displayed everyday life stories at a stage show here, which saw them teaming up with an artist from Australia, to perform acrobatics and aerial dances. Teenagers and young adults from the Kathputli Colony began a performance titled 'Aakashan' here last evening, with fusion rhythmic drumming employing empty steel glasses, plastic water bottles and dholaks, to depict the end of a wedding.

Capturing Life in all its Variety
The New Indian Express, March 15, 2014
This painting is one of nine works on Van Gogh that Razi has put up in his exhibition, ‘Let The Flowers Smile’, at the Lulu Mall. And Razi has a specific reason for concentrating on Van Gogh. “When Van Gogh was alive, he was all but invisible to the public,” says Razi. “This was the case with other greats like Leonardo Da Vinci and Raja Ravi Varma. Only when the artist dies is there interest in his work. There are so many talented painters today, but nobody recognises them. The Paris of Van Gogh’s time is the Kerala of today.”

'The body in Indian Art' opens
E-Pao, March 15, 2014
How does Indian answer to the universal question on body? Dr Naman P Ahuja, Associate Professor of Ancient Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University defined the body through millennia, across region, religion and culture in the exhibition-'The Body in Indian Art' held at the National Museum, New Delhi. The 11- week exhibition curated by Dr Naman P Ahuja was inaugurated by the Union Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh in the presence of the Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Satish Mehta and the Director General of National Museum Dr Venu Vasudevan today.

Indian by design
Daily News & Analysis, March 15, 2014
A chair is a chair, a table is a table...but in the hands of Ayush Kasliwal, Gunjan Gupta, Srishti Bajaj, Lekha Washington and Spriha Chokhani, they approximate works of art. This bunch of young Indian designers, trained at NID or at design schools abroad, look at furniture as more than purely functional objects. They inject it with quirkiness and playfulness, and use and fuse unusual materials to give a fresh twist and new vigour to commonplace objects. The five are also united by their clever use of Indian motifs and craft, not just to decorate or embellish objects but as an integral part of their creation.

CKP, MAAC host ‘Chitralekhan 2014’
India Blooms, March 15, 2014
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), the 3D animation and VFX institute,has joined hands with Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) to present ‘Chitralekhan 2014’ - a painting and sketching competition for animation students. Fully supported by CKP, the event aimed at fostering young artists by providing them a platform to exhibit their skills.

Art | Our bodies and what they mean
Mint, March 15, 2014
Upstairs, on the first floor of the National Museum in New Delhi, above the heads of the tourists and ambling day trippers, all is tumult. Everywhere, bodies in purposeful motion. On 14 March, the museum opened The Body in Indian Art, an exhibition that knits together skeins of thought and dialogue over thousands of years to make whole our cultural preoccupation with the corporeal. wo days earlier, walking with Naman Ahuja, an art historian at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and curator of The Body in Indian Art, through half-finished sections, past crates and on floors covered in tarpaulin, it seemed remarkable that the show would open at all.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 14TH MARCH, 2014

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Unsung heroes
The Hindu, March 14, 2014
Nayika, a seminar on contribution of women to Kuchipudi, brought to the fore stories of women who have enriched the art form with their passion and commitment. The seminar on the contribution of women to Kuchipudi, organised by Shambhavi School of Dance, brought in speakers like the legendary danseuse Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi, Kottapalli Padma, Suvarna Latha, Anuradha Janolgodda, Usha R.K. and Vyjayanthi Kashi -- each representing a different generation and speaking about their journey through dance.

Life in the spiritual lane
The Hindu, March 2014
Every once in a while all of us need a little inspiration. It could be from anywhere – nature, spirituality, an incident or an individual. It is exactly this which is reflected in the collection of paintings on display at Alankritha Art Gallery. Titled ‘Life Inspired’, this collection of paintings by three artists; M.S. Vasu, Nirmal Karmakar and Avinash Deshmukh, showcases little things that they draw inspiration from. Nirmal Karmakar for instance draws his inspiration from Krishna. His series of paintings all showcase Krishna in various moods and situations – in one place he is lost in his music and in others he shares tender moments with Radha.

The world as a stage
The Hindu, March 14, 2014
Some of the performances at the 16th National Festival of Creative Arts resonated with social issues. After sustaining an annual festival of choreography for 15 consecutive years, no mean achievement in itself, Impresario India, in its 15th year, reinvented the event, giving it a fresh lease of life, through the three-day celebration mounted as the “National Festival of Creative Arts” at the Habitat. The festival this year not only incorporated theatre events, but featured programmes invested with themes and choreography resonating more with the issues of day-to-day life, and proscenium requirements.

A new perspective
The Hindu, March 14, 2014
As part of its International Women’s Day celebrations, State Art Gallery conducted an art camp for women. The camp that was inaugurated on March 6 culminated in an exhibition of paintings made by 25 women. The 50 paintings on display all centre on this year’s theme ‘Inspiring Change’. Creations of women from different walks of life, the paintings bring to the fore the various aspects of a woman and also talk about women empowerment. The camp and exhibition were the idea of Chandana Khan, says Sivanagi Reddy, director of State Art Gallery. “Every year we organise an art camp encouraging women artists in the city on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Art in a nut shell
The Hindu, March 14, 2014
On a hot afternoon on Eve’s beach, Kovalam, Saleem is busy working, polishing a coconut shell to perfection. Waiting patiently and conversing with him in English is Jarnne, a French tourist. Saleem is all ears and carries on the conversation in English, even as he tries to cut the coconut shell into small pieces. Apparently, Jarnne wants him to make a pendant for her chain. “He is very good…,” says Jarnne, who had met Saleem during one of her earlier visits to the beach. As another tourist season is about to get over, Saleem is among the many craftsmen on the beach who will take to the sea to make a living. He is a well-known figure on the beach, thanks to his craftsmanship in making strikingly aesthetic curios and jewellery from coconut shell. “I have been doing this for 15 years,” says Saleem, who hails from Kovalam itself.

Between the lines
The Hindu, March 14, 2014
Kavita Nayar creates a fine balance between contemplation and celebration in her upcoming exhibition of etchings that bear a painterly quality. An exhibition of prints in the city feels like a whiff of fresh air for there aren’t too many taking place these days. A little resurgence has been noticed in the medium, but it is still quite far from becoming a regular occurrence. And that’s how exhibitions like Kavita Nayar’s “Seeds — Etchings and Zinc Plates” slated to begin at Art Heritage on March 18 — attracts attention. The fact that a senior artist like Kavita is having her show after a long gap of eight years would make it compelling for all those who follow the artist.

Singaporean artists bring multicultural hues to India
Mizo News, March 14, 2014
In a cultural exchange, the SAS has joined hands with the Art Spice gallery of the Metropolitan Hotel to showcase 44 works from Singapore-based artists. The exhibition was launched Wednesday evening. The exhibition is titled “Nanyang”, a term that denotes the cultural-specific regional identity of the Chinese population in Southeast Asia. According to its curator, Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, the term “Nanyang style” is basically a composite formulation of styles and techniques from the Chinese pictorial traditions.

The democratic illusion
Mint, March 14, 2014
Lado Sarai in south Delhi is an odd amalgam of the fusty and the fresh, the shiny and the rusting and rudimentary, the working classes and those who can lavish large sums on small works of art.
Even among the many art galleries, it’s a mixed bag—those that offer bourgeois living room staples (religious statuary and bad paintings), and those that offer shards from a bewildering future. So, it’s appropriate that Art And Aesthetic, one of Lado Sarai’s ubiquitous small galleries, can be found up a flight of stairs opposite a showroom that sells wooden flooring and laminate.

German artist wields broomsticks for art, not AAP
The Times of India, March 14, 2014
Working across eight large panels of Korean handmade Hanji paper, Sasse depicts the passage 'From Darkness to Light', beginning with a blackened canvas and moving towards enlightenment, evidence of the artist's preoccupation with Buddhist philosophy. "I consider calligraphy writing in painting, and painting in writing," says Sasse who abstracts Chinese or Hanguel characters to create reflective works of scriptural beauty. "I never know where the first character will lead," he says. It has incidentally led his audience to meditation. He reports of a Buddhist in Berlin who sat by his work-in-progress and meditate as Sasse put brush to paper. More recently, a spectator in Goa asked to keep one of his panels, and chose one that resonated with her own spiritual milestone at the time.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 13TH MARCH, 2014

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J&K artist's works to be exhibited in Singapore
Hindustan Times, March 13, 2014
Suman Gupta, one of the well known realist artist of Jammu and Kashmir, has been invited to a show in Singapore. The show titled "A Spring Sojourn" has been organised by the Gallery Verandah Art, in which some of the emerging artists from India, have been invited to showcase their art works. The purpose of this personalised gallery is to provide a forum for the young artists by promoting them through shows within and outside India, thereby giving them confidence and visibility. The show will commence on March 15, 2014.

Advocating their passion for art
The Times of India, March 13, 2014
It took over a year to compile their art works. But when they exhibited them at the Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery here, viewers were a bit astounded to see the hidden talent of the black and white clad artists. The charm of black and white and the brightness of red, orange and green is blended together in a perfect manner to replicate nature, devotion, emotions and expectations. Sketches reflect the tradition and history of Kozhikode. Pencil drawings and digital images done by the members of Kozhikode Bar Association also unveil lawyers' passion for art.

Elephanta Festival to celebrate silver jubilee year
The Indian Express, March 13, 2014
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is organising the 25th edition of Elephanta Festival, which will be held on March 15-16, 2014 at the world-renowned Elephanta Caves (a World Heritage Site) and at the Gateway of India. The major events and performances will organised at the second venue. Started in 1989, the Elephanta Festival is one of the most prominent festivals in Mumbai celebrated to promote tourism and culture in the city. Jagdish Patil, managing director, MTDC, said, “We are very happy to complete a silver jubilee of the Elephanta festival.

Late Jhupu Adhikari's work opened at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
The Economic Times, March 13, 2014
Jhupu Adhikari, adman turned full-ime painter, passed away in June 2013. A retrospective of his works has opened at on March 11, 2014, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The exhibition will continue till March 17, with a day's break on March 16, for Holi. The retrospective reflects the artist's life's work - from his student drawings, his classic logo designs for LIC & Coal IndiaBSE 1.64 %, his 'Clown Series' and his last creations on an iPad, while confined to his bed.

Culture strikes back in Lahore
The Indian Express, March 13, 2014
Pakistan is clearly falling back on culture to bring down the ideological temperature that the state has been enduring since the rise of the Taliban after September 2001. The PPP government in the southern province of Sindh has staged, in January-February, an elaborate celebration of Sindhi pluralism to temper the schisms in Karachi. The Taliban claims Pakistan as its moral domain. As the LLF regaled the city with artists and writers from India, Pakistan and the West, the Taliban destroyed a cinema in Peshawar in the northern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. But the thousands of young men and women who attended the festival over three days clapped and shouted their support to theses of togetherness presented by the genius of South Asia, not always echoing the ideology of the state.

Queens Museum to open Indian art exhibition next year
The American Bazaar, March 13, 2014
The Queens Museum has announced that it will open an entire exhibition entitled “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India (1947-1997)” in January 2015, which will highlight important works of art and track the growing modernity of India during its first 50 years of independence. In a statement, the museum explained that the timeframe was chosen because its beginning and end dates are significant checkpoints in Indian history. The year 1947 is obviously important because it is when Indian gained independence from the British, but also because it saw the birth and rise of the Progressive art movement in India.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 12TH MARCH, 2014

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Delhi Art Gallery's latest exhibition Indian Divine, exploring Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art
India Education Diary, March 12, 2014
Delhi Art Gallery will present its upcoming exhibition Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art (with a private preview by invitation on 15th March) at Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village, and New Delhi. The exhibition opens to the public from 18th March – 31st May. Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art explores the sheer enormity of art a subject which has inspired from the earliest of times.

In the meantime, amuse the art lovers inKochi
The Times of India, March 12, 2014
In the mean time, the art show in Buddha art gallery, stands out of the rest owing to its unique and unexplored underlying themes. The groupshow by three artists Anto George, Satheesh Raghavan and Shibi Balakrishnan serves as a mirror which reflects the socio political state and affairs in the society.Through the vibrancy of dark hues, the works says that everything happening in the world will affects everybody in different ways .The show, which opened on Wednesday, will be on till March 21.

Advocating their passion for art
The Times of India, March 12, 2014
It took over a year to compile their art works. But when they exhibited them at the Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery here, viewers were a bit astounded to see the hidden talent of the black and white clad artists. The charm of black and white and the brightness of red, orange and green is blended together in a perfect manner to replicate nature, devotion, emotions and expectations. Sketches reflect the tradition and history of Kozhikode. Pencil drawings and digital images done by the members of Kozhikode Bar Association also unveil lawyers' passion for art.

'First cries of a newborn'
The Times of India, March 12, 2014
The first Emami annual exhibition was held in the city recently. It's "the first cries of a newborn," as Ramananda Bandopadhyay described it, in the presence of Ganesh Haloi, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Wasim Kapoor, Niranjan Pradhan, Partha Pratim Deb and a host of other artists present at ECA's expansive gallery. Bringing as does an award along with the honour of exhibiting at a prestigious forum is a welcome addition to the annual calendar of Indian artists on the ascent. So far they'd vie for positions in the annual shows of the Delhi-based Lalit Kala Akademi, Kolkata's Birla Academy of Art and Culture, and the Academy of Fine Arts, which once led these events nationally. With AIFACS going out of the national radar, Emami is poised to give artists across the length and breadth of this land another sturdy platform to showcase their creative output.

Rare artefacts from India at N.Y. auction
The Hindu, March 12, 2014
The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art Sale by Sotheby’s scheduled on March 19 includes over 45 thangkas, sculptures and ritual objects, from the collection of Yoshitomo Tamashige. The collection was first exhibited at Meditation Homeland in the Toyama Prefecture in Japan in 2004 and published in a catalogue titled “Gems of Thangka Art.” Many of the works up for auction were also included in the 2005 exhibition “The World of Mandala” at the Okura Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Elephanta Festival to celebrate silver jubilee year
The Financial Express, March 12, 2014
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is organising the 25th edition of Elephanta Festival, which will be held on March 15-16, 2014 at the world-renowned Elephanta Caves (a World Heritage Site) and at the Gateway of India. The major events and performances will organised at the second venue. Started in 1989, the Elephanta Festival is one of the most prominent festivals in Mumbai celebrated to promote tourism and culture in the city. We have organised several contests like the painting competition and sculpture-making contest, which has got good response over the years. We have also arranged for a Heritage Walk, which is a guided tour by renowned archeologist Suraj Pandit.”

Painting competition held in Vashi
DNA, March 12, 2014
About 250 children participated in a painting competition titled 'Rang-Kalpana' held on Sunday at community centre in sector 1, Vashi. The competition was organised by Jan Kalyan Samajik Sanstha aimed to provide a platform to young children where they can express their imagination through colours. The competition was organised in two categories for school children of age groups five to 15 years. In group A, the first prize went to Akshita Chile, second prize to Anushka Asari and third prize to Pakshal Jain. In group B, the first prize was bagged by Mihir Wadhwa, second prize by Maanvasi Tambe and third prize by Vikram Khule.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 11TH MARCH, 2014

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Tribal paintings exhibition concludes
The Times Of India, March 11, 2014
With a view to promoting and propagating indigenous forms of painting and allowing the artists to exchange their intricacies and technical skills, Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) organized a weeklong tribal, folk and traditional painting camp that concluded here on Monday. Altogether 15 magnificent paintings were displayed at the exhibition that was organized on the occasion.Over a dozen artists from across Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh participated in the camp. 'Gaud' paintings from Madhya Pradesh, 'Soharai' from Jharkhand, 'Godana' of Chhattisgarh and 'Jatri patti' from Odisha, besides the globally acclaimed 'Madhubani' paintings, were the main attractions of the exhibition.

Femin(ar)ists!
The Times Of India, March 11, 2014
When women are forging ahead in every other sphere, should art be an exception? We speak to some of the women artists from the cityEstablishing oneself as an artist is no easy task. In a profession that was primarily dominated by men, some women artists defied the odds and made a mark for themselves. Unlike earlier, when there weren't many female artists on the scene, thanks to the growing exposure and changed attitudes to 'art', a number of women artists are rubbing shoulders with their male counterparts.Artist Priti Samyukta says women have been marginalised in every field and art is no exception. "But it isn't the fault of the profession. Women have a lot of balancing to do between profession and family. There are certain social constructs that women need to adhere to. I am also a teacher, so I can say that equal number of men and women enroll for the Bachelor of Fine Arts course. But only very few go on to do their masters, or even if they do, very few go on to become professional artists," explains Priti.

Things to do in Mumbai today
Mumbai Mirror, March 11, 2014
Sakshi Gallery's new show A Celebration of Lines presents a unique facet of Delhi-based master painter Krishen Khanna's work to Mumbai's art audiences. The exhibition comprises monochrome drawings and canvases created by Khanna over the last four decades. Part of the infamous Progressive Artists Group of post-Independence India, Khanna, still painting in his 80s, insists that his art be a social, political and historical commentary, and not just a please-theeye piece. The 40-year-old journey through his art work is a guide to the post-Independent history of Indian society.

Rare art work from India at New York auction
NDTV, March 11, 2014
Thangkas, sculptures and ritual objects, from a Japanese collector of Tibetan art are coming up for auction in New York later this month. The sale also includes items associated with India.The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art Sale by Sotheby's scheduled on March 19 includes over 45 thangkas, sculptures and ritual objects, from the collection of Yoshitomo Tamashige. The auction also features an eclectic group of Indian miniature paintings from Rajasthan and Punjab led by a opaque watercolour with gold on paper titled "Maharana Ari Singh Searching the Skies circa 1764" estimated around Rs. 9.18 lakh to Rs. 12.24 lakh ($15,000 to $20,000).

Art for cart's sake
The Week, March 11, 2014
The first ever Christie's auction in India might just prove to be the game-changer the art fraternity has been waiting for. In December, as the world's largest auction house opened doors to a room packed with collectors, there were ample reasons to celebrate. Indicative of the robust demand for Indian art, the auction almost doubled its estimate of $8 million to close the sale of 79 of 81 lots at $15.4 million. The untitled 1979 work by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde sold for $3.7 million-the highest price for any Indian artwork to date.Experts say this is the right time for auction houses to usher in a momentum in the largely dealer-dominated art market in India. Major auction houses across the globe are now awakening to the needs of collectors in emerging markets like India, Russia, Middle East and, of course, the most promising consumer of all, China.

The bull at play
Live Mint, March 11, 2014
Until the end of this month, if you’ve got money to spare, you can go to the Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi and buy a drawing by Pablo Picasso. It doesn’t cost that much. Relatively.In 2006, Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas, US, hotelier and one of the richest men in the world, put his elbow through Le Rêve (The Dream), the then 50-year-old Picasso’s portrait of his 22-year-old mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Wynn was on the verge of selling the painting when he damaged it with that flailing elbow. He completed the deal last year, parting with Le Rêve for $155 million (around Rs.945.5 crore), apparently the highest price ever paid by an American collector for a work of art. With that in mind, what’s Rs.8-15 lakh for some drawings?

Sotheby's to auction Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 1871 work
The Economic Times, March 11, 2014
Pandora will once again exert her divine magnetism when Sotheby's brings to auction Dante Gabriel Rossetti's magnificent oil painting of 1871. Estimated to bring £5-7 million, Pandora is arguably the most significant painting by Rossetti to be seen at auction in recent years. Its appearance in the company's London sale of British & Irish Art on 22 May 2014 presents the public with a rare sighting of the work. Pandora occupies an important place in the pantheon of the artist's images of the woman who defined his mature output, Jane Morris, and its impressive size - 131 by 79cm - lends power to Rossetti's vision. Simon Toll, Sotheby's British & Irish Art Specialist, commented in an email statement: ""It is a great privilege for Sotheby's to offer such an important work by Rossetti.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 9TH & 10TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Delhi Art Gallery’s latest exhibition
New Delhi Samachar, March 9, 2014
Delhi Art Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art (with a private preview by invitation on 15th March) at Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village, and New Delhi. The exhibition opens to the public from 18th March – 31st May. Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art explores the sheer enormity of art a subject which has inspired from the earliest of times. To the present-day, gods have been propitiated, worshipped, cajoled and given a primal place in the lives of Indians. Their prominent place in our public and collective space has ensured their ubiquitous presence in art as well over time.  Drawing uniquely from Delhi Art Gallery’s entire collection of over 32,000 pieces of art, this exhibition presents 300 artworks by nearly 80 artists in the modern era across three centuries.

Looking Back at Ray's Repertoire
The Indian Express, March 9, 2014
Nupur Tron’s face immediately lights up at the very mention of Indian movies. Clearly, like many others, she too is in awe of them. Maybe it’s this very undiluted adulation for the Indian films that made this goodwill ambassadress for art and culture between France and India take up her latest project—an exhibition titled, 100 years of Indian Cinema: A Retrospective on Indian Cinema, taking place at Balassi Institute, 1 A, Janpath, till March 19, on weekdays only, from 10 am to 4 pm. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, Nupur in collaboration with the Delhi Art Gallery is presenting a photo exhibition showcasing a host of never-seen-before photos of actors, scenes, sets and locations during the filming of Satyajit Ray’s films as well as the filmmaker at work.

Goa and its legendary – BIG FOOT
Free Press Journal, March 9, 2014
Furthering the interest in this mini art village is the one of a kind Cross museum where on display is international collection of Crosses. Its founders’ perseverance   resulted in an exquisite collection of a 1458 crosses from across the world.  It’s a sight to gaze and admire both for the faithful and for an art collector. Foot – this open air museum tracing Goa’s historical evolution has a spice, fruit, vegetable, medicinal and herbal garden. Along with this butterfly park, a Cactus garden, a rubber plantation, where rubber is tapped and processed. There is the “Big Foot Art Gallery” where many artistic and photo exhibits are on display. Painting, photography and kite making competitions for children are organized here.

The public eye
The Financial Express, March 9, 2014
IF YOU were to board a Metro train at the capital’s Rajiv Chowk station this month, chances are that you would bump into a life-size photograph of Bollywood Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan fixing up a villain with his ‘iron fist’ or a ‘veiled’ Tabu looking at you over her laced dupatta. Just a couple of feet above the underground Metro station, at Central Park, Raghu Rai’s black-and-white images of Paris are set to take you down memory lane and into the archives of the ace photographer, and present you his idea and experience of the French capital. In fact, you would notice that the entire Connaught Place area has been transformed into an open art gallery with huge images donning the facades of the Inner Circle, along with ‘magical projections’ marking the bus stands and subways.

Niagara artist featured in Species exhibit in India
Stcath Arines Standard, March 9, 2014
Artist Alexandra Davidoff was struck by the plight of the Western Black Rhino.Declared extinct, the animal’s story hit her hard emotionally and inspired a pencil depiction that has drawn some worldwide attention.The 21 year old St. Catharines self-taught artist was featured in the exhibition Species in New Delhi, India at Bakheda art gallery this past weekend.The show, which ran from March 7-9 and produced a coffee table book, was sponsored by National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild India. It featured 101 artists from around the world.“I’m the only Canadian, that’s quite special. It’s like representing my homeland over there,” she said.Independent creative group Animal, which hosted the show, put a call out to artists to dedicate a piece to the animal they love the most and design it with the “Animal” logo.

Wah Taj!
DNA India, March 9, 2014
From apprentice steward to becoming the first employee to display his paintings in the legendary Taj Mahal Palace hotel, it has been a three-decade long journey of honing craft and career for Newton Thomas D'Souza.In the 33 years since he joined the Taj, the food and beverages service manager has risen up the ranks and also carved a name for himself as an artist who can bring the most achingly beautiful images alive on sheets of glass. The multi-talented Newton is a sculptor, dancer and a fire juggler too.His exhibition of 36 stained glass paintings, marking the 175th birth anniversary of Jamsetji Tata, is now up at the 110-year-old iconic structure. Fifty per cent of the proceeds of the exhibition — inaugurated by Ratan Tata in the presence of Taj Group chairman Cyrus Mistry — will be donated to the Tata Cancer Hospital to benefit children afflicted with cancer.

Space for Sales
The Indian Express, March 10, 2014
The Christie’s Modern Art auction last December surpassed expectations, grossing more than Rs 90 crore. The day-long event was a boost to the country’s art market, with people loosening their purse strings to invest in art at a time when the nation is grappling with the slowdown.Encouraged by the event, the city’s oldest art house, Pundole Art Gallery, launched their newest independent auction space, Pundole’s on March 6.“Because of the growing market and the need to cater to our customers, having our own auction space makes sense. We can now do a lot more with the space, such as hold smaller auctions, have educational tours and engage the art community,” says director Dadiba Pundole, adding that their old space near Flora Fountain will be used for the back end work of the gallery.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 8TH MARCH, 2014

ART

'Painted' heritage well kicks up storm at EFLU
The Times Of India, March 8, 2014
In a clear violation of heritage rules, authorities at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) here have painted a 200-year-old 'bowdi' or heritage well on campus, angering activists.The structure, which was built of stone during the Asaf Jahi period, cannot be painted over and can only be repaired with similar stones, activists said.The three-storied well used to supply drinking water. It was once gifted to the courtesan of the period, Maha Laka Bai Chanda, whose poems were published during the period. Interestingly, one of the hostels in the university is named after her.

Antiques and masterpieces: Own a bit of India
Business Standard, March 8, 2014
Stone figurines from the 10th and 11th centuries lie on the floor or lean against walls, waiting to be placed on wooden pedestals in the new Colaba gallery of auction house Pundole’s. Labourers covered in sawdust and paint casually step over them while bustling about with preparations before the opening day of a sale preview, likely unaware that these and several pieces around are so old they are deemed non-exportable by the government.A majority of the 91 lots that will go under the hammer on March 12 are registered antiquities, spanning a wide range of regions, styles and periods. The oldest is the Gandhara stone relief of the Buddha and his devotees from the second or third century. Other significant works include a group of Pala stone sculptures from the 11th century bearing depictions of Hindu deities such as Vishnu, Umamaheshvara and Surya.

Jayashree Chakravarty | Ways of looking
Live Mint, March 8, 2014
think of a painting as a puzzle. Sometimes I can instantly see how it all fits in; sometimes it can take a long time to solve the mystery; and sometimes the fragments are impossible to resolve,” says artist Jayashree Chakravarty, 58, who is showing her work in New Delhi after more than a decadeWith the exception of a large-scale, mixed-media installation sprawled across the ground floor of the Vadehra Art Gallery, the exhibition titled If You Will Stay Close to Nature... mostly features paintings, made with oil and acrylic on canvas, each intricately detailed and textured, each hiding a solution, a secret clue, within its layers of thick impastoThe only sculptural work, Cocoon, is made of aluminium strips and papier-mâché, held together by glue, and given its stiffness by a coat of varnish. Unrolled, like a giant ream of paper, or a dinosaur skeleton, it has flora and fauna painted all over.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 7TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Dom gets a gallery, his painting a home
The Times Of India, March 7, 2014
Another Goan artist will receive his due recognition in his homeland this weekend. The art panels that adorned the casket holding the scared relics of St Francis Xavier at the 1974 exposition are back in Goa, and on Saturday they will be on exhibition at the new Dom Martin Art Gallery, named after the artist himself, at the Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim.Artist Dom Martin, a brilliant artist who has always avoided publicity, sees this as a blessing. "Artists have the historical misfortune of being overlooked in their homeland, and the homeland awakens only after their artist is finally illuminated through the auspicious of a foreign sky, and the art buying then takes on a ravenous spin.

Connaught Place is an open air art gallery now
The Times Of India, March 7, 2014
In a first of its kind, spaces in and around the Lutyens' zone in central Delhi will see installations and works of art being exhibited in public places.It's an attempt to bring art closer to the aam janta, and has been organised to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, NDMC, and the Embassy of France have together initiated this project, called Fete de la photo (photography festival). Also, as part of this initiative, similar exhibitions are taking place at various locations across eight major cities of the country. This event will be the first pan-India photography festival depicting art in public spaces.

Delhi Art Gallery presents Gods & Goddesses in 20th century
Yareah, March 7, 2014
Delhi Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Indian Divine, exploring Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art opens on March 15th at Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi.Delhi Art Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art opening on the 15th March- 26th April at Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi. Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art explores the sheer enormity of art a subject which has inspired from the earliest of times. To the present-day, gods have been propitiated, worshipped, cajoled and given a primal place in the lives of Indians.

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 7/3
Vietnam Net, March 7, 2014
Indian culture highlighted in Vietnam: Vietnamese people will have a chance to explore India’s culture as the Festival of India kicked off in Hanoi on March 5 night.The event is co-organised by the Indian Embassy, the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST).Addressing the opening ceremony, MoCST Deputy Minister Vuong Duy Bien said the festival is a vivid manifestation of the active cultural exchange between the two countries, and will help enhance the bilateral friendship and strategic cooperation.Echoing Bien’s views, Indian Deputy Culture Minister Ravindra Singh said India has always considered Vietnam a pillar in the country’s Look East Policy within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other mechanisms.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 6TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Derided by Galleries, 50 artists put up their own show
The New Indian Express, March 6, 2014
Shunned by art galleries and art circles, 50 women have come together to put up a show of their work.Their paintings, in realistic, modern and contemporary styles, will also be on sale.The event, called Akanksha, provides a platform for women artists who have not been able to showcase their works anywhere.Shymala Ramanand, organiser of Akanksha, says, “We have students, IT professionals, lawyers, doctors, retired teachers and bank managers showing their works. A majority have never been to art school.”It was in October last year that the concept was conceived. “We got together to put up a show with our own resources. This is the first time in the country that 50 women artists are displaying their works as one group,” she explains. Of them, a handful are well known and have even been exhibited abroad.

Desi Festival Safari from one frame to the next
The New Indian Express, March 6, 2014
Though Mohan S Jadhav has never been to Tamil Nadu in the past, his paintings vividly convey the Maattu Pongal fever of the State — coloured cows, their horns adorned with bells and velvets. These form a major part of his water colour exhibition ‘Cultural Colours’ at Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery.Though the similarity is striking, the Pune-based artist clarifies that the colourful bulls are part of the Maharashtrian Pola festival and not Pongal. “I have never been exposed to Tamil culture in the past. I was raised around Maharashtrian culture,” he says.Both Pola and Pongal festivals are, however, celebrated during the harvest season, when the farmers are free from their work and in the mood for celebration, he explains.

The Real in the Surreal
The New Indian Express, March 6, 2014
The line between real and surreal is very easy to blur and exploring this fine margin is artist Ashish Khushwaha in his latest collection Real - Unreal. On display at the Icon Art Gallery, the show explores highly imaginative concepts of the artist through his compositions.Ashish Kushwaha explores the many anecdotes and incidents of day-to-day life with a marked surrealist’s perspective. He arranges the elements in his works in combinations that are inspired by the subconscious mind and pure imagination.The social and environmental issues of an ever expanding city get highlighted in the works in a stylistically marked manner. The artist chooses to refrain himself from making his works aesthetically sound. Expression is most stressed upon in as can be seen in the crude depictions of the five elements.

Indian truck art is on the road
Evening Times, March 6, 2014
Readers in the East End of Glasgow might already have seen Keep on Trucking, a display of Indian truck art that is visiting locations around the city over the next four years.It was created by writers and artists from HMP Barlinnie, who came together to curate and design the display which focuses on Indian truck art with beautiful objects from Glasgow Museums' collection.What those who have seen it won't know is that the exhibition was inspired by Patricia Allan, curator of world cultures at Glasgow Museums.She said: "The South Asian collection is our biggest world cultures collection but it was really industrial art, mostly acquired from the 1888 Great Exhibition so it has been difficult to work with. "There are beautiful pieces in there but it's not accessible.

National Gallery of Australia defends practices despite admitting it may have been conned into buying stolen Indian art
ABC Net , March 6, 2014
The National Gallery of Australia's (NGA) director says he will not return millions of dollars' worth of antiquities to India unless there is further proof they have been stolen. Ron Radford has admitted the gallery might have been conned by a New York dealer, Subhash Kapoor, whom Interpol has called the world's biggest commodity smuggler.Kapoor will shortly go on trial in Chennai for allegedly running a $100 million international smuggling racket.Although the gallery stands to lose up to $11 million, Mr Radford has defended a "rigorous" due diligence process and says he has not been under any pressure to resign."No, not at all. We have done, we have proceeded along the way that we should have. I did what I should have done," he told the ABC in his first interview about the matter.

Life-size photographs displayed in Delhi’s public spaces
The Free Press , March 6, 2014
Rare photographs of some of India’s film icons stand tall over the walkways and metro stations of Connaught Place, which is at the heart of a pan-India photo festival, aimed at taking art into public spaces.The ‘Fete de la photo’ exhibition organised by French Embassy in association with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has now arrived in Delhi after being shown in cities like Ahmadabad, Mumbai and Chennai and intends to “flood the public space with art and intensify the interaction with the city.”Life-size photos of cine stars like Amitabh Bacchhan, Tabu Madhuri Dixit and Raj Kapoor among others are featured in an exhibit titled “Film Industry: Then and Now” by photographer Pablo Bartholomew at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station here.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –5TH MARCH, 2014

ART

Nehru's portrait with Rs 1 crore price tag at art exhibition in Patna
The Times Of India, March 5, 2014
With a view to propagating and promoting the rich tradition of paintings in the state, the art, culture and youth affairs department, in collaboration with Bihar Lalit Kala Academy, organized a contemporary art exhibition under the flagship of Kala Mangal Series on the academy's premises here on Tuesday.A portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru with the price tag of Rs 1 crore is the main attraction of the exhibition.A solo painting exhibition by noted local painter Satyanarayan Lal besides a group exhibition of the paintings of eight other Bihari painters, including Birendra Nath Bariar, Manjari Chakraverty, Niranjana Kumar, Rekha Kumari and Syed Muzaffar Azad, also appealed the visitors.

Indian Divine - Art Exhibition
Times City, March 5, 2014
Delhi Art Gallery presents an exhibition called Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 20th Century Modern Art. The exhibition presents 300 artworks by nearly 80 artists in the modern era across three centuries explores the sheer enormity of art a subject which has inspired from the earliest of times.themes from regions as diverse as Bombay and Bengal – these includes oil paintings in the Western style of deities by such well-known artists of the academic realist styles as Raja Ravi Varma and M V Dhurandhar, and mythological/religious episodes. The exhibition also includes work of some prominent artist like Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne, M F Husain and K K Hebbar.

Bartholomew’s photos exhibited at Rajiv Chowk
The Indian Express, March 5, 2014
A photo exhibition depicting the evolution of Indian cinema was inaugurated on Tuesday afternoon at Rajiv Chowk Metro station by DMRC MD Mangu Singh, Ambassador of France to India Francois Richier and DMRC Director (Operations) Sharat Sharma. It will be open till March 20.The exhibition portrays Indian cinema from the silent and black-and-white era to the present through the pictures of Padma Shri awardee photographer Pablo Bartholomew. “The exhibition is titled ‘Film Industry: Then and Now’ and is being organised by DMRC in association with the Embassy of France,” Anuj Dayal, Chief Public Relations Officer (DMRC), said.“This exhibition is a part of the Fete de la photo, a pan India initiative by French Embassy to depict art in public spaces, in which exhibitions will be taking place across eight cities of the country,” he said.

Two Yards Under
The Indian Express, March 5, 2014
Here lies MF Husain, in an open grave dug beside the driveway of Lalit Kala Akademy. Titled Do Gaz Zameen Bhi Na Mili, the grave is an installation by Delhi-based Arpana Caur and dedicated to the veteran artist who died in exile in 2011. It is a part of “Forms of Activism”, an exhibition being held to mark 25 years of Sahmat, at Lalit Kala Akademi till today.The grave holds a painting of the tricolour, with Husain’s portrait at the centre. A transparent sheet covers the work, rose petals sprinkled by visitors dry on its edges, and giant trees form an umbrella overhead. Lanterns — a favourite motif of the artist — are placed in the four corners. “Even in the grave, there is light,” says Vivan Sundaram, one of the curators of the show.

Indo-French photography exhibition brings art to people
Mizo News, March 5, 2014
A walk around the inner circle of Connaught Place here will now be a visual journey across cities, festivals and continents, with the Embassy of France in India, in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Council, Tuesday opening a public photography exhibition.“Fete de la Photo”, which will continue till March 31, aims to democratise photography by taking it outside gallery spaces to the people.The festival intends to encourage initiatives of art in public spaces, and celebrates Franco-Indian collaboration in creative practices.

Exhibition to trace impact of Picasso on international contemporary art
The Economic Times, March 5, 2014
The first exhibition dedicated to tracing the impact of Picasso on international contemporary art is being staged at Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain from March 5 to June 29, 2014. Curated by art expert Michael FitzGerald, the show will explore the dialogue inspired by the work of Picasso in today's artists. Dr FitzGerald, Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College (USA), has developed Post-Picasso during the years since he curated Picasso and American Art for the Whitney Museum of American Art (2006-07). Post-Picasso will build on the substantial research of that exhibition to treat the chronological period from the decade before Picasso's death in 1973 to the present.

A little bit of Picasso in the art of others
Hindustan  Times, March 5, 2014
An exhibition that traces the impact of the artist Pablo Picasso on contemporary international art, opens on Wednesday in Barcelona.The works of Indian artists Atul Dodiya and MF Husain will also be displayed in this show called “Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions” along with the works of 42 major contemporary artists from all around the world.MF Husain, often called “India’s Picasso”, was deeply influenced by the Spanish master’s “Guernica” (1937) that depicts the horrors of war. One of Husain’s significant works called  the “Mahabharata Project, Ganga Jamuna” (Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection) will be on display at the exhibition.This painting was part of a series of 27 paintings which Husain made for the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1971, where he was invited along with Pablo Picasso himself.It was the first of Husain’s many attempts to depict the Mahabharata and is considered Husain’s homage to Picasso.

New Delhi in New York. Vadehra Art Gallery at The Armory Show
Yareah Magazine, March 5, 2014
Vadehra Art Gallery at The Armory Show in New York. Booth 528, Pier 94. 5 – 9 March, 2014. If you have the chance, don’t miss this event, Yareah friends.Artists: Anju Dodiya, Artemio, Ashim Purkayastha, Atul Bhalla, Atul Dodiya, Nalini Malani, Ruby Chisti, Shilpa Gupta.Since its inception in 1987, Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has promoted contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives, publications and educational programmes. Over the last 20 years, the gallery has become the locus through which the works of both modern and contemporary artists have reached the public.

The Triangle of Life
The New Indian Express, March 5, 2014
Three artists have come together to express their views on life through their artistic passion. Finding different motivations to narrate different stories on the canvas, Avinash Deshmukh, MS Vaasu and Nirmal Karmakar take their patrons through a unique journey at the exhibition on display at Alankritha Art gallery. Young and excited.For Avinash Deshmukh, a native of Kolkata now based in Mumbai, nature and children serve as motivation to draw.In the current series, Avinash has however featured only children as he believes they are the best source of energy which guides life.

Memories on a canvas
Bangalore Mirror, March 5, 2014
A travelling art exhibition portrays the emotion of nostalgia through the works of biggies and upcoming artists; and it's all for a good cause Nostalgia is generally about sweet memories. But the upcoming art show Nostalgia will be about so much more. Forty artists — a mix of upcoming and established masters - come together to render their memories of yore on canvas for a themed art exhibition. The names are varied, and the oeuvre rich. From Lady (ink on paper) which is a drawing in trademark style of the grand doyen of Indian contemporary art, Akbar Padamsee, to a drawing by the late MF Husain, (that had to be "insured heavily before it could be brought to the city," says Prerna Chopra Joshi, Director, Samsara Art gallery in Mumbai, who curated the show), the list is filled with big names.

Sotheby's Paris to present 50 drawings by Pablo Picasso
The Economic Times, March 5, 2014
Sotheby's Paris is presenting a selection of fifty drawings by Pablo Picasso from the private collection of his grand-daughter Marina Picasso. This superb ensemble (enriched with a handful of ceramics), to be exhibited from 28th March-1st April during the Salon International du Dessin in Paris, will focus the theme of The Nude in Picasso's work. Starting with his erotically tinged Indian ink sketches of prostitutes from his Barcelona period, and continuing down to his remarkable Artist.

Royal Elephants, Bullocks and Flying Foxes at Auction
The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2014
Paintings from what is considered to be one of the most significant collections of late Mughal art will go on auction in London next month in a sale of work that offers a glimpse into life in Delhi before the arrival of British rule.Two of the early 19th-century works which are part of the sale, showing a royal elephant and a bullock drawn carriage, come from the Fraser Album, commissioned by two Scottish brothers, William Fraser and James Baillie Fraser.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 4TH MARCH, 2014

ART

World is robbed of Prokash Karmakar’s vibrant colours
Financial Chronicle, March 4, 2014
Eminent Indian artist Prokash Karmakar passed away on February 24 at the age of 81. Karmakar was probably the first to exhibit his artworks on the boundary walls of the Indian Museum in Kolkata, thus taking his art to the common man on the street. He could not afford gallery expenses and was thus denied space in the location of his choice. Whatever the reason, the novelty of his street show coupled with the exciting quality of his work, managed to make the exhibition a great success. I can distinctly recollect whizzing past the Indian Museum in a taxi and returning on foot to check out the work of an artist who had decided to recreate an event that could well have taken place in Paris.

Delhi gallery takes Bengal art to Mumbai
Business Standard, March 4, 2014
After Delhi, denizens of Mumbai can now see the rich art heritage of Bengal, thanks to Delhi Art Gallery's seminal exhibition.In its new gallery in Mumbai's Kala Ghoda district, Delhi Art Gallery's exhibition 'The Art of Bengal' featuring over 200 artworks from Bengal will be on till March 15, the organisers said."For us, showing the extensive repertoire of the Bengal School in Mumbai was critical to the understanding of the development of modern art in the country, and Kolkata's immense contribution in this," Kishore Singh, head of exhibition at the Delhi Art Gallery said.

Asia Week New York to Kick Off on March 14
Pursuitist, March 4, 2014
Asia Week New York exhibitions are open and free to the public, and each reveals the rarest and finest Asian examples of ceramics, jewelry, textiles, paintings, sculpture, bronzes, prints, photographs and jades, representing artistry, ingenuity and imagination from every coroner and time period of Asia.“This year represents a landmark occasion for Asia Week New York,” says Carol Conover, Chairman of Asia Week New York 2014. “Never in its history has it experienced such a high level of participation from galleries in the U.S. and abroad. We are thrilled to welcome the outpouring of collectors, curators and lovers of Asian art to our city—all in celebration of this shared passion.”

Atul Dodiya and a touch of Picasso
DNA India, March 4, 2014
His cerebral artistry on canvas has few equals in India today, but there was a time when Atul Dodiya almost made up his mind to stop painting. His first real brush with the works of international masters while in Paris on a French government grant to train at the École des Beaux-Arts was as cathartic for his curious mind as it was depressing - just seeing all that had been done before made him doubt there was anything substantial he could offer. The phase lasted almost three years and by the end of it, he realised that it was not a question of being better than the legends, but learning from them. "Picasso was always my hero. I remember cutting a newspaper clipping about his death when I was just around 13-years-old. In Paris, I lived close to the Picasso Museum and I learnt more about his various phases and his evolution as an artist.

The Triangle of Life
New Indian Express, March 4, 2014
Three artists have come together to express their views on life through their artistic passion. Finding different motivations to narrate different stories on the canvas, Avinash Deshmukh, MS Vaasu and Nirmal Karmakar take their patrons through a unique journey at the exhibition on display at Alankritha Art gallery.Young and excitedFor Avinash Deshmukh, a native of Kolkata now based in Mumbai, nature and children serve as motivation to draw.In the current series, Avinash has however featured only children as he believes they are the best source of energy which guides life.

On Sacred Ground
The Indian Express, March 4, 2014
An exhibition by 13 artists examines the world of religion, spirituality and self censorship while dealing with holy subjects. Goan Angelo da Fonseca was perhaps the first Indian artist to portray Christ’s life in an indigenous setting. While Mahatma Gandhi resorted to satyagraha to protest against the British rule, Fonseca found his weapon of resistance in painting brown-skinned Madonnas from 1930s.Fonseca was criticised for his portrayal of Christian subjects and was later expelled by the Portuguese colonial government from Goa. His interpretation of the Virgin Mary in Mother Mary Along With Jesus (1951) was much talked about as it showed her draped in a sari. A reproduction of that work is now on display in an exhibition titled “Sacred/Scared” at Latitude 28 gallery.

Memories on a canvas
Banglore Mirror, March 4, 2014
A travelling art exhibition portrays the emotion of nostalgia through the works of biggies and upcoming artists; and it's all for a good causeNostalgia is generally about sweet memories. But the upcoming art show Nostalgia will be about so much more. Forty artists — a mix of upcoming and established masters — come together to render their memories of yore on canvas for a themed art exhibition. The names are varied, and the oeuvre rich. From Lady (ink on paper) which is a drawing in trademark style of the grand doyen of Indian contemporary art, Akbar Padamsee, to a drawing by the late MF Husain, (that had to be "insured heavily before it could be brought to the city," says Prerna Chopra Joshi, Director, Samsara Art gallery in Mumbai, who curated the show), the list is filled with big names.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 1ST MARCH, 2014

ART

Luxury at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. Asian art and interiors
Yareah, March 1, 2014
Luxury at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. Asian art and interiors. Around The World in an Interiors Sale. Wednesday 12th March 2014. As the world’s art market prepares to indulge in Asia Week New York, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will offer collectors an amuse bouche, in the form of their Wednesday 12th March Interiors sale, featuring Asian Art from private UK collections, alongside English delftware and a stunning selection of carpets to suit all budgets and tastes. A painting depicting Maharana Jagar Singh II riding in procession on an elephant leads a fine collection of Indian miniatures. Highlighted with gilding, the opaque watercolour dated circa 1740 is from Rajasthan ‘the land of Kings’, in west India.

Colours of a Beautiful Mind
The Indian Express, March 1, 2014
Dramatic handprints jump at you from the canvases and demand your notice. If you look at them long enough, these handprints — some in black and white, others in a multitude of hues — take forms of their own, somewhat on the lines of a Rorschach test. This handprint series, titled Mind Sees What it Chooses to See, is one segment of theatre person Pallav Chander’s exhibition of paintings. Titled “Decoding a Dyslexic Mind”, the show marks Chander’s first solo, with close to 40 autobiographical works made over two years. Diagnosed with dyslexia (he also has ADHD) at the age of 10, Pallav grew up with the fear of being judged, and shied away from people. Cut to the present, Pallav works in the limelight, off stage and on it.

In Conversation with Anjolie Ela Menon
Asia Society, March 1, 2014
The work of Anjolie Ela Menon is the beginning of magical journeys. Here is where myth, reality, enigmatic people, animals and birds are woven into myriad charmed tales. Menon’s protagonists are usually ordinary people: she portrays them, in her inimitable style, with great sensitivity. Her art and her experiments, through its lines and stunning colors, convey the wonder of magical realism. Her art is also her own voyage of self-discovery. “I lead an extremely peopled life and I am steeped in the complex rituals of Indian family life,” Menon says. “In the midst of this pandemonium I live alone … I paint.” Anjolie Ela Menon will give an audio visual presentation on her past and present work.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 19TH FEBRUARY, 2014

ART

Colours of the time
The Hindu, February 19, 2014
Melange, an initiative of Prakrit Art Gallery brought together a dozen artists to experiment with both flat canvases and furniture all displayed at the valedictory ceremony held at The Park. Founder Meena Dadha is known for her philanthropic programmes and on this occasion as well, she had invited artists from various parts of India, enriching cross-platform exchange of ideas, techniques and realisation of artistic concepts. Bandhana Kumari from Bhopal believes the world did start with Adam and Eve; she had painted them like a pair of lions, bodies patterned with natural elements. “The male is strong,” she said, “so trees with weighty branches, elephants, horses and all strong creatures make up the lion. The female is soft, so she’s made of clinging vines, gentle creatures like the deer and the hare and flickering fish.” Dadha’s aim was to extend creativity to other surfaces, to spread the awareness amongst the group that art is not just in the framework of the canvas.

More than 250 artists at All India Annual Art Exhibition
The Times Of India, February 19, 2014
The Bombay Art Society presents the122nd All India Annual Art Exhibition 2014 in Mumbai. The renowned Bombay Art Society has organised its 122nd Annual Art Exhibition, 2014, in the Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, from 19th to 25th February from 11am to 7pm. It will be ceremoniously inaugurated by Vinod Tawde, Leader of opposition Maharashtra Legislative Council and special guest GB Dhanokar, director of art, Maharashtra State in the presence of other dignitaries. The unique feature of this annual art exhibition will be the presentation of 'Roopdhar' honour for lifetime achievement in fine art field to Shanti Dave - distinguished artist and Krutadnyata awards posthumously to Late Prof Dattatray R Parulekar and Late Shri Shamendu Sonavane - eminent personalities of the yesteryears - at the hands of the chief guest, in addition to the award and scholarship to the winners from professional artists and students category for their outstanding artworks.

My strength is my spirituality, and that reflects in my work
The Times Of India, February 19, 2014
When you do something with passion, driven by the sheer love of it, it shows! Meet Bharat Tripathi, an Indian Revenue Service officer, armed with a double degree from Harvard University, but is an artist at heart — an ardent, systematic one at that. The thorough research that goes into his works and his extremely focused approach to his art is probably one of the many reasons for his success as a self-taught artist. Mentored by the legendary SH Raza, Bharat has been dabbling with paints for many years and had his first solo show in 2009. Now with his fourth show titled Tirthankars on at the Jehangir Hirjee Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, till February 19, the artist is overwhelmed with the response to his series on Jainism.

Memories Sparked by the Mundane
The Indian Express, February 19, 2014
Commonplace objects that we disregard and later discard in life have umpteen tales to unveil. Each object has a memory and history attached to it. Objekt, an exhibition at the Durbar Hall art gallery conjures up bouts of nostalgia for the days gone by through objects that deceive our eyes primarily as banal and run-of-the-mill. A conscious rediscovery of the space to which we belong, through the objects that come across in our life is the central theme of the show that has the works of four artists. Memories drive Ali Akbar when he revisits the narrow streets of Dhaka that smell of spices. Reflections on those days were the muse for this Bangladeshi artist who later got intrigued by the way the space is a peripheral concept in the American city of Dallas where he lives now. The works of the artist, mostly in white, have multiple textures in acrylic. His works are minimalist when compared to the other artists’ depictions at the show, yet carry the same idea on a meditative level.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 16TH & 17TH FEBRUARY, 2014

ART

For the people
The Hindu, February 16, 2014
Of late, many art practitioners have been feeling the need to engage with people who are beyond the white cube.The optimists will tell you that something is better than nothing but the unforgiving few continue to lament the absence of public art in this country. So where do we stand? Despite several years of debate, the government has done little to address the issue; whatever has happened is largely due to private initiatives.Of late, many art practitioners feel the need to engage with people who are beyond the white cube. “How many people go to the galleries? The same set of 500-600 people go for different kinds of cultural events. What about the others? We want to reach out to people irrespective of class, age, group,” says Aruna Adiceam, Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in India, which organised the Fete de la Photo 2014, a huge photo-festival in public spaces in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram.In Delhi, different activities like astrophotography, mobile photo-booth, exhibitions will take up public spaces in and around Connaught Place. “I think photography needs to be outdoors. Art is for everybody,” adds Aruna.

Ambassadors of ART
The Hindu, February 16, 2014
This week, Chitramayee at State Art Gallery transcended the conventional notion of an art gallery. Zeenab Aneez captures the colourful vibe This week, Chitramayee at State Art Gallery transcended the conventional notion of an art gallery where work is merely displayed, to one where they can be seen in the process of creation. The Kalanirvana International Artists Residency held this week saw the State Art Gallery being converted into a studio for ten artists from ten different countries and ten Indian artists. According to curator Ashis Pahi of Kalanirvana, the residency is a platform for artists to absorb different cultures. “We’ve picked ten artists from ten different countries so that they will bring with them their culture, perspectives, problems and aspiration and share it with the local artists as well as each other.” For this reason, he picked attendees not only based on their artistic providence but also their ability to represent and communicate their culture. “India has so much to offer, if we can convey this message to these artists, they will take it back with them. That’s what this residency is about,” says Ashis. We had a chance to observe and speak to some of them.

Art | Mind over matter
Live Mint, February 16, 2014
Two weeks ago, as the sixth edition of the India Art Fair (IAF) was unfolding on the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in Okhla, a rather different spectacle was in progress in another part of Delhi. Unlike the wine-and-canapé opening of the IAF, where the glitter of designer Nirav Modi’s jewellery line vied for attention with some of the work on display, this was a self-consciously understated affair, though it involved an array of internationally acclaimed artistes as well. Those who came to see this project had to devote their unqualified attention to the goings-on to even begin to glimpse the message that was being conveyed to them—and in spite of their best effort, many probably left frustrated and confused by what they saw.

New airport gives artists a welcome platform
Khaleej Times, February 16, 2014
Some 7,000 works by 1,500 Indian artists are displayed throughout the new terminal two, which features wood-panelled ceilings and walls illustrated with the works of over 1,000 ancient and contemporary artists IT may be the business capital of India, but art is not too far removed from Mumbai. Visitors to the city, flying in and out of the brand new terminal two (T2) of the airport, might wonder whether they are at a busy airport or an art gallery.Some 7,000 works by 1,500 Indian artists are displayed throughout the terminal, which features wood-panelled ceilings and walls illustrated with the works of over 1,000 ancient and contemporary artists. India’s largest public art programme strikes the visitor- the terminal will ultimately handle 40 million travellers- as it gets displayed on 18-metre high walls running three kilometres across the massive structure.

Guwahati holds northeast's first art auction
The Times of India, February 17, 2014
The first-ever art auction in the northeast region was held in the city on Saturday. Two paintings were sold at the venue of the auction. Trend MMS organized the 'event for a cause' and it was attended by the who's who of society.Two paintings by two city-based artists were sold at Rs 60,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. The event, titled 'Odyssey', was held for a cancer charity and the amount collected will be donated to an NGO working for cancer patients. It was a major boost for art connoisseurs in the region as the market for art is still in the nascent stage and its patronage still a far cry compared to other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata.Waheeda Ahmed's 'Lusting Bees' a four-by-four coloured painting based on realism was sold at Rs 60,000.

 

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 15TH FEBRUARY, 2014

ART

Australian art gallery sues Indian-origin art dealer
Authint Mail, February 14, 2014
A prominent art gallery in Australia has filed a lawsuit against a US-based Indian-origin art dealer over a $5-million deal for a 900-year-old Nataraja statue which was allegedly stolen from India.The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is seeking the return of the $5 million it paid for the bronze statue of the dancing Shiva idol plus costs from dealer Subhash Kapoor, The Canberra Times reported Thursday.Documents filed in the New York County Supreme Court have stated that the Shiva statue was one of 21 works purchased by the gallery from New York-based Kapoor between 2002 and 2011.The gallery said the dealership fraudulently induced the gallery to buy the statue with false assurances. Charlotte Galloway, lecturer in Asian art history and curatorial studies at the Australian National University said that proving provenance of Asian art was particularly difficult for collecting institutions.

Jabong Offers On Decorative Items: Paintings On Huge Discount
Age India, February 14, 2014
Paintings (wall arts, wall sticker or mirrors) play an important in decoration of house – for living room, bed room or sitting room. These paints are offered by international companies like Element store Jabong is making extra ordinary offer for owning beautiful paints (wall arts, wall stickers or mirrors) from international manufacturers like Element. Discounts are amounting to as high as 20% on select items. Given below you will find some of the offers and for comprehensive list of the items (for your selection).

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT –14TH FEBRUARY, 2014

ART

Faith in focus
The Hindu, February 14, 2014
In the pipeline is a multi-disciplinary project that will demonstrate the comfortable co-existence of the past and the present.At a time when everybody is taking note of the contemporary Indian art world and its engagement with urban issues, here is an exercise taking an alternative route. Touching the spiritual dimension of India, Martin Gurvich, Director, The Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) in Belgium, together with Sushma K. Bahl, has created “Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art (2015 – 2020)”, a project that focuses on devotional and spiritual art of the nation. A grand exhibition, a book and a film will take a definite shape by next year and will then be launched in India at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. The project will then travel for five years around the world before it reaches its destination, the Sacred Art Museum in Durbuy. “By then our permanent building to house the Indian collection will be ready where it will be exhibited,” says Martin, whose interest in Indian art was triggered after he joined ISKCON. Even in Durbuy, the museum is located within the ISKCON campus.

Christ as inspiration        
The Hindu, February 14, 2014
Through the works of a variety of artists — from Da Vinci and Dali to Jamini Roy and Paniker, an exhibition in the city traces the eternal appeal of Christ as an artist’s subject“Over a millennium, Christ stands out as the most inspirational subject for artists and sculptors,” the brochure of the ongoing Christ Through The Millennium at Vinnayasa Premier Art Galery, as part of Art Chennai, announces. Indeed, the most recognisable and historically significant works of our times draw their inspiration from Christ.

Australian art gallery sues Indian-origin art dealer
Business Standard, February 14, 2014
A prominent art gallery in Australia has filed a lawsuit against a US-based Indian-origin art dealer over a $5-million deal for a 900-year-old Nataraja statue which was allegedly stolen from India.The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is seeking the return of the $5 million it paid for the bronze statue of the dancing Shiva idol plus costs from dealer Subhash Kapoor, The Canberra Times reported Thursday.Documents filed in the New York County Supreme Court have stated that the Shiva statue was one of 21 works purchased by the gallery from New York-based Kapoor between 2002 and 2011. The gallery said the dealership fraudulently induced the gallery to buy the statue with false assurances.Charlotte Galloway, lecturer in Asian art history and curatorial studies at the Australian National University said that proving provenance of Asian art was particularly difficult for collecting institutions.

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DAILY COVERAGE REPORT – 13TH FEBRUARY, 2014

ART

Rare works of Amrita Sher-Gil on display in Delhi
Business Standard, February 13, 2014
Some rare and unseen paintings of iconic Indian artist Amrita Sher-Gil are displayed at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the capital that trace her artistic journey and chronicle social-political situations that influenced her enormous oeuvre.Of over 100 paintings and sketches mounted in exhibition "Amrita Sher-Gil: The Passionate Quest", some are displayed for the first time. The exhibition is on till March 2.According to its curator and art historian Yashodhara Dalmia, the most difficult task for her was to find ways of showcasing the artist's sensitivity towards life and capture essence of things that influenced her work. Sher-Gil died suddenly at the age of 29.

Seasonal hues
The Hindu, February 13, 2014
Artist Rajiv Puri on painting the varied shades of nature.On a breezy February evening, as the winter waned slowly, one walked into the Visual Arts Gallery at India Habitat Centre to find the rest of the seasons lining the walls in quiet, resplendent harmony. Rajiv Puri’s solo exhibition titled ‘Seasons’, held recently in the Capital, sought to represent, quite literally, the seasonal cycle. Walking past each work — all of them oils on canvas — the colours and hues did most of the talking.“It is the hues that define the seasons in art and nature. Autumn, for instance, is all yellows, oranges and reds,” says the artist. His love for travelling, his love for nature and his love for painting seem to have blended seamlessly in all his works, as he describes elements of all three going into each composition. “I travel a lot and what I paint is an amalgamation of many images that my mind has retained, plus what I have imaginatively added to them. The hues I’ve taken for autumn are from my memories of travelling by road to Montreal. The colours are from there and the trees are my addition,” he explains.

Life, death and beyond
The Hindu, February 13, 2014
With recurring motifs, Words Need Words, an exhibition of C. Douglas’ works, brings alive philosophical musings.There was a quiet buzz at Gallery Sri Parvati, where C. Douglas’ solo show Words Need Words was inaugurated as part of Art Chennai. Visitors — young and old, collectors, connoisseurs, even Carnatic musicians and amateur enthusiasts caught a glimpse of Douglas’ exploration of life, death and beyond with his intense paintings. The recurring butterfly, which seemingly has a hundred eyes on its wings to scare predators, and the ‘blind poet’ motif piqued the interest of many an admirer.The artist, relaxed and sociable, patiently explained to anyone who was interested what the paintings meant to him. That is, in a sense, the success of platforms such as Art Chennai. Not only can you visit galleries and immerse yourself in art of all kinds across the city, but also have the artists around to talk to you about their works.

Artist teaches master strokes to kids during Utsav
The Times of India, February 13, 2014
As a part of the month-long 'Randhawa Utsav' by Punjab Arts Council, painter Sidharth on Wednesday gave a demonstration of his art to students.Sidharth is the artist name of Harwinder, who was born and brought up in Punjab.Interacting with students, Sidharth said that he had started sketching and painting at a very young age. He has participated in 135 group shows in the country, UK, Sweden, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has his own original modern-day art style and his themes were inspired from his own personal life experiences.His works have been acquired by the national museum, British Council in Delhi and Punjab Lalit Akademi among others.

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