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Spring is here. Flowers bloom in effervescent colours all over the capital. Nothing inspires art like nature. The last few months witnessed several major art fairs/festivals. The upcoming Venice Biennale VIVA ARTE VIVA will open in May this year. La Biennale di Venezia began as early as 1895 by the Italian King and Queen, Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia. The first Biennale, “I Esposizione... 

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THE INSPIRED FRAME, ROHIT CHAWLA Tasveer, Bikaner House, New Delhi Tasveer presents The Inspired Frame — an exhibition of photographs by Rohit Chawla that pay tribute to three renowned and seminal artists: Raja Ravi Varma, Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo, alongside select works inspired by miniature paintings seen for the first time in public. Alongside the exhibition, Tasveer is pleased to launch a... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
Art Fair and Art Dr. Seema Bhalla The question that arises is about the purpose of Art Fairs. The participating galleries vary from the most important to the new entrants who are trying their luck in the Art bazaar. The works of established artists can be seen in more than one gallery. Many a times, certain galleries display a work that was sold earlier but then, showing it in the Art Fair might add... 

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Fairs Dr. Seema Bawa The closest term for a fair in Sanskrit is a Mela meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ or a ‘fair’. In the Indian subcontinent it has been used for all sizes of gatherings that may be religious, commercial, cultural or sport-related. In rural traditions melas or regional and village fairs were (and in some cases still are) of great importance. The... 

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Ruminations…Audiences and Other Things – II Lina Vincent Sunish It is not easy to create, design, and execute a multi-layered program of large scale – it takes a huge amount of planning, teamwork, administration and infrastructure, not to forget the big M – money. When such massive sums of private, corporate and public funds are at stake, it is more than ever necessary to extend research... 

INTERNATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL
Ourselves Alone-an interview with Alex Katz Rajesh Punj Drawing attention to the foibles of fashion, American Alex Katz sees paintings of the modern period as much a reward to his own practice, as the artists of that moment are his rivals still. Chastising French impressionist Claude Monet for his inability to paint ‘solid forms’ that ‘would turn into cotton candy. Eulogising Paul Cezanne for... 

ESSAY

ESSAY
Curator’s Perspective A Kochi Muziris Biennale Collateral Tanya Abraham I have taken back much more than I have given to the custodial work last year. The collateral projects of the Kochi Muziris Biennale by Kashi Art Gallery helped me experiment, and offered me the conviction of the power of the arts to move beyond boundaries, and work on a communal and emotional level. The first project is titled... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
The Arts Outreach Society – Going a Step Further Lina Vincent Sunish The Arts Outreach Society is a new arts-resource organisation in Kerala, founded and helmed by journalist and arts professional Tanya Abraham. Relooking at the place art receives in society, and its impact on human life and interaction, TAOS seems to be a much needed platform to demonstrate how creativity can transform lives, can... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
“There is no forgetting from the lips of the people” Sculptural solo exhibition-Benitha Perciyal Indira Lakshmi Prasad “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7 The ripe, cacophonous scent of herbs fills the neoteric rooms of Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi. It approaches... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
It has been an interesting month. NASA scientists discovered seven exo-planets orbiting a dwarf star, (the TRAPPIST-1 system) roughly forty light years away that are fairly similar to Earth in size, three of these are in the habitable zone, i.e. with a strong possibility of the existence of life. Back on ‘our’ planet we continue to loathe and discriminate as always, with a passion, continually... 

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bootstrapping – Goutam Ghosh Project 88, Mumbai There is an adjustment period in the morning, waking up from a long night’s sleep — “we haven´t managed to keep a steady sleeping pattern these last months. We feel this constant buzz of the world gears turning, news from a distant place we got to know well, like an inaudible radio transmission, an interference in our growth”. Since last... 

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Colour Coded An interview with Rana Begum Rajesh Punj For the American sculptor Donald Judd simplicity served to celebrate the object in space. Deciding “it isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyse one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful.”... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Studio at Varda: Memories of a Visit Lina Vincent Sunish I least imagined that one day I would be photographed with a knife in my hand and a scowl on my face, playing the protagonist in an incredible narrative that had me supposedly ripping apart a beautiful studio-backdrop, because of patent dissatisfaction with my portrait. The visit I made to WaswoX. Waswo’s studio at Varda, on the outskirts of... 

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FEATURE
Aruna Sairam a musical journey through time Hema Iyer Ramani Strains of beautiful lines such as these wafted through the entire space ina homely apartment in Bombay each morning. If itwas in praise of Rama one day, it was Muruga or Krishna the other day. Aruna Sairam woke up each morning with a glimpse of the beautiful idols of Radha and Krishna in her parents’ home in Bombay. The idols stood listening... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
Gopi Gajwani: Short Poems in Colour Preeti Kathuria Gajwani’s recent solo show titled “Meditative Silence” at Triveni, New Delhi was loved by many and Gajwani’slively presence and interaction with his audience amidst the spirited display of his works had a sweeping impact on the viewers., traditionalist soil, Gopi Gajwani’s works challenge the conventions of form and formlessness in art... 

ESSAY

ESSAY
Popularizing Phulkari Through The Indian Fashion Industry Rajinder Kaur India is a land of multiple traditional textiles which show the creativity and expression of various regional artists. The regional and cultural diversity of every place can be easily noticed in their unique style of costume and accessories.Phulkari is a traditional art form of embroidery which is found in the state of Punjab.... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
Saba Hasan ‘Undeciphered Fates’ Book installations, voice and video Indira Lakshmi Prasad Having been deeply involved with representations of conflict and peace throughout her career, Hasan takes on the role of provocateur in her featured video installation.The piece, ‘Burnt Book 6’ features hand held camerawork as Hasan herself sets light to a book, placed on a Rehal (book rest) with characteristicallyArabic... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
Art & Deal Magazine bring forth the centenary issue. Our 100th over two decades of publication. We explored Ancient to Pre- Independence to Modern and Contemporary as well as Folk & Tribal and the new & upcoming artists and their tireless works. Art & Deal have progressively brought the best of the art world coverage from the national and international art scene since 1998. Art... 

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A Woman Alone is the story of a housewife driven to extreme steps by an abusive husband, a younger lover, a perverted brotherin- law, a peeping neighbor and a crying baby. The entire story is revealed through the woman herself while chatting to her neighbor over the window. Written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, two of Italy’s best-known playwrights and activists. Tickets also available in the... 

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COVER STORY
The Long Gaze Back : Neo Miniatures by Anindita Bhattacharya Myna Mukherjee Anindita’s works fire on all cylinders, blurring polarities of Islamic & Hindu, traditional and contemporary, East and West, representation and abstraction. She is an artist who is mature beyond her years, and will be a force in years to come. Joining ranks with South Asia’s increasing number of radical and avant... 

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Uncertain States an interview with Bharti Kher Rajesh Punj In Paris at Galerie Perrotin Kher has introduced a new body of works that in part draw attention to the anatomy of potential actions. As though in these configurations of differing materials everything could change in an instance. The potential for action and the actions that have occurred are the opposing energies that exist in this exhibition. If... 

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Dhruva Mistry’s Mystic Magic Sumati Gangopadhyay Dhruva was impressed by the cultural openness and individual freedom encouraged at R.C.A. He wrote, “I enjoyed seeing places, thevariety of collections, display, and exhibitions offering plurality of ideas of art, culture, people and religion. I enjoyed looking into the visual premises and conceptual precepts of artists to understand the modernity... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
Material Matter: an interview with Tony Cragg Rajesh Punj Tony Cragg’s new works appear as these attractive alien interventions that are as well suited to the set of a science fiction film, as they are “sculptures as stage” as he described them. Brightly coloured contortions of wood, metal and glass that have been perfectly manipulated by man and machine represent for Cragg a kind of beauty that... 

ESSAY

ESSAY
Giotto di Bondone:The Scrovegni Chapel Padua Lina Vincent Sunish Giotto had previously worked for the Franciscan friars. The chapel was to serve as the family’s private oratory and as a funerary monument for Enrico and his wife. According to records, it was first consecrated on 25 March 1303, Giotto’s work falling into the period from 25 March 1303 to 25 March 1305. Studying art history... 

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ESSAY
Journey of The Light in Art History: Mystical, Material, Spiritual, Capricious Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat Light and colour hence offered the aesthetics of beauty as radiance and clarity. For the medieval philosophers,metaphysically the notion of light was centered in the belief that God was Light; and hence the incorporeal light for the Christians was God’s light, giving splendour to the whole creation.... 

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ESSAY
Sculpture is frozen music: Sushen Ghosh Sutanu Chatterjee “Sculpture is frozen music”. To comment on his works states sculptor Sushen Ghosh. Not only that through his sculptures he has embodied the music in a true sense or to say he could have said it because he has worked a lot. Those which are attractive among the sculptures around Santiniketan after Ramkinkar are of Sushen Ghosh, of our dear... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Urbanity-boon or bane? Kalicharan Gupta ’s colossal vision for metropolis Apurva Sinha When we talk about roots, what comes to one’s mind? Depth, strength, belongingness, nostalgia – as warming pool of personal emotions. Here we are, living in a deeply rooted society that breathes and bleeds in terms of indelible and unreadable emotions.One strongly feels the need to vent when detached from... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Figuring out with figures sculptures by K S Radhakrishnan Palak Dubey The figures created by the artist surpass the distinctions of all sorts and excel in making their presence felt as pure, quintessential human forms, embracing myriad emotional and spiritual expanses passionately. The distortion and simplification of the figure accelerates the metaphorical strengths and weaves into the works an undercurrent... 

REPORT

REPORT
Floating Piers: Homage to The Spectacle of Worthless Grandiose H. A. Anil Kumar ‘Floating Piers’ (2016) by Jean Claude and Christo was a work that was seemingly functional for sixteen days, as long as it existed. This bridge also served as a semi-obituary, a story of individual loss, several coincidences and a clear separation. Jean had passed away a decade ago, Jean (Morocco) and Christo (Bulgaria)... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
It is the season of festivity, the Christmas spirit engulfs despite our struggles with (demonetisation) getting patient enduring long queues, which occasionally proves redundant. As we prepare to welcome the New Year we also approach our 100th issue set for January. Feeling celebratory we devote this issue to the various Art & culture Fairs & Biennales that are getting increasingly better... 

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SNIPPETS MADHUSUDHANAN | PENAL COLONY Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi Vadehra Art Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of artist and filmmaker Madhusudhanan titled Penal Colony. Following his participation at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014 and India Art Fair 2016 this will be Madhusudhanan first solo show in the country. The exhibition title – Penal Colony – drawn from Franz Kafka’s... 

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Serendipity Arts Festival Goa- A Curtain Raiser Lina Vincent Sunish Goa, a place that has often been just a backdrop for events because of its beaches, sunny tempers, parties and good food, an ideal work-cum-holiday getaway. What is it about Goa currently that makes it amenable to cultural activity? Over the last few years, there has been an influx of creative people to this little state in India.... 

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Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2016: A Selection of Projects Exhibitions & Performances Serendipity Arts Festival will be a multi-disciplinary arts event set over a period of nine days in Panaji, Goa. Curated by a panel of leading experts from across the arts, this year’s festival will be the first edition in a long-term cultural project that hopes to affect positive change in the arts in India... 

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Colombo In Colombo: Jean-Francois Bocle Rajesh Punj Seeing space as “public and private, space as protest and contestation, space as tangible and imagined, as community, memory and legacy, space as architectural, performative, temporal, spiritual and rhythmic, space as liminal and ritualistic, space as embodied and meditative, and space as virtual and transcendent. Scrutinising space Boclé sees... 
       
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