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The Philosophy of Punk An Interview with Tim Noble and Sue Webster Rajesh Punj "We were pushing the shadow sculptures by using different materials, where the sculptures were becoming interesting in their own right; and there was a point where we were waiting for the moment we didn’t have to painstakingly make the shadow anymore – we could just stand by the sculpture and switch the... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
‘The Inspired Frame’ an Interview with Rohit Indira Laskhmi Prasad Rohit Chawla’s rich background in fashion photography has come to full fruition with this latest collection of works. The opulent setting of Bikaner House, New Delhi was a very fitting location for the renowned photographer Rohit Chawla’s recent solo exhibition ‘The Inspired Frame’, with its walls painted a granite shade... 

ESSAY

ESSAY
Of Standing Open and Polysemy The Works of Anandajit Ray Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga He unmasks, undoes the body as a mere accident, an accident that was construed easily and undone too. The trousers without the legs are perched on the railing, the wrist with watch bands and the bleeding socks through the absence of the whole embody a presence. The conversation with Anandajit Ray about his works, the... 

REPORT

REPORT
58th National Exhibition of Art by the LALIT KALA AKADEMI Subhra Mazumdar This Oscar among art events that is ongoing for the 58th time leaves behind a trail of after episodes through the ten- day long Art Conclave that begins a day after the gala opening of the National Exhibition. As the array of woodcuts to paintings, from installations to photo montages, and etchings to mixed media, the stellar... 

REPORT

REPORT
Concrete Containers of Water: Floating Notes on Development Mario ‘D’SouzA The loss of an ecosystem for a community is not simply the loss of livelihood or a home but also the loss of a culture – the rites and rituals, mythologies, indigenous traditions and songs of its people. What happens when we expand our definition of an ecosystem and in turn of ecology by including social, cultural... 

REVIEW [Delhi]

REVIEW [Delhi]
Preeti Kathuriak RAM KUMAR: Endearing Vistas of Abstraction [Delhi] “Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” – Ossie Davis Art has the capacity to take you to another realm; it can detach you from the harsh, mundane existence and carry you elsewhere. Such is the experience when you stand surrounded by... 

REVIEW [Kolkata]

REVIEW [Kolkata]
I AM – of Burns, Bare and Bloom Sampurna Chakraborty Beyond the question of discrimination, power struggle, their rights and suppression, liberty to be and their choice to decide – there is a volatile space called expression. Expression that is a consequence of survival. Surviving to ascertain the question – who I Am. This very generic question stimulates the consciousness of identity,... 

REVIEW [Hyderabad]

REVIEW [Hyderabad]
Seema Kolhi: Golden Womb-Dawn of Time A series of works by Seema Kohli, curated by Lina Vincent Sunish titled, “Golden womb-dawn of time’, are on display at Kalakriti art gallery, Hyderabad (from19th February to 5th April).The show excels in bringing forth the quintessential core of the artist’s oeuvre established in varied media.The wide array of paintings, prints, poetry, performative acts... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
An unexpectedly warm March ends with temperatures touching 40 degrees. One is left to reconcile in hopes that the coming months would miraculously stay below fifty. The changing weather /climate is much too stark to ignore. Global warming no more a threat of the distant future. It is here and now. And now is the time to make amends and ‘progress’ in an environment friendly fashion, but first is... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
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... 

SNIPPETS

SNIPPETS
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... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
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... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
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... 

SNIPPETS

SNIPPETS
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... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
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... 

FEATURE

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... 

SNIPPETS

SNIPPETS
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... 

COVER STORY

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... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
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... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
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... 

ESSAY

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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