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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... 

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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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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COVER STORY
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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Of Public Fairs And The Art Fest In Vadodara Aparna Roy Baliga The great purpose of the city is to permit, indeed to encourage and incite, the greatest number of meetings, encounters, challenges, between all persons, classes and groups, providing as it were, a stage on which the drama of social life may be enacted, with the actors taking their turn as spectators and the spectators as actors.- Lewis... 

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Demystifying Biennale! Pune Biennale 2017: 3rd Edition Dr. Kiran Shinde As such now, the Pune Biennale has emerged as an institution to create a world-wide cultural identity for the home-city and act as a vehicle for the development of the city, aesthetically while unlocking endless possibilities for the creative community. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Individual Resistance to Institutional Gaze: Art Fairs, Kala Melas, Dasara Shows and the Soliloquy of K. Venkatappa H. A. Anil KUmar The tradition and history of Indian Art Fairs, Art Melas, Kala Godas and Chitrasanthes (fairs) are not comfortable in acknowledging a certain ancestry, despite knowing that they are not swayambus (selfborn or udhbhava-murthy). Most art fairs and Melas were by and large... 

PHOTO FEATURE

PHOTO FEATURE
Fisherman and the Sea: Photographic Series of Subodh Kerkar 2008 to Present Lina Vincent Sunish As a medical doctor in a previous avatar, practicing a stone’s throw from the sea-shore, Subodh Kerkar had the opportunity to get to know the lives of fisher-folk at close quarters. He realised that their lives were deeply and inexorably intertwined with the rhythms of the ocean. Later, as he extended... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
November is an ideal month in the city (of Delhi) the weather is sympathetic and the lights seem to shine brighter in the evenings. The demonetisation by the Prime Minister earlier this month left none unaffected. We hope it brings better stability and growth to our economy and helps build a greater nation. A lot goes on around this month in the art world. The oncoming winter ushers in several interesting... 

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Date: Till 31 December, 2016 Venue: Dhoomimal Gallery, G-42, Connaught Circus, New Delhi-110001, T: + 91 11 41516056 E: info@dhoomimalgallery.com W: www.dhoomimalgallery.com/ SERENDIPITY ARTS FESTIVAL, GOA Serendipity Arts Trust Serendipity Arts Trust, a Munjal initiative for the promotion of creativity in arts and culture, announcedSerendipity Arts Festival. This will be India’s premier, curated,... 

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Barren Red: Solo Exhibit By Puneet Kaushik Myna Mukherjee Contemporary artist Puneet Kaushik’s new solo ‘Barren Red’ evokes a certain coming of age nostalgia. Having keenly followed his substantive body of abstract and plurally textural work over the years, one can see that Barren Red is reminiscent and echoes his previous signature style but with a radical difference. The works have a distilled... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
Baroque- An Interview With Raqib Shaw Rajesh Punj Entering Raqib Shaw’s studio via a disheveled facade front into a brilliantly baroque styled garden, one relinquishes the ugly trappings of the suburban swell of fast food restaurants and mobile phone retailers for the grandeur and grace of a stately home, cum workspace. Camouflaged by the seasonal colours of his blossoming exterior, the city is... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Magical Realism Of A. Ramachandran Uma Nair Ramachandran at NGMA Bangalore is to be part of a chapter in the life of a Modern Master who has one eye on Renaissance and another on the power of experience. Defined by knowledge, a rich perspective of mythology, drawn from great Indian epics, the paintings of this master mentor belong to the fields of fantasy in the figures he creates except his own and... 

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FEATURE
Tribal Art: An Iconic Offer at Lalit Kala Akademi Subhra Mazumdar Tribal Art displays at major galleries by and large, have been sporadic attempts to gather together a group of practitioners, with familial bonds, provide them a space and thereafter, hold a wine and cheese do, around the works. While such efforts hold merit as platforms of information about the genre, they do not give the form its due... 

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ESSAY
Artistic Inheritance Dr. Seema Bhalla Art is not simply works of art; it is the spirit that knows beauty, that has music in its soul and the colour of sunset in its handkerchief, that can dance on a flaming world and make the world dance too. W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) And it is a few of such sensitive people that are being talked about here. Belonging to the families where art is an integral part... 

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The Black Pottery of Nizamabad Anshu Ahuja the exquisite craft of Black pottery of Nizamabad at the Museum of Indian Terracotta in Sanskriti Kala Kendra, Delhi. Thereupon, I planned a visit to this pottery cluster in Azamgarh district of Uttarpradesh. Upon visiting Nizamabad, I was mesmerized by the magic of black pottery. Also, the life of these craftsmen, their close knit community life and their... 

REPORT

REPORT
The Indywood Film Carnival Hema Iyer Ramani Hyderabad is the perfect setting for any film festival because the Ramoji Film city has been designed to provide the ambience for not only film shoots, but also to host mega-scale events. The film city is a complete city by itself and boasts of being able to handle 50 film units simultaneously, catering to their pre and post production requirements while... 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
Diwali is here. Festivities continue to envelope the city as sidewalks are covered with bright decorative lights and vendors selling colourful diyas, earthen lamps and idols all over the city. There is anticipation in the air as the winter prepares to arrive… This issue we probe the work/visual language of various artists through interviews and observations. We present an interview by Rajesh... 

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Praneet Soi : For and Against Narrative Vadehra Art Gallery For and Against Narrative emerges from a conversation the artist posits between the constructed image and the gestural. Having immersed himself for years in working with media imagery, he shifts back to the hand in this new body of work to rethink political praxis. It is a detour, designed not to create a hierarchy but to question the countless... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
All That Remains: AN Interview With Dayanita Singh Rajesh punj An opportunity to meet with the Indian photographer Dayanita Singh has become more improbable now that she exhibits more prolifically than when we first met in late 2008. As was evident in 2013 when I interviewed Singh prior to her retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London. Recalling that interview for Art&Deal allows us an insight... 

FEATURE

FEATURE
Shampa Sircar Das’Devi Uma Nair The colours are juxtaposed to construct a range of hues that sedate and inspire a quiet meditative mood. And as the work progresses it is becomes more aesthetic and less of an idea, and the vision starts getting clearer and clearer layer-by-layer. Shampa Sircar Das is an artist who creates allegories of thought through her own spiritual and intellectual leanings.... 
       
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