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EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL
After a short but scathing heat wave, it looks like an early monsoon is on it’s way to Delhi. This issue explores the development and existence of pop today, globally and in the Indian Art scene. Further, we have reports, reviews and a photo feature of some interesting exhibitions and books. Pop Art was a movement manifested a fascination with popular culture imagery, celebrating everyday objects... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
From Warhol to Koons– The Devolution of Pop Waswo X. Waswo An older, comatose, women’s movement morphed into radical feminism, and “the pill” opened the doors to a new, heterosexual candour about unashamed, non-marital relationships. By the end of the decade meek attempts to decriminalize homosexuality became an outspoken demand for gay rights. Once upon a time, radicalism... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
The Comic And The Obscene Clyde D’ Mello Comics have always been in this flux of being popular, yet for some quaint reason it hasn’t been considered as art or “high art” especially in India. It’s as if even though the artist may get opportunities of display in biennial’s and exhibitions, it is still considered as one of the “things kids read” {though awareness of this medium... 

COVER STORY

COVER STORY
Pop Art H.A. Anil Kumar The poster of “Dabbang” cooling glass, photos of a tribal girl with contemporary gadgets, stenciled and repeated images in fine-arts paintings, paintings upon fiber glass sculptures, paintings based on what is considered classical Indian painting tradition from Ajanta and miniatures in the web world, Che Guevara on T-shirts; all in all, in the same ‘situation’, on the... 

INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Vanita gupta Premjish Achari I think I told myself that I am going to do just this, without even knowing the possibilities of it. Can’t remember any influence then, only the fact that I liked doing it and nothing else mattered. So it was quite bizarre then to take up education in art, even my peers found it strange. Premjish Achari: Could you talk about your art education and... 

ESSAY

ESSAY
Art Alive Gallery’s Tribute to nature through Raghu Rai’s immortal ‘Trees’ Santanu Ganguly In the last 18 years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa. Art Alive Gallery presents ‘TREES’ an exhibition of the photographers of... 

REPORT

REPORT
Giving Creatively Lina Vincent Sunish Artist In Residence programs and other residency opportunities allow artists, academicians, curators, and various creative individuals, time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. They provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and production. Interaction with artists and people from multicultural backgrounds adds an interesting... 

REPORT

REPORT
Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art On an international tour Santanu Ganguly The Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA), Belgium organized Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art, a multidimensional arts project conceptualized around the notion of the spiritual and devotional in Indian art. It explores the theme through artistic creations in different forms and styles, across ideologies and... 

PHOTO FEATURE

PHOTO FEATURE
Five Quartets @ Art Konsult Art & Deal Correspondent Curated by Uma Nair 23rd May, 2015 01. S. H. Raza , 02. S. H. Raza lightening the lamp with curator Uma Nair, Siddhartha Tagore & Akhilesh, 03. From the right: Aruna Vasudev, Siddhartha Tagore, Jatin Das & Shridhar Iyer, 04. Artist Sudip Roy with curator Uma Nair, 05. Artist Gopi Gajwani, 06. Manu Dosaj with Manish Pushkale, 07. S.... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
Five Quartets [Delhi] Premjish Achari An extraordinary anecdote from Vasili Kandinsky’s much eventful artistic career would function as an ideal introduction to this review on ‘Five Quartets’ curated by Uma Nair. On a late afternoon in Munich of 1909 or 1910, owing to the fact that Kandinsky was never a keeper of dates, arrived at his studio to invent what we now know as abstract art. The painting... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
Priya’s Shakti [New York] Alison Adams Apne Aap supported the comic, based on super hero: Priya’s Shakti in its first ever augmented reality Art Exhibition in New York City. The epic comic book, PRIYA’S SHAKTI, presents a new Indian female superhero and rape survivor who tackles the problem of sexual violence in India and around the world. “The Priya’s Shakti exhibition opening... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
Veteran Artist Rabindra Krishna Paul’s First Retrospective in the Capital [Delhi] Anindya Kanti Biswas Veteran artist Rabindra Krishna Paul’s first and ever Retrospective was showcased in one of New Delhi’s most reputed Lokayata Art Gallery at Hauz Khas village from 20th-26th March 2015. No doubt this is an exceptional show in the capital city of India after a long gap/period and its impact... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
Response to Stimuli – I [MUMBAI] Art & Deal Correspondent Response to Stimuli – Part I, curated by Kanchi Mehta opened at Sakshi Salon on the 14th of May. A group show with a certain freshness about it, featuring artists Ratna Gupta, Thomas Louis, Nishant Shukla, Loise Braganza and Elizabetta di Sopra. All living things have the ability to immediate changes based on their external... 

REVIEW

REVIEW
“Majajani”, Noun, feminine, Punjabi; translation: a woman with attitude [LONDON] Arjmand Aziz A great deal has been written about Chila Kumari Burman. Indeed, there is a great deal to say. Her work spans twenty five years of intense, sustained artistic engagement with a dazzling array of media: printmaking, installation, collage, found objects, sculpture, photography and painting. And each aesthetic... 

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW
The Art of Bengal, Indian Abstractes- An Absence of Form Santanu Ganguly Documenting the unique cultural efflorescence in Bengal begun over two centuries ago, the exhibition begins in the19th century when local folk artists began creating their paintings on mythological and religious themes traditionally done on cloth, known as Kalighat pats, now on woodblocks printed on cheaply available paper. The... 
       
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