Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Birth of a New Online Art Magazine


We, as the art workers, are going through a very difficult time. Art market is like a still lake. Once in a while someone throws in some money and that makes a few ripples of hope. Then that too dies out. As one of the senior artists puts it, our art market is on a cannibalistic ride. Dead artists are now in demand. In the meanwhile the living artists are left to die in indignity. As a gallerist observes, it is not true that there is no money in the market. Look at the BMWs and Audis that come for a social function. Look at the shooting prices of properties. Look at the consumer market. The money has not gone anywhere. It is very much here. But the buyers have lost confidence in the art market. Deserted galleries, lethargic gallerists, artists who have lost hope and general negative mood are the traits of our times. Should we let our art scene die like this? Don’t we have the responsibility of reviving this dying art market? Don’t we need to gain the confidence of the art buying class?

Yes, we do need to do this. This blog, which is going to be an online magazine soon, is one humble effort towards keeping our art scene live. As the editor of this blog, my effort is to create an opinion, keep the interest for art alive through constant reporting, feature young artists from all genres of visual art and to discuss art history in length, breadth and depth. I started this blog in February 2011 and I left it there after a few uploads. Today, I feel the urgency of having a blog art magazine. I have a few friends who support me with reports, articles and information. Mumbai based artist and art writer Sushma Sabnis is the Assistant Editor and Santiniketan based young art writer Siddharth Sivakumar is a contributing editor. Internationally acclaimed sculptor, K.S.Radhakrishnan is my mentor and guide.

I want all of you to be a part of it through your creative contributions. You may write to me in . Please be a part of this movement. Read the content and share it.

Editor-in-Chief, The Art Daily

Indian Railways Photography Exhibition at IGNCA, New Delhi

(one of the photographs from the exhibition)

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (IGNCA) Janpath, New Delhi brings an exhibition of photographs by the Indian Railways. The exhibition commemorates the 160th year of the Indian Railways and is a photographic chronicler of the importance of the railways in socio -economic and political growth of the nation over the years.

The show also brings to light the influence of the Indian Railways on the minds and hearts of the people who live and have lived by it.

The exhibition is on view from the 15th of May to the 29th of May 2013.

The venue for the show is the Twin Art Gallery, IGNCA, and the show is on view from 10:30 am to 7pm.

  An Evening with Subodh Kerkar at Orthic Centre, Kochi

The Orthic Creative Centre in Kochi, has organised a slide presentation and talk by artist Subodh Kerkar. The event titled , ‘My Experiment with Art’, details the journey of this artist over the past 20 years of his art practice.

Goa born, Subodh Kerkar, used to be in the medical profession and gave up the life of a doctor to choose his original passion for Art. For the past 20 years, having experimented with various mediums and concepts, Subodh now specializes in creating large scale, site specific sculptures and installations which are organic in thought and in the materials used to produce them. Deriving inspiration from nature around him, Subodh uses natural elements to create these sculptures and his works have been  accepted widely in India and abroad.

The talk and slide show are on 6th of May, 2013 at 6 pm, at Bharat Hotel (BTH), DH Road, Ernakulam.

Call For Artists - by Liquid Borders - July 2013

International ArtExpo, has just announced a Call for Artists: Liquid Borders -  Bari  for  its next exhibition in July 2013. Photography works, installations video and short films and performance art will be the focus of this exhibition. The show is planned to open on July 3rd 2013 at Costello Svevo, and on July 4th at Sala Murat and Santa Teresa dei Maschi Church.

The exhibition is curated by Luca Curci and Fausta Maria Bolettieri and the organizers are International ArtExpo and ‘La Corte’ cultural organization. The deadline for applications is May 31st 2013.

The concepts  for exhibition are ’hybridization between physical and social identities in contemporary cities, and the mixing of people and space’. Focus is on the ever changing urban realities and man made influences on society, be it ethnic, social, sexual and religious, continuously dissolve and reform a metropolis. This exhibition expects works related to these themes.

The winner of the exhibition will participate in one of the International Exhibitions organized by International ArtExpo, and its Liquid Group. Also 3 art residencies at Bari will be awarded to the winner.

Deadline for applications: May 31st 2013.

(Reports by Sushma Sabnis)

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