Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bizarre Treelike desert rivers in Mexico

Bizarre Treelike desert rivers in Mexico
Well this certainly is a bizarre sight. In the desert of Baja California, Mexico, there are desert rivers forming treelike figures. This is no photo manipulation or a painting but a true natural phenomena u can see with your own eyes in certain periods in the year.. Stunning..


If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves,
it is pointless to search elsewhere.

9 Dec.: Guggenheim Lab comes to Mumbai museum

If you do visit the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla, on December 9, you might
just find yourself in a garden with a bamboo-made structure, by Tokyo
architects Atelier Bow-Wow. Co-created by the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Foundation and the BMW Group, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is a pop-up cultural
experiment. After New York and Berlin, the co-creators will bring its
programming to the Bhau Daji Lad over the course of six weeks. The lab's
theme is called "Confronting Comfort" and curator David Van der Leer says we
can expect a seven-programme series - ranging from light-hearted sessions to
serious discussions, design workshops and free tours across the city.

Guggenheim Lab to open in Mumbai

The mobile think tank will engage with Mumbai's urban development problems

Mumbai-based urban transport designer Trupti Vaitla is creating a
public interactive competition to see if she can get people to view traffic
junctions differently.

"I am currently working on an open space in M ward, Mumbai-Lotus Nagar, in
which 200,000 people share 1,300 sq meters of open space-a per capita ratio
of almost zero; just to give you an idea of the kind of issues this city
faces," she says.

Vaitla, who also works with the Rachana Sansad's Urban Design Cell (RSUDC)
and the Mumbai Environmental Social Network (MESN), is one of the four-team
members of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think tank and interactive
public laboratory on urban innovation that will travel to nine cities in six
years, and which opens in Mumbai on 9 December.

A large L-shaped bamboo pandal, built to resemble a modern version of a
traditional wedding mandapa, will soon be erected by Tokyo-based architects
Atelier Bow-Wow, a firm noted for its exploration of ad hoc architecture and
theories of micro urban spaces, at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai,
which is hosting the event as collaborators of the lab.

The lab will host interactive installations and sessions exploring the
relationship of the city to both the individual and the community, exploring
the possible conflict between the two and their resolution. It will be on
until 20 January 2013. Mobile versions of the mandapa will link the
satellite installations, to be scattered across the city, to the main lab
site. Exact sites are not yet finalized.

Tasneem Mehta, director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, says: "It is the
first project of its kind in the city and we are delighted to collaborate
with the BMW Guggenheim Lab. It's about interpreting the city; finding a
creative platform with which to interpret sociological meanings. It's
something that should happen far more often in our city, and maybe this is a
good place to start."

The lab, itself an organic being that adapts to the city that hosts it, will
feature workshops, cultural programmes, film screenings, erect interactive
installations that draw in the public, and engage with urban planners,
architects, sociologists, entertainers and chefs. All events are free. "It's
a whole lot of fun, but it comes with serious intent: to discover how
members of the public would like to engage with their city and how they mean
for their cities to develop and grow," Mehta says.

The Mumbai lab team includes Aisha Dasgupta, a British demographer based in
Malawi, Neville Mars, a China-based Dutch architect, and Hector Zamora, a
Mexican artist based in Brazil alongside Vaitla. The team of four have
crafted the programme along with Guggenheim curator David van der Leer and
curatorial assistant Stephanie Kwai. Lab team members are nominated by an
advisory committee and international group of multi-disciplinary experts.
Delhi-based transportation planner and safety expert Geetam Tiwari, was
recently inducted to the advisory committee of the BMW Guggenheim Lab.

The participatory nature of the programme is city specific and aims to seek
solutions to the city's unique problems. The lab will function in two-year
cycles; every two years, the theme it works towards will change. The first
two years-from 2011 to 2013-the theme has been "Confronting Comfort", which
will conclude with the Mumbai chapter. The Berlin chapter, which ended in
July 2012, raised issues of free space, water testing, and dynamic
connections. The New York chapter of the mobile project concluded in 2011
where it raised questions on transport, commuting and comfort within the
city. Small-scale intervention efforts helped extend the impact of the lab
beyond its fixed duration in the city.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

91 A, Rani Baug,
Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan,
Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg,
Byculla East,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027.


Visiting Hours

10.00 am to 5.30 pm (Tickets sold upto 5:00 pm)
Closed on Wednesdays and certain public holidays

The Anxious Artist Today | Panel Discussion | November 9, 2012 at 6.30 pm | NGMA Auditorium, Mumbai

Thursday, July 19, 2012

For Art and Environment Lovers- Fundraiser by People for Animals

This is regarding the fundraiser we ( People for Animals) are having in Mumbai on the 3rd and 4th of August. This is a sale of antique lithographs. The price starts at Rs 5000 and the proceeds will be going to towards the horses that we are trying to take out of Mumbai. The write up is below. The exhibition is being held for us by Mrs Tarana Khubchandani of Art N Soul. It will be we held at the Kumaraswamy Hall of the Prince of Wales Museum for these two days and then it shifts for 10 days to Art N soul, 1 Madhuli, Shiv Sagar Estate, Worli - 18 Taranaji's phone numbers are 9321033957 and 24965798. You could contact her for pictures and quotes. I am happy to give whatever quotes you want if you email me. I will be coming for the opening on the 3rd to Mumbai. " Why buy one painting when you can get an entire wall of the most exquisite flora and fauna ? A unique exhibition of 200 year old Antique Lithographs of Birds and Flowers being sold for less than the price of a restaurant dinner ! A feast for Genuine Art Collectors and Antique Hunters People For Animals is proud to present this stunning visual record . This is the first exhibition of its kind Our 2000 Lithographs include John Gould's A, B, C Series, Bird's Series, Roses by Joseph Redoute , Plants by Joseph Paxton and William Curtis , Aquatint by James Forbes, Butterfly's Series, Vishnu Prasad's Series, Hand Finished Lithographs by Samuel Benjamin Warner, etc PFA works to rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals. We set up and run shelters, ambulance services, dog sterilization programmes, treatment camps and disaster rescue missions for animals. We conduct education programmes in schools, round up wild life poachers, fight cases in court and lobby in Parliament. At present we have a network of 200 units, 34 hospitals and 60 mobile units nationwide. The proceeds will go towards People for Animals’ 34 hospital/shelter for their maintenance, food for animals, ambulances, medicines, medical equipment's, running of animal awareness programmes and making new shelters. For details of what we do look at and join our effort to make India a happier, gentler country that offers protection to all For further information contact PEOPLE FOR ANIMALS 14 Ashoka Road New Delhi 110001 T 011 23719293/94 / 23357088 / 23359241 / 23355883 E-mail: /

With best wishes

Maneka Gandhi 14 Ashoka Road New Delhi 110001 Ph: 011-23357088 '23719293/4

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Open house with Clearing house, Origin of Mumbai's poetry collective, NGMA,6th July

Mystery of Easter Island statues may be solved

Mystery of Easter Island statues may be solved

Who ever would have thought....

This is absolutely incredible. Here we've been thinking for all these years that they were just heads. They are going to be absolutely huge when they are completely excavated. It all just adds to the mystery of these amazing sculptures. Maybe now they can get more information about them seeing as they have writings on them.
The Stone Statues in Easter Island have bodies !

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

AA Raiba: Droit de Suite | Artist's Resale Rights 5-22 July, 11am to 7pm

AA Raiba has had a career that spans six decades. His works form part of prominent collections in India and abroad. Most of his life was spent in a single-room tenement on Temkar street, a locality of Konkani Muslims in central Bombay. In this room that housed him, his wife and his three children, the canvases on exhibit were made from jute mixtures, and painted. Flat figures are bordered by thick black lines initially drawn in charcoal, in a kind of cloisonnism. Having been trained in the revivalist Bombay School that often referenced visual vocabulary from Indian miniature traditions and influenced by the modernisms exposed to him by Charles Gerard, Raiba charted a path that was independent from the Bombay School and the Progressive Artists Group. His early miniatures were published by the Illustrated Weekly of India for their covers. Encouraged by exiled artist and art critic Walter Langhammer, he spent three years in Kashmir. He documented the folk motifs seen in the temples of Jammu and the Pahari kingdoms of Himachal Pradesh. Kashmir gave him an excellent understanding of perspective while executing landscapes. Documenting renditions of humans and animals within the Pahari miniature paintings provided him with a visual cache that would often reappear in his works. Soon after returning to Bombay, Raiba abandoned the use of watercolour, and began working with oil on a prepared canvas made of jute. Here he began placing these folk motifs derived from Pahari miniatures into cubist perspectives narrating erotic tales of love. A King with a three point crown with his consort was placed beside nudes influenced by the European modernist movement. The straight lines that made the verandas appear cubist came from his travels sketching villas and churches in Goa and the Malabar coast. Another work hints at the use of surrealistic scale, where a still life with a bouquet of cubist roses dwarfs a camel and an elephant. Droit de Suite or the 'art proceeds right' is the right of artists to receive royalty on subsequent sales of their works if it exceeds a certain amount. Droit de Suite is the conceptual framework of this exhibition of works from a private collection to be placed on sale, where 20% of the sales price will be received by the artist AA Raiba. In India no legislation stipulates this right and therefore many subsequent sales after the first sale, especially in auctions, do not reserve a percentage of the proceeds for the artist. The Indian art had its nascency in the decade that followed economic liberlisation in the early 90s. India's early modernists, through their careers, grappled with a disorganized market, often selling for prices that offered meagre subsistence, rather than wealth and savings. Raiba continues to live in a one-room flat in Nala Sopara, the ancient port, and a distant suburb of Bombay. Like many of his contemporaries he does not receive any royalty on any subsequent sales of his work in the secondary market. No legislation in India stipulates that auction houses, galleries, collectors and dealers need to pay a small percentage (5%) of the sales proceeds in secondary sales to the artist. In the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Australia, percentages to be paid to an artist vary, forming an inverse relationship to the sales price. This exhibition proposes that a percentage of the sales proceeds be always paid to the artist by the seller in future, as an ethical and moral obligation, rather than a legal stipulation, with the hope that enough awareness is drawn to organise artists to lobby for a legislation in India on the lines of those that are present in the European Union, the UK, Australia, and the USA. The exhibition includes documents, laws and agreements that insure the residual right of an artist in every subsequent resale or rental of their work, as found in other parts of the world, and importantly, the curator Seth Siegelaub's The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement 1971.

AA Raiba: Droit de Suite | Artist's Resale Rights 5-22 July, 11am to 7pm everyday including holidays and Sundays. Works available on private view on the 4th of July from the 6pm to 9pm and by prior appointment.
Acknowledgements: Sir JJ School of Art, Professor Kashinath Salve, Professor Dr. Manisha Patil, Proffessor Anand Nikam, Susan Hapgood, Faiza Butt, Shaheen Merali, Aakash Belsare, Vishal Shah, Dr. Tarana Khubchandani, Ravi Khubchandani, Pandit Khairnar, Chenaram Prajapati, Gaurav Phaterphekar, Vijay Gogavle, CB Sharma (Late), Tushar Joag, Shaqib Raiba and Najib Raiba.
Clark House Initiative Ground Floor, Clark House 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road) opposite Sahakari Bhandar, and Regal Cinema near Woodside Inn, Bombay 400039
Bus or Taxi from the nearest stations, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Central Railway) and Churchgate (Western Railway) Bus Numbers from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: 14, 69, 101,130 Bus Numbers from Churchgate: 70, 106, 122, 123, 132, 137

Curators: Zasha Colah & Sumesh Sharma Technical Advisor & Design: Sachin Bonde & Prabhakar Pachpute

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Awesome photography

Glacial Cave Near Juneau Alaska..!!! Description: Super Moon rising above Sierra Nevada Sequoia National Park California. Description: Touching ..The.. 'MOON..!!! Description: Sculptured landscape looking towards Ghemi, Upper Mustang,Nepal Description: Tea Garden near Mt. Fuji, Japan