Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sagarika Ghatge, Namrata Barua, Krsna Mehta, Jaideep Mehrotra at the Art Week 2015

Sagarika Ghatge, Namrata Barua, Krsna Mehta, Jaideep Mehrotra at the Art Week 2015

Sagarika Ghatge, Namrata Barua, Krsna Mehta, Anavila Misra, Bose Krishnamachari, Rouble Nagi, Kahini Arte Merchant, Editor of Good Homes Ronitaa Italia Dhani attended artist Jaideep Mehrotra's multimedia art display at Gallery Art & Soul, Worli, Mumbai, where Good Homes Magazine announced their fourth edition of  'GoodHomes for Art presented by Hafele and powered by Asian Paints in association with New India Assurance. 

Displaying Krsna Mehta with Ronitaa Italia Dhanu.JPG

Jaideep Mehrotra's preoccupation with sociopolitical issues manifests itself in his video work- a subconscious expression, reinforcing the message into the mind of the viewer through seemingly benign visuals.  

This year the art week will be held from 28th to 30th October 2015 at Carter Road, Bandra and will allow the public to witness some of the brilliant and creative works by renowned artists and art students.

Displaying Ronitaa Italia Dhanu, Jaideep Mehrotra and Namrata Barua.JPG
Artist Jaideep Mehrotra says, Right from the inception of Good Homes Art Week, my association with them has been to bring Art out of the confines of galleries and to exhibit it in the common expanses of the city. I wholeheartedly endorse their commendable efforts  and  extend my full support to see them grow in their endeav​our.

Ronitaa Italia-Dhani, Editor, Good Homes says,“The whole point of our endeavor is to blur the conscious boundaries and take art out of the galleries, to the people. GoodHomes would like to be the catalyst that facilitates an open dialogue between art and its observers… age, caste, class no bar!”

About GoodHomes:
GoodHomes is India’s leading home and décor magazine, published by Worldwide Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Times Group. The magazine was launched in India in 2008. It reaches out to the contemporary Indian home-owner, who is always on the lookout for inspirational ideas. House proud and homeward-bound, the magazine reflects the modern

Friday, September 18, 2015

Osianama Osianama at Liberty : Opening Daily from 18th September 2015 with Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Retrospective & Gandhiji : The Fuller-Full Life of a Mahatma

Osianama at Liberty : Opening Daily from 18th September 2015 with Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Retrospective & Gandhiji : The Fuller-Full Life of a Mahatma

It has only been twenty years in the making, but through thick and thin, crises and boom, the mind has kept its focus - that India must have a strongly independent, intellectually vibrant & financially self-sufficient, private-sector driven cultural & educational institution which daily showcases the holistic living classical, medieval and modern creative traditions as well as the new emerging contemporary forms of India's cultural civilization. 

Osianama is that hopefully Institution, coming to you, first from Mumbai, across three exclusive venues - Osianama at Liberty (Opens daily from 18th September 2015 with a focus on Indian, Asian, Arab & World Cinema and the Indian Popular Cultures); Osianama at Tao (Opened on 8th September 2015, with a focus on the Indian & Asian Modern & Contemporary Fine Arts & Antiquities) and Osianama at HQ where the Osian's Archive, Library and Research Centre opens in December 2015. The fourth venue will be Osianama at Vanraja, New Delhi which will focus on Animal Welfare, Veterinary Sciences & Nature Studies. 

Thus Osianama together with will create its unique online-offline cultural, cinematic and artistic learning experience, allowing each Member and individual to customize their interests and needs so as to study and explore anew India' s cultural civilization. There is still much progress to be made. However, in the days to come we will share and clarify the Calendar of various events for your participation, review and joy as the building process continues... 

Among the highlights for this first month of activities 'Jashn-Osianama' (8th September to 4th October 2015) are Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Retrospective & his 1st Director's Masterclass along with the 1st Photography Masterclass by Raghu Rai; the 1st Panel Discussion on India's Cultural Renaissance (with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli, Dr. Kanak Rele, Gieve Patel, Sen Kapadia & Neville Tuli); a mini-Film Festival, Round-table Discussion and major Exhibition on Gandhiji : The Fuller-Full Life of a Mahatma, featuring the first complete showing of his last days photographed by French master photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson from the Osian's Archive Collection and the rare personal artifacts of Gandhiji from the Collection of Kamal Morarka which were purchased so as to bring them back to India from British Collections. 

SHEILA MAKHIJANI NowNotNow September 15 through December 19, 2015 @ TALWAR GALLERY 108 E 16 Street New York, NY 10003

September 15 through December 19, 2015
Opening Preview, Tuesday, September 15, 6 – 8 pm

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present NowNotNow, an exhibition of paintings on canvas and works on paper by Sheila Makhijani. The exhibition opens on September 15 and will continue through December 19, 2015.
In Makhijani’s canvases the first impact is of movement, forceful and definite. Rising vertically, diagonally, spreading or converging they seem to expand beyond their frames. Planes of color jostle amongst themselves, merging and overlapping as if being directed by hidden energy fields under the canvas. Constructed with layers of paint, Makhijani creates depths with light filled planes alongside dense dark surfaces. Their presence is bold and full on, and unlike in her sparsely executed drawings not a single spot remains untouched on Makhijani’s canvas. Everything here belongs to her and her brush.
In contrast to the canvas works, on paper Makhijani proceeds with precision abled brush strokes gently borrowing space for her lines to exist. In the recent works, amidst the meandering markings, there appear floating planes as if the result of an overflowing river system revealing the possible depths within the structure. Playful, imaginary and exacting these self contained, self governing worlds appear to unfold according to some unknown logic. The compositions appear as unified forms, singular if confoundingly complex: the course of a thought, as if it was presented all at once.
Sheila Makhijani was born in Delhi in 1962 where she has since lived and worked. She graduated from Delhi College of Art with a Bachelors in Arts in 1984 and later with a Masters of Arts in Painting in 1988. After leaving the academic setting, Makhijani’s practice departed from the rigidity of representational and figurative forms to a more intuitive, inventive and personal one. This exploration was enhanced further by her travels abroad and artist residencies especially in the Netherlands and in Kanazawa, Japan. The importance of the surface and the line learned during this early nineties period augmented her understanding of color.
Sheila Makhijani stands distinctly apart in her consistent commitment to an oeuvre that stands resolute in its singular pursuit of abstraction. A quotidian practice that has been rigorously maintained over the last quarter century, as artists abandon painting for other mediums, Makhijani has steadfastly remained engaged in discovering its limitless possibilities. Makhijani’s works have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) at the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, India; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia; Kuntsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition at Talwar.

New York | New Delhi

Breaking Skin
@Talwar Gallery, New Delhi
September 30, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Opening Exhibition Preview - Kohei Sugiura | 6:30pm Tuesday 8th September 2015, Osianama at Tao

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magnificent Exhibition on the artworks designed by one of the world's finest graphic and book designers - the Japanese master Kohei Sugiura, as part of the month long cultural and cinematic festival "Jashn-Osianama : Celebrating Creative Obsession" (8th September to 4th October 2015).

This month long celebration will include a major Retrospective on one of India's most eminent film directors - Adoor Gopalakrishnan - and a mini film festival plus a host of engaging and educational events focusing on the Life and Times of Gandhiji, which includes an Exhibition featuring the rare artworks and photographs from the Osian's Archive & Library Collection including those by French master photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson capturing the last days of Gandhiji's life along with the original and rare artifacts, letters and personal belongings of Gandhiji from the Private Collection of eminent patronKamal Morarka

Thereafter Osianama will share its first full quarterly Calendar (October to December 2015) for the public and members.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

e- Auction 26 Hindu Medival Coins


e-Auction 26 is Live Now!
 Category Highlights - Hindu Medieval Coins
Rashtrakutas (700-800 AD), Anonymous Copper Unit, 
about extremely fine, 
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Ohinda Dynasty, Samanta Deva (850-1000 AD)
Silver Jital...
Chouhans of Ranthambor, Jaitra Simha,
Silver Drachma...
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Yadava Dynasty, Ramachandra,
(1270-1311 AD), Gold Padmatanka
more info
Later Pandyas, Maravarman Sundara Pandian,
Copper Unit...
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Chola Empire,Uttam Chola, Silver Kahavanu,
about very fine, Rare.
more info
Banas of Madurai, Copper
Kasu about fine, Rare.
more info
Loharas, Kashmir, Harsha Deva about extremely fine.
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Ancient India Coins e-Auction 26

e-Auction 26 is Live Now!
Category Highlights- Coins Of Ancient India
Coinage of India, issued by Imperial dynasties and smaller middle kingdoms of India began during the 1st millennium BCE, and consisted mainly of copper and silver coins in its initial state. Scholars remain divided over the origins of Indian coinage.

Western Kshatrapas,
Vijayasena (AD 239-250)
Silver Drachma,  about
extrememly fine.
more info
Satavahana Dynasty,
Kocchiputasa Satkarni (100 BC)  Potin unit 
Very Rare.
Saurashtra (Gujrat),
(1st BC), Copper Unit
Obv: double swastika... about good.
more info
Satavahana Dynasty, Satkarni  I (100-200 AD)
Banvasi Region, about
extremely fine.
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City State, Eran (300-200 BC) Copper Unit 
Punch-marked coin,  
about extremely fine.
more info
Western Kshatrapas,
Vijayasena (239-250 AD)
Silver Drachma, ... about very fine.
more info
Gupta Dynasty, Skandagupta
(455-480 AD)
Silver Drachma, ... about extremely fine.
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Kidarites of Kashmir,  Kushana
Style Debase Gold dinar,
about very fine,
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Clark House Bombay : 'Soulmates (within time)'/ Lisa Mara Batacchi

Clark House Bombay : 'Soulmates (within time)'/ Lisa Mara Batacchi - preview.
11 June 2015 
6 - 10 pm  

Bull and Bird ,  5.5 inch by 7.5 inches , Krishna Reddy ; Early 1950s printed 2015 by Nikhil Raunak

Clark House Initiative
A Presentation by Nikhil Raunak

Tuesday, June 9, 7pm
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
$5 suggested donation
Please RSVP here

Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Bombay. Established in 2010 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma, it is located in a building that was formerly an office of pharmaceutical research, an antiques store, and the shipping office of the Thakur Shipping Company that had links to countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Japan. Curatorial interventions in the space hope to continue, differently, these histories of internationalism, experiment and research.
Please join us for a presentation by Nikhil Raunak
​artist member 
 of Clark House Initiative. He will reflect on the 'Workshop Model', a method of engaging with public and regional institutions in India. This model was developed by Clark House Initiative, with Anant Nikam at the printmaking studio of Sir JJ School of Art, and acknowledges the legacy of the workshops of the artist and pedagogue Krishna Reddy.  
Nikhil Raunak (b. 1988) is a multi-discipline artist 
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 who graduated in 2011 from Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay in painting and printmaking 
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 Raunak is also founding member of Bombay-based artist collective 'Shunya'. Shunya, meaning 'void', is used to define a mathematical concept of nothingness. The title explains a beginning from a point of neutrality. Shunya was formed in 2012. Raunak is a recipient of Inlaks Fine Art Award 2015 and participated in numerous exhibitions including Arranging Chairs for Ai Wei WeiICU-JestKochi-Muzirius Biennale 2012we have arrived nowhereTransnational PavilionVenice Biennale 2013, and INSERT-2014 Mati Ghar New Delhi 2014.

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First of the Clark House Krishna Reddy-Judy Blum Fellows, Nikhil Raunak will began his residency in New York this April for 3 months, during which he researche and used the studio facilities at Flux House 2. The residency is supported by Judy Blum and Krishna Reddy for young artists to come live and practice in New York. Raunak will archive Reddy's drawings and prepare a project on experimental printmaking through his interactions with Reddy. Nikhil Raunak (1988) often works with cryptic codes that critique conceptual practice in the arts, inventing languages, creating videos and drawings that all stem from his study of graphic printmaking and portraiture.  
Bull and Bird , was a Copper Plate was made by Krishna Reddy was trying to experiment with various carving tools. The bull is accompanied by a small dead bird carved under. The plate was lost and was then returned by Reddy's student Mark Johnson who found it at the New York University and he returned it to Judy Blum and Krishna Reddy. Nikhil Raunak collaborated with Reddy to print 22 editions of line etchings from the plate which had never been published before.


Gulf Labor Artist Coalition

Letter from sixty+ curators, critics and museum directors to UAE art institutions, and their affiliates

June 1, 2015
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tourism Development & Investment Company, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York, NY, USA
New York University, New York, USA
New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Agence France-Muséums, Paris, France
Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Recently, artists Ashok Sukumaran and Walid Raad were denied entry to the UAE on grounds of “security”. This comes after NYU professor Andrew Ross was similarly barred from flying to Abu Dhabi in March. Sukumaran and Raad have a long history of vital and sustained engagement with the UAE, often on the invitation of your institutions. Ross is a professor of standing in New York’s academic community. It appears that the reason these three members of our global arts and academic community were denied entry to the UAE is their involvement with the Gulf Labour Coalition.
As you know, Gulf Labour is an artist-initiated group that has been active since 2010, asking museums and institutions being built on Saadiyat Island to create better conditions for their workers. These conditions of the creation of a cultural world should be of concern to us all, and the proposals of artists in this regard should be seen as a matter of debate, not of “security”. We assert that artists and academics should be allowed free passage to conduct research and work that is done in a peaceful and productive manner.
We the undersigned oppose the barring of Ashok Sukumaran, Walid Raad and Andrew Ross from the UAE. We state that denying artists visas, stopping and deporting them after years of their work in the region, creates a chilling precedent and makes it difficult for arts and academic institutions in the UAE, and those working with the UAE to claim regional dialogue and artistic freedom. We urge your institutions to work with the concerned authorities to lift these bars on their travel.
Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions, Tate Modern, London
Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator International Art (Film), Tate Modern, London
Andrea Thal, Artistic Director, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time, New York
Anselm Franke, Head of Visual Art and Film, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Anton Vidokle, Founder, e-flux, New York
Bartomeu Marí, Director MACBA, Barcelona
Beatrix Ruf, Director Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York
Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Charles Guarino, Publisher, Artforum Magazine, New York
Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London
Christine Van Assche, Chief Curator-at-Large, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Claire Hsu, Founder-Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Defne Ayas, Director, Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Dennis Lim, Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, M+ Hong Kong
Emilie Villez, Director, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Eva Franch, Chief Curator and Executive Director,  Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Fawwaz Traboulsi, Writer and Historian, American University of Beirut, Beirut
Franck Gautherot, Co-director Le Consortium, Dijon
Geeta Kapur, Critic and Curator, New Delhi
Glenn Lowry, Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hammad Nasar, Head of Research & Programmes, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Hila Peleg, Curator, Documenta 14, Kassel and Athens
Iftikhar Dadi, Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University, New York
Jean-Marc Prévost, Director, Carré d’art, Nîmes
Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi
Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Jitish Kallat, Artist and Curator, 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennial
Kate Fowle, Director-at-Large, Independent Curators International, New York
Kathy Halbreich, Deputy Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar
Lars Nittve, Executive Director, M+ Hong Kong
Laura Raicovich, Director, Queens Museum, New York
Lucy R. Lippard, Critic and Writer, Galisteo
Maha Maamoun, Board member, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
Mai Abu El Dahab, Director, Young Arab Theatre Fund, Brussels
Mami Kataoka , Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Marie Muracciole, Curator, Director of Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Marta Kuzma, Rector, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Nancy Adajania, Cultural theorist and independent curator, Mumbai
Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, Independent curator, editor of L’Internationale Online, Paris
Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time, New York
Negar Azimi, Senior Editor, Bidoun, New York
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, London
Patricia Falguieres, Professeur à l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Pooja Sood, Director, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi
Rana El Nemr, Board member, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
Ranjit Hoskote, Cultural theorist and independent curator, Mumbai
Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Sebastien Delot, former Modern and Contemporary Art Curator of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Head of the Collection of The Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain Saint Etienne
Seungduk Kim, Co-director Le Consortium, Dijon
Sharmini Pereira, Director, Raking Leaves, Sri Lanka
Sheena Wagstaff, Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum, New York
Solange Farkas, Director/Curator, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Sao Paulo
Sukhdev Sandhu, Film critic and writer, New York University, New York
Sumesh Sharma and Zasha Colah, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai
Sunjung, Kim, Artistic Director, Asia Culture Information Agency of Asian Culture Complex, Gwangju
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee & Honorary Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai
Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Vasıf Kortun, Director of Research & Programs, SALT, Istanbul and Ankara
Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Vice-President, Arab Image Foundation, Beirut