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  • Artists for whom Ahmedabad is a Muse : Part Two

    In our second edition of the Artists of Ahmedabad series, we introduce five artists who endeavour to visualise the city of Ahmedabad through the hues and colours of their diverse palette. The common thread that binds them is their fascination for the…

  • Artists for whom Ahmedabad is a Muse : Part One

    Since Ahmedabad’s recognition as India’s first World Heritage City, it has been proven that the city possesses a living heritage amidst its walls. But who are the people who ensure that these walls are beautifully covered with colours and designs?…

  • Meet Amrut Tabiyar : a security guard at GNLU who paints

    In Amrut Tabiyar’s story, we discover the vastness and influence of Art in lives of people. It is an inspiring story of letting joy of creation unseat the harsh realities of life. Amrut Tabiyar is a Security Guard at GNLU…

  • The Life and Art of Piraji Sagara

    The art of celebrated Modernist Artist and founder member of Kanoria Centre for Arts, Piraji Sagara, is relived at Art 17 this March. Know about his life and creative journey through the words of his friends and family BV Doshi,…

  • BHUPEN DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE KNOWS YOU CANT PLEASE ALL!

    The magenta-pink surface of a factory yard hits an emerald green street in Factory Strike; brilliant vermilion-red railings vibrate against a deep azure sea in Man Eating Jalebi. These aren’t the subtlest color combinations, they are loud and how. Bhupen…

  • Enter the Chakraview: An Enchantment that has no way out.

    Chakraview has been designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan in collaboration three other creative artists from the country: Avinash Kumar, Hanif Kureshi and RutvaTrivedi Set on the banks of the Thames, in London’s stately Somerset House, a powerhouse of Indian design was…

  • The Museum on Wheels: The Design Museum in Dharavi

    The Design Museum Dharavi (DMD as it is better known) defines itself as an innovative intellectual institute that commemorates the creative possibilities in Dharavi, an aboriginal locality situated in the spirits of Mumbai, India. In February 2016, it was inaugurated, a 3…

  • Hey Frida! Looking back at the original Material Girl

    Frida Kahlo’s art and personality are potent illustrations of matter trend. This piece is an observation upon how Kahlo’s progress and effect from early twentieth-century Mexico City became critical aspects in her forming her persona as an independent artist and celebrity.While many considered her…

  • Prisma: Turning Photos into Masterpieces and How!

    If only VanGogh or Chagall could paint your picture. Now, in Prisma, they can. I am always the one, who is troubled by the pressure of clicking a good photograph. This further increases anxiety when I am putting something out…

  • EMERGING: THE RISE AND RISE OF YOUNG SCULPTORS FROM GUJARAT

    Mayadhara Sahu Odisha-born artist Mayadhara Sahu is inspired by a sense of loneliness that living in a big city. He creates artworks that take him back to his village. Sahu admits “When I went to Bhubaneswar for my further studies, I…

  • Community Standards: Policy, Policing and Censorship in Art

    Graphic Artist and Designer Orijit Sen’s nude work titled ‘Punjaban’ was flagged and pulled down(and later restored) from Facebook last year. This was followed by another work titled ‘She came in through the bathroom window’ because they “violated”Facebook’s “Community Standards”…

  • ARTIST IN FOCUS: Siddharth Kararwal

    Siddhartha Kararwal: The Pandora head of his Paracosmic self- Part 1 There is an element of Pandora to Artist Siddhartha Kararwal’s work and it comes much from his paracosmic self. While installing his much talked about piece “Denture Venture” at…

  • Rabindranath Tagore: The Other Artist in Indian Modernism

    To many of us Rabindranath Tagore is a Nobel Laureate, poet, playwright, novelist, philosopher and a musician; very few of us know Rabindranath Tagore as the Artist – and one of National and International significance as far as the Pre-modern…

  • Drawing to Remember: On Finding the Gift of Pause

    The elusive illustrator behind “Of Ink and Yellow Memories,” Neelakshi Rathore, talks about drawing as a means to remember, the benefits of keeping a sketchbook, and the inward versus outward worlds of a creative. Sketch of Mcleodganj, 2015 Most people…

  • London Design Biennale 2016: Watch out for the Wow!

    What stands out in a long list of Biennales and Art dos is the London Design Biennale 2016 that opens this week; now that’s just one of the feathers in wears on its hat. Architects and designers from 37 countries…

  • Lines of Thought: Nasreen Mohamedi at the Met!

    Early this year, The Met Breuer, Madison Avenue between March 18 and June 5, exhibited the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi’s retrospective, representing a devotion to eastern art for the museum, and on the other hand protecting the painter’s eminence in a…

  • Fine Arts in Gujarat: A Novice’s surface guide

    Gujarat has had a very peculiar relationship with the arts, one that is based on curiosity, diversity and collective learning. The state altogether, since centuries now has developed its own aesthetic experience spanning visual arts, architecture and literature developing its…

  • The Last of the Legends: Farewell, Raza Saab!

    In the year 1950, a 28-year-old man sailed across the Indian Ocean “to see the works of Cezanne” in Paris. As destiny would have it, Paris for him was ‘love at first sight’. He went to the opera, watched the…

  • Memoir : Remembering the Pagan of Modern Indian Art

    To Mani Da, With Love! Chapter 2 : The Artist KG often spoke of his learning from “Aban patua” (Abanindranath Tagore); “He taught me,” said KG, “to write an image, to picture a story.” This is many ways connects to…

  • ART’s FIRST LADY: BHARTI KHER

    A friend’s mother was mentioning Bharti Kher’s famous Indian elephant, to me. She described it in great detail on our way to a museum, in South Delhi. She elaborated, talking about this piece (that I had only seen in photographs…

  • To Mani Da, With Love!

    Chapter 1 : The Teacher Some people live for others to believe in themselves. KG Subramanyan or Mani Da, as he was fondly called was one such being. There was never a single high point to his career; his entire…

  • Architecture of the Page: An Urbanist Explores The Space of Comics

    With the invention of the television, photography and the internet, our love of pictures has grown dramatically over the last century. While bibliophiles lament the resultant loss in reading habits today, a medium does exist that bridges this proverbial divide…

  • Video Art in India: A learner’s guide

    ‘I don’t comprehend video art.’ These words have glued with most of us. So what is an artist’s film or video? Drawing, Painting and Sculpture have been our traditional mediums for understanding visual art. And People who are not well…

  • Door in the Wall: How Art is Redefining Therapy

    “Art for art’s sake” is the famous translation of a French slogan that saw art as being an autonomous thing that has no other purpose or aim but to be for itself. Philosopher Alain de Botton argues, in the book…

  • Breathing Gandhi

    Be it figurative or abstract, there’s one subject that will never cease to be a favourite for this artist. “I will paint Gandhi till as long as I understand,” says Manhar Kapadia about the inspiration behind his paintings. The 51-year-old…

  • Local Glocal: Emerging Art practices from Gujarat

    The ‘common’ makes for conversation, adaptation, adjustments – a constant barter of thoughts, devices and languages in a space of coexistence – the common is an evolving space. This is not to say that it is devoid of any sense…

  • Ahmedabad’s very own treasure trove- Calico Museum

    All our Grandmothers have that exclusive treasure chest, something where they keep their most prized possessions. A trunk they open only on special occasions, something which holds things most dear and precious to them. The opening of the chest is…

  • Games People Play : The Curious Rise Of The Indian Art Video Game

    Imagine tripping into Lewis Caroll’s ‘Wonderland’ and living it up like Alice in an overwhelming parallel universe. Well, good news is you don’t need to trip down a hole in your backyard but click play on Studio Oleomingus’s game Timruk,…

  • Remembering M.F. Husain

    Who knew that a boy from Indore, will paint the History of Indian Art like Colossus. It was 1937 when M.F. Husain (Maqbool Fida Husain) came to Bombay for the first time. Dazzled, by the urban phenomenon. Bombay was possessed by modernism, institutions,…