Abirpothi

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Month: April 2021

Caution: Some of you may find this a bit disturbing, but it is the sign of the times

By the Abir Pothi team These are tough times. There seems to be no better way of saying it. We have only fathomed superficially how deep the rabbit-hole goes. In such times, it sets us thinking how artists cope with difficult times and how that moment in time affects their creative output. So, we decided …

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The day a tiny French museum found that half of its paintings are fakes

April 30, On This Day \’That wasn\’t painted by Étienne Terrus!\’ It all began innocently enough, when art historian Eric Forcada was hired by the Étienne Terrus Museum, located in the artist’s tiny hometown of sunny Elne in Southern France, to rehang its dedicated collection after the building\’s recent restoration. But within minutes of looking …

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How are artists dealing with the deadly dance of Covid: A Zoom tete-e-tete

The Pothi team had a Zoom meeting with Abir artists to understand how they were negotiating the surge in covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown because of it. While they do have a positive outlook that the pandemic will eventually be tamed, the immediate reality of their lives have been thrown off kilter for now. While …

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Can art therapy help address the mental health pandemic?

Amid the ever-rising wave of Covid-19 cases around, anecdotal evidence has pointed to the deep impact of the pandemic not just on physical health but also the mental health of thousands, manifesting through depression, anxiety, stress-induced trauma and more. In a study published in PLOS ONE from earlier this year, researchers concluded that a whopping …

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The birth of one of India\’s most celebrated painters — Raja Ravi Verma

April 29, On This Day One of India\’s first modern artists Considered among the greatest and most prolific painters in the history of Indian art, Raja Ravi Varma was born today, 173 years ago — April 29, 1848. He died at the age of 58 in October 1906, till which time he is believed to …

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Hyd tackles Covid with street art, rare Basquiat on block for $50mn and Hiroshima art set for restoration

A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends …

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‘The World Is One Family’ art show kicks off in Kochi amidst strict covid safety protocol

By the Pothi team The pandemic has been very tough for artists. While well-known artists may have had lesser problems surviving the impact of lockdowns and the cancellation of various art festivals, the ones working from their obscure corner have had to bear with the onslaught of this unforeseen tragedy. With this in mind, the …

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Social commentary and a therapeutic twist: Our 4 new artists of the week

Mohammad Naim: Social themes in minute detail Tiny human figurines populate the intricately simple paintings of artist Mohammad Naim, often swarming the canvas just like ants and replicating something of the societal order of those tiny beings. Society and social mores find a voice indirectly or directly in these artworks, and they interestingly often come …

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