Month: November 2021

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Taking the stage at FIRST TAKE 2021

The launch of the winners’ exhibit for ABIR FIRST TAKE for 2021 was a warm and celebratory event, which heralded the success of the fifth edition amid a guest list of supporters and friends. We take a short glimpse into the occasion The inauguration of the fifth edition of ABIR FIRST TAKE for 2021 in...

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A ‘Pirate Bay’ for NFTs and a Tinder for museums?

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...

November 23, 2021November 23, 2021in News
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Abir India’s First Take 2021 revives young art community; emerging artists are back with a bang

Abir India received a whopping response for the fifth edition of FIRST TAKE art festival with over 2500 submissions from over 250 pin codes. Out of 122 artists, 10 winners – Shubhanker Suresh Chandere from Pune, Kinnari Jitendra Tondlekar from Thane, Sriparna Dutta from Hyderabad, Jintu Mohan Kalita from Barama, Assam, Priya Ranjan Purkait from...

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Colour, drama and rebellion: Commemorating James Ensor

November 19, On This Day A Belgian painter and printmaker who had a tremendous influence on expressionism and surrealism, James Ensor, born in April 1860, passed away today, 72 years ago, on November 19, 1949. He was famously associated with the artistic group Les XX, a group of 20 Belgian painters, designers and sculptors, formed...

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Kahlo smashes records; elsewhere, a royal gallerist makes millions off NFTs

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...

November 19, 2021November 19, 2021in News
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Recounting the legend (and the pain) of being Frida Kahlo

In the international art world, one artist who is nothing short of mythical is Frida Kahlo. The anecdotes surrounding her, the mercurial relationship she had with her partner, Deigo Riviera, her incessant battle with various ailments (she caught polio at age six), her obsession to paint even when her hands didn’t permit (she painted with...