Abirpothi

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Month: December 2022

Arata Isozaki, architect behind MOCA L.A., dies at 91; Insights from art world

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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Henri Matisse and Fauvism as a Precursor of Abstract Expressionism

“Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by the figures, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything has its share.” Henri Matisse Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his colorful, …

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#Throwback2022: Raza@100: Artist Akhilesh talks about the many times he crossed paths with the master of colour

(Editor’s note: Abir Pothi is excited to bring you book excerpts from Raza: Jaisa Maine Dekha (Rajkamal Prakashan) by noted artist Akhilesh, where he has sketched with words his long association with Syed Haidar Raza from the author’s early days to Raza’s last. We thank Akhilesh for allowing us to translate and use excerpts for Abir readers. …

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#Throwback2022: Sudhir Patwardhan: Painter of the Particular

On a cursory glance, Sudhir Patwardhan’s cityscapes might look akin to Edward Hopper’s paintings. But while Hopper’s scenes often show figures in solitude against the backdrop of the geometrically laid-out Western city, Sudhir’s canvases are often brimming with toiling bodies struggling in a bustling Indian city in construction. The Social backdrop of Sudhir’s Patwardhan’s visual …

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#Throwback2022: When art is not restricted by medium: Exploring the oeuvre of interdisciplinary artist Amitesh Grover

Seamlessly melding theatre, performance and interactive art since 2009, 41-year-old artist Amitesh Grover has been described as to have “transcended the barriers of disciplines”, working with live acts, texts, objects, images, installations and films over more than a decade. As he navigates and investigates the overlaps between performance, digital technologies, game design and public intervention, …

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Religious and Mythological Paintings of Francois Andre Vincent

DECEMBER 30, ON THIS DAY Francois Andre Vincent was a French painter and draughtsman who was one of the leading Neo-classical artists in France during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is best known for his classical history paintings, especially those depicting episodes from the works of Virgil and Dante, as well as …

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The organizers of the Naples exhibition “Take Four” credit Artemisia Gentileschi with a brand-new quartet of pieces

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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#Throwback2022: Somnath Hore: The artist-teacher who forever remained a student

Continued from Part 2. Somnath Hore, one of the most prolific artists in the canon of Indian Modern Art, was not only an accomplished visual artist, but also a well-respected art teacher.  After graduating from the Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, Somnath taught at the Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship, Calcutta from …

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#Throwback2022: Somnath Hore: Communist Beginnings

Continued from Part 1. Beginnings Early to mid-twentieth century Bengal produced some very fervent artistic developments. Whether it was through the Revivalism pioneered by Abanindranath Tagore, or the Modernism embraced by the Government School of Art, Calcutta, visual art in Bengal gained from such different undercurrents. One undercurrent that had its roots outside the art …

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