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An artistic tribute to CDS Rawat (… and updates from the art world)


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 to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Incredible leaf art pays unique tribute to CDS Bipin Rawat


The tragic loss of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other personnel of the armed forces in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash came as a shock to all. A special tribute, doing the rounds on the internet, is a shadow leaf art portrait of General Rawat, the nation’s most senior military officer, which has been carved out on a peepal leaf. The artist Shashi Adkar, who belongs to Karnataka’s Mangaluru, made the sketch using a blade. The artist who suffers from a disability in one of his leg, has always dreamt of showcasing his “creative talent” as a hobby. The Indian Express reports.


Authentic JMW Turner (branded fake for century) sells at Sotheby\’s for £1million


A Turner painting which was thought to be fake for over a century has been re-attributed to the painter — and fetched £1million at an auction last week.  The oil painting of Cilgerran Castle in Wales, which is a second version of another painting of the same view by J. M. W Turner, has perplexed art experts for more than 100 years over whether it was real or fake.  Art scholars have been debating the legitimacy of the painting ever since it was exhibited at the Guildhall in 1899. It was eventually agreed that the painting was likely created at the start of Turner\’s career, but had alterations that were more reminiscent of the later years of his life. The Daily Mail dissects the development.


2 US artists charged with faking Native American heritage


Two artists are facing federal charges that they faked Native American heritage to sell works at downtown Seattle galleries. Both have been charged separately with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which prohibits misrepresentation in marketing American Indian or Alaska Native arts and crafts. The goods included masks, totem poles and pendants sold in 2019 at Raven\’s Nest Treasure in Pike Place Market and at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the waterfront. The U.S. Attorney\’s Office said Lewis Anthony Rath, 52, of Maple Falls falsely claimed to be a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and and Jerry Chris Van Dyke, 67, also known as Jerry Witten, of Seattle, falsely claimed membership in the Nez Perce Tribe. NPR tells you more.

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