Abirpothi

India’s only daily art newspaper

Krispin JosephPX

Krispin Joseph PX, a poet and journalist, completed an MFA in art history and visual studies at the University of Hyderabad.

Famous Art Critic Jerry Saltz’s Ideas of Art You Should Know About

Most entries here (in ‘Art is Life’, a book by Jerry Saltz) are hosannas for established luminaries and tributes to late, great legends. Saltz sings the praises of Kara Walker and Robert Gober; he mourns the losses of Chris Burden and Louise Bourgeois; he celebrates the lives of Dorothea Tanning and Beauford Delaney; he parses […]

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Bhupen Khakhar: Performing the Self, Love and the Priceless Dignity of Alterity

It’s no secret that India’s rich cultural, religious, and social traditions—all shaped over thousands of years—have a profound influence on how people express their sexuality. This freedom of expression has many intriguing aspects in the Indian context, which includes historical sites like the temples of Khajuraho, Konark, and Ajanta. Scriptures such as the Kama Sutra

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Gustave Courbet: The Glamour of Strangeness, Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic

Gustave Courbet, the “proudest and most arrogant man in France,” is the founding father of the politically-motivated Realism campaign, revolutionising the European art setting. Gustave created a sensation at the Paris Salon in 1850-51 with his paintings portraying his native Ornans. In Paris Salon, Courbet questions the visual narratives of history and realistic painting with

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Sensual Splendor: Exploring the Allure and Aesthetics of Mughal Erotic Art

We know the presence of ancient Indian Sanskrit text, the Kama Sutra and other classics on sex and eroticism in Indian art and thought. There are a lot of instances of that in Indian art and culture. Hindu-Buddhist art and culture display the legacy of Kama Sutra and Tantricism in the Indian civilisation. The Mughals,

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Dreamscapes in Clay: Navigating the Surreal Landscape of Dhruvi Acharya’s Ceramic Wonderland

In an essay titled ‘I object to your position: hyperreal decontextualizing of objects, scholar Ana Calvete write about the hyperreal presence of objects in our lives. Hyperreality or surrealism is blended with reality, dreams, and daily life no matter the subject of art and creative process in our contemporary lives. In that essay, Ana Calvete

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In the Forests of the Night: An Exquisite Art Journey Through the Mysteries, Nature-inspired Artistry

Before launching an exhibition at Bikaner House, Indian-born American artist Tara Sabharwal talks about her creative process in a video shared on social media. When we look at Tara’s paintings, which are on exhibit at Bikaner House, we can see how she explores the confluence of psychology and spirituality beautifully and abstractly. Tara discusses her

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Icons of Expression: Exploring the Legacy of Iconic Indian Art Masters

A country like India, saturated in spirituality, culture, and tradition, has created some of the world’s most profound artistic creations. Indian art, from the intricate sculptures in old temples to the dazzling colours in traditional paintings, has an ageless element that is felt and relished ubiquitous. In Indian art, a few celebrated figures emerge as

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José Clemente Orozco: Art of Political Murals and Social Revolution in Mexico

Renowned Mexican painter and muralist José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949) is well-known for his important contributions to the Mexican muralism movement. Orozco, who was born in Zapotlán, Jalisco, Mexico, on November 23, 1883 (today Ciudad Guzmán), was a key figure in the creative and cultural revival that followed the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Orozco, Diego Rivera, and

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Artists Raise Humanitarian Concerns for Gaza Amidst War between Israel and Hamas

Gaza, the largest prison in the world, is being transformed into an abattoir. The word Strip (from Gaza Strip) is being drenched with blood, as happened sixty-five years ago to the word ghetto. –John Berger (2009)  We are living in a time of war, where Israeli troops are waging a military campaign against the Palestinian

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Nicholas Poussin: Classicism and Baroque Allegory, Messages from a Mythical Land

French Baroque painter Nicholas Poussin, sometimes Nicolas Poussin, was born in Les Andelys, Normandy, on June 15, 1594. He was an influential player in the formation of European classical art and is frequently regarded as one of the best painters of the 17th century. The classical clarity, composition, and intellectual rigour define Poussin’s art. The

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