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A layman’s guide to why the artist is needed

The artist is just like any other worker, but he is also not exactly that. Santanu Borah helps you negotiate this irony Somebody once asked me how is the work of an artist any different from the work of a banker or a sanitation worker. The question is not entirely without reason. The simple answer...

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So you want to be an art investor?

Ruby Jagrut writes on the nitty gritties of engaging with art that you would like to include in your life Everyone seeks beauty and truth in their lives. What they are not sure about is art. Because we have multiple layers of relationship with the object and subject of art. Mostly we see it outside...

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I walked into a gallery and saw my own face on a wall

The human face is one of the most dramatic subjects of art. Here, the author stumbles into his own face and writes his brief journey into the mysterious world of portraitures, and weird people with this obsession in these times of mobile cameras and selfie culture

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Orgasms and the art of knowing when your painting is done

Santanu Borah recounts the story of an artist who overworked his piece because he didn’t know when the “love-making” with his canvas was over Some of the funniest people I have met in my life have been artists. While artists are given to many moments of melancholy, deep down you can often find a childlike...

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The artist as an evil person: Do we celebrate the art or vilify it?

Santanu Borah talks about one of his favourite artists who was committed for aberrant sexual behaviour One of the biggest questions that we ask today is, should an artist who has less than an admirable life be regarded as an artist or celebrated? If you look at many artists, you might have a mixed opinion....

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As we cross the first 30 days of an idea

Ruby Jagrut tells how the abirspace.com and abirpothi.com ideas germinated during the lockdown and became a reality, despite many worries and obstacles I have always recognised myself as an artist who is passionate about natural dyes. The smell of dyes and jars full of tree barks and minerals in my studio is my familiar domain....

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The best art advice that I never got

Santanu Borah talks about the fine line that advice on art walks on Let me tell you a childhood story. I am out with my friend Manoj at Cole Park in Tezpur, Assam. We are at the park to do landscape, armed with papers and watercolours. We decide to paint the lake. As you are...

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Muzaffar Ali: The multimedia artist before there was multimedia artists

Ruby Brahmbhatt Jagrut talks about the versatile artists, who has not only made beautiful paintings but has also directed classic films like Umrao Jaan What makes some people creative powerhouse? There are artists who just do art. Then there are ones who see, live, touch, carry art wherever they are and whatever they do. They...

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Notes from an open optimist

Nidheesh Tyagi tells you why the living through difficult times makes us more human and saves the best of us from the worst of us As the world is talking less about Covid and more about vaccine jabs, it is time to come out of almost a year-long dark depressing tunnel and breathe in the...