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Let’s decode this mysterious creature called an “Artist” 

Recounting a chance meeting with an artist in rural India, and by tracing the life of Charles Biederman, Santanu Borah discusses the assumptions that cloud the recognition of an “Artist” The romance that seems to be wedded to the idea of the long-suffering artist keeps away important knowledge about our visual and cultural life. Most...

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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...

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Art beyond the realm of imagination

In his weekly column, Santanu Borah reflects on art, creativity, and the worlds that arise out of, and beyond, imagination When you look deep into the soul of the known universe, into the abyss of dark matter that has no bottom or top, beyond the clutches of dimension, you will find a poem that is...

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About imitation and aesthetic choices

In a column every Thursday, Santanu Borah will share varied perspectives on art and the art world. Here is the first piece of the series! When I was a child, art was about reproduction. “Can you draw this Gandhi photo exactly like it is?” And I always wondered why people wanted “exactly like it is”....

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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