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What Defines a Masterpiece?

Confronted with a vivid recollection that Google Photos thoughtfully presented to me—an image that encapsulates a momentous visit to the Taj Complex, an encounter with the epitome of artistic excellence. Four years ago on this very day, I found myself seated on a humble bench, gazing in awe at the resplendent Mughal monument. A Masterpiece. […]

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Activism Meets Art: A Critical Examination of Climate Protests and Their Impact on Cultural Heritage

Two climate change protesters from the group Just Stop Oil were arrested after smashing a protective glass panel covering a famous Diego Velázquez oil painting at London’s National Gallery. The protesters targeted Velázquez’s “The Toilet of Venus” with small hammers, demanding Britain’s government to halt all licensing for fossil fuel exploration, development, and production in

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I was taken hostage by postmodernists, but I have had enough. Let’s get rid of this dead-end

At the very outset, a disclosure: I am no philosopher or a high priest of culture. Maybe, this is a rant at best. However, I have been confined for decades now and I discovered the culprit: I was held hostage by the postmodernists. While many may disagree, the postmodernist mindset may even be one of

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If you are not weeping before a Rothko, don’t worry. You are not alone

Art, especially abstract art, evokes many emotions, along with reefs of scepticism. The “I could do that too” argument has been countered many times with “Why didn’t you then?” And Mark Rothko is entrenched in that argument. If there is one artist who polarises art lovers and critics alike, it is Rothko, considered one of

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Good Art, Bad Artist! Is It Even Possible to Separate Art From the Artist?

Introduction The age-old debate of whether one can separate the art from the artist remains a topic of fervent discussion, touching upon ethical, moral, and aesthetic dimensions. This essay delves into the various perspectives surrounding this issue, examining instances where the art and the artist’s personal life intersect or diverge. 1. The Aesthetic Disconnect A

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The Van Gogh 360° Delhi was More Instagramable than Immersive. What about Banglore?

Paridhi Badgotri This could have been a phenomenal enlightening experience but what it really offers is the pop-culture aesthetics to generate reels — giving you a fancy cup without any chai in it.   After insurmountable reels of Van Gogh 360° overtaking my feed, I was excited to visit Van Gogh 360°: The Immersive Art

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Preserving India’s Cultural Heritage: The Need for Stronger Institutional Support and Widespread Art Institutes

My recent visit to the Nawab Palace of Murshidabad Hazardwari Palace which is now transformed into a museum, left me disheartened and questioning the notion of “better preservation.” As I observed the peeling wall paint and witnessed the neglect of priceless 17th and 18th-century oil paintings, I couldn’t help but reflect on the lack of

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Is sex an integral part of Tantra?

Editor’s Opinion Iftikar Ahmed Yes, sex is considered an integral part of some Tantra traditions. Tantra is a spiritual practice that originated in ancient India and encompasses various practices, including meditation, breath work, mantras, and rituals. In some Tantric traditions, sexual energy and practices are used as a means to achieve spiritual awakening, personal transformation,

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How Relevant is Creativity in Times of the AI Revolution?

Editor’s Opinion Iftikar Ahmed Discussing what is art is like discussing what happiness is. Or what is life even? it’s everything and nothing at the same time. A few months ago, I came to know about Chat GPT the AI language model developed by OpenAI. It uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like responses and

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Digital Memory-making and Reformulated Sites in Akshita Gandhi’s Art

Satarupa Bhattacharya Photography has undergone several changes since the time of its inception when cameras were a luxury item to ‘memorialise’ family members and their achievements. Today, as we advance into a space with technological boons and banes, we’re still grappling with the ‘imaginary possession of the past that is unreal’. The dilemma in the (un)real

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