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This could be a bit disturbing: Hans Holbein\’s portrayal of mortality through a macabre visual puzzle

Adversity is also a mother of art. The Pothi team brings to you some of the macabre and some solace in the form a beautiful farewell song. At first look, The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger seems like a regular painting of its time. But look at little closer, and the subtle macabre of …

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The art of the art thief: A look at Stéphane Breitwieser, one of the greatest art thieves of our time

Santanu Borah takes you through the \”career\” of Stéphane Breitwieser, who stole art because he liked art. Profit wasn\’t his motive. But, whatever his motive was, art that\’s not seen is like a tree that falls in a forest and nobody has seen it There are petty thieves, there are criminal masterminds and then there …

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Global Auction houses innovate digitally to stay relevant in the ‘New Normal’

The Art Market 2021 Report is out. This Art Basel and UBS survey has been prepared by Dr. Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics. The Pothi team brings you excerpts and overviews of this incisive report. This is part 4 of a six-part series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here and …

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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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Parthiv Shah talks about his father Haku Shah, an artist who blurred the lines between art and craft

In an interview with the Pothi team, photographer Parthiv Shah recalls his childhood in Ahmedabad and the troop of “different people” who dropped by to meet with his father. This is the first part of his reminiscences. This week if Haku Shah were alive it would have been different. We would have an artist who …

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Bireswar Sen: The landscape artist who reimagined the Indian miniature

The art world has the unique ability to reveal visual delights and exciting artists from lesser-known places — and then all of a sudden, that celebration seems to stop without a warning. In Bengal, old masters like Abanindranath Tagore are worshipped and will always occupy a large part of the cultural consciousness of the region …

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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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How Bhupen Khakhar came out as gay through his painting ‘You Can’t Please All’

On his birth week, the Abir Pothi team pays tribute to the artist who had the guts to be what he was before it was fashionable in India Imagine it is 1981. Less than two years after the first ‘Coming Out Day’ was celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community on October 14, 1979. And you have …

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