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\’Curators are not mouthpieces for artists; nor do artists have to put forth the vision of a curator\’

Art curator and entrepreneur Satyajit Dave breaks down his approach to the academics behind art, and discusses with Abir Pothi how artists and curators can collaborate best, whether the art world is an exclusionary club, and if Indian art is free of the shackles of looking to the West Tell us a bit about yourself. …

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Postcard from New York: The cubists and Hockney in the Fool\’s City

Our person in New York, Kaivana, takes you on a journey through the hottest art events and happenings in New York right now  The Park Avenue Cubist: The new way of looking at Picasso and Braque\’s legacy With picnic season in full swing another exhibition to check out near central park is ‘Park Avenue Cubists’ …

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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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How are artists dealing with the deadly dance of Covid: A Zoom tete-e-tete

The Pothi team had a Zoom meeting with Abir artists to understand how they were negotiating the surge in covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown because of it. While they do have a positive outlook that the pandemic will eventually be tamed, the immediate reality of their lives have been thrown off kilter for now. While …

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While art events in many contemporary galleries are addressing problems of gender and caste, most of what I see appears to be emulating the West: Pronoy Chakraborty

The Pothi team speaks to Pronoy Chakraborty, a young curator who the place you show art in helps recontextualise the entire idea  It is said that the old must give way to the new. It isn’t to say that what the past brought before you is not important. In fact, we sit on the shoulders …

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The \”art world\” is an exclusive club and it needs to be disrupted, says critic and curator V. Divakar

In the fourth installment of this six part series, art critic and curator V. Divakar talks about the \”exclusive artists\” who have hijacked the real art that happens across India. In conversation with Santanu Borah. Read Part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here In order to understand what disruption in art means, it …

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Disruption: The path art must take to shake up the world and find new directions

The Pothi team looks at what disruption means in art and how it has affected the history of the world. This is Part 1 of a five-part series Let’s start at the beginning. Imagine an early human, who has just observed a big hunt. Maybe even taken part in it. Then the human decides to …

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Art of the day: The multi-layered world of Pratap Manna

Revisiting Memories (watercolour and ink on paper, 36X48 inch) by Pratap Ranna This work by Pratap Manna is an expression of how memories function. He works in charcoal, ink and watercolours mostly. He brings a multi-layered world before you. He believes that reality as you observe it comes to you in many images. He juxtaposes …

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Contemporary art fares better for dealers than old masters during Covid-19 pandemic

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 3 of a six-part series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here While …

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