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Moscow gallery restores iconic Ilya Repin painting for the second time

Once attacked by an “overwhelmed” drunk man wielding a metal pole in 2018, Ilya Repin’s 1885 masterpiece Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan will be back on display at Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery after its proper restoration and with a “protective capsule” on it, reported The Art Newspaper. Before getting the protective capsule on...

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The painter who broke away from the High Renaissance classicism

A major Florentine painter of the 16th century, Jacopo Carucci also known as Pontormo was born on this day, 24 May 1494. He is an artist who introduced the world to the expressive form of Mannerism through his paintings, shifting from the art of the Florentine Renaissance. He was an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci and...

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Bill Perkins aces Ernie Barnes’ ‘The Sugar Shack’ at Christie’s

Bill Perkins, the Houston-based entrepreneur and amateur poker player, fought off intense competition from another bidder at Christie’s evening sale on May 12 to win a masterpiece by the late African American painter Ernie Barnes, The Sugar Shack (1976), for $15.3 million. The work had been estimated at just $150,000 to $200,000, so the final...

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Brilliant talent lost to market trends: Christopher Charles Benninger, master architect, in conversation with Abir Pothi – Part 1

Abir Pothi had the honour of interacting with two esteemed guests who run one of the biggest architectural practices in the country. Christopher Charles Benninger is a master architect and he has executed some great projects in India. He was part of CEPT, he set up Christopher Charles Benninger Architects (CCBA) in Pune, he also designed the...

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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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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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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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It’s bittersweet days for art fairs, post Covid

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 5 of a six-part series. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3...

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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....