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Art Tax :The art community fears that GST will hit the already struggling art market Written by Vandana Kalra | Published:May 20, 2017 6:05 am

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council that met in Srinagar has declared tax slabs and cesses for more than 1,000 items, and among them is art — a category that till now was exempted from VAT in some states, including West Bengal. In Rajasthan, the tax was much lower. The tax reform has listed it under the tax bracket of 12 per cent, including, among others, “paintings, drawings and pastels”, “original engravings, prints and lithographs”, “original sculptures and statuary in any material”…


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Bachhawats of Kolkata's Aakriti Art Gallery form Bachhawat Foundation By Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau | 19 Dec, 2013,

KOLKATA: The Bachhawats of Kolkata's well-known Aakriti Art Gallery have conceptualised and formed the Bachhawat Foundation. The foundation was recently launched. 

The Bachhawat Foundation proposes to conduct art residency programs for potential, creative artists of the new generation to promote their art so that they don't get…

Bachhawat Foundation :Promotion of art, aesthetics, culture and literature

An Art Center having Artist Residency,Art Camps,Publications and more.A perfect ambiance that an artist requires in a serene surrounding.Less then 20 km from the Kolkata Airport,30 minutes drive.

Being an integral part of the art world for more than two generations and profoundly…


Aakriti Art Gallery had started the GenNext series of exhibitions to focus on young artists, who, it thought, showed promise. Most of the participants of this particular show were born in the 1980s, with one of them, Nihaal Faizal, born as late as in the 1990s. In its sixth edition (up to October 15), GenNext shows every sign of maturity, manifested in not only more carefully chosen works but also better display as more space is available now…

Notice Board - Internship Call

Aakriti Art Gallery is seeking to recruit 2 Gallery Interns to join the team at an exciting time before a busy forthcoming exhibition and art fair period.


Location: Kolkata


Key Responsibilities will include:

  1. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the gallery, interacting with clients and facilitating all phases of the exhibition planning process. 
  2. Meet clients and receipt items for the relevant sale. Manage the gallery with assistance.  Monitor incoming and outgoing items.  Ensure that the gallery area is presentable at all times.
  3.  Deal with email enquiries.  Assist with photography and take additional photographs of items for clients and specialists.  Liaise with vendors and specialists to confirm sale estimates and reserves.
  4. Assist in the production of sale catalogues.  Upload relevant text and images to the various online sites.
  5.  Organise marketing and advertising in print and electronic media. Monitor web based advertising. Compose mass emails to clients in the run up to the auction. Understand and engage with social media in various forms.
  6. Manage the consignment of artworks and prepare the saleroom for exhibitions.  Assist specialists with all pre-exhibition enquiries.
  7.  Ensure that all gallery website content are monitored and kept up to date.  Assist with the break-down of the exhibition and the preparation for the sale day.
  8. Assist with invoicing and payment in the days following the sale. Assist with shipping and arrange postage and packaging for lower value items.
  9. The candidates are also expected to travel when and where required with gallery office work, shows or events  
  10. Assisting sales team and contributing to client database.



The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Art background along with co-ordination, logistical organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and delegation skills are essential.
  • Experience and knowledge of operating a wide variety of tools and machinery.
  • Computer literate all Microsoft office packages ideally, Photoshop.
  • Light art handling skills are a plus.
  • Proficient in languages, poses basic writing skills, solid interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills,
  • Should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self – motivated, responsible and can work within a team structure.

These are immediate openings and the selected candidates will have to join immediately. To apply please send a covering letter and curriculum vitae to relation@artnewsnviews.com by 5th of August 2015.


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Do you believe in ART FOR ART'S SAKE or do you think there should be some moral design behind art work?

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Art should be for Art's sake...art is everything we live in, why setting limits?

thanx alot friends...i agree to u Amber...art is an exprssion of everything v feel or simply saying want to express...but moral design or purpose some people think damages the beauty and grandeur of it... what do u say?..i believe when some thing has beauty and purpose both blended to create something awesome that lasts and affects the most.
Have a look at this site www.griffinla.com
It's gallery Griffin in Santa Monica, California. The latest display presents David Lynch, Title: New paintings, who is also a well known director. His work can not be characterized as 'beautiful' (according to the notion of Art) but some people like this...
thanx liana...its another dimension u r giving to the discussion...
thanx again for letting me know about the gallery it was interesting going through that...u r right about the nature of the work David Lynch is doing...i would say i call it the modern art with all the unbalances and mutancy of it that we c around in the world and inside human psychology... what is it exactly expressionism or impressionism m a bit confused about the work that falls under these two terms?
Ninon and Denis... I am obliged. What i want to imply from raising this question is a personal disagreement with the artists doing naturalist or nudist work. I want to discuss and make myself and many like me aware of the least benefit of any work like this. You can ask why should one sort any benefit from some expression of art? You should. Now my point is well, I agree there should not be any discussion about some creative work being fruitful or not but it is needful to talk about the effect of some creative work which is damaging at its best and nothing else. I believe one person's expression should not be damaging or harmful in any way for others.
i agree with this comment. art is for expressing our thoughts and ideas. it should be natural. So why we are setting limits
well, raj i couldnt get to what comment do you agree? Anything unlimited is not beneficial and mostly dangerous like we can think of unlimited hatred, unlimited rivalry, even unlimited love, unlimited freedom. which one of these do you find even good if not beneficial?
it's our mind that have to take what is good for us. Any new creative thinking that is beneficial for the growth of art in this world that have to be encouraged. i said setting limits in every new harmless ideas is not good. Sometimes the world cannot digest a new idea. sometimes the contemporary world may not encourage the new ideas which are above than their thoughts. If it is good according to our mind, then it have to get encouraged. Later the time will show  importance of those new creations. eg- at the time of vangogh, his painting style was not accepted by his society. but after so many yrs the world realised his importance. we should have a control in our mind to prevent any harmless idea to get changed to harmfull thing. if we are afraid of new thoughts, we can't reach any where. so we should welcome them but we should observe their advantges and disadvantages. if it is gud, then it must get encouragement.

every artwork has a meaning or feeling behind it.  in some cases the viewer might not be able to understand or see it but the makers can feel it... everyone has different ways of understanding and accepting everything around the world.. so its up to the viewer.. 


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