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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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Source:The pioneer New Delhi Friday 28th March…

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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The most important work by Tyeb Mehta from his groundbreaking Mahishasura series to lead sale
London – Notable international exhibitions of Indian art will be held in Brazil, Tel Aviv, America and Denmark this year, following the inaugural Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre and Musée Guimet in Paris. In this dynamic context, Christie’s is proud to present the annual London sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art on 11 June. The inspiring group of 112 lots spans the Indian modern masters through to distinguished contemporary artists, epitomising the creative vitality of art rooted in rich traditions. The top lot is Mahishasura, 1996, by Tyeb Mehta, the most important painting from this groundbreaking series to come to auction (estimate: £1.2 million – £1.8 million, illustrated left).
Yamini Mehta, Senior Specialist, Director of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art: “Christie's is delighted to be offering the seminal painting, „Mahishasura‟, by Tyeb Mehta; one of the artist's best and most iconic works to come to auction. This auction is the most varied in the category to date, in terms of price levels – with estimates ranging from £1,500 to £1.8 million; media featured - from paintings, collage, neon and sculpture through to photography; and the accessibility of works. We welcome collectors of all ages to explore and celebrate the field, with a spectacular selection of works by the Indian Modern Masters: Tyeb Mehta, Syed Haider Raza, and M.F. Husain and a strong group of contemporary works by Bharti Kher, Shezad Dawood, Thukral + Tagra and Jagannath Panda, among many others. Emphasizing the growing interest in art from the region, the sale also features a special selection of Pakistani art as well as contemporary photographic works, most notably from India‟s best known contemporary artists featured in the Khoj Portfolio.”
INDIAN MODERNISM The revered painter Tyeb Mehta spent the majority of his life contemplating the human condition; his subjects sometimes illustrating his disillusioned vision of the modern day world. Heavily inspired by ancient mythology and Hindu literature, Mahishasura recounts the legend whereby the Brahmin Demon-King Rambha produces an invincible son through his union with a she-buffalo. Mehta fuses ancient imagery with simplicity of form, colour and line, resulting in powerfully modern works full of fresh vitality. Stylistic devices evident in the present work - such as the simultaneity of perspective and figures, the juxtaposition of linear and volumed representation, and varying frontal and profiled angles of vision - conjure images of Pablo Picasso’s pivotal work, Guernica. Just as Mehta was inspired by the bull, Picasso also regularly depicted multiple forms of the bull and most often the mythological creature, the Minotaur. The similarities between Mehta and Picasso reflect the dialogue between artists around the 1950s
and 1960s and the strong impact Minimalism, Abstraction and Cubism had on Mehta. Although the symbolism
of the bull and the horse in Guernica remain ambiguous, the bull in Mehta's works can be seen to symbolise the
artist’s attempt to shed light on the culture and predicaments faced by the Indian subcontinent and its people,
becoming in essence a symbol of the pain and struggle, yet simultaneously of survival. For more information on this
work please click here.
Among the superb array of other highlights by the Modern Masters is Cinq Sens,
1958, a quintessential work by Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011), which was
formerly in the collection of the world renowned Italian film maker Roberto
Rossellini and his Indian wife Sonali Dasgupta (estimate: £400,000 - 500,000,
illustrated left). It was a pertinent gift from the artist to his friend, Rossellini, who
left India with newfound love, awareness and creative
consciousness. The painting is one of the first evocations of
the equestrian theme which the artist proceeded to employ
throughout his life as a personal symbol. From the same year is a monumental canvas
Clocher du Village, 1958, by Syed Haider Raza, a founding member of the revolutionary
Bombay Progressive Artists’ group along with Husain (estimate: £450,000 - 600,000,
illustrated right). This year, the artist turned 90 and after living in France for over half a
century, recently returned to India. This is part of an amazing group of early paintings by Raza coming from
private American, Canadian and French collections that reflecting his love of landscape both in his home and
adopted countries. The artist fuses stylistic techniques synonymous with French modernism with a vibrant
palette that recalls classical Indian miniature painting.
PAKISTAN This sale presents a stellar group of works by artists from Pakistan; a young country with
an age-old culture that is in a continuous state of flux - as the artists traverse East and West, tradition and
modernity, and the local vs. global - where artistic dynamism continues to evolve and shows its greatest
Reflecting the breadth of works in this section and the notable influence of traditional miniatures, from left to
right: offered from The Private Collection of Julian Sherrier, Untitled (Black and white composition), 1965, is by Anwar
Jalal Shemza (1928-1985), who was recently featured in the „Migrations‟ exhibition at the Tate in February
2012 (estimate: £2,000-3,000); Dying Miniature, 2008, by Muhammad Zeeshan (b. 1980) (estimate: £5,000 -
7,000); Untitled (Rustam Series), 2011, is by Khadim Ali (b. 1978) whose work will be featured in Documenta 2012
(estimate: £6,000-8,000); A New Degree of Separation/Togetherness, 2005, by Talha Rathore (b. 1969), points to
Court painting from Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills (estimate: £3,500-5,000); and Divided, 2006, by Aisha
Khalid (b. 1972) references the artist’s meticulously made neo-miniatures in her Page to Page albums (estimate:
£3,000 - 4,000).
From Bengal, highlights include Visions of Ramdev - Song of the Shimbul Tree, 2001, by A. Ramachandran (b. 1935) (estimate: £150,000-250,000) and Stiff Necked Hero, 1982, by Bikash Bhattacharjee (1940-2006) who is viewed by many as India’s best ‘Surrealist’ (estimate: £45,000-65,000, illustrated right). The subject of this work is modelled after the patriarch played by Marlon Brando in The Godfather; it comes with excellent provenance, having formerly been part of one of the earliest collections of Indian art – that of Chester and Davida Herwitz.
CONTEMPORARY The striking works of British-Pakistani artist Shezad Dawood (b. 1974), such as his neon calligraphy, He is successful who grows in purity, 2007, (estimate: £8,000-12,000, illustrated left) reflect a keen cultural awareness, appropriating various forms of popular image making in both East and West. Veil III, by Rashid Rana (b. 1968) is a breakthrough work that sardonically subverts notions of portraiture, femininity and modesty (estimate: £12,000 – 18,000, illustrated right). Bharti Kher (b. 1969) also fuses cross-cultural references in Border in Red, 2009, utilising the aesthetic potential of the bindi - an ancient symbol of beauty, marital status and spiritual awareness - to powerful contemporary effect (estimate: £50,000 - 70,000, illustrated below left). Kher gently subverts the bindis original associations, deconstructing their religious context and creating an abstract work of visual beauty. The collaborative artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, address current issues in urban India through a wide variety of stylistic devices and media. In the diptych Somnium Genero - Aries 03, 2006, the artistic duo plays with ideas of Photorealism and Surrealism. Through a strict adherence to naturalism and scrupulous attention to detail they create a virtual reality on their canvases (estimate: £20,000 - 30,000, illustrated right).
In 2011, London’s Whitechapel Gallery’s featured a landmark exhibition, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This auction features a vibrant section of photography, with many entry priced works coming from artists who have been celebrated internationally. Appearing for the first time at auction are works by: Dayanita Singh and Simryn Gill. The section is anchored by a rare opportunity for collectors: The Khoj Portfolio, 2007, a group of 12 whimsical self-portraits by leading contemporary artists which were originally sold to raise money for the non-profit artists’ residency, Khoj. Featured in this group are: Sheba Chhachhi (b. 1958); Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976); Gauri Gill (b. 1970); Tejal Shah (b. 1979); Anita Dube (b. 1958); Subodh Gupta (b. 1964) detail illustrated right; Bharti Kher (b. 1969), Pushpamala N. (b. 1956); Ravi Agarwal (b. 1958); Ranbir Kaleka (b. 1953); Sunil Gupta (b. 1953); Anup Mathew Thomas (b. 1977). This portfolio highlights the growing interest in the medium of photography in South Asia.



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