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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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Remixing Charm : Post-Painterly Art of The Local- Kolkata / 03 July - 25 July 2015

Remixing Charm : Post-Painterly Art of The Local- Kolkata / 03 July - 25 July 2015

What is it about the contemporary field of discourse in which it has become prevalent for people to speak in the name of large, undesirably vague labels like the West, Japanese, or Slavic or Indian culture, labels that collapse religions, race, and ethnicities into unpleasant ideologies? The present discourse exposes homogeneity of civilizations in a politically useful myth given that each culture has its share of counter-culture. The present set of exhibitions exactly questions the rhetoric of identity that derives from the period of imperial competition at the end of the 19th century- “a notion that some races and cultures have a higher aim in life than others to colonize others not in the name of brute force or plunder but in the name of a noble ideal.” (-Edward Said). This acts as site where the 14 artists of celebrated ‘Open Window’ group work out their destiny, the right to signify human experience, the “wholeness’ of existence and engage the violent dynamic that has no other object than the return to a lost totality. ‘Open Window’ completes its 18th year since its formation in 1997. The present exhibition titled ‘Remixing Charm- Post-Painterly Art of the Local’ includes Hiran Mitra’s acrylic on canvas, 2015 titled ‘Writing On The Wall’, Jhanak Jhankar Narzary’s work in stone, Prasenjit Sengupta’s acrylic on canvas, Samir Aich’s ‘Mystery in Grey’ done in mixed media on canvas (2008), Sunil De’s acrylic on canvas, Tapas Biswas’s sculpture in bronze Sculpture titled ‘Varanasi’, 2012, Pradip Rakshit’s untitled canvas done in acrylic, Gopinath Roy’s Templescape done in bronze, 2015, Amitava Dhar’s pen & ink on paper, Arindam Chatterjee’s ‘Escapist’ done with inkjet on archival paper, 2015, Chanchal Mukherjee’s ‘Baul’ done in acrylic, conti, Indian ink, Diptish Ghosh Dastidar’s acrylic on canvas titled “Waiting for Canning Local”, Chayan Roy’s ‘When We Are’, acrylic on handmade paper, 2015. The creation of some of its celebrated painters and flow of wit, creativity and passion has gone into the making of their visual text and a story of intellectual courage. Their art speak from the depths of the soul and reaches out to all of those who dared to share in the drama with its members in all these years. Their poise is remarkable, what the members of this group accomplished is a discreet, satisfying mélange, each of whom is confident and possesses a sprightly distinctive approach. Cultural memory proves crucial to them and enables them to function during periods of anxiety, torment and pensiveness when it is not goaded into services by devices or activities designed for a purpose. Their readings and contemplations must surely make way into their work surreptitiously. Sculptures by Jhanak Jhankar Narzary (Celestial Object Fallen from an Unknown Planet in stone or Tapas Biswas’s Varanasi in Bronze done in 2012 or Gopinath Roy’s bronze scapes need to be seen in the context of its current concerns, practices and expectations provide a sort of crucible of the art of the moment. Works that are self referential, steeped in personal vision that is intimate and preoccupied with explorations of form, space and myth - viewings that result not in familiarity but fresh discoveries. One suspects nevertheless that a passion still burns within these artists, even if its flame is kept under strict cerebral restraint. For some, however, the fire roars at the edge of control and it is turbulent as life itself. In Pradip Rakshit’s acrylic on canvas-Untitled II, Prasenjit Sengupta’s acrylic on canvas, Sunil De’s entropy is not the reigning spectre; instead, they are pervaded by lightness, exhilaration. In spite of his enormous erudition and sense of form, Amitava Dhar puts them together with a calm detachment in which a clear structure combines intimately with an expressiveness to achieve a paradoxical visual image to create scenes of artifice and makes him one of those rare painters. But these artifices do not by any means resist our emotional ident

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