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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 World of Satish Gujral

Satish Gujral born 25 December, 1925 enters into ninetieth year this year. To mark this a wonderful occasion and pay respect to the venerable Master engaged in art practice spanning over six decades, Aakriti Art Gallery comes up with a show titled “The World of Satish Gujral” with an eclectic body his work done in acrylic on canvas, pencil drawings on rice paper and sculpture in bronze. This also includes a masterpiece in oil on canvas dated 1972 titled ‘The World of Satish Gujral’. The beauty of these works denote the Master’s arc, erudition and triumph as an artist who contributed to the making of Contemporary Indian Art. “Feeling must come first, and feeling is form an artist” says Satish Gujral in an interview to the doyen of art critics, Late Richard Bartholomew (1926-85) published in Span, June, 1961. Bartholomew writes- “The morning Satish Gujral told me this it was blowing cold. A scooter engine had heaved me six miles through a Delhi January. Gujral was taking a jet that evening to Europe from whence he would fly to America…” Even after fifty years his feeling and attitude towards life is consistent. His forms too are consistent. “Symbols of loneliness crowd upon the painter. They people his vision his palette is alive. And the principle of selection, which is the principle of emphasis, is personal” (The Art Critic by Richard Bartholomew.BART, 2012) From that cold January morning in 1961, even after six decades of active art practice and a life engaged in creation the Master’s acrylics on canvas and drawings on rice paper at Aakriti Art Gallery are riveting. With a career spanning more than six decades, he has displayed mastery over multiple mediums and a stature of towering eminence. His repertoire reveals the philosophical nature of his work and the consistency of his aesthetic beliefs. These ineffable qualities are the source of their distinction, their intimacy, inwardly generated and not imposed. He had established goal for his work early in his career that he was determined to resolve. Earlier in his life he sourced his inspiration from Mexican muralists like Siqueiros and Orozco and others that resulted in an oeuvre that recited a surrealist drama provoking and satiating the thinking mind. With modernism art historians were confronted with a movement which was not the result a slow rise to prominence over centuries there, sprung up within a few years, was a form of art with no such pedigree. Of course the work of many if not all artists of the period could be related to the art of the past but many variety of such links- is in itself that the new art could no longer be seen as the next stage in a broader development. Perhaps the cultural time is paced differently according to one’s location in relations to domination. Thus, the ‘afterlife’ of colonial discourse is very different for the colonizer and the colonized. The ‘Other’ no longer geographically distanced, but within, and over time significantly shaping landscape and culture- For each of us there are multiple time- pathways, variously paced, so that cultural change is simultaneously slow and fast, not just across communities, but within socially and historically positioned selves. Art historically an acclaimed Master like Satish Gujral was not concerned throughout his career only with the formal components, even today it has remained the same. Despite his vast contribution in the making of a language that marks the emergence of an Indian contemporary art in the sixties, his was one of the legacies to younger Indian artists who had looked at his art and then moved from it along very different paths carrying with them the bits of poetic explosion of his work. We see the large modulations and brilliant multichromatic fields obtained through difference of values spread before us, which does not consist not only of relations of warm and cool, of expansion and contraction, which vary in accordance with the colours considered. It also consists of regimes of colo

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