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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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Began my life as a wildlife artist,after studying the courses of Walter Foster and Pratt Institute U.S.A. left art to pursue life in the hospitality industry.
Returned to contemporary art once again since 2006 and have been doing that.I specialise in Yantricism.a kind of yantric or vaasthu art meant to have a huge therapeutic or curative effect ,on any problems within the home environs.
Also do Allegorical morphism,Nueroticism and Geometricism,based on my embarking on a bizarre journey to paint my visions of the unfinished works of Pablo Picasso.
I am also a world famous poet and am copyrighted in the U.S. I learnt a secret doctrine from a child,which I conceal in my paintings through,pentagrams,cryptograms,mystical script and a kind of heiroglyphics.
These hidden symbols bring about unbeleivable results.I personally doubt if there is any other artist globally who is into the same kind of art.
This art is just not wall power,but all power,needing to be experienced to be beleived. PRINCE
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Posted on December 9, 2009 at 4:57pm 0 Comments

With the art business booming until one year ago,all and sundry had hopped onto the art bandwagon seeking bonanzas,from a sucker crowd.Galleries mushroomed overnight, with rag tag failed artists,out of work curators,non subject savvy art critics and fake collectors at the helm of affairs.Those poor gullible buyers who hoped to cash in are today left cooling their burnt fingers.Most of these fly by night operators lacked vision and acumen to pursue in the business.Buying artists during a boom is… Continue

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At 11:23am on September 27, 2009, Prince Freakasso said…
Thanks artseek,I think you are the most active on the website?I also write lots of poems on art .I am sending this one to you.

A new dawn breaks with Pablos ire,
To awaken a canvas with strokes of fire.
A myriad hues from reds to blues,
Makes it hard for even the discerning eye to choose.
What was it that made him great?
Even though his lines were'nt straight!
The rest of the pack he left far behind,
And proved to the world,the 20th century's greatest find.
His journey of course he left incomplete!
With many a work so subtly discreet.
Although we know that it's hard to go,
Someday,someone will beat Pablo.
With his blessings I'm sure we'll open the door,
To the unseen works he may have wanted to show.
Maybe one day?As the days go by,
A new painter'll emerge who'll reach for the sky.
So wait until then all you friends and foes,
If it's your luck you may witness those shows.
---- Princefreakasso{Artist and poet}
Copyright world poets U.S.A. This poem came in the top 50 poems in the world for the month of Aug 2009. Pls send your comments and criticism.
At 1:10pm on September 25, 2009, artseek said…
Thks for ur comments.Enjoy the art talk and lets build a community of art lovers.
At 11:43pm on September 23, 2009, artseek said…
Welcome to Talk Art a forum to reach out to anybody interested in art—be it painting, sculpture, print making, creative photography,video art or new media. This is a space not only for the practitioners of different forms of art, but also collectors, connoisseurs and critics. And in this space you have a wide choice—of exchanging notes, holding debates, checking out the works in our collection. Going beyond the limit of a physical exhibition, a geographical boundary and being in touch—that is the main aim of this forum. This forum will also notify members of upcoming events at Aakriti, while at the same time acting as a virtual exhibition arena to showcase works by members across the world.
Feel free to Invite your friends and make new friends, exchange notes, hold debates, share your views.




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