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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”…


Source:The Telegraph Wednesday 2nd April 2014

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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September 2011 Blog Posts (8)

Artetc:art news and views presents Multiplying Importance: Indian Printmaking Then / Indian Printmaking Now(III)

After the prompt response of the preceeding issues of August and September,we present you the October edition of Artetc:news and views, which concludes our series on Print making.

In  this issue ,that is Multiplying Importance: Indian Printmaking Then / Indian Printmaking Now III, guest edited Waswo.X.Waswo, exploring exciting encounters with printmaking at…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on September 28, 2011 at 1:32pm — No Comments

The Bishnupur boy who believed that God is Green and Green is God

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.  ~Martin Luther



Artist Dhananjoy Mukherjee is perhaps of the same opinion. His vision in the green god series reflects a tonal spectrum of leaves of various trees – their ages, their seasonal variations,…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on September 27, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Border between paint brush and mouse washed away-(all rights reserved) Marina Zurkow


A fat version of Adam may be, or a cartoon. Establishing the failure of language to be a weak means of communication, yet again.

.Her work friends, Enemies and others, floats on the realm of subtle relations interweaved between man and his nature. It portrays pre-lapsarian serenity, in a technological matrix.

The question of civilization, colonialism and other…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on September 26, 2011 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Scent of a woman in the Baroque School,care of Artemisia Gentileschi

Woman artist in the Baroque period?

The answer is simple now. One click away, Google answers it. But was it so simple then, when a woman’s voice was heard in the Academia Delle Arti del Designo, in Florence. She made her voice heard, and linger it too, to the forthcoming generations of woman artists through ages.


Her famous painting Judith…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on September 26, 2011 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Art Of Tangkha: Lost? Or found?

Every foreign word contains the explosive material of enlightenment, contains in its

controlled use the knowledge that what is immediate cannot be said in unmediated

form but only expressed in and through reflection and mediation.

—Theodore Adorno, Notes to Literature

A "Thangka," also known as "Tangka", "Thanka"…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on September 21, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Art Etc. news & views September 2011 Indian Printmaking THEN / Indian Printmaking NOW

Guest Editor : Waswo X. Waswo


This current issue, Part II of the series, begins with Soumik Nandy Majumdar's interview with the venerable artist and printmaker Sanat Kar. Speaking about his history and methodology, the illustrious printmaker also touches upon the issues of art pedagogy. Ravikumar Kashi then offers his own sincere and questioning…


Added by Jhinuk on September 12, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Suspended Stunts



Born in 1947 in Czestochowa, Poland Jerzy Kędziora graduated from the city's Fine Arts School and followed by the National Academy of Fine Arts.

Exhibiting his versatility through a wide range of fine art disciplines - from drawing, painting and advertisement graphics, through ceramics, medal art and spatial composition, to the theatrical…


Added by Jhinuk on September 12, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Social And Political Injustice, Trends in Contemporary Art 2011


Art movements have always been reactionary and art as a medium of rebel is something history has witnessed in a series with the passage of time. Guernica, the famous mural painting of Pablo Picasso stands as an epitome of the reflection of social and political injustice.

Keeping the same track in…


Added by Jhinuk on September 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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