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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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November 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Eyes on life - Drawings of Satish Gujral

There was a phase at a certain point of time when Satish Gujral’s art provoked tears in our eyes and jolted us out of insouciant comfort and content. They struck a chord with above all those people who, like Gujral himself, had passed through one of the most agonizing times of modern Indian history – the Partition and its aftermath. Those drawings, with a strong expressionist verve and a deep humanistic concern brought pain and despair back to our consciousness.



Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on November 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Feelings sold as commodities, An Artists expression

After Warhol’s depiction of Marilyn, her fame became myth. The artist expressed her as the expressionless sexual commodity of America with a frigid smile, as if pasted on her face. Her fame quotient never revealed her as an actress, but as a popular commodity. Partha Guin, similarly shows the deception of capitalism, which makes people hanker for want, which is again…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on November 21, 2011 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

Artetc. news & views November 2011 issue is online.

artetc. news & views November 2011 issue is online. 


This issue of artetc. news & views Magazine is on Cutting Edge Art. The December 2011 issue also would be a sequel to this one, focusing more on the individual artists who ideate and practice in this zone of art making.

When I was invited to guest edit these two…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on November 19, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Psycho Meets Bloody Mary!

He had no eyes, no looks

No clothes, no nose, no pose

He whispered without lips

He danced without hips.....

Whew! His sculptures are funny and strange and horrifying.....  "To create an intriguing experience for the viewer, either in person physically, or by photograph, or through a computer monitor. Fascinate, engage, repel, stimulate."Joseph…


Added by Jhinuk on November 17, 2011 at 11:35pm — 1 Comment

Speaking for ravaged nests and mangled birds


“With Tarquin's ravishing strides,towards his design

 Moves like a ghost.”

(Act2,scene 1)Macbeth by William Shakespeare


King Tereus (Tarquin) executed this violent deed, referred as ‘design’ by Shakespeare, with utter vehemence. However, gods punished him for it. Amitava Dhar traces the ‘strides’ of those who went unpunished. The grim setting of his paintings, look like an existential battleground. The brush strokes resemble frozen waves, of…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on November 9, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Headless Me – protagonists of Ketan Amin


“When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: … You let events flow by too: you suddenly see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail: you'd make a terrible witness”.

Diary entry of Tuesday, 30 January

-       La nausée (Nausea) written by Jean-Paul…


Added by Chandrani Mukherjee on November 2, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

This End To The Others Recent Photographs by Rameshwar Broota

Aakriti Art Gallery & Vadehra Art Gallery delightfully announces the opening of an exhibition of Recent Photographs by artist Rameshwar…

Added by artseek on November 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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