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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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Contemporary – the word retains its relevance through every era in history. The spatial-temporal context of the subjects being dealt with, distinguishes contemporary art from the art of by-gone eras. Though it gives us an impression that the art of the present context is being termed as Contemporary Art – well it could be the other name for Modern Art, yet ‘contemporary’ in art can always be something present in any conjuncture of history as per its own application and pertinence. But when we are talking of the present times, we are in a way attempting to come to a specific approach and understanding of Contemporary Art. In doing so what we land up to is that the concept contemporary is not purely geographical, doesn’t simply mean mechanization, it is not fashion, not even materialism and not a theory of social reconstruction. It cannot even circumscribe what is exists in the present. Contemporary in art, literature or other creative endeavours is therefore, a teasing proposition and provokes a gamut of varied reactions.  

The eighth edition of GenNext welcomes you all to explore and interact with the variable aspects of contemporary art being presented by a group of fifteen young creative minds. They are stunningly proactive to set a mental environment through the discourse in their artworks, both in terms of content and execution. The current edition of GenNext is even more significant because of its collaboration with the Bachhawat Foundation and KHOJ- Kolkata which will select two GenNext artists for a residency program after the conclusion of the GenNext exhibition.

GenNext artists this year have particularly devised contemporary art in quite an experimental way, incorporating innovations in conventions. Fabric, thread and pipe stitched on canvas on one hand make Arpita Dey’s artwork invoke the restlessness of time, more so a rebel within the patch of blue female attire on the central top of the canvas, on the other hand the installation with wire mesh “Let’s play anything except hide & seek” creates the pun for endangered existence on the whole. Ishita Chakraborty is bold enough to use gross elements of Eros and Thanatos in her non-conventional paintings titled “Enslaved” and “Heart-store” bearing strong installation attributes. The minimal use of colour, contours and playing around with white subtly to create space for thought has been extremely done well by this young painter. Ankur Khare is also attracted by fabric and makes an abundant use of the material along with leather to express “Mixed Emotions” in his work of art.

A little conventional though in the process of treatment, Krupa Makhija expresses turmoil and tragedy of time in mixed media on canvas. Mansi Trivedi works in mixed media on plywood and on rice paper to bring out the sense of loss and reminiscence.  Neha Thakar takes us deep into the environmental cause through her archival prints “Drawing on Ice” and Sonal Varshneya explores another aspect of nature – “Shakti” and the craving for that eternal power in her work “Shakti-Lalsa”, in colograph. Touhin Hasan in his series “Mustafa’s dream and conflict” also attempts to deliver personal anecdote stitched within the framework of universal realities of desire and delusion in an apt and contemporary pattern through the use of third generation of computer graphics.

Ravi Prakash’s sculpture in metal wire and wood “Discipline paves way to freedom” on one hand bears installation-quality and on the other dissipates the message of freedom through harmony on a universal basis. S Malsa Lakshmi Sanadheera uses pencil, acrylic and glassmaker on canvas with thick shades of colour and mythological content, where as Sayak Mitra makes the similar kind of treatment in acrylic on canvas keeping more relevance with the contemporaneity of the present context. Ceramic sculpture is also a new addition to this edition of GenNext and Sarban Chowdhury creates in sharp contrast of thematic disposition – the two works, “Frolic” and “Overdose”. “An Art of the Tattered Time” in Indian fabric is what Siraj Saxena has narrated - the critical crisis of a creative persona vis-à-vis the agony of contemporary condition and history. Making it more direct a satire, Saptarshi Das has created “Born in WASTE-Bengal (Self Portrait) with discarded plastic objects on plywood reminding us of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” quite apt of the present socio-political situation of the state to which Saptarshi belongs.  A much rhythmic pangs of the plight can be deciphered in Sandeep Suneriya’s Etching, “My Journey” where agony and ecstasy get merged into each other probably eliciting the fundamental truth about life which is a combination of happiness and sorrows.

The exemplary exhibition of Aakriti Art Gallery, GenNext VIII is going to be a pulsating experience for the global viewers in the national capital of the country bringing together a wide range of what we all love to define as Contemporary Art, yet bearing the true essence of its plural nature - multiplicity of experimentation and divergence of thoughts and innovations. Redefining new generation art has been the primary focus of the GenNext exhibitions in all these years and it continues with its promise to maintain the unparallel endeavour to support young artists with a platform to experiment and perform in art with optimum facilities also in the years to come.  

Kolkata. 2014

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