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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”…

WEAVING OF CULTURE, PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT ART FORM AND ART COLLECTORS COMING TOGETHER FOR A CAUSE @ RCTC

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…

MISTY CURTAIN AND THE MACABRE TOUCH by Soumitra Das

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.

 

Aakriti Art Gallery

(A unit of Chisel Craft Pvt Ltd)

 Orbit Enclave, First Floor

 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street)

 Kolkata-700 017   

India

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Humours of Reality - Chen Wenling,from Beijing

Art is a common language shared with no geographical limit. I love sculpture and would like to share with everybody in the world who love sculpture too. ---Chen Wenling

Chen Wenling is well known for his highly distinctive sculptures which often feature a pig or other animal personified to form a grotesque commentary on modern consumerist society. His style is raw and to some even repulsive, fullness of form assumes a special kind of strength. Countless shapes come together irrationally, forcing the viewer to fall into an unaccountable rapture. In Chen Wenling’s idea, the very “unacceptability” of his works is its strength. His sculptures are powered to enchant the viewer, negatively or positively.

He was born in 1969 in Anxi, Fujian China and studied at the Xiamen Academy of Art and Design, and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.  He is now living and working in Xiamen, Fujian Province of China and Beijing as a professional artist.It is well known that the visual arts of late twentieth century, whether in art, movie and three-dimension cartoon pictures of computer games, violent, dubious and full of self-pity. Chen’s works are trials to allow his art, in becoming a window to the construct of human nature rather than its critique. His works attracted outsiders, insiders, academics and avant-garde critics alike, to appreciate them from their own perspectives. Chen Wenling is an artist of secularism, and at the same time he used a humorous and exaggerative way to show the themes of his works. From the recent works of Chen Wenling, we could see some traces that he learn from western world.

Modern art emphasizes the concepts in a piece of work. It often creates a style of too many concepts, making viewers tired. In contrast, Chen’s works are simple and true. He does not deliberately create concepts. His works serves as the naked bodies have nothing to disguise themselves. What left is a direct communication with the nature and a direct conversation between the society and the people. The facial and body expressions are properly exaggerated to enhance the communicative effects. It can also be viewed that there is a concept in the works to curtail the burden of concepts. His amazing sculpture installation depicts, among other things, Wall Street's golden bull impaling a horned Bernard Madoff, ,biggest con man of all time, in the rear .

Bernard Madoff is a former American stockbroker, businessman, investor, investment advisor, money manager, and former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The work apparently says that all Wall Street bulls are powered by hot air. The huge cloud coming out of the bull's rear not only refers to the end of a greedy era, but also symbolizes the danger of the bubbles of illusion in financial markets. In a society based on desire and money, some people choose to create many false impressions, while others sadly fall for them. Some sources name this sculpture as “What You see Might Not Be Real”.

 

 

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