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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

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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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An online exhibition showing the extension of the forms of neo-Indian school in contemporary art of Bengal

Curated by Mrinal Ghosh

1-30th of September

 

Whether art caters for indigenous identity is a debatable question. Particularly to-day in the age of globalization the concept of plurality is gradually decaying. Language if art is always universal. This is where visual art stands apart from other literal or auditory art. Visual art, therefore, generated more influence towards development of human civilization. Art of the primitive people or that of the Egypt or Mesopotamia has cast wide influence in the development of the art of succeeding civilizations. Despite such universality of language every person or community builds up his/her own form from the root of his/her existence, where tradition, the concentrated expression of myths, rituals, history, geography, environment etc., plays a vital role. Due to this rootedness or difference in traditional set up every community or nation is different in their artistic expression. This is often marked as identity.

But human history is the history of strife and domination by the community or nation of higher economic and military power towards that of the weaker one. When a strong society dominates a weaker one, the strong tries to overpower the weak in the forms of art also. The identity is thus blurred. This is what happened in nineteenth century India, when the British rulers made academic naturalism the only form of expression in the art education and local community art activities. The national and traditional identity of our art was at stake.

A serious protest was raised against this since the concluding years of nineteenth century and the beginning years of twentieth century, when national movement against alien domination was gaining ground. Abanindranath Tagore was the first artist who could build up an indigenous identity of our modernity, when in 1897 he painted a series titled ‘Radha-Krishna Chitranmala’ based on traditional myth and medieval form. The movement that thus started gradually gained ground and turned to be the first movement in Indian modernity that earnestly researched for an indigenous identity. Another personality had great impact in this movement. He was E.B.Havel, a British artist, art theorist and teacher, who along with Abanindranath was the pioneer in this direction. The students of Abanindranath, Nandalal Bose and others dedicated their life in promulgation of the search for indigenous identity. The movement is known as neo-Bengal school or neo-Indian school, since it spread through out India.

The movement of neo-Indian school attained its peak during 1920-s and 1930-s. During 1940-s the temporal reality catered for more univeralisation of form. The process however started since mid-1920-s. During the subsequent period our modernity and modernism was more expanded. But the forms generated by neo-Indian school did not lose its relevance. It still exists in two ways. There are artists, who are meditatively dedicated to expand the possibility of this form. There are others, modernist in temperament and in their creation, who assimilate the form of neo-Indian style with the international art form.

In this exhibition we have tried to find how the forms of neo-Indian school are being practiced by the contemporary artists, particularly the first category. We have invited 25 artists, both senior and from younger generation also, who are dedicated in the practice of this form to create various sorts of indigenous identity. The exhibition is expected to bring out the inner harmony of the various traditions of our country that constitute the general trend of indigenousness very much different from other alien trends.

 

Mrinal Ghosh

7 August 2014.

 http://www.aakritiartgallery.com/

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