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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.

 

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PRAMOD MANN : TREE NYMPH Black marble 

ART PILGRIM, DELHI

On a pedestal stood a black marble head, a face of aquiline features, it had a charisma that drew me to its compositional control and clarity of thought. Instantly I wanted to know who it was and I was told the name of Pramod Mann. In 31 years I have never come across his name or work, but this work called Tree Nymph drew me into its maw.

I came back and read up about him, I recall he was one of the participants of Neera Gupta’s Sculpt for Delhi at IIC and I was delighted to know he was National Award Winner 2010.

Mann has a sensibility that embraces the occindental as well as a deeper understanding of cosmic creation. The face spoke through the periods of history it had an aura of anticipation and articulation.It spoke of the realm of the declining ,outworn world.

Poise and elegance both combine in this head that has been chiselled with a layered pedestal that pulses  with vibrations of contemplated cohesion-at best this was an archetypal annunciation.

In many ways it reminded me of abhinaya,  the very essence of Indian classical dance, in all its forms, and here was a face that  embodies the irrepressible celebratory nature of the human spirit. This Tree Nymph had  a profoundly female power, here engaged--as if a Maenad utterly possessed--in a Dionysian rite that will end in exhaustion and oblivion, but bringing with it a cathartic release of transforming energy and contemplation.

Mann has a language of disciplined and formal elegance, he also contemplates on style and simplicity as tools that are closely intertwined, and each stimulates and enriches the viewer for that moment,  as nowhere else in the world. Mann makes expression in stone as the central element in his modernist vision of this black marble  beauty.

This face brought back the experience of pounding music of a kind never heard before and a deliberately primitivist choreography of  conventional tastes.

The face depicted as leanly modelled and elongated is chiselled in a mould that can  exist only in an artist’s  imagination and this is what makes Mann distinctive . He also defines the truth that a

sculpture may begin where space is embraced by the material.

We are also looking at a compactly tensioned form which shows off a restrained, introverted  character.In this face is a poetic passion, a restrained lyricism, creating a counterpoint of formal elements.The angularity of the face goes beyond academic tradition and reveals the sculptor’s interest in both cubism as well as naturalism. The large elongated forehead at first makes you think of primates as a species but it is high cheek bones and the nose and lips that signify the beauty of feminine fervour. In this sculpture of gorgeous gravitas, we  are looking at emphatic effect in the language of angular articulations.Pramod Mann needs to be discovered ,I told Gita Singh who possesses one of the greatest collections of sculptures that I would like to meet him to study his work. At this time of Ganesh pooja this is a discovery for many seasons.

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