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Newsletter march-2011-vol-iii

  1. 1. CopalThe Leading Authority on Indian Art Weekly Collector Issue: III March 2011 Newsletter for Art Collectors & Aficionados
  2. 2. Thought for the week: Worlds largest museum of decorative arts and design exhibits at NGMA, New DelhiCourage is what it takes to stand up andspeak; courage is also what it takes to sit An exhibition from Londons Victoria anddown and listen. Albert Museum reflects the best of international photography since the mid-90s- Winston Churchill With 40 images by more than 30 photographers from around the worldIndian art regrets the passing away of senior including renowned British Gavin Turk andIndian artist Biren De. He breathed his last Richard Billingham, an exhibition by V&Aon March 12, 2011 in Delhi. Des (85) Museum plays at the National Gallery ofsignificance in the history of modern Indian Modern Art, New Delhi on the notion thatart is marked as he belonged to that the photographer sees a subject through ageneration of artists who were evolving lens.their own approach to engage with The exhibition specifically focuses onmodernity. photographs of the last 20 years and the holdings reflect some of the best in“De was among the first Indian artists to international photography since the mid-experiment with introducing indigenous 90s. One of the most progressive figures in fine art photography, Fabian has doneelements in his abstract expression. This exclusive “camera-less” photographs sincewas way back in the 1950s. No doubt, De mid-80s which has been showcased in thiswas familiar with the expressions of tantra exhibition. This show named “Something That Illart. But what spurred his creativity was the Never Really See” brings to the fore howpurity of forms — the phallic, the floral and pronounced British cultural engagementthe circular mandala and bindu — which he with India has become of late. British Prime Minister David Cameronsdistilled from Indian aesthetic sensibilities” cultural agreement with India during his July 2010 visit has put the seal of~Artist A. Ramachandran officialdom on this cultural exchange and has opened the gates to more events such as this one. “Be it in art, design, textiles or even photography, there is a lot of good Indian work out there” ~Kate Bellamy, Victoria & Albert Museum The exhibition is at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi until April 10, 2011 3-week Indian arts festival Maximum India at Kennedy Center, WashingtonAn artwork by Biren De
  3. 3. The Kennedy Center in Washington has Collection Part II at Bonhams is a part ofbeen converted into a palace to showcase Indian history. The letter was written by Gandhi clearly for publication on DecemberIndias arts, precious gems and diverse 15, 1919.culture. The mega festival has artworksworth USD 7 million which opened on And, declaring his relentless pursuit ofMarch 1, 2011and runs through March 20. truth, Gandhi also explains his attitudeWith nearly 100 performances, films and towards the British and his position inevents, it is one of the largest U.S. festivals relation to the Khilafat question, on Indianever devoted to the south Asian country of Muslims to support the Khalifah, their1.2 billion people. Exhibits include a spiritual head. It is written in English in a secretarial hand with a few minor autographcollection of traditional saris, an installation corrections. This is one of the mostfeaturing words from a historic speech by important single letters/articles by GandhiMahatma Gandhi, and colourful crafts from to come on the market in 30 years andvarious Indian streets. more.“I hope it gets the people who have neverbeen to India to have a sense of what it is - "I venture to claim that I have rendered ato have a feeling of what it is to walk in the service of the highest order by advising thestreets of a large urban city in India” Mohamedans of India to express their sentiments in a restrained manner and by~Adrien Gardere, curator of the exhibit advising the Hindus to make common causeBeyond the visual art, the center also is with them. I do not wish & have neveroffering a wide array of culinary creations. wished to embarrass the government and IThe India festival is the latest in a series of have never worked up an anti-Britishlarge-scale events tracing the cultures of the campaign for any cause whatsoever. MySilk Road trade routes across Asia. Earlier personal religion would forbid me to dofestivals featured China, Japan and 22 Arab either the one or the other. My stubborncountries. opposition to some acts of the British Government must not be mistaken for unfriendliness. Such peculiar notions areGandhi letter to go under hammer entertained about friendliness and loyalty inA significant evidence of the Indian history India that any strong expression of- letter from Mahatma Gandhi will go under displeasure in regard to acts of Governmenthammer at the Bonhams auction house, passes for disloyalty"London on March 29, 2011. It refers toGandhis belief in passive resistance and the ~Excerpts from Gandhi’s letter written toneed for unity between Hindus and British journalist Edmund CandlerMuslims.It is expected to fetch an estimated USD12,848-14,454.Papers & Portraits: The Roy Davids
  4. 4. Standard Chartered Bank hosts anexclusive art exhibition for its clients excellent long term asset and holding opportunity, store of value and means of Standard Chartered Private Bank transferring wealth between generations. organized a contemporary art exhibition under the title: "Celebrating Indian Art Michigan celebrates the art and culture through the World of Serigraphs" by the of India Serigraph Studio on March 14, 2011. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Michigan celebrates art and culture of India in an event at the Capital Club in the Dubai exhibition that launches the third annual International Financial Center (DIFC) and Global Cultural Festival — this year celebrating the art and culture of India. was attended by more than 50 high net From the permanent collection of Grand worth clients. Valley State University, the centers exhibit, “330 Million Faces: Meeting Hindus“Art is increasingly being incorporated as Deities,” features more than 25 pieces ofan alternative asset class into local, Indian art including miniature court liferegional and global investors portfolios. paintings, sculptures of major deities, andArt continues to be an attractive investment folk art from various Indian villages.opportunity among local, regional andglobal investors. Considered as a collectible Cultural Festival programming at the SCAand an alternative asset class, art is runs throughout March and April and isincreasingly being incorporated into anchored by this really beautiful collectionportfolios in the interest of diversification that focuses on the multitude of Hinduand asset allocation. deities and their role in Indian society. The exhibit features two and three-~ Stephen Richards Evans, Head of Private dimensional works, the three key HinduBanking, Western Hemisphere, Standard deities are showcased (Brahma The Creator,Chartered Bank Vishnu The Preserver and Shiva The Destroyer) along with numerous otherThe exhibition showcased Limited Edition Hindu deities. Though Hinduisms roots areSerigraphs based on iconic works of some centuries old, modern India is still steepedof the most renowned artists of Indian in the rich, complex traditions of this globalorigin. religion.Copal Comments: The increasing The Inspiring story of blindsignificance and awareness on various photographer: Pete Eckertaspects of art encourages the need to knowmore on art. More art showcase will heartenthe responsiveness towards art. Art as aluxury collectible gets distinct statusbecause art buyers operate along a spectrumfrom pure collectors to pure speculators.The former argue that the very essence ofart is beyond commercial judgment andreasoning, while the latter consider it as an
  5. 5. Master Strokes: Festival of Fine Art in Chennai Works of contemporary masters, towering installations, live painting, seminars and discussion; exhibition “Art Chennai” launches in Chennai from March 20 to 26. “What weve tried is to bring a bit of everything that has to do with Indian contemporary art to the city, so that people can gain exposure. This first edition is not about selling art or making a profit; itsPete Eckert is a visual person. Trained in about giving people a chance to see worksculpture and industrial design, he had they wouldnt otherwise get to see”hoped to study architecture at Yale. ButEckerts plans were abruptly put on hold ~ Sanjay Tulsyan, spokesperson, Artwhen he began to lose his sight, and was Chennaisubsequently diagnosed with retinitispigmentosa, a genetic eye condition thatleads to permanent blindness. One mightthink that such a condition would put an endto Eckerts artistic dreams, yet his passionfor all things visual pushed him towards anart form that - for a blind person - seemedimpossible: photography.He relies on sound and sometimes An installation by Samar Jodha recreatingtouches to familiarize himself with the the Bhopal tragedyenvironment of his shoots. In 2008,Eckert won the Artists Wanted award for Spread over a week from March 20 to 26,emerging artists. The prize included a across 18 sites in the city, Art Chennai willreception held in New York City, a USD feature over 2000 works by contemporary10,000 cash prize, and international artists from around the country. There willpublicity, launching his career with a be six days of live painting by 27bang. acclaimed artists, and a speaker forum where celebrated curators and collectors,“Occasionally people refuse to believe I artists and lovers of art will come togetheram blind," I am a visual person. I just and discuss the topical art scene.cant see”~Pete Eckert
  6. 6. Copal in News better and a certain way of going about art.A feature on Copal Art and its initiatives as · Art requires passion and Copal isappeared in Asian Age Mumbai datedMarch 12, 2011 highlighting the present and there to act as a catalyst to thatfuture endeavours of Copal and Ajay Seths passion.(Chief Mentor) views on artworks forcorporate spaces. ~Ajay Seth (Chief Mentor, Copal Art) Forthcoming Events COPAL DIALOGUE SERIES XVIII The forthcoming series of the 18th Copal Dialogue will have Dr. Rakhee Balaram, specialist in modern and contemporary art speak on Fearful Symmetry: Amrita Sher- Gils Two Girls. The talk is scheduled for March 26, 2010 at India International Centre, Annexe, Delhi. Copals Chairman and also a distinguished poet, critic and art lover Ashok Vajpeyi would preside over the discussion. The event will begin at 18:30 hrs followed by cocktails.Excerpts from the article: · Collectors need some guidance to buy works are should be more aware of what to buy and what not to. · We help people to understand art better by making them more aware and by bringing more and more art works to them. · Initially, people would only buy paintings which were simpler to understand, like landscapes and portraits. But, the society is evolving and turning to abstract art as well. · Most times people are not aware Two Girls by Amrita Sher-Gil of the new works coming our way. We study the growth pattern on artists, their inclination to do
  7. 7. CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The contents of this message may belegally privileged and confidential, for the use of the intendedrecipient(s) only. It should not be read, copied and used by anyoneother than the intended recipient. If you have received this messagein error, please immediately notify us at the above co- ordinates,preserve its confidentiality and delete it from your system. Thankyou.Special Contributions by: Ashok Vajpeyi, Ajay Seth, Devesh GargEditor: Saguna AhluwaliaContributing Editors: Mithila Kapoor, Nikhil Khandelwal, RickySeth, Sahitya Prakash, Sharan Seth, Swati Sharma, MahendraNayarCoordinator: Sanjiv Choube