Monday, December 9, 2013

An Antipode so Close, Line Rhythm Movement, Confluence 2014 and more..


An  Antipode so Close..

Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi presents a group show of Mexican contemporary art. The show is titled, ‘An Antipode so Close..’ and displays contemporary art made by Mexican artists. 
The show is curated by Julia Villasenor Bell, and the participating artists are,  Artemio, Tania Candiani, Roberto de la Torre, Demian Flores, Arturo Hernandez Alcazar, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Armando Miguelez,Manuel Rocha Iturbide, TRIODO ( Marcela Armas, Gilberto Esparza, Ivan Puig).

The show previews on 12th December 2013, 6- 9 pm and will be on view till 11th January 2014.

Line, Rhythm, Movement
( A work on display)
Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai presents a solo show of eminent artist A V Ilango. The show titled, ‘Line, Rhythm, Movement’,display Ilango’s strength in the dynamic movements of his images . Inspired by the village life of his childhood – the bulls , the temple dancers and drummers , Ras Leela and Krishna in his glory. Various mathematical concepts are applied in his works.  An ideal composition has the image occupying just 2/3 of the space, so that the image can breathe. 
There should be a frame within a frame, to show depth in a work. An image on the diagonal shows movement , whereas one that is horizontal or vertical is more static. 

A.V.Ilango is based in Chennai and is a teacher, who started life studying and then teaching Maths. His true passion however was painting, and he deftly managed to bring together his love for mathematics and painting. 

His first solo in 2000, was a success giving Ilango the confidence to participate in the European Art Academy show in Lyons, where he got the first prize. He has done huge sculptures for the TCS campus in Chennai. He uses acrylic paint applied on canvas with a palette knife, which gives his paintings the bold lines, fluid rhythm and dynamic movements .

The show commences on 11th December 2013 and continues till 7th January 2014.
 Nuts and Bolts of Art

Apparao Galleries, Chennai presents a three days series of lectures titled, ‘ Nuts and bolts of understanding and appreciating Contemporary and Modern Art’.

The lecture is being presented by  Dr. Ashrafi S Bhagat and will be held between 11th and 12th December at 5:00 pm and 13th December 2013 at 7:00 pm.

For further details call on +91 44 28332226 / 28380726.

Confluence 2014 - Call for Artists
(Tarun Sehdev's Photoprint on paper)
Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi presents the second edition of Confluence 2014, an international art contest and exhibition.

The awards to be won are 4 cash prizes and 2 artists participate in India Art Festival, Mumbai, India in 2014.

The contest is open to all artists (students, amateurs & professionals) from all over the world without any limit of age and nationality.

The purpose for show is to showcase the art and to get talent recognized by art patrons. An independent panel of experts will be assessing the art which includes noted senior eminent artist, art critic, editor of a leading art publication and an art professional.  
Confluence 2014 is an absolute place for emerging as well as established artists to participate in the focused, engaged and informed art sector.

In this art exhibition, artists will have an interaction with eminent artists, media, art buyers which would develop a better and long term relationship to benefit all. An annual art catalogue having art images of the works of participating artists will also be released.
Artists have the chance to win cash prizes as well as participation in an Art Festival, chosen both by public vote and professional jurors.

The extended due date for application is 12th December 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Idol stolen from Tamil Nadu surfaces in Singapore
Antiquities dealer Kapoor sold it to museum for $650,000
(A photo of the 1,000-year-old bronze sculpture of Uma Parmeshvari stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu and sold to the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, as posted on Photo:
A criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney in the Supreme Court of New York has put to rest doubts, if any, about the illicit trade of antiquities stolen from Tamil Nadu.
It confirms the hitherto reported cases and brings to light a new one.
The document filed in the court said Subhash Chandra Kapoor, U.S.-based antiquities dealer extradited to India and now lodged in a Chennai prison, sold stolen bronze sculptures not only to a museum in Australia but also in Singapore.
The complaint says Kapoor and Aaron Freedman, long-time manager of Kapoor’s gallery, have dealt in stolen antiquities for more than 15 years. It specifically accuses Freedman of arranging to ship stolen antiquities, including two idols of Nataraja and three idols of goddess Uma to and out of the U.S. Freedman also arranged for false provenance certificates for illicit property, contacted prospective buyers and laundered stolen antiquities.
Citing a spokesperson of the District Attorney’s office, Chasing Aphrodite, the blog site that tracks looted antiquities, has reported that Freedman has pleaded guilty to all criminal counts brought against him.
The Hindu had reported that Kapoor sold the 11th century bronze Nataraja idol, stolen from the Sripuranthan temple in Tamil Nadu, to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The criminal complaint filed in New York, made available to The Hindu by Jason Felch of The Los Angeles Times, with whom this correspondent has been collaborating on the case, has confirmed this.
The document states that sometime between November 2006 and January 2007, the Nataraja idol stolen from Tamil Nadu was shipped to the U.S. Later in October 2007, Freedman and his co-conspirators “arranged for sale and transport” of the sculpture to the National Galley of Australia, pricing it at US $5 million.
The new fact to emerge is that Kapoor and Freedman were also involved in the sale of another stolen idol to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore. According to the complaint, a 1,000-year bronze idol of Uma Parmeshvari was stolen from a temple in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu and was illicitly transported to the U.S. In February 2007, Kapoor sold the sculpture to the ACM for US $650,000 and shipped it to Singapore.
No reply from museum
The Hindu, which has been following this case, wrote to the museum authorities in Singapore in July, enquiring about the provenance of the Uma Parameshvari sculpture. However, they did not reply. The Hindu contacted the museum again to get its response to the recent developments. Until this story went to print, the museum did not reply to the email that followed a telephone conversation.
In addition to these sculptures, the complaint said, Freedman was also involved in laundering another Nataraja idol and two more goddess idols that were together priced at $9.5 million. He was also in possession of a stolen Yakshi sculpture priced at $15 million.

(Report by A Srivathsan for The Hindu)

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