Environmentalists all over the world are talking about the vital role of trees in the world's ecosystems. But there's another aspect to it: their beauty and cultural value. A sale of Indian miniatures at Christie's in London echoes the power and primary import of trees in the lives of Indians who lived in centuries past. It also celebrates the love of collecting Indian miniatures, with some paintings dating back nearly 300 years, amongst European families.
Two collectors have become the cynosure of eyes at the South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale of Christie's in London. And their roots go back to Calcutta and India's first modernist master Jamini Roy. Eight works by Jamini Roy will go under the hammer on 26 May 2016. They were bought in Calcutta by collectors who not only became primary patrons of Jamini Roy but were passionate supporters of the artist in other ways as well.
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On 29 January, about 80 paintings and drawings by Jamini Roy, India's first modern master were unveiled at Dhoomimal Gallery in New Delhi. "Carved Contours" is a show that has come out of the treasure chest of the Uma and Ravi Jain estate and presents the best of the legendary artist's works. The exhibition will continue until 10 March.
Over the years I have heard variations of that phrase -- "I don't get it" -- and I have wondered why. Is it because most people don't understand contemporary art, or is it because they don't appreciate being the first ones to say "the emperor is naked" (read: this is bullshit)? Bottom line is the majority tends to steer clear of everything that has anything to do with art.
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There are many frenetic moments -- handling the three phones around the clock -- but in between are the silent times when everyone is gone and when the exhibition space is just for me and I have a chance to linger in front of pictures that soon will disappear into private collections.