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20 Jan 2021

apexart International Open Call 2021-22

apexart International Open Call 2021-22, Art Scene India
An opening reception audience enjoying apexart’s brochures at Beauty Salons and the Beast, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 2015.

Apply to our International Open Call Feb. 1 - Mar. 1, 2021

Accepting proposals: February 1 - March 1, 2021

apexart will accept proposals for its International Open Call from February 1 - March 1, 2021. Four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented in their selected locations around the world as part of our 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of location or past experience, are invited to submit a proposal online.

The submission process

Proposals of up to 500 words should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions, and the country and city in which they are to take place. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted, and proposals must be submitted in English. Jurors rate anonymous submissions based on the idea only. See examples of winning proposals here.

The selection process

Rather than convene a 5-person NYC panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart’s crowd-sourced voting system invites hundreds of international jurors to review proposals on their own schedule. The crowd-sourced jury is composed of more than 400 individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and international locations—including students from 20 participating university classes—who will jury the proposals. Proposals are anonymous and randomized to make sure each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence the results of the jury in any way.

The results

The four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to $11,000; have an exhibition brochure printed and mailed to over six thousand international recipients; advertising in major and local outlets; and will be part of apexart’s 2021-2022 exhibition season. Working closely with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are challenged, encouraged, and required to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions. 

To submit an exhibition proposal, visit between February 1 and March 1, 2021.

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15 May 2014

Artist Profile: Devajyoti Ray

This week we profile artist Devajyoti Ray, whose cinematic works hold you captive and mesmerized as you struggle to keep a finger on the exact moment of life that a particular work seems to depict. Moment is what his works are all about. A particular glance, a sudden smile, a pondering look - infinitesimal moments that make our life so meaningful. A moment that is capable of telling an entire story.
 Art by Artist Devajyoti Ray profiled on Art Scene India, Image courtesy artist
Born in 1974, Ray has been associated with the Kolkata art scene for long time, working closely with and following some of the doyens of Bengal art, though never enrolling for academic degrees. A keen sense of learning had given him a different kind of edge as he freely mixed ideas from various fields into art, something that was not very popular then, but today has many followers. In 2004, Ray came up with a new style which immediately attracted the attention of the academic world – pseudorealism. He has since then exhibited in many countries and has been represented in several galleries, fairs and state museums.
Art by Artist Devajyoti Ray profiled on Art Scene India, Image courtesy artist
Pseudorealism is a popular genre of art today and Ray’s works in this particular style is well known. But what many do not know is that, Ray also makes collages, installations, photographs as well, many of which are highly political and with clear socialist leanings. His series of “Transmigration of Soul” depicting figures from history and their contextualization in the contemporary reality has been very popular. One such work presently exists in the Havana Museum of Fine Arts.

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14 Jan 2009

Be cautious when making fresh investments

By Nalini S Malaviya

This year the stock market has seen major fluctuations and there are still no immediate signs of easing of the economic recession. Investors are facing a dilemma about where to invest. The financial scene appears bleak at the moment, and most predictions point towards a troubled future. Recent trends in the art market, too, have failed to inspire confidence in investors. Prices of most artists have fallen either substantially or at least marginally. Many senior artists are now opting to have an exhibition of their works without offering any piece for sale. This appears to be a strategy to try and maintain their market rates, but, how successful will it be, will become clear only over the next few months.

In such turbulent times investors should be wary of making any fresh investments in art. In case they would like to do so they should consider all aspects related to the art market dynamics – investment timeframe, risk factors and ease of liquidity. One could opt for artists who are considered safe from a financial investment angle and who have established and proven themselves over the years. Although, this forms a safe category and involves blue chip artists, the amount of initial capital is fairly high, and that can be deterrent for a lot of investors.

The other option which is appearing attractive is investing in upcoming artists. The major reason why this is catching on in a big way is that prices are low and these make for excellent wall fillers. However, one must be aware that the risk is high for this particular category. As the capital required is low, most people are open to spending a part of their disposable income on such art. In this case if one can do a certain amount of research, and back it with technical expertise in order to select quality works, it increases the chances of picking up a winner.

(Published in Financial Times)

6 Jan 2009

Art bytes

(Nalini S Malaviya)

Narrative Movement is a group of artists from Shantiniketan who is organizing its first show in Bangalore. Gopa Sikder, Kousik Roy, Monoj Poddar, Pratyusha Mukherjee, Ram Kishu, Subrata Mete and Taslima Akter form the seven core members who are currently studying in their final year Masters programme in Fine Arts. These young artists bring in a raw energy in their paintings that are mostly figurative in genre, where some images are dark and surreal, while others romanticise spaces. What one notices is that most of the works involve a complexity in narration and go beyond the superficial decorative content. What is also interesting is that all these works are very different from the traditional format that one is familiar with from this region. It is good to see young artists exploring diverse themes, concepts and media.

Gopa’s imagery is surreal with animal forms overlapping with elements from nature in a vividly colourful world. Kousik’s imagery is dark and intense on one hand, whereas in “Innerview” he presents bright details of a bustling world reflected on the lenses of a pair of spectacles. Monoj’s mixed media works on canvas and board are intensely compelling with their complex narratives and overlapping forms. Pratyusha’s dreamscapes create a fantasy world around architectural spaces. Ram’s works depict figures from everyday life, while Subrata’s figures are also inspired from everyday life but involve a more multifarious approach. Taslima presents interiors and spaces in a romanticised form. The group presents a refreshing range of art that also happens to be affordably priced.

The exhibition was held at Gallery Mementos, The Chancery, Bangalore.

There is yet another gallery - Inspirations that will open its doors on January 4th with an art show that will feature paintings by 12 Indian artists. The works were in fact created at an artists’ camp held last week between 24th to 28th December, at the gallery premises. The art camp was inaugurated with a great deal of zest and the gallery appears to be well stocked with prints, reproductions, traditional paintings and other art.

The film ‘Rang Rasiya’ based on the legendary artist Raja Ravi Verma, a 19th century painter is set to release on January 23. To create interest in the film, a nationwide art competition has been organized on a massive scale. Anybody over the age of 18 can participate in it and there is more than Rs 25 lakhs in prize money involved. Details are available on Incidentally, the competition will be held on an all India basis with regional centres in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.

(Published in Bangalore Mirror)

18 Dec 2008

Not Original

(Nalini S Malaviya)

A client liked a painting she saw in a magazine and wanted it reproduced in a larger size. That set me thinking about copies (not multiples, as in lithographs, etc) or reproductions of a painting, which works out as an affordable option.
Reproductions of paintings done by famous artists have always been a popular choice with people looking at dressing their walls. One of the major reasons this is so much in vogue is because it is an affordable form of art. It costs only a fraction of the original. Obviously, there is little or no investment value from a financial angle in such paintings, but they have an immense decorative value. After all, how many people can afford a Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or a Raja Ravi Verma. In such cases there are three options - an offset print on paper, a digital print on canvas, or an oil reproduction

An offset print which is usually done on paper often tends to look tacky, and is not a good idea for dressing the interiors of residences. Small offices or low-budget reception areas tend to put these on their walls, and it is one way to add colour to drab walls.
Digital prints of paintings on canvas by Raja Ravi Verma and Haldenkar are very popular and have the advantage that these are available in various sizes. Being digitally reproduced, the colours and tonal values are matched closely with the original and give a similar look and feel as the original work. The prices also begin from somewhere around Rs.3000 or so, and therefore work out as an extremely affordable option. ‘Glow of Hope’ (also called Lady with the Lamp) a painting by Haldenkar always seems to be well in demand. Similarly, Raja Ravi Verma’s paintings are also much sought after. To reproduce these paintings in the digital format there are copyright and legal issues involved, and one should buy only from a reputed source. The good thing is that these can be printed on demand, and in the size that you want. Digital prints are of much better quality now, with better quality inks that last longer.

An oil reproduction is a wonderful way to enjoy a work of art by a famous artist. Unfortunately, oil reproductions are also fraught with issues, as fake art is a huge problem in the world of art. Therefore, be aware that there could be legalities involved and ensure you buy from a gallery that has copyrights in place. Reproductions are available from prices as low as Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 or more, so go ahead and own a work of art.

15 Dec 2008

Get familiar with the art market

(By Nalini S Malaviya)

Given the market situation, investors should utilize the opportunity to learn more about art and to keep a look out for good deals that may be on offer now. Here are a few steps to help you get started.

Look at art
This may sound old fashioned in today’s technological age where many transactions take place virtually with the click of a mouse, the fact remains that nothing can replace the joy of physically standing before a beautiful painting.
Although, many art exhibitions have been postponed indefinitely, a substantial number is still being held, and one should therefore continue to visit art shows, galleries and museums to look at art and become familiar with artists and their styles. Physically looking at art is very different from seeing its image as a photograph or on the Internet. Wherever, possible one should look at original art. It will also give you clarity on what appeals to you.

This is a good time to go through art history books and publications. Browse through articles, news reports, auction reports and catalogues to understand trends and price points. Read reviews to understand the artist’s work in a larger context.
Note down names of those artists who appear regularly on auction catalogues. Check their performances in the auction results and it will be a good indicator of the artist’s demand and market price (secondary market). Evaluate the artist’s career in terms of stability, growth and price trend. It helps to verify the credentials of the art gallery supporting the artist. Compare current prices with previous ones – again this is a good indicator of an artist’s potential and his market confidence.

Make a wish list
Based on your research, prepare a wish list for your portfolio. Which artists would you like to see in that list? You could also go further and make a list of the actual works that appeal to you. However, be prepared that these may not be available immediately. But, you can keep a lookout for them in forthcoming auctions or through dealers.

14 Dec 2008

Carved in Stone

(Nalini S Malaviya)

A magnificent statue of Krishna catches the eye as one walks into the room to meet Sudarshan Sahoo, the sculptor from Orissa. Intricately carved in stone with extraordinary detailing and ornamentation, it is a beautiful work of art that reminds one of statues seen in temples in many parts of the country. In Bangalore to showcase his recent sculptures, Sudarshan Sahoo explains the finer nuances behind the art of stone carving.

The well known sculptor has created a ‘Shilpgram’ an arts and crafts village in Bhuvaneshwar that offers vocational training in sculpting to students and children.
The 1939 born sculptor has dedicated his entire life to revive and promote the traditional craft of carving statues from stone. Sahoo is a recipient of the National Award and the Padmashree amongst numerous other honours that he has received for his contribution to arts and crafts.

“Selection of stone such as sandstone, red or green stone, granite or sometimes wood is carefully done to suit the sculpture in mind. Every stone has a different characteristic, for instance, red stone lends beautifully to and reveals different tonalities at various depths and creates a beautiful effect”, explains Sahoo. A basic design is translated on the medium and the intricate detailing is mostly done ad hoc, as the work evolves.

Stone carving is a difficult craft that involves a lot of painstaking effort and happens to be extremely time consuming as well. “A small statue can take up to ten months with about 5 people working on it, whereas a larger work can take almost 2 to 4 years,” describes Sahoo. The ornamentation which appears as mere decorative detailing in the first instance, on a closer look reveals mythological tales and fables that have been engraved with utmost care. His statues of Buddha have travelled far and wide – many of them have been installed in Japan. “In Japan they love the serenity and unique features of Buddha that I am able to capture in my statues,” he elaborates with pride. His sculptures also stand out for their museum quality finish.

In the forthcoming exhibition there are Ganeshas, Buddha statues, Nandi and Apsaras or the dancing girls. It will also have a massive 9 feet tall and 12 feet long chariot that is truly a work of art. Figures of deities, geometrical and other traditional motifs are used extensively to decorate the sculptures. Sahoo and his entire family are now working on a mammoth 110 ton piece of granite to create a statue of Lord Parasnath which will stand at 32 feet height when complete.

The richness of our heritage is beautifully reflected in these statues. As Sahoo puts it, “people talk about the precision in Swiss watches, but look at our traditional crafts it is full of fine and precise work.” He goes on, “We want more people to come and see the kind of work that our artisans are capable of.” True, it is important to appreciate efforts that go towards conservation of our cultural traditions and to promote them in every way.

The exhibition will be held till Dec 19 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

(Published in Bangalore Mirror)

10 Dec 2008

Art Insurance

(By Nalini S Malaviya)

Insurance of artworks is a fairly common trend abroad but remains a relatively new concept in India. However, it appears to be catching on as the number of collectors and investors has grown substantially in the last few years. In fact, now there are more companies who offer art insurance.

Why do you need to insure art? It is important to insure art against natural disasters, theft, fire or any other damage caused due to unforeseen circumstances. Museums, galleries and also private collections are now increasingly turning towards insurance coverage. Still, at the moment there are only a limited number of companies offering insurance for fine art. As premiums are high, most private collectors and investors shy away from insuring their collections. There is an urgent need for greater awareness and also friendlier policies that cater exclusively for art.

Reputed galleries ensure that their artworks are insured in transit but collectors and investors too should make sure they have an insurance cover when they lend out their works for public viewing. Else, any damage caused in transit or at the public site can cause an irrevocable loss.

It is important to document the collection appropriately through photograph, receipts, provenance certificates or any other related papers. One must go through the policy in detail to understand the fine print completely. Policies may vary according to the size of the collection, or in some cases one may want to insure only a part of it. Smaller collections or a few pieces could be covered as part of a comprehensive household insurance cover. Look around to find a policy that suits your needs.

The art collection needs to be appraised for its estimated value. Professional valuations can be done periodically to ensure it matches the market rates. Undervaluing the collection can lower the premium but in case of a loss or damage the claims will also be lower and the compensation may not be adequate.
When insuring, a significant criterion in selecting the insurance agent should be to opt for a company who has built a reputation of honouring claims.

(Published in Financial Times)