Archive for the Category » Art Market «

Paris Art Market

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 | Author:

Global art market is thriving. In last two decades, prices of art works have touched stratospheric orbit. We keep coming across the news of wonderful art works being sold for unbelievable prices. Many little known artists got their due in the mad rush of art auctions. It also helped in opening up new avenues for budding artists who were earlier struggling for recognition. However, in last one and half year, things have slightly changed. Due to global recession, art market has also got affected. The crisis did manage to penetrate strong world of art works. We all are pretty sure about the crisis being a minor blip in the long term wonderful prospects of art market. But as of now, many investors of the world have put on hold any new art purchasing decisions. Huge art markets like London and New York have also been affected with slowdown.


But there is one global market that has not shown any signs of slowing down. Yes, we are talking about Paris Art Market. Compared to 2007 and early 2008, number of auction sales and volumes have remained more or less stable. That is no mean feat considering the recession factor looming large in other major parts of the world. Talking about this year, there has been remarkable improvement in the number of sales figure shown by Paris art market. It has remained higher than London or New York. In February, Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent sale took place at the Grand Palaisand it was a huge success.


Many wonderful art auctions have been accomplished in the beautiful capital of France. Even in May 2009, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale got buyers for no less than 95% of the art works on hammer. Christie’s had a phenomenal success rate in Paris in last few months. All in all, Paris is leading the revival of art auctions in global market.

famous paintings

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:

Famous paintings by Indian artists are collectibles for an art lover. One is able to understand the underlying meaning of colors, abstractness and the melody of the painting the painter wishes to convey and this is quite a passion for people who love to invest in paintings. Famous paintings have been a tradition of India which was earlier patronized by the rulers and kingly royals. Nowadays paintings are getting an international recognition as there are several mediums to connect the artist and the art lover.


The theme of the paintings of Tyeb Mehta and the celebration of the figures he paints speaks about his dimension of art. His creativity is exemplified and the paintings are usual sold at a high price. Some rich paintings can also be seen during the Moghul era and the Mysore paintings are also a rich tradition. Art schools also are getting more recognition and the enrolment in this stream is increasing.


Batik paintings are one of the ethnic styles that are very typically Indian. The paintings are quite a process to go through. The Ajanta murals seem to be the work of great artists and the unsung heroes will never be known and history beckons us to the rich tradition. There are more concepts in the Phad paintings and the tribal art ones. The painting style is also related to the earlier prevailing time and this is suited to the international climate.


The effects of paint, canvas and form is all related to the style of painting that goes from depicting surreal expressions to bold caricature or abstract forms. Charcoal, wood and the recent acrylic medium in paintings shows the renaissance and is symbolic of the effects of change brought in by famous painters. The miniature paintings of the Moghul era, the cave style painting of Ellora and the classic style employed in the Tanjore paintings of South India are examples of exquisite ethnic paintings.

Indian art market

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Author:

Appreciation of Indian art seems to be also a part of our heritage. Our monuments, kingly palaces and also getaways to prominent towns have a distinct identity owing to the encouragement received by patrons of art. The caste system prevalent in the earlier times also added to preservation of art forms in families. With much of intermingling and scrapping of caste system India is looking at a more comprehensive way to commercialize the appreciation of art.


Art sees no religion and is the expression of an artist. This is seen in the works of M F Hussain who explores the subtle natural element in Hindu mythology. The paintings of renowned artists like Amrtia Shergil or Tyeb Mehta are priced high and they have several seekers to love to adorn their homes or commercial units with the fabulous paintings. Several Indian associations are also looking at a consortium to sell the great works of art and the buyers are growing each year.


Scaling international heights for any kind of commercial activity is very important. This can be done by formal channels of exhibitions and display of the marked pieces. It is important to merchandise the paintings in a very sophisticated manner and the person must be able to highlight the in-depth matter of the subject. There are several art houses who exhibit paintings and photography on regular intervals.


Art schools have workshops to train novices and amateur painters who are also given a chance to explore and hone their talent. The support from the Government is also required to back any kind of activity in the Indian art market. Art lovers look out for unique and blending concepts in the thematic works of art and are ready to invest in premium collections.


The paintings by great artists are a trophy collection and for art lovers this is a passion. Exhibitions offer a great opportunity to display the paintings and the recent online gallery is again a new way to connect with people who share a love for Indian art.

Art workshops

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 | Author:

Art is said to be one of the primary human qualities. Art workshops strive towards opening mind towards the mysterious reality. We humans tend to love and appreciate beautiful things. Some of those humans, in reality, create those beautiful things and those humans are called artists. But in order to create those things one needs to take an initiative. Art workshops are one of those things which help in making one take that initiative. In India, there are good number of wide-ranging workshops which offer guidance and training in diverse forms of arts. These workshops are designed keeping in view individuals’ preferences, age, talent and inclination.

Art workshops are as follows-

The most common art workshops are dedicated to painting. Different form of paintings are taught and explained in these workshops. Some art workshops focus on water Color Painting where the basics are explained along with the materials used in paintings. Experienced teachers emphasize on different objects like landscapes, drawing and various application techniques of watercolor. Few other workshops specialize in Warli Painting which is a form of traditional painting. Workshops invite Warli tribal painters who guide course attendants in history, symbolism used and style of this form of painting. 

Oil painting workshops: detailed study of oil colors is covered in these workshops. Different techniques of oil on canvas painting, materials to be used, abstract paintings, drawings in various forms of life and nature are primary themes taught in these workshops. Miniature Painting workshops: under this workshop students are taught to create miniature drawing with the help of particular tools and drawing paper. Students are expected to have awareness of balanced human outline sketches. Truly an enjoyable workshop!

Calligraphy workshop: – calligraphy is an ancient art which is quite popular amongst art learners. This workshop acts as an eye opener about the wonderful possibilities calligraphy holds within. Here again, strokes and materials to be used as well as history of Roman and Devnagri scripts are taught about. Apart from above mentioned workshops, there are few other workshops specializing in different others arts and crafts like Pottery workshop, where students are trained in entire process of pottery making. Cartooning workshops teach basics of cartoon drawing.

Philosophy in art

Sunday, July 05th, 2009 | Author:

It is said that philosophy and art go hand in hand. Philosophy gives you inspiration to do art. Art was never dissociated from mainstream philosophy and literature over the years. Modern and post modern philosophical views can be seen in contemporary art. Post modern thinkers like Deleuze and Lyotard said that without philosophy there is no art. Visual art is not something that is achieved without philosophical thought of the artist. Deleuze infact said that fish is a poster and so he is providing visuals to us together with new ways of looking at the picture giving us new philosophies and new thoughts on the subjects.            

When philosopher Michel Foucault was discussing a painting with surrealist painter Rene Magritte, he talked about the relationship between words and objects, thoughts and visuals and resemblance and similitude. Magaritte says that things do not have resemblances, only thought resemble. It resembles by what one sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.

Foucault agreed but he had one problem which he encountered in a painting. He said ‘painting interposes a problem: there is a thought that can be seen and visually described. Here the most important thing is the thought process. So one would agree that philosophy is important without which a painting is not at all interesting. But only thought process and no skill do not work and that both go hand in hand. Hence, while there is philosophy in art, art in itself is a skill and cannot work solely on the basis of a thought.

Abstract art

Saturday, July 04th, 2009 | Author:


I always wonder about the term abstract. What is abstract? What defines abstract in the world of art? Does abstract mean deriving meaning out of a few lines sketched onto the paper or is it something that moves away from the figures that we have been seeing on paper since a long time, moving away from reality? Abstract art to me is a reality that comes out from the subconscious trying to hide what it actually wants to say.

Is abstract art dying? Nothing in art actually dies; it is there just dormant momentarily. Moreover, as long as reality is there, abstract art is here to stay. There are so many abstract paintings that have reflected reality, artist’s individual experience, and the inner dilemma that many of us are unable to express otherwise. Abstract art is a form, a colour and a composition of imagination on paper. Abstract art that we see today is the exploration that is being influenced by the western artists. That is where it is harmful for any artist. There is a need to explore more within and in our country where there is so much scope for abstract art.

Abstract art was criticized for a long time because many artists plunged into it without really understanding the very basics of the abstraction. Artists who were into spiritualism or in mysticism painted abstract art without knowing and realizing what they are actually painting Many artists have no idea of the philosophy of abstract art. Hence abstract art, even though it is abstract in nature, has some foundations and only after one has seen and studied great works of art for ages, will one know what abstract art is all about.

Good art and bad art

Friday, July 03rd, 2009 | Author:

The first question that comes to my mind is, is there anything called as good art and bad art? The art market is booming and everyone around seems to be interested in buying art. So many galleries promoting so many new works of art and giving a platform to new artists of the decade in such a scenario it is really difficult to say and understand what good art is and what bad art is.

Some say that it is purely personal and subjective on what defines art and thus what is good art and bad art. To spot a great painting or an artist, one needs to have a great knowledge of art over the years. Hence take an art expert along with you in case you are not well versed with art history and the kind of paintings that have been appreciated over the years. Try and visit as many art exhibitions as you can as this will help you to spot the painting you were looking for.

Some people still prefer to think that there is nothing called as good art and bad art and that it is all perception. The word art is a word that has its own meanings and is very subjective as well. They say that art is just art. It is a piece of creation that may be liked by some and not liked by others. You usually form your meaning out of the painting and it is how the painting makes the emotional connect with you is what matters. So you can decide and have your own definition for what you can call a good art and vice versa.


Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Author:

Like Indian arts, Indian crafts are extremely rich in variety and quality. Many Indian crafts have continued to exist since centuries. Interestingly, as we are getting more and more modern in our approach, we have also started to gravitate towards ancient Indian arts and crafts. In fashion sense, it is called as reemergence of retro fashion. Similarly, Indian crafts have started to get its due importance and attention. One of the traditional Indian crafts is Kalamkari. It is related to cotton fabric.


The interesting aspect of Kalamkari is usage of dye for patterns instead of loom. Technically speaking, for cotton, ochre color is used because of the fact that cotton takes it comfortably. But when it comes to using other colors, mordant is used initially. It is done with the purpose of treating fabric so that desired hue is absorbed accordingly. The craftsmen use block or brush to apply mordant. A pen like instrument is also used on a pre woven fabric. This pen like object or kalam is used on the clothes and from there the term kalamkari has been coined. Kalamkari was profusely used for the purpose of decorative or functional hangings. These hangings were often used in monumental or domestic structures as covering material or wrapping. One can see these wrappings at most of the heritage places or monuments scattered across the India. Kalamkari artists have gradually become quite popular because of the quality of the work and beauty of the clothes. The artists have also started to spread in other forms of art and crafts. The demand has increased and so has the range of subjects and themes.  

Online Art Auctions

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Author:

The world art market has witnessed a tremendous growth in purely business sense. The price of art works has reached roof and this trend is giving no signs of slowing down. The art market is slightly thawed because of recession factor but sooner than later things are bound to be heated once again. The Indian art market is no exception to this phenomenon. Indian art market has been flooded with increasing flow of money and excited amongst the art aficionados. Indian art has been in constant demand both within the country as well as on international platforms. One of the reasons behind this mad rush is online art auctions. The demand for Indian art has led to numerous art galleries adopting the online selling mode. Large numbers of art buyers are based in aboard and to cater to their demands online auctions fit the bill perfectly.


According to one survey, a work of art is being purchased every 26 hours on popular auction portal That is just one example. This has also helped in emergence of several talented Indian artists. These unknown artists can now look forward to list their work on websites and find the suitable buyers. Online art auctions are relatively a new concept in India. Though, it has been in vogue for a long time on global stage. Advent of technology has made Indian tech-savvy.


This is also very handy for them because now they no longer need to visit art galleries spread across the country. Potential buyers can locate the work on websites and find quotes as well. They can also check the profile of artists and his previous works. Just the thought of looking at huge numbers of art works with one click of mouse is very tempting and exciting. The other facilities, buyers can look forward to is online payment and comparison with other similar art works on various auction portals. The potential of online auction is huge in India and in coming time this trend is destined to firm up further.

The first art movement of modern India: Samikshavad

Saturday, June 06th, 2009 | Author:

Different from the western movement of art, in 1974, Samikshavad became the first indigenous Art movement in modern India. ‘Samiksha’, a Sanskrit word, means criticism of life and society in which they live. Samikshavad had a distinct identity of its own and was not inspired by the western trend of art. The Indian art circle during those times raised their voice through this movement and many illustrated lecture programs on Samikshavad were sponsored by University Art Departments at different places. Samikshavad gained ground in the seventies in the country and then went on to create a new atmosphere in the field of art for an indigenous development of Indian modern art.



The main source of inspiration for Samikshavad was social, political, cultural and economical conditions in the country. The aim of this movement of art was to free art from any kind of personal obligations. Samikshavad wanted to socialize art, diverging art from any kind of mystery. Artists who adopted or were a part of this movement exposed issues like corruption prevalent in the society. Artists used metaphors and symbols and painted with a visual language that was full of satire. This movement has changed the scenario of modern Indian painting.


Few of the artists who were inspired by this movement were Hridya Narayan Mishra, Santosh Kumar Singh, Virendra Prasad Singh, Raghuvir Sen Dhir, Ved Prakash Mishra, Gopal Madhukar Chaturvedi, Ram Shabd Singh, Bala Dutt Pandey, Prof. Ram Chandra Shukla, Ravindra Nath Mishra,  etc.