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  A fortnightly newsletter for the Artists & Art Lovers Dehgam,Gandhinagar Pages 4  Year 1   Vol 23 Issue 23    January, 1st,2017    


Dear Friends,

I am extremely happy to present this "Cube Art" news letter to lover's of visual art.This is our 23rd edition with your whole hearted support,reaching 10000 copies.Very soon we will be archieving our finaltarget of 20000 copies.

Our goal is to reach out to people who wish to know more about what's happening in the world,but doesn't have the proper resources to get the information and news.We want to motivate young minds in art and encourage them to take art as a subject and make their successful career.

It is our humble attempt to communicate the useful news to the people involved in painting,drawing and other creativity. I request you to kindly extend your valuable support,to continue te publication of this honest end eavor.

We will be extremely grateful to receive your suggestions and feedback.

Ravindra Mardia


Sujata Setia,a self taught photographer

but that doest't stop her form starting

her own formal courses in outdoor

photography in her home town 

Charging roughly $440 for a day-course in outdoor photography in New Delhi,Setia's teaching courses,aimed toward amateur photographers,frequently sell out.
"Initially India was only about wedding photography," she says."But it has recently been changing so much in the metros[cities],everyone wants couples' shoots,newborn shoots."
Those who want to hone their own skills can jump onto an e-commerce site such as Flipkart and quickly sift through their options for affordable camera equipment.
A former radio jockey in New Delhi,Setia says she previously told stories with her voice on air;today as a photographer,she's doing the same thing with her images,something she believes Indians connect with due to the country's rich storytelling heritage.

Treat for Art Connoisseurs

The Art Hub,being one of the newest spaces on

the block,has unearthed a consistent pool of talent

that rotates local talent on its small but expertly

curated list.Located in the heart of Bombay and

sitting in somed splender at Atria mall,the space

seems to be enviously roomy.

As new waves of exciting young Artists add new

contours onto the legacy of their established peers,

The Art Hub has come up with an exclusive Art

show,"Notes of Vision",post demonetision,a rare

gathering of most of the "Living Masters",that has

been envisioned as a space to celebrate the artwork

of the living legends of our time.Spotlighting Art

works from Jatin Das,Vijendra Sharma,Prabhakar Kolte,Shuvaprasanna,Shipra Bhattacharya,Lalita

Lazmi,Niren Sen Gupta,Bose Krishanamachari,

Brinda Miller,Deepak Shinde,Vinod Sharma and

Charan Sharma.......and many more.The exclusive show is scheduled in January 7th-31st.Special invites have been extended to Mumbai's well known art connosieurs,special comfort zones have been created for all the four weekends.The show is 

scheduled in January,only on weekends,as per your flexibility and comfort.

Emerging from recession and demonetisation hitting a very bad low,The Art Industry has borne the brunt of all consequences.Hence International Creative Art Center (ICAC) offers 300 plus beautiful art works of paintings and sculptures by some of the greatest Indian living Masters.
Inviting all art connoisseurs to celebrate art with us from the 7th to the 31st of January,2017.Enriching you in a world of Art,wine and cheese you cannot afford to miss an opportunity like this.

This show is exclusively for invitees only,if we've missed out on you kindly contact:
Ravindra Mardia:09820151415
Virangana Soni:09167221322
or Email us at:

Mark Your dates:any of the Saturdays and Sundays ... ... ... .
07th or 08th of January,2017
14th or 15thof January,2017
21st or 22nd of January,2017
28th or 29th of January,2017

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Will India be able to take an

art revolution?

This highlights the opportunity and hugepotential for Indian art.An interesting point tonote here is that our art market size has grown to20 times its original size in less than nine years,whereas the global art market size has onlydoubled in the same time span.At $140 million,

the current Indian market is just half the value ofthe most expensive global art work,a tellingindicator of its growth potential.
Some key factors driving market growth includethe repidly expanding base of Indian corporatesand high income individuals and the associatedemergence of a museum-going culture in thecountry.A greater awareness of interior designand aesthetics is also playing a tertiary role.Foreign and Chinese collectors,although stillpartial to 'home grown' art,are now showing moreinterest in the work of Indian artists.The Chinese market truly came into its own whenforeign collectors started buying Chinese art andChinese collectors followed suit.A similar trendcan also be created in India.

Post demonetisation:What better

time to invest in art than now?
On November 8,2016,the Government scrappedRs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in order to curb blackmoney and corruption.As a result prices havedropped due to demonetisation.The art world hadstill not emerged from recession and nowdemonetisation has hit it badly too.With theupcoming exhibition we wish to offer genuineart works of popular artists at very affordable prices.The growing trend in high net worth investing is to seek out asset classes with scarcity.However,in today's global market the real question is:Is this a golden opportunity to invest in Art?
Art provides investors with an alternative,tangible opportunity.In times of high and rising inflation,art has performed historically well across all market sectors.Typically when there is an uncertain market,collectors,look to purchase art with an investment view,not just to purchase beautiful objects.

The low correlation of art to equities & traditional

asset classes provides valuable portfolio

diversification,which leads to an increase in overall


Art is tangible,beautiful work of art in which value

will remain if the price dips.There is a prestige

associated with art that will never change,even if

the value changes.

'Taste the essence' of Indian


A new book by B.N.Goswamy promises

to open up the world of Indian art

If there is anything common across Indianpainting's broad reach - from abstract ideasdepicted in bright flat colour to sophisticated courtscenes of emperors and their nobles - it is rasa,aSanskrit word whose meaning is central to Indianart,and which might be translated as 'tasting theessence',or'yielding delight'.And if there is anyonewho can explain such concepts,opening up theworld of Indian painting to a much wider audience,it is the art historian Professor Brijinder NathGoswamy.
Born in the pre-independence Punjab area ofnorthern India,Goswamy abandoned his civilservice job in 1958,aged just 25,to devote himselfto studying Indian art.Almost six decades later,his

publications include the landmark catalogue heedited with Milo Beach and Eberhard Fischer toaccompany the 2011 show 'Masters of IndianPainting 1100-1900',held in Zurich and NewYork.Now,in The Spirit of Indian Painting,hemarries erudition with an acute eye and clear proseto produce an immensely readable book - one thatcould just as well be titled 'How to enjoy Indianpainting'.

Goswamy states that his aim is not to present yet another history of Indian painting,but to bringreaders/viewers into close contact with each work,and to make them feel the texture of its form andthought,to taste its essence or rasa'.He introducesthe subtle colours of a lion's coat in a Mughalhunting scene;shows how an artist draws us into


the heart of a great battle between gods anddemons;and points out how a portrait of thetolerant Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II of Bijapurreveals how he saw himself as both a devoutMuslim and a Hindu.

It might be tempting to skip Goswamy's long preamble essay,'A Layered World',enjoying instead his rigorous selection of 101 great paintings,each given a full-page illustration opposite his thoughtful commentary.This would

be a mistake. In this essay he addresses why these paintings-usually small and made on paper using gouache paints-were made as they were,and how we might best understand them today.
Goswamy discusses what the paintings were illustrating,what emotions they were intended to stir in the viewer,as well as the aim of a portrait and the relationship of patron and artist.He also points out the job of landscape to echo human emotion,vital details that add so much to the overall meaning,and the essential presence of human action.Even poems about the months of the year are given their visual equivalent through lovers meeting,sharing,being separated.Spring is expressed through an entwined couple sitting on a swing suspended from a fruiting tree in a blossoming stage-set garden.Indeed,the word rasa was originally used to describe Sanskrit theatre,where actors,costumes,scenery and props all contributed to its success..

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Demonetisation-Generated Worries Curb Bids at Christie's Auction

Mumbai:Christie's high profile annual art auctions in Mumbai just managed to overcome growing concern about the direction of the Indian economy.They yielded a respectable but unexciting sales total of Rs 72.17 crore that acted as more of a warning than encouragement about future prospects.

 In an evening auction of South Asian modern and contemporary art,53 lots were sold out of 73(72%)producing a total of Rs 68.01 crore.That was far below Christie's record sale last December of Rs 97.7 crore,the highest for any auction held in India,and the previous record of Rs 96.5 crore that it achieved at its first Indian sale three years ago.

An afternoon sale of classical Indian art produced dismal results with just 38 lots sold out of 71(53%),including 50 miniature paintings of which only 42% found buyers.The total was Rs 4.13 million.

That is not the sort of result that Indian art's leading international auction house expects to achieve,though it was the first time Christie's has held a dedicated classical sale in the country.The result would have been far worse but for a colourful,and a well-known British cigarwielding collector liviing in India,assisted by the galleriest of The Art Hub,Worli,Ms Virangana Soni,who made most of the successful bids and became known as "paddle number 28".

"Christie's pulls it off again,just!"was the most optimistic comment that I heard from collectors at the end of the day."Out of all our four auctions here,this one was the hardest,"said William Robinson,the modern art auctioneer and international head of Christie's,told local media."Potential

buyers are holding onto their money because of a growing fear of bad times ahead - across broad areas people are hurting,"said Geetha Mehra,who runs  the Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai.

The high spot of the moderns auction was the sale of two paintings by Vasudeo Gaitonde,a leading member of India's progressive artists' group who died in 2001,and another by Tyeb Mehta,also one of the progressives,who died in 2009."Along with other works,this sent a strong message to the market,'said Deepanjana Klein,Christie's international head of south Asian modern art.

Gaitonde has been doing well in recent years and he currently holds the record for the highest auction price achieved by an Indian modern artist,but Christie's were anxious about the sales because it failed in September to sell a Gaitonde estimated at $1.8m-$2.2m in New York.

Two works by Gaitonde,both 60in x 40in (approximately)oils on canvas,sold after slow bidding.The highest hammer price of Rs 13 crore (including buyer's premium),which exceeded the top estimate,was achieved for a work (above)that had more detailed drawn shapes than many of Gaitonde's paintings.

The other work achieved Rs 9.5 crore(including the premium),just above the low estimate.

The lot on which Christie's had pinned most hope was a striking 66in x 51in oil on canvas by Tyeb Mehta.This failed to meet the low estimate of Rs


10 crore,but sold for Rs 8.5 crore (including the premium).

Interior of a Temple an early Bhupen Khakhar that sold after strong bidding for a hammer price of Rs2.2 crore,marking this artist's growing popularity with a solo exhibition at London's Tate Modern that closed last month

Christie's experts can console themselves that the potential buyer base for classical auctions India is smaller than abroad because the works cannot be exported,so international collectors cannot bid.

A year ago however Mumbai based Saffronart,the leading Indian auction house,staged its first sale of classical Indian art and had the rare achievement of all the 70 lots being sold,yielding Rs 164 crore.That auction also included a large number of works from Tandsn's collection.

Till now,the main collectors of miniature paintings have been in the UK and US,plus the Middle East.They buy and sell works that were taken abroad many years ago and thus were not caught by the current ban on the export of antiquities.There have been few Indian collectors though specialists believe that this now could change as Indian collectors of modern art realise the appeal and prestige of the best miniatures and sculptures.many of these works can be obtained for around $10,000,which is far less than for the best moderns and is also lower than prices being paid abroad.

There has been a spate of other south Asia art auctions since a successful one held by Sotheby's in October in London.The most notable was staged last month by Pundole,one of Mumbai's oldest art galleries that holds regular auctions in the city.It sold 85% of its 92 lots totalling Rs 42.25 crore,its highest score since it began auctions in 2011.


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Born in the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa and growing up among six siblings;he naturally felt neglected but that gave him freedom.His parents had dreams of him becoming a doctor but he was strongly influenced by his Guru who encouraged poetry and art.

At the age of 17,he finally left Orissa to pursue architecture at Sir J J school of Arts,Mumbai.From a small town to the biggest cosmopolitans,from East coast to West coast,from fish and rich to fish and chips he found his determination to paint and six months later switched to painting which was a major turning point in his life.

For practice he'd have to submit 20-30 sketches a day but took it up on his own to do 300 sketches a day.He chose to walk the distance from his hostel to college and would save up the bus ticket money for paper,which helped him sketch and draw chanawalas,vegetable vendors and people whom he encountered with on his way.

By the time he graduated,he was already an established artist as he started participating in the art exhibitions at the national as well as international level.His works now feature in several public and private collections.Jatin has built a large




personal collection of traditional arts and crafts over the last 35 years. His works have been auctioned by major international auctioneers like Sotheby's Christie's and Osian's.In addition to being a professional artist,he has lectured extensively.Several of his artwork has been donated to charity in India and abroad.

The human body holds an endless fascination for him as he pursues his quest for dynamic figures tirelessly,using a linear structure and quick brushwork.He believes that every element of life has an inherent energy.This energy is evident in his paintings of men and women,captured in the throes of emotional upheaval,portraying the plethora of emotional upheaval,portraying the plethora of emotions evoked as a result of the interaction of people with society and nature.

The man-woman relationship,in particular,with all its attendant pain and joy is a constant source of inspiration to him.Rhythmic discontinuities of colour planes and rushing lines characterise his paintings.He focuses on drawing out the subtleties of thought and feeling through the use of colour.In particular,it was his paintings of nude or 'bare figure' forms that brought him acclaim.Unconsciously,he arranges lines on a mass of paint and then chisels it with lines and from that a figure emerges and that's how a painting tells you how to paint.

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