Sunday 6 August 2023

"Whispers of the Wilderness" at Jehangir Gallery

Art enthusiasts and nature lovers are in for a treat as the Jehangir Art Gallery proudly presents "Whispers of the Wilderness," an exquisite art exhibit by Vinita Sadarangani. The show will take place from 8th to 14th August 2023, between 11 am and 7 pm.

Artist: Vinita Sadarangani


Step into a world where art and nature converge, as Vinita Sadarangani takes you on a mesmerizing journey through her collection of beautiful and reflective artworks. The exhibit promises to transport visitors to the heart of the forest, where trees transform into storytellers, revealing tales of wonder and serenity. Within the enchanting tapestry of this showcase, a profound purpose unfolds, inviting nature enthusiasts to join hands in the noble quest for safeguarding our beloved forests.

Drawing inspiration from the Impressionist movement, Vinita's paintings masterfully blend loose brushwork, vibrant colors, and an impeccable understanding of light and atmosphere. Through a fusion of Impressionism and abstraction, she breaks away from conventional representation, delving into the realm of emotions and interpretations. Each canvas becomes a captivating symphony of colors and shapes, inviting viewers to explore their connections and responses to the artwork.


Through her paintings, Vinita aspires to create a sanctuary of emotions, where hearts find solace and spirits soar.  This enchanting exhibit at the Jehangir Art Gallery, a celebration of art and nature promises to leave you awe-inspired.

Press Release

From: 8th to 14th August 2023

"Whispers of the Wilderness"

Solo show of Paintings by contemporary artist Vinita Sadarangani



Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

Contact: +91 9892969660



“Rhapsody 2023” A Group Exhibition of Paintings & Sculptures organized to support cancer patients

In the heart of Mumbai, the ARTIVAL FOUNDATION, an esteemed art promotion institution, orchestrates a breathtaking group art show, Rhapsody 2023. This grand event is a harmonious convergence of 25 revered contemporary Artists, hailing from the present art world.

The talented and renowned artists participating in this exhibition include Vasudeo Kamath, Prakash Ghadge, Pradip Sarkar, Ajay De, Ashif Hossain, Shashikant Dhotre, Gopal Pardeshi, Birakishor Patra, Deepak B. Patil, Vishal Phasale, Jaydeb Dolui, Govind Sirsat, Santosh Bhoir, Dr. Shankar Sharma, Pratibha Goel, Maredu Ramu, Dr. Shefali Bhujbal, Maya B, Ramanpreet Kaur Narang, Sudipta Adhikari, Kashyap Ray, Jyotsna Sonavane, Shailesh Gurav. They come together in a splendid display of their masterpieces at the renowned Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, transforming it into an ethereal gallery of artistic brilliance. 

This show is curated by Sharad Gurav, Satish Patil

'Rhapsody 2023' endeavors to present the diverse and captivating works of these artists, each adorned with meaningful expressions and a kaleidoscope of mediums, techniques, and color tones. The grandeur of this exhibition aims to touch the hearts of prospective art collectors, lovers, and patrons on a global scale.

Beyond its visual splendor, this art show is imbued with a noble purpose - to inspire compassion and support for those bravely battling cancer. The show's magnanimity is further enhanced by the generous support and inspiration received from the esteemed CANCER PATIENTS AID ASSOCIATION (CPAA). A portion of the proceeds from this enchanting affair will be devoted to this renowned organizations dedicated to cancer research, treatment, and patient care.

Vasudeo Kamath, Jiva & Shiva, Oil on canvas

At the core of the ARTIVAL FOUNDATION's mission lies the pursuit of uncovering hidden gems among talented artists residing in both rural and urban India. Exhibitions like Rhapsody 2023 serve as stepping stones, connecting these artists with art lovers. 

Press Release

From: 8th to 14th August 2023

Artival Foundation presents “Rhapsody 2023”


A Group Exhibition of Paintings & Sculptures organized to support cancer patients


Jehangir Art Gallery

Auditorium Hall 161-B, M.G.Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm.Contact: +91 9920804573, 9833949788

Rhapsody 2023 - A Spectacular Show with Purpose

Saturday 5 August 2023

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IIFM) 2023:National award winning director Raj Pritam More Short film"Bichauliya" lead nomination

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IIFM) 2023 has announced nominations for its 14th edition. The event is the only film festival outside of Indian soil that is backed by the government of another country. The festival also honours OTT content in three categories.

National film award-winning director  Raj Pritam More’s new Hindi Short film’’ Bichauliya’’( Middleman).Produces by Girish Arora & Sangeeta Arora.Present by Sane insane pictures.

’BICHAULIYA’’( Middleman) Hindi short film based on Saadat Hasan Manto Story, it’s a new adaptation screenplay of today's time and contemporary new vision of 2022 ( written by Sameer Tabhane).It's a story of man’s manhood!.It's traveling to all international film festivals.Its world premiere'' South Asian Shorts'' at Long Island South Asian Film festival .USA.Two Awards  at 3rd MICFF India Shorts film festival Mumbai 2023.Screening''Asian corner'' at Indian Film Festival Melbourne 23.
Raj More 

Well-known Marathi actor, Ankur Wadhve, from the comic show “Chala Hawa Yeu Dya”, is making his debut in Hindi film industry through this short film. He is sharing the screen with the talented, Indira Tiwari, who was seen in “Serious men” alongside Nawazuddin. She is ready to surprise the audience again with her acting in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s released film “Gangubai Kathiawadi”.

The awards include series and movies released between 1st June 2022 to 31st May 2023. Leading the categories of Short Film,Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress include movies like Darlings, Monica O My Darling, Ponniyin Selvan, and Kantara. 

In the streaming category, series like Trial By Fire, Jubilee, and Delhi Crime Season 2 have garnered the highest number of nominations. Only series that are available in the Australian subcontinent have been considered for the awards. 

Earlier, it was revealed that R Balki’s Ghoomer will premiere at the festival. The film will kickstart the festival on August 12. Ghoomer stars Saiyami Kher and Abhishek Bachchan.

- Art Blogazine

Tuesday 1 August 2023

TARQ: Preview Thursday 10th August 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Parag Tandel: Archipelagic Archivist

Curated by Shaunak Mahbubani

About the Exhibition

Amongst the incessant din of new construction, it is often forgotten that Mumbai was once an archipelago of seven islands. The Kolis, indigenous inhabitants of these lands and waters stewarded the vibrant ecology for centuries. In his upcoming solo exhibition at TARQ, artist Parag Tandel from Thane’s Chendani Koliwada, archives the rich culture of the Kolis alongside networks of kinship between the community and coastal ecosystems.

Passing down knowledges through oraliture, the Kolis have been left out of the process of writing their own history. To counteract this historical erasure, Tandel presents new bodies of sculpture that draw from complex traditions of food, fishing, and faith. Eschewing imperial modes of recording such as maps and ledgers, the artist instead looks towards the realm of affect to create a distinct form of archiving that resonates with the heritage of his people.

"This method of archiving that Parag has developed can be seen within the context of what Caribbean philosopher Édouard Glissant has called archipelagic thinking — one that balances acts of belonging with ways of being in relation to the world, that is 'rooted and open, in harmony and in errantry,' 1 " writes curator Shaunak Mahbubani. "Presenting a solo show after seven years, one sees a profound leap in Parag's practice, especially within his immersion into material culture that simultaneously channels his Koli ancestry while being in dialogue with the rapidly changing state of the city, and the global climate crisis at large."

Tracing a route from the arrival of the Portuguese to the current coastal road development, Tandel brings us into contact with a range of interconnected stories. In sculptures fashioned from the Jambul tree, we encounter the effects of 17th century policies which outlawed ageold jambul wine making processes. Alongside, in the limited edition publication 'Ek Bagal Mein Chand Hoga Ek Bagal Mein Rotiyan', we are introduced to recipes collected from Koli kitchens, a food culture that is currently under threat due to rapid urbanization and oceanic pollution. 

Talisman for Coastal Futures 3, 2023

Not content with only looking at history, the artist is also keenly interested in fostering new possibilities. 'Into The Bones' is a unique collaboration with metalwork artists from the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, melding indigenous artistic techniques from the two regions to develop a series of 12 intricate mixed media sculptures. Calling out to the next generation, the show culminates with an assembly of ecstatic thread sculptures, combining the traditional armatures of the Koli faith with the dynamic energy of the ocean and all its inhabitants. 'भराली' are talismans to cast spells for inter-species coastal futures.

Poetically moving between islands of time and material metaphor, Parag Tandel invites viewers to enter the waterways of the erstwhile Bombai archipelago, where tides carry the force of celebration, loss, and resilient hope. 

1 Glissant Édouard, Wing B. Poetics of Relation. Ann Arbor Michigan: University of Michigan Press; 1997. p 34. 

About the Artist Parag Tandel 

(b. 1978), is a Mumbai-based artist with a Postgraduate-Diploma in Creative Sculpture from M. S University, Baroda (2005) and Diploma in sculpture and modelling from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai (2003). Tandel’s solo exhibitions include Pregnant Room 1 and Pregnant Room 2, both showcased at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, (2008 & 2010) Chronicle at TARQ, Mumbai (2016) and Autopolisphilia curated by Noopur Desai at Sudarshan art gallery, Pune, India (2018). He has also been part of various group shows across India including Event, Memory, Metaphor curated by Anish Gawande at TARQ, Mumbai (2022); New Natures: A Terrible Beauty is Born curated by Ravi Agarwal at the Goethe Institut, Mumbai (2022); All Canaries Bear Watching curated by Premjish Achari at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2022); Fragile Kinships curated by Shaunak Mahbubani at the Swiss Embassy, New Delhi (2018); Baroda March, Mumbai (2015); Small is Big, Durbar Hall, Kochi (2013); Earth Art Project Tansa, Arka Art Trust, Mumbai (2013); The Art of Drawing, The Guild, Mumbai (2011); TAKE 2, Aarushi Arts, Delhi (2011); and AvaGard, Threshold Art Gallery, Delhi (2009) among others. 

Some of his public art projects include Tandel Fund of Archives, pop-up museum of fisherfolk, Mumbai (2020 & 2019); (En)counters- Daily Rations Public art project, curated by Artoxygen, Breathing art works, Mumbai (2017); Geographies of consumptions, Mumbai (2015); Big 

Catch, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (2012); and Sandarbh, Rajasthan (2011). Tandel has been a recipient of the Jhunjhunwala Scholarship Award (2003); Maharashtra State Art Award (2003); and All India Art and Craft Society State Award (2003). Additionally, he has participated in residencies at the Banboo Curtain Studio, Taiwan (2018) Piramal Art Residency (2017), Space 118 (2015), Mumbai and in Partapur, Rajasthan

Parag’s artist book Ek bagal mein chand hoga ek bagal mein rotiyan was published in 2021 by TARQ with support from Mumbai Water Narratives at the Living Waters Museum. He recently showed his work How to cook Bombay Duck in various ways? at India Art Fair 2023. 

Journey of Bombay duck, 2023

He currently lives and works in Thane, Mumbai. 

About the Curator Shaunak Mahbubani (they/she) is a nomadic curator and writer. They primarily pursue projects under the exhibition series 'Allies for the Uncertain Futures’ focused on exploring possibilities of co-visioning futures grounded in the pursuit of non-duality. The fourth iteration in this series, AUTOPOIESIS (2022-23) had manifestations and cross-pollinations across Mexico City, New Delhi, and Berlin. 

They will curate The Albanian Conference at the upcoming Lagos Biennale (2024). Other recent curatorial projects include how many songs from a single note? (TARQ, Mumbai, 2022), Party Office at documenta fifteen (Kassel 2022, co-curated with Vidisha-Fadescha), A—ligning the Un—certain (Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, 2022), Skin To Skin (Experimenter, Kolkata, 2023), Entre Sures (Mexico City, 2021, Co-curated with Eli Moon), Seeds are Being Sown (PRAF, New Delhi, 2020), Reality is Post-Produced (TIER, Berlin, 2019), and Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth (New Delhi, 2018).

Shaunak’s art writing has appeared in Artforum, Critical Collective, Mezosfera, ifa Biennale stories, STIR World, Hakara Journal and other platforms. They have been awarded residencies, grants, and engagements from Goethe Institut, ISCP New York, La Napoule Foundation France, The Gujral Foundation, Inlaks Foundation, and IFA India. Since 2019, they have also been collaborating with artist-curator Vidisha-Fadescha under the moniker 'After Party Collective', creating momentum towards the affirmation of trans*, intersex, and gender-dissident bodies through curatorial and performance projects, including DANCE TRANS* REVOLUTION (New York, 2021), and publication series Consent of The Goverened (coedited with Party Office, 2021-ongoing). 

Shaunak is currently based between Berlin and India.

Preview Thursday 10th August 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Show continues till 30th September 2023

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 6:30 pm 

For further enquiries contact:

Harshada Vijay | | +91 9930318581


Conceptual art in a better way could be considered as communication that starts with the question 'Is that art?

Comedian, 2019, Maurizio Cattelan 

The conversation that arises between the artist and the spectator through the assembled or performing concepts completely rejects the standard ideas of art. This also employs the concern about aesthetics, skills, appearance, marketability, and investment as many times the conceptual artworks are not even physical or could be owned.

A concept as we may know is an abstract notion, the significance of which is more than its execution or mien. It is a non-tangible object itself but rather a mental representation of objects, experiences, and relations. Overall, concepts are fundamental to human thought and language, enabling us to navigate and interpret the world around us, communicate our ideas, and engage in higher-level cognitive processes.

Concepts when infused with art give a completely different depth to creativity. Nowadays conceptual art helps most artists to express and to raise questions through installations and performances, though appreciated by many, conceptual art is many a time goes unsung or unappreciated by art investors and commercial art galleries due to its non-physicality. Conceptual artists often challenge the materiality and object-based nature of traditional art forms. The idea or concept becomes the primary driving force, and the artist's intention and intellectual engagement take precedence. 

Conceptual art is counted amongst the most intellectual and deep forms of art mediums. No doubts, as there are several thoughts inculcated behind this form. Emerging in the 1960s as a response to the dominance of traditional art forms and seeking to challenge conventional notions of what art can be, Conceptual art prioritizes the concept, idea, or thought process behind the artwork over its visual or material aspects.

The Dada movement, which emerged during World War I, rejected traditional artistic conventions and emphasized the importance of ideas and concepts over aesthetic qualities. Dada artist, Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968) started the idea of conceptual art with readymade objects and the brutal simplicity of minimalism ignoring the hold on the formalities of aesthetically appealing art. Duchamp's ready-made, everyday objects presented as art, laid the groundwork for the concept-based approach of conceptual art. At the same time the Fluxus movement, an international network of artists, composers, and performers, embraced an interdisciplinary and experimental approach to art. Fluxus artists, including Yoko Ono and George Maciunas, incorporated conceptual strategies, performance art, and audience participation into their work. Their emphasis on ideas, actions, and the dematerialization of art materials influenced the development of conceptual art.

Fountain, 1917, Marcel Duchamp

The emergence of Minimalism in the 1960s, with artists like Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, contributed to the conceptual turn in art. Minimalism's emphasis on simplicity, seriality, and the reduction of art objects to their essential forms laid the foundation for the exploration of ideas and the concept-driven nature of art.

Conceptual art was also influenced by critical engagement with art institutions and the art market. Artists such as Hans Haacke and Michael Asher began questioning the role and power dynamics of galleries, museums, and other art institutions. Their work exposed the underlying structures and ideologies that shape the production, display, and reception of art.

Playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the art world by challenging established norms, expanding artistic possibilities, and reshaping the way we think about and engage with art, Conceptual Art has added a new dimension to the creative sphere.

It expanded the definition of art beyond traditional forms and materials. By emphasizing ideas, concepts, and processes, it broadened the scope of artistic expression. This led to the inclusion of various mediums and approaches, such as installation art, performance art, video art, digital art, and conceptual photography, among others. The boundaries of what can be considered art have been pushed, allowing for greater experimentation and innovation. It has also shifted the focus of art from aesthetic qualities to intellectual engagement and placed importance on the underlying ideas, concepts, and philosophies driving the artwork. This intellectual depth encouraged viewers to think critically and engage with the concepts presented by the artist with a deeper understanding of art as a means of communication and reflection on broader social, political, and cultural issues.

Moreover, Conceptual art played a significant role in questioning and critiquing established artistic institutions, including galleries, museums, and art markets. It challenged the authority and power dynamics within these institutions, raising awareness of their influence on artistic production and consumption. By questioning these structures, it paved the way for new approaches to curating, exhibition practices, and art distribution, leading to greater diversity and inclusivity in the art world. Having introduced a greater emphasis on audience participation and collaboration, it encouraged viewers to actively engage with the artwork, either through physical interaction or through interpretation and dialogue. This shift towards participatory art experiences allowed for a more democratic and inclusive art world, blurring the boundaries between artist and viewer and fostering a sense of shared ownership and co-creation.

This art form has also transcended national and cultural boundaries, becoming a global movement, allowing the exchange of ideas and artistic practices between artists from different regions and backgrounds. This cross-cultural exchange contributed to the diversification of artistic perspectives, challenging dominant narratives, and fostering a more globalized and interconnected art world.

A few artists who are adding paramount value to the contemporary conceptual art world are, Damien Hirst (1965), Katrin Fridriks (1974), Claude Rutault (1941), Jenny Holzer (1950), Zhang Huan (1965), Adam McEwen (1965), Ai Weiwei (1957).

    The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991, Damien Hirst

These artists represent just a fraction of the diverse and dynamic field of contemporary conceptual art. Each brings their unique perspective, ideas, and approaches to challenge and expand the boundaries of art in the present day.

       Skin, Zhang Huan

In India, Conceptual art has emerged as a significant artistic movement, reflecting the global influence of conceptualism while also incorporating local cultural, social, and political contexts. Indian artists have embraced conceptual approaches to art-making, using ideas, processes, and intellectual engagement to explore a range of themes and issues.

In the 1960s, artists in India were responding to the socio-political climate and the rapid changes taking place in the country. They sought to challenge established artistic practices and question the role of art in society. This led to a shift toward more experimental and conceptually-driven approaches.

One significant milestone in the history of conceptual art in India was the formation of the "Group 1890" in 1962. This group, which included artists like Nasreen Mohamedi, Jeram Patel, and Ambadas, emphasized abstract and non-representational art forms, exploring the idea of pure form and visual elements.

Another influential figure was Nalini Malani, who emerged in the 1970s and became known for her multimedia installations and performances. She was among the artists who embraced conceptual art practices and engaged with political and social themes through her work.

Indian conceptual artists often explore themes related to identity, cultural heritage, and the complexities of Indian society. They address issues such as caste, gender, religion, globalization, postcolonialism, and the intersection of tradition and modernity. By delving into these subjects, they challenge existing norms and contribute to ongoing dialogues about Indian society and its diverse cultural fabric.

Language and text have played a significant role in conceptual art practices in India. Artists incorporate written or spoken words, poetry, and textual elements as primary mediums to convey their ideas and concepts. This linguistic turn allows for the exploration of the linguistic diversity contexts of India. They often draw inspiration from Indian mythology, religious symbolism, folk traditions, and local practices. This contextual grounding adds depth and richness to their conceptual explorations, creating works that resonate with Indian audiences and broader global perspectives.

Public Notice 3, 2010, Jitish Kallat, Art Institute of Chicago, Chemould Prescott Road

The 1980s and 1990s witnessed further developments in conceptual art in India. Artists like Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha and Atul Dodiya emerged during this period, employing conceptual strategies and incorporating socio-political commentary into their art.

Performance art and body art have gained prominence within the conceptual art scene in India. Artists use their bodies as mediums to convey ideas, experiences, and social commentaries. They employ various performative strategies to challenge societal norms, question power structures, and evoke emotional responses. Performance art in India often draws from cultural rituals, traditional performing arts, and the socio-political realities of the country.

Beyond the body and gender, Performance art, Debashish Paul

It can be seen in the artworks and performances of artists Nikhil Chopra and Debashish Paul whose art focus on gender, body, politics, and history. Following the multi-expressionist methodology, these artists have illustrated the importance of interaction and involvement in presenting any concept or thought to the audience. Several galleries, museums, biennales, and art institutions dedicated to contemporary art in India have provided platforms for conceptual artists to exhibit their works and performances. These spaces promote critical discourse, support experimentation, and provide opportunities for engagement with the wider art community.

It's important to note that the development of conceptual art in India was intertwined with global art movements, especially the broader conceptual art movement that originated in the West in the 1960s. Indian artists were exposed to international art trends through exhibitions, publications, and travel, which influenced their artistic practices and conceptual approaches. This trend was positively taken and appreciated by Indian artists, which can be seen in the contemporary art affair.

If we take a few Indian contemporary conceptual artists into consideration, they have contributed a lot to evolving the Indian art world on the global dais. Artists like

1. Subodh Gupta is Known for his sculptural installations and conceptual artworks and has explored themes of identity, migration, consumerism, and everyday life. He often uses everyday objects, such as utensils and kitchenware, as symbols to comment on social and cultural issues. His works have been exhibited internationally, and he is considered one of India's leading contemporary artists.

2. Jitish Kallat's conceptual practice encompasses various mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. His works explore themes of time, memory, urbanization, and the socio-political landscape of India. Kallat often incorporates text, language, and historical references in his artworks to provoke critical thinking and reflection.

3. Shilpa Gupta's conceptual art practice addresses themes of identity, nationalism, censorship, and surveillance. She uses diverse mediums, including interactive installations, video, photography, and performance, to engage viewers in conversations about personal and political boundaries. Gupta's works often invite audience participation, blurring the lines between the artist, artwork, and viewer.

4. Amar Kanwar is known for his multi-channel video installations that explore socio-political issues, human rights, and violence. His conceptual artworks raise questions about power structures, social justice, and collective memory. Kanwar's works often combine poetic narratives, archival footage, and documentary techniques to create immersive experiences that challenge viewers' perspectives

5. Anita Dube is a prominent conceptual artist and curator known for her installations, sculptures, and mixed-media works. Her practice investigates issues of feminism, social inequality, and the body. Dube's works often employ symbolism, metaphors, and cultural references to address gender, power dynamics, and the politics of representation.

These eminent artists represent a diverse range of conceptual practices in India, each contributing to the contemporary art scene with their unique perspectives, critical engagement, and conceptual depth.

The direction and impact of conceptual art on society and the art world are multifaceted and continue to evolve. Conceptual art has already broadened the definition of art, incorporating various mediums and approaches. This trend is likely to continue, with artists exploring new technologies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and innovative techniques. The boundaries between different art forms and disciplines may continue to blur, allowing for hybrid forms and novel artistic expressions. As technology continues to advance, conceptual art is likely to incorporate new digital mediums and interactive experiences. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies may be integrated into conceptual artworks, enhancing viewer engagement and creating immersive environments.

Conceptual art has a history of questioning and critiquing art institutions and structures. This tradition may continue, with artists challenging the existing power dynamics, gatekeeping, and market-oriented aspects of the art world. They may explore alternative exhibition models, and decentralized approaches, and seek to redefine the relationships between artists, institutions, and audiences.

Conceptual art often employs non-traditional mediums and formats such as installations, performances, videos, or ephemeral works. These mediums can be challenging to sell and present logistical hurdles for collectors and galleries. They may require specific installation requirements or ongoing maintenance, making them less practical for private collectors. The market for conceptual art may not be as established or as mainstream as that for more traditional art forms. This can result in lower demand and a smaller pool of potential buyers. Galleries and auction houses may face challenges in marketing and promoting conceptual art to a wider audience, which can impact sales and prices.

The Weather Project, 2003, Olafur Eliasson, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

Furthermore, Pricing conceptual art can be subjective and challenging. Determining the value of an artwork that primarily revolves around the idea or concept rather than the physical object itself can be complex. It requires buyers and sellers to consider factors beyond materiality, such as the artist's reputation, historical significance, and critical reception.

Then how to sell it?

It is important to note that conceptual art has dedicated collectors, museums, and institutions that appreciate its intellectual depth and innovative approaches. The market for conceptual art has been growing over time as more collectors and institutions recognize its value and contribution to contemporary art.

While it often revolves around ideas, concepts, and narratives, when selling conceptual art, it is crucial to articulate and communicate the story behind the artwork. It may require some education and explanation for potential buyers to fully appreciate its value.

Conceptual art sometimes exists in limited editions or as unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. This limited availability can enhance the market for such artwork. Limited editions can provide an opportunity for collectors to acquire the conceptual work, making it more marketable.

Selling this intellectual form of art requires a combination of effective storytelling, education, targeted marketing, and engaging with the right networks. By highlighting the intellectual depth, narrative, and unique qualities of the artwork, potential buyers and collectors can be attracted who value and appreciate conceptual art.

It is phenomenal to see how artists are prioritizing their thoughts, experiences, and concepts over the aesthetical appeal of their artworks. This change in the art world has sensationally given rise to challenging and redefining the boundaries of art, encouraging critical thinking, intellectual engagement, and social dialogue. It remains a vibrant and influential movement, shaping the trajectory of contemporary art and providing a platform for artists to explore complex ideas and concepts.

Sanchita Sharma


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Monday 31 July 2023


Bengal Beyond Boundaries will open tomorrow to the public at a select preview of elite collectors and gallerists and art aficionados in the capital city of Delhi at Delhi’s upscale premium exhibition centre Bikaner House.Conceptualised by India’s veteran figurative master and Guru Jogen Chowdhury the show has been curated by art historian and author Uma Nair who has followed the Bengal artists in reviews for the past 33 years.

Arpita Singh  Untitled  Oil On Board  36 X 36  1994

Aakriti Art Gallery’s debut in New Delhi will be a historical showcase with Bengal’s best names as well as some unknown masters and younger contemporaries.While CCA and LTC Bikaner House’s two large spaces will have paintings prints and sculptures it is the narrative of history that is important for Vikram Bachhawat the Director who has been in the business of publishing and selling masterpieces and younger emerging names for more than 20 years.

The show has been situated in the experiences of Early Bengal starting with an anonymous painting going into the Circle of Tagores and then coming to old masters of Bengal “ This show will be an eye opener,” says Bachhawat, “ people do not realise  that Bengal has a very strong foundation of compositional brilliance and brilliant watercolourists in the nation.The Early Masters reflect this amply,I hope this show will educate art lovers about its range and depth.”A number of distinguished collectors have loaned works for the show and famous collectors are flying down to witness this spectacle at Bikaner House.

For Uma Nair who has curated select retrospectives of Gopal Ghose, Jamini Roy and Prodosh Das Gupta as well as authored catalogues of Jogen Chowdhury (2007) and Shyamal Dutta Ray (2005) and Paresh Maity,and many other artists from Bengal ,this show is a testimony to the cultural sensibilities of Bengal.

“Only when you look at the brilliance of 4 woman artists Arpita Singh,Anjolie Ela Menon,Jayashree Chakrabarty and Jayasri Burman do you realise that the gravity of experience and memory and autobiographical narratives are of prime importance in the lives of these famous four.The show has a slew of younger contemporaries the most brilliant being Chhatrapati Dutta the Principal of Govt College of Art Kolkata who is surreal master cum realist who talks in metaphors.The show also has a panoramic work by the master Paresh Maity who has created a anecdotal record of Rabindranath Tagore and Santiniketan.”States Uma Nair

Anjolie Ela Menon 

Amongst printmakers are the trio of Mukul Dey Somnath Here and Hore’s student Rini Dhumal.Amongst sculptures both large and small there are early sculptors like Meera Mukherjee, Bipin Goswami and Ajit Chakravorty as well as younger masters like Tapas Biswas,Subrata Biswas and Akhil Chandra Das.

The crowning glory amongst drawings belongs to Jogen Chowdhury in a masterpiece with yet another smaller drawing by Anjolie Ela Menon and others by Lalu Prasad Shaw.At Bikaner House the Bengal show promises to bring in interest as well as art collectors who would like to have something to talk about on their walls.Two days of symposiums and curatorial talks for college students and a special loop of famous films will add to the retinue of something to savour.P.D.Dhumal Professor M.S.University visited the setting up of the show and said he would love to take the show to Baroda because it is an educational and aesthetic exercise.

Bengal Beyond Boundaries runs till 15th July 2023.

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