To Judge a Book by its Cover

In India your second-hand book-store is usually the local bookseller on the pavement. He/She who has paid off the beat cops and has set up shop from gathering books and magazines from local sources – such as – housewives who want to get rid of their husband’s racy novels (or their own Mills and Boon Romances). On the other side of said book “donator” are … Continue reading To Judge a Book by its Cover

Art Spaces in Delhi : Haus-Khas

Delhi is a City that encourages transition, and one space within the City that has found itself re-inventing itself, based on the needs of its inhabitants is the area of Haus Khas. From a literal water-well, to a space of learning, to a creative hub. Haus Khas has had many versions. This is its centuries old journey compressed for easy consumption. Haus-Khas owes in equal … Continue reading Art Spaces in Delhi : Haus-Khas

Mehendi – Art and Tradition

As the festive season of Gods and lamps winds down in the Hindu Calendar, India’s “sixth” season and most prolific industry begins, and that is the great big Hindu-wedding season. This year it has me thinking of two things – the Hindu custom of fasting for the long life of one’s husband, i.e. Karava Chauth and the ritual of applying henna. Hence I decided to … Continue reading Mehendi – Art and Tradition

The Photographic Image as Found-Object

The 1960’s sees artists such as Rauscheneberg and Warhol react against the Greenbergian philosophy of “form must follow function” where the medium/material used by the artist must dictate the artwork created. They dismiss this notion and begin drawing inspiration from Duchamp and Surrealism. They are not alone in this breaking from “prescribed media for prescribed creations” within art philosophy. Across the Atlantic in the 60s … Continue reading The Photographic Image as Found-Object

The Existential reflected in Camus’s “The Outsider”

In The Outsider, (or some of you might know it as The Stranger) Albert Camus gives us one man, his dead mother, a stranger, a lover and a murder. Intrigued? I was too, and today bears witness to my 9th read of this book. Published in 1941, this was Camus’s first ever novel to be published.  Why did I title this post “The Existential reflected … Continue reading The Existential reflected in Camus’s “The Outsider”

Antonin Artaud – Part I

I was first introduced to Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of the Absurd through Martin Esslin’s book of the same name. In it he charts the minds, inspirations, objectives and intent of a selected group of creative thinkers and performers. I was 16 when I first read it and recently re-read it after visiting a retrospective exhibition in Spain, which showcased Antonin Artaud’s fractured mind … Continue reading Antonin Artaud – Part I

The Art Market and The New Normal

As I was preparing myself to board my flight for Hong Kong, I realised that these last few days have been a time of instruction and revision. Instruction for the self on time-management and revision through experience when that time is not managed well. This often repeated understanding of lost-time and lost-opportunity never coming back, had my mind wandering into all areas – deliberate and … Continue reading The Art Market and The New Normal

What is Contemporary Art?

Contemporary Art is understood by some as all art produced post World War II, whilst others define it as art produced “within our lifetime”, and then there is the tiny fact that Roger Fry and his contemporaries founded and established The Contemporary Art Society, London in 1910.  So, trying to define Contemporary-Art within a set time-line, to me, seems an extremely fallible methodology. So, how … Continue reading What is Contemporary Art?

ARTDubai : Will the real Art-Work please stand up!?

People covered by their religion, in a city covered by excess, where every street corner has a sheesha- bar and  a person speaking Hindi/Urdu – welcome to Dubai! My sole purpose in visiting Dubai was to look, find and purchase Art being presented and showcased at Art Dubai (http://www.artdubai.ae/). Standing tall like a scaled up version of a leggo city, Phantasmal – my name for … Continue reading ARTDubai : Will the real Art-Work please stand up!?

Delhi – The City of Poets

  In the City of Amir Khusro and Ghalib, where couplets are inscribed in the very air that you breathe, where odes have been written of unrequited love and the pain of  separation from the Divine. It is in that city – Delhi – where the search for satiating one’s heart, mind, body and soul begins with verse and ends in verse. In the shadows … Continue reading Delhi – The City of Poets