I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto

Having its roots and ground for exploration in the spoken word tradition, rap to me is as much part of poetry as the poets explored in the previous posts. For me if I had to choose one single work that echoed this more than others, it would have to be “I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto” by Tupac Shakur Here are the lyrics: I … Continue reading I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto

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 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

The Natya-Shastra – Manifesto & Tool

        Is the Natya-Shastra a manifesto and tool for the contemporary artist ? According to me, it absolutely is – Yes! The Natya-Shastra, an approximately 2210 years old text with the main purpose, as I see it- is that this was and is a text that offers an infrastructure for the dissemination of creative knowledge. This infrastructure has been applied up to the … Continue reading The Natya-Shastra – Manifesto & Tool

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, a city of Power and Change

A city that is currently most identifiable as the capital of the free and democratic nation that is India has had a history that is painfully beautiful. She has served as the capital for modern India, since the year 1911, when the British made her their capital seat. She served as a center for political thought and control for the Mughals before and continues to … Continue reading Delhi, a city of Power and Change

ARTfutures and Oliver Clegg

What got me to the ARTfutures exhibit in the spring of 2007, wasn’t the much advertised tag line that touted this fair to be “the” most affordable leg-in to the world of collecting Contemporary Art, but the enthusiasm of my fellow colleagues and peers at Sotheby’s. Plus, the promise of a hot gastro-pub meal at the end of the night, Thai no less, wasn’t something that I, on … Continue reading ARTfutures and Oliver Clegg