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Tasveer Journal | The Cinemas Project

Watching the audience watch art is an art of a different nature. The audience is changing with the changing formats that display art. And this is not limited to cinema alone. Art galleries, stages, frames, are new. They affect the audience not just in how they experience, but also in what they experience. In recent times, multiplexes have become common in their ubiquity; serving as a … Continue reading Tasveer Journal | The Cinemas Project

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Of Artisans & Art

Films division has an interesting documentary (I say interesting, not wonderful) titled Gandhi, Nehru and Modern Art. For all good reasons, it is a showcase of the development of modern art in India; little to showcase Gandhian or Nehruvian influence. There is a talk of the closing of lines between the artisan and the art and the proposed indigenousness of art and Indian symbolism. Given the … Continue reading Of Artisans & Art

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Architecture | Symbolism of Islamic Gardens

I’ve never thought very deeply or paid any special attention to the significance of Mughal or Islamic Gardens. My niece got interested in it and asked me a few questions about them, which led me to study these in some detail, and amongst other articles, I found this one. “The garden in Islam also serves as a reminder of both the immanence and the transcendence of … Continue reading Architecture | Symbolism of Islamic Gardens

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Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

Oh yes, I’ve committed celluloid blasphemy – I once told a friend that I didn’t quite enjoy Kurosawa movies. Needless to say, he was aghast. Truth is I just didn’t enjoy the movie. It probably was all the background about his genius that did not allow me to watch a movie the way I like to watch a movie. That time, I couldn’t explain to my friend … Continue reading Trash, Art and Movies | Pauline Kael

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Politically Correct Art | Capitalism Magazine

Art has a license – a broad one – which allows it to interpret reality. What are the limits to such a license? Are there (and should there be) and limits at all? “Facts and history are nowhere nearly as important to diversity-multiculturalists as symbolism, but if it’s symbolism that New Yorkers want, why not go all the way? Here’s my suggestion for ‘the artistic … Continue reading Politically Correct Art | Capitalism Magazine

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Unseen Photographs of a Legend that Never Was | Vivian Maier

There’s an artist all around us. Usually the famous ones are the one’s we never know, but you never know how an artist – who lurks and lives amongst us is one that has so much of talent in her. “Picture this: quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never … Continue reading Unseen Photographs of a Legend that Never Was | Vivian Maier

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The Movies of Clint Eastwood : The New Yorker

A lovely longform article on Clint Eastwood – “Out of the West, Clint Eastwood’s shifting landscape, by BY David Denby” – “a great insight into the actor and his work. I recommend you create an ebook for easy reading. “If Eastwood likes a story, he buys or commissions the script, moves rapidly into production, shoots the film on a short schedule and, until recently, on a modest budget. If he … Continue reading The Movies of Clint Eastwood : The New Yorker

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The R.A.P.E. Show | Expressing their insecurities

A few days ago, we had posted an invitation to the R.A.P.E. Show. The Hindu, today carried an article about this show. “‘The exhibition seeks to bring in a variety of visual responses to the atrocious notion of seeing women as secondary citizens. Why should women be objectified? Despite all the feminist interventions, women are still subjected to discrimination in the public and private domains. … Continue reading The R.A.P.E. Show | Expressing their insecurities

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Art, Obscenity, Philosophy, Poetry and freedom of expression. | Sandeep Bhalla’s Blog

I read this on Sandeep Bhalla’s Blog. “The Nude in contemporary art, a perennial art subject, considered to be the greatest challenges in art has still not lost its charm and focuses on how the human form has been re-interpreted by the emerging and influential artists today. The paintbrush has become a powerful tool of expression as the pen is for some, and has thus … Continue reading Art, Obscenity, Philosophy, Poetry and freedom of expression. | Sandeep Bhalla’s Blog