Wabi-sabi: Beyond the Obvious

There is beauty in imperfection. This is one of the “Ways of Seeing.” “Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet—that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, liver spots. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace both … Continue reading Wabi-sabi: Beyond the Obvious

Philosophy of Rasa (रस); Indian Aesthetics

Indian Aesthetics – The Rasa (रस) Theory as formulated by Bharata and later explicated and enriched by Ānandavardhana and Abhinavagupta constitutes the Central Tradition in Indian aesthetics. Indian aesthetic thinking is primarily audience- or reader-oriented and the center of much discussion is the response of the readers. But we should bear in mind that the word rasa denotes, apart from the reader’s aesthetic experience, the creative … Continue reading Philosophy of Rasa (रस); Indian Aesthetics

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

A Perspective for Understanding Islamic Art

So, I did not know the meaning of the word Aniconism. I discovered it today. “Aniconism is the practice of or belief in the avoiding or shunning of images of divine beings, prophets or other respected religious figures, or in different manifestations, any human beings or living creatures.” Via Wikipedia And thanks is due, to this article: “Depending on which school of thought a Muslim belongs … Continue reading A Perspective for Understanding Islamic Art

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

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

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

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

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

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