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

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

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

Article: Artification, Fine Art, and the Myth of “the Artist”

Along with the ideal of the artist as spontaneous creative genius, no aspect of the new image of “the artist” was more important than the belief in the artist’s absolute freedom and independence, an ideal that developed in response to artists’ actual dependence on the market economy and the glut of people drawn into fine art by the exalted image of the artist. The new … Continue reading Article: Artification, Fine Art, and the Myth of “the Artist”

Spirituality in Art

This post is a bit difficult to write; rather, difficult to start. I’ll make it simple for myself. A very good friend shared a documentary on Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Kabir and the concept of Nirgun (without form, quality or attribute) Bhajan. View the documentary at Culture Unplugged (90 minutes). It may help to visit the respective Wikipedia pages, if you are not aware of Pt. Kumar Gandharva and … Continue reading Spirituality in Art

Article: Visual Culture with Google Maps

  A beautiful article on the experience of visual culture due to Goggle Maps’ Street view. Marco Bohr’s blog is a favourite – and when you read this, you will know why! With the emergence of digital photography, the internet and vast photographic archives such as Google Street View, the notion of a photographer capturing a moment is quickly fading away. In other words, instead … Continue reading Article: Visual Culture with Google Maps

The Purposive Ethos of an Artist

The purposive ethos of an artist, I shall call it. It’s about the physical, cultural, and psychological constructs that surrounds and defines an artist. This ethos is not a descriptor of every artist — but the one that wants to be known as an artist, a stereotype wannabe, if you will. There is the physical setting of ‘being’ an artist. In India, it would mean … Continue reading The Purposive Ethos of an Artist

Arts in Education

The article starts with the caution: “To lose our culture is to lose our memory” In this interview of Sir Ken Robinson, one of the revolutionary thinkers on education and a strong advocate of creativity as an integral part of the education process, he talks of his thoughts of arts in education and starts by saying: I believe that the arts should be on an … Continue reading Arts in Education