TAKE on Art’s second issue features Sharmistha Ray’s interview with Indian artist Jitish Kallat titled “Artistic License.” On stands July 2010.
This past March has been a much-anticipated month on the calendar for Indian art world honchos everywhere. After seeing prices of Modern and Contemporary art nosedive last year, all eyes have been on the first round of South Asian art auctions in New York.
Sharmistha Ray is a 31-year old artist, curator and art advisor who grew up across four continents before arriving in Mumbai in October 2006.
Ray, Sharmistha, “Indian contemporary art: Young artists lay new foundations,” The Economic Times (Delhi edition), 10 March 2010
The art markets may have crashed following the financial debacle in autumn 2008, but that may turn out to be a good thing in the long run, especially for young artists. During the market’s highs between 2006 and 2008, extrinsic, commercial values were completely out of sync with intrinsic, artistic ones. There was a lot of mediocrity, but people bought it anyway. Demand was way beyond anyone’s control. Supply ballooned and the core quality of uniqueness that sets objects d’art apart from other commodities was a detail that was simply blotted out.
Sharmistha Ray, “Get back to the drawing board,” The Economic Times, Sunday Supplement, 24 Jan. 2010 (Guest Editor: Harsh Goenka)
The gem-studded custom-made trumpet for Indian contemporary art couldn’t have blown any louder than in 2007. Every major museum curator from Europe and Asia, and then slowly the US (which is always wary of new trends, unless its their own), graced India.