He says magic always happens in slippages and place in between things. Breaking expectations, tying a tight rope across a space, conceptually is what is most important for him. And then, walking that line between sky and earth, between gravity and flight, between falling and flying.
And that is where India’s best known performance artist Nikhil Chopra is most alive — between reality and fiction, between today and yesterday, soft and hard, land and water, earth and sky, day and night.
The inaugural Asia Society Triennial — a multi-venue festival in New York City in the US devoted to celebrating Asian contemporary which has now been postponed to debut in October— will feature three Indian artists- Delhi-based Vibha Galhotra, Vadodara-based Abir Karmakar and Bengaluru-based Prabhavathi Meppayil.
Pachpute works with an array of mediums and materials including drawing, light, stop-motion animations, sound, and sculptural forms. Selected from over 500 nominations from 60 countries. The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced in January '21 during a four-month exhibition from Oct '20 to Feb '21 at National Museum Cardiff.
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The apotheosis of her allegiance to art, however, came when her passion merged with politics. Two years after she seized the throne from her estranged husband, she began in earnest on an escapade of acquiring art. A collection with tours de force from would be a token of Russia as a land of artistic inclinations and cultivated taste, and the financial extravagance to procure such prestigious pieces would display the kingdom’s wealth. It would qualify her as an enlightened despot.
She plunged into the art war that had erupted in Europe in the 18th century and she went about it like no rookie. Scrupulous in her choices, she perused the catalogues, bargained aggressively, and never shied away from seeking suggestions. She once wrote to German Philosophe Baron von Grimm, one of her main art advisors and who had asked her asked her how she had developed her eye. She reverted:
“Read the descriptions of the paintings which the antique dealers are selling. By constantly studying catalogues of the paintings which I purchase, I have learned to . . . see.”