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Hello world!

To the readers/bloggers

Bengal Art Initiative is an artists’ platform with diverse interest in art. It aims to build a community engaged in dialogues on creativity. BAI’s organizational priority is to explore those modes of art practice that address issues relevant to Indian contexts in light of wider, international scenarios, as much as they reinterpret foreign issues through the lens of Indian experiences.

Welcome to Bengal Art Initiative

This is a very post. The Bengal Art Initiative is a platform for focusing a new identity of art people who are engaged in art practice during long years back. We, the members of BAI (Bengal Art Initiative) have created this organization as a podium to open dialogs & debates to make an understanding on contemporary art practice & visual culture all over the world. Our target is to re-organize those people who are eager beaver to fulfill the commitment for their own initiative in art which is inclined to the questions for searching a new identity also the crisis of the time. For this, we have forwarded the policy to re-open the lid of a Pandora box to meet those people who are interested through the application of hi-end technological advances, the blog site or website, e-mail or internet/intranet, virtual imaging even the utility of multimedia, interactive or time based also. Now our blog is ready to open the dialogs & debates for the reason & argumentative logic in upcoming & current issues of the art world. Thank you!

Happy Blogging!

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Art talk

Contemporary Art : Different Perspectives

| The Second Art-Talk-Show of BAI | 18th Dec, 2015 | Abanindra Savaghar, Charukala Bhawan, Kolkata |

| Video PART-1 | Video PART-2 | Bengali Version |

In the winter (y.2015) BAI initiated to organize an art talk show at Abanindra Sabhagriho,
Charukala Bhawan (Auditorium of Art Council of Govt. of West Bengal) where BAI’s
first art talk program was organized just two years ago.

In this program recognized young painter & sculptor Partha Dasgupta spoke on his ceramic art that he created successfully during long years back. At present he engaged himself in the development of pavilion designing of Sharod festivals, aesthetically which is more attractive & innovative, no doubt the viewers have a scope to reach the goal of re-thinking on his installation projects.

Another one artist & art writer Tapan Bhattacharya spoke on the topic, contemporary art & its problems. Tapan Bhattacharya is well-known art writer in Bengal & other places in India also he is a working artist, as a committed painter he exhibited & participated in different gallery shows in India. Interestingly the sign of different perspectives of contemporary art focused in voices of both the speakers.

Prof. Sunanda K Sanyal, Critical Art History, Boston Art Institute moderated this program skillfully and in the year 2014 Prof. Sanyal delivered a fantastic speech on few non-western artists’ works that were indicated as the issue of ‘Post Studio’ or ‘Post Medium’ of contemporary art history.

At the beginning of the program, the announcer Naba K Chakrabarty, secretary of BAI read a short message on behalf of BAI’s mission statement and then the ‘Artalk’ program had been going up to 9 pm including 10 min. break. All associated websites and blog sites such as Globalthek, BanglaBlog, BanglaBlogaru and BAI’s own blog ‘Let’s Talk Together’ published news and information jointly via Facebook , Google, Twitter, Linked In page etc.

Now, we the members of BAI call our friends/bloggers/artists for viewing this Video PART-1 & Part-2 here and put their comments in ‘Leave a Reply’ box to continue the discussion which is a fundamental objective of BAI. You are welcome!

–BAI Team

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Speech

Contemporary Art Practices in India

Debdutta Gupta

Art critic & writer Debdutta Gupta

The first program of Bengal Art Initiative

Mr. Debdutta Gupta, a young & eminent art writer & critic of Kolkata delivered speech in context to India and abroad with a slide show. Prof. Parag Roy, faculty of visual arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and member of BAI coordinated the ‘Art-Talk’ after the inauguration of the program. On behalf of the organization a short introductory speech on BAI’s statement was delivered by the coordinator before the audience at the beginning of the program. Prof. Sunanda K Sanyal, Art History & Critical Studies, Lesley University College of Art & Design, Boston, Massachusetts, USA also delivered his speech on the issue of ‘Post Medium or Post Studio’ in the second session. This first program ‘Art-Talk’ was organized by the Bengal Art Initiative (BAI) in Abanindra Savaghar, Charukala Bhavan, Kolkata on 13 Dec, 2014 at 6 pm. that ended at 8-30 pm before the tea session.

All readers are requested that this speech was delivered in Bengali language, so the Bengali knowing people can understand the talk of art writer Mr. Debdutta Gupta. Please press above button to listen the content.

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As a co partner BanglaBlog (Bengali version) shares major publishing materials such as news, information & contents of Bengal Art Initiative in Bengali language so that the Bengali speaking people can share it.

–BAI Team

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Speech

Post Medium or Post Studio

Prof. Sunanda K Sanyal

Prof. Sunanda K Sanyal

The first program of Bengal Art Initiative

Prof. Sunanda K Sanyal, Art History & Critical Studies, Lesley University College of Art & Design, Boston, Massachusetts, USA  delivered an analytical speech with slide show in context to the issue of Post Medium or Post Studio on Contemporary Art Practices in India and abroad. This first program ‘Art-Talk’ was organized by the Bengal Art Initiative (BAI) in Abanindra Savaghar, Charukala Bhavan, Kolkata on 13 Dec, 2014 at 6 pm. All readers are requested that this speech was delivered in Bengali language, so the Bengali knowing people can understand the talk of Prof. Sanyal. Please press the above button to listen the content.

Co partner:

BanglaBloghttp://neelseen.wordpress.wordpress.com

As a co partner BanglaBlog (Bengali version) shares major publishing materials such as news, information & contents of Bengal Art Initiative in Bengali language so that the Bengali speaking people can share it.

–BAI Team

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Catalog

Catalog of Second Art Show at AFA

Please collect this pdf file if you need to read the catalog.

baiafa16-show-folder

–BAI Team

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News

Second art show of Bengal Art Initiative at AFA, Kolkata

Second art show by the members of BAI is running. The members of BAI displayed different media such as painting, print-making, installation, drawing, digital art etc. which usually deal with several contemporary issues. The participating artists are Nilotpal Sinha, Bilendra Nath Mondal, Parag Roy, Sumit Choudhury, Sudip Rakshit, Naba Kumar Chakrabarty, Manjushree Ghosh and Deep Saha. Artist Ganesh Haloi, Parthapratim Deb and Tapan Bhattacharya have visited this exhibition and expressed their important opinions on this show. We place here few images of artworks with a slider for public viewing.

–BAI Team

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News

BAI jumps into its Second Annual Show “50×32” at AFA, Kolkata

Bengal Art Initiative is going to play a role to organize its second art exhibition at North Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata from 15-21 Sep. 2016, 3-8 pm. BAI invites all artists, art lovers and neti-zens to visit this show in virtual space or in physical space in gallery. From today BAI members have started to move for a campaign through paper and electronic media. Also BAI, BanglaBlog and BanglaBlogaru share a responsibility to post news/discussion in the web world and obviously everybody is welcome in this art exhibition! Thanks!

–BAI Team

Invitation card

Invitation card

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Painting

Parag Roy’s painting

Painting

The bird of prey.

 

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News

WE ARE SHOCKED!

MANI’DA

is no more..!!

Another Santiniketani-an star of Bengal art disappears from the skyline of modern Indian art & aesthetics.
We have lost our Guru!
We have lost our Teacher!
We have lost our Pathfinder!

–BAI Team

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News: Solo Show

Second solo exhibition by Nabakumar Chakrabarty at LKA

“I can never come up with what to say-so here some black & white words that I love to express.” by Nabakumar Chakrabarty, member & secretary of BAI invites viewers in his second solo exhibition (April 10-16, 2016) on ink painting organized at Lalitkala Akademi (Fine arts academy), Gallery No. 8 (2nd floor), 35, Feroz Shah Road, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi – 110001. Last year his first solo show was organized at Triveni Kala Kendra, New Delhi. That impressive show was highly appreciated by few authentic art people and eminent artists of Delhi where one of his exhibits was sold out and that inspiring situation guided him to engage himself in studio work for further development. Especially ink is a favorite medium to Nabakumar and he painted major on paper (Fabriano) in smaller size to larger size. Curator Kallol Roy’s catalogue writing on Naba’s work has introduced an added features which is available here. One of his senior most painter, Delhi based artist Soumitrada has co-operated him to organize this show. On behalf of BAI we welcome you to visit Naba’s second solo show at LKA. Thanks!

Invitation for SOLO_LKA16

Invitation Card

Catalogue writing:

Ink-worlds

Naba Kumar Chakrabarty is not trained in using the medium of ink in the traditional Eastern sense as it was, and, still is practiced by the artists of China and Japan. Nor has he any particular fondness for, or, for that matter, artistic urgency in dealing with the vast and sweeping beauty of natural landscapes—the conventional staple of ink-wash paintings. He is moved by the events and contradictions in his immediate surroundings and culture. But to explore that world he has chosen ink since he is deeply drawn to the beauty and the materiality of ink, which, he believes, allows him to plunge into ‘the deepest levels of artistic contemplation’. Chakrabarty’s ink paintings, presented here for solo exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, are preliminary forays into the ironies of urban existence. He is on the verge of developing, as it were, a personal and rather provisional vocabulary of sorts for dealing with the quotidian and corrosive aspects of daily living. Repetitive set of tropes or leitmotifs appear to grant certain cohesiveness to the twenty-five odd works selected here. These paintings are not about the industrial wastes and spectacles of city life but are explorations into the vulnerable nature of its ordinary beings which haunt the artist’s imagination. Soft lines are used in drawing human figures engulfed in shifting amorphous splotches and inky meshes that overlap the boundaries between object and ground. Recurrent object clusters—having a family resemblance—are like fragile visual notations that he keeps on rehearsing in work after work; thus we find disjunctive body parts, mechanical contraptions, pulleys, cranes, guns, suitcases, meshwork of wires, and birds’ legs morphed into wheels. These create a thinly veiled symbolism about the anxiety, loneliness and embedded violence in the nature of contemporary consumerist society and the rampant commercialization of everyday living in India.

The small-format series on birds are like images derived from some sci-fi optical tomography that makes us see through the soft tissues of these feathery creatures as meshwork of pulleys and wires. There is a painting in which a bemused man seem to reach out to the bust of a figure whose mouth is wide open in pain—here, the image of the bust has faint echoes of cyborgs in pulp culture with which the artist does not seem to be unfamiliar. In another work the head of a man is transformed or rather overlaid with a huge rock-like thing that disfigures it completely. And yet there is a certain naiveté to these works that set them apart from the weird biomechanical contraptions that populate the more sophisticated post-human world of contemporary Western writers and artists. The artists in Western countries have a more ambiguous approach toward the increasing integration of technology in their culture which, according to some critics, obeys the more discontinuous and fractured logic of late industrial capitalism. For artists working in our local traditions the question of technology is fraught with the contradictions of an asynchronous contemporaniety.

The paintings in this exhibition have a dappled texture made up of successive layers of ink in varying shades. It is an effect the artist claims he achieved by employing a technique he personally developed or rather stumbled upon several years back when he first set upon this course of practising in ink. With the help of a long dropper he drips ink erratically and freely all over the surface of paper. These drops splatter or smudge across the surface depending on the concentration of the ink and quality of the paper which then again is doused in water repeatedly over several days—in the end giving a deckled and washed effect to the work.

Perhaps an element of ethical overload can be read into these works whose richness in terms of imagery are delimited by having a rather simplified perspective into the tangled issues of modernity and consumerism. It may be argued that the images preclude a certain range of possibilities into what could otherwise be seen as the liberating aspects of the gradual cross-fertilization between urbanity and technology in contemporary India. But it should not be forgotten that the artist here has barely started on a personal journey of discovery which we hope, will bear different and richer fruits in the future.

Kallol Roy
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“I can never come up with what to say-so here some black & white words that I love to express.”

Nabakumar Chakrabarty
Artist
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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–BAI Team

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News : BAI’s 2nd Art Talk Show

A massive gathering by the art people in BAI’s second Art-Talk-Show

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Photo: Naba K Chakrabarty, Sumit Choudhury, Sudip Rakshit

–BAI Team

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