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Uma Nair

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Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s everyday idioms

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Uma Nair I did not know Nabaneeta Dev Sen. But I knew her poetry, the few that have been translated by her brilliant daughter Nandana Dev Sen. I was deeply disappointed to read what her former husband Amartya Sen wrote. There seemed to be no soul in his words.... More »

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A journey within: Olivia Fraser

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Uma Nair Once in a blue moon you come across a book that is a witness to the colours of a beautiful new art bloom. The modernist monochromatic cover of Olivia Fraser’s The Journey Within emerges as a striking visual component to a pathbreaking personal journey... More »

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Bhaktibhusan’s incomplete Bapu

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Uma Nair At the Lalit Kala Akademi after you glimpse Ram Sutar’s monumental Gandhi’s you come across Bhaktibhusan De’s incomplete Gandhi created out of fibre glass, copper rods, bamboo and wood. This Garhi artist is quiet and composed, a gentle spirit who is h... More »

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Lord Krishna and raslila

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Uma Nair Indian art is abundant with images of Lord Krishna and the Raslila. Janmashtami is a good time to dwell on some of the Raslila works in Indian miniature tradition. At the Christies Asian Art Sale are three pichwais that celebrate the Raslila and Lord ... More »

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Environment Day: 2019

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Uma Nair Environment Day falls on June 5th 2019 and its thematic concern this year is to protect/care for our environment and its species. Different countries will celebrate this day with an eye on sustainable development as well as nurturing and preserving fl... More »

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Henry Moore drawings at Christies

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Uma Nair At the Christies Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at New York on May 13 are two Henry Moore drawings that are a veritable delight in the lessons of art history and the deeper instincts of studying how sculptors create drawings on paper with t... More »

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Amedeo Modigliani’s Tete at Christies

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Uma Nair On May 13, Christie’s will have the immense privilege of offering Amedeo Modigliani’s limestone sculpture, Tête, carved circa 1911-1912, in its New York Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art (estimate: $30-40 million). The magical and alluring ... More »

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Our Lady of Paris in flames

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Uma Nair The news of the spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught in the flames of fire had an ominous message about it at the beginning of the Holy Week this morning. The symbolism was not just a burning cathedral but the harbinger of the end of civi... More »

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Mapplethorpe at Christie’s

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Uma Nair Christie’s Photographs Sale in New York tonight has a series of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Personally speaking I have always felt his  floral still lifes, a series of up-close photographs of the beautiful, hairy blooms in all of their fragili... More »

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Astaguru’s modern Indian art sale

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Uma Nair Astaguru’s Modern Indian art auction seemed like a spring sale with a winning value of Rs 50 crores-it  certainly speaks of a regressive market slowly climbing back.  Held online on 27th-28th of March, 2019 ,the auction performed well with  V.S. Gaito... More »

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Newhouse collection at Christies NY

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Uma Nair This May, Christie’s will present 11 extraordinary works from the esteemed Collection of S.I. Newhouse. The selection will be sold across Christie’s New York Evening Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 13, and Post-War and Contemporary Art on... More »

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Anish Kapoor’s split soars at art Dubai

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Uma Nair Art Dubai  and Galleria Continua drew in the crowds with Anish Kapoor’s epic sculpture Split created out of stainless steel and lacquer -a resilient resonant crimson and steel sculpture that is ( Laser Red 2nd mix, Apple and Cobalt). Elegant minimalis... More »