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Art Attacked!!!
Srishti Jha
What have the reckless overspending Americans done to artists here in India?
The great big American recession has found its way into the artists’ studios. Imagine ramp shows being done away with and models made to doll up and stand so that the audiences can “browse” through them -- all to cut costs.    
   
Ask Ashok Vajpeyi, Chairman, Lalit Kala Academi, “It is certainly a bad patch for artists as prices of their work have gone down horribly. It is the right time for art galleries and museums to stock up good collection of paintings. But it’s a temporary phase, which seems to be getting over. Recent auctions have shown that Indian art is back on rails. Market had become overheated a lot of necessary correctives have come about. The international auctions, the proper investment of collectors, buyers and investors would bring the business back in the frame. What still stands is that masters remain masters”.
 
   
Amid the speculations and manipulations going on, the by and large feedback is that the real art and artists will survive the downtrend. Believes artist Siddharth, “Recession has affected only the non-serious unrealistic galleries with no intellect who were here for pure business and immediate gains. This correction was needed.
 
Discards Ridhi Bhalla from Nitanjali Art Gallery, “The correction goes for everybody. Some of the artists were also busy making idealistic money. Then why just blame the galleries. This lesson is not for one but for all”. 
   
 
Most of the art galleries across India have not sold a lone piece of art and have closed up. Says sculptor Gagan Vij, “Good for them. They should sell fish heads. They did not deserve to be part of art history. Global meltdown has taken off the artificial mask from the face of art which is the best thing that could have happened for art worshippers”.
   
   
Lesser drawing-room politics and a sincere interest in art will win the battle and would lead to stabilization of the art market. No money will last for ever. Only good art will survive.  
   
 
 

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi talks about art, recession, his innovative plans, and Lalit Kala Akademi.

Q: Is financial meltdown good for art buyers and bad for the artists as prices of their works have gone down drastically?
 
A: It’s true. The financial meltdown is good for art buyers as it has made art more affordable. But it’s a bad patch for artists as prices of their work have gone down horribly. It is the right time for art galleries and museums to stock up good collection of paintings. But it’s a temporary phase which seems to be getting over. Recent auctions have shown that Indian art is back on rails. Market had become overheated a lot of necessary correctives have come about. All I would like to say is that masters remain masters.
 
Q: Most of the art galleries across India have not sold a single piece and have shut down. What do you have to say about this?
 
A: It’s true that the most art galleries across India have not sold a single art piece for months now due to this recession. But as I told you, it’s a temporary phase which seems to be getting over.
   
Q: Do you think banking institutions, corporate houses, and other commercial establishments can play an instrumental role in the revival of the situation?
   
A: Of course they should. Whether they would remains a question. It’s rather unfortunate that some of the existing art funds have not come forth to buy art in this difficult period.
   
Q: If given a free hand to save the sinking ship of art, what would be your five point formula?
   
A: I don’t have a formula. But I would definitely say that it requires a combined effort of many elements like the artistic community, art galleries, public art institutions, collectors, and investors to bring things back to normal.
   
Q: What new plans do you have for Lalit Kala Academy? Has recession hit the academy as well?
   
A: Financial resources are so modest that the kind of massive intervention required is not there. We already have nearly 6000 art works collected by artists and we don’t have a place to preserve them. We are struggling to keep them in good condition and make them publicly accessible. We have taken up few matters to the state government. Work will start soon as we get the nod.
 
 

Artist Siddharth talks about how recession hasn’t affected art, non-serious galleries and the real art.

Q: In what ways art is getting affected by recession?
 
A: There is nothing like global recession affecting art. I don’t think Indian art has any impact. It has only affected those who do fake kind of stuff.
 
Q: Is financial meltdown good for art buyers and bad for the artists as prices of their works have gone down drastically?
 
A: Not really. Prices are not at all regular so how can we consider the impact of recession on all of this.
 
Q: Most of the art galleries across India have not sold a single piece and have shut down. What do you have to say about this?
   
A: Galleries who were here for pure business have to face it. They were mushrooming like any thing. All they were doing was fetching unrealistic money. They were too busy in making immediate gains. These non serious galleries have learnt a good lesson.
   
Q: The recession monster in general has impacted life quite adversely, but when it comes to art people have mixed reactions. On one hand a marginal fraction says that it was pretty much required as some of the artists who didn't even deserve such a high value were fetching unrealistic money, and on the other the recession has put them in an extremely miserable condition. What according to you is the correct perspective?
   
A: Recession has affected only non-serious unrealistic galleries and money makers who have no sense of art. This correction was needed. Art is just not about making money. It is a creative expression.
 
 
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