I will be updating you all on Origin through the week.
What | Origin The London Craft Fair
When | 6 Oct – 11 Oct 2009 | 10am – 6pm | until 9pm on 08 Oct 2009
Where | Stand F7 Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/origin09/ | for more details
Exciting news! I have been nominated for Arts Foundation Fellowship. The Arts Foundation awards five £10,000 Fellowships annually in five different art forms.The Fellowships are not open to application. Within every art form a network of established, practising artists and other professionals are selected to nominate one artist they believe should win the award. Awards are made on the basis of both talent and need to artists living and working in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands.
My favourite athelete, triple Olympic champ Usain Bolt was in London on Friday at the London Gran Prix. And he won. In such style! , His laid back attitute, the way he simply enjoys himself on the track , his dance moves, his open delight at winning and his energy are such a far cry from tense faces one usually sees on the track. It’s just such fun to see him in action. More power to him!
For those of you who’d like to watch it again, here’s a link to his London GP race.
How I love Anita Klein‘s work!
“At a time when the art world seems to be full of artists attempting to shock and denigrade, Klein’s intimate, life affirming work comes as a welcome breath of fresh air. Her works convey a unique pleasure in the everyday moments that make life special.
Vincent Eames, The Fine Art Partnership
So true! Just looking at Anita’s work is an uplifting experience for me. Her simple lines, beautiful colours and composition and most of all her intimate subject matter are a joy. I am so cross with myself for having missed her exhibition at the Bankside Gallery last month.
Can’t wait for the day I will own one of her heart warming paintings.
The city is indeed an exciting party for me. It’s home, comforting in its familiarity and yet exciting because the city lives in several centuries at the same time. So one minute you would pass by a 13th century tomb and the next, a glistening metro station. Delhi never fails to enchant me.
On my last visit a couple of months ago, I decided to take a walk with Art Historian Navina Jafa to know my city a bit more intimately. The walk focused on Sufism in India. Walk began at the Humayun tomb and took us to the NizamuddinDargah (A dargah is a Sufi shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint) and Humayun’s tomb.
And suddenly a group of pigeons swooped across the terraces, followed by another group from the terrace opposite. Ishq-baazi! Ishq-baazi (literally love-play) is a pigeon flying game that has been played in India since the Mughal times and contitues to be popular even today in some parts of Delhi.
Sufi music lovers and devotees gather every Thursday evening to listen to music performances at the Durgah. The Quwwals (Quwwali is a form of devotional Sufi music; singers are called Quwwal) sing the same compositions they have been singing since the 1200s. We were treated to an amazing performance by the Nizamis at the Durgah. They invited us to their house where they have lived for generations and sang the most beautiful Sufi compositions I have ever heard. It was magical!