"10 paintings by famous Indian artists didn't sell at the latest Christies auction" is the title of a recent article in an art news magazine. One upcoming artist commented: "They got the treatment they deserved". A well established artist objected to it. He said: "Cry babies don't know how to compete. You couldn't compete well & therefore didn't become famous. You are jealous about the success of established artists. That is why you are happy now".
When I thought about these two comments and news about the auction, I felt the second person who objected to the upcoming artists remark ignored the realities of the art world.
Recently when I saw the installation work of a famous Indian artist, I didn't know what to say. He put a basket full of fruits on a table and wanted us to believe that it was a good creative piece. Don't we see baskets full of fruits on tables in every Indian home and on corners of every street here? Then he put some items on a steel plate on a table and said it was another work of installation. If I put some food on a steel plate on a table and say it is an installation work what would the elite established forces here say? "Trash" is the word they use. Then why are these famous artists creating works of such kind? I read somewhere that if you are a famous artist even a straight line drawn by you on a piece of paper will become a great work of art and fetch you millions! Does that mean as soon as you become famous you can forget about quality of your work?
A person who writes blogs on Indian art* takes into account the number of foreign shows an artist did to measure the success of that artist. How many poor Indian artists can organize foreign shows? You can have several of them in your CV only if your father is a millionaire. You can compete only when there is a level playing field. The poor artists time will get wasted in leveling the field. When will he get time to compete? Some great pieces created by poor & upcoming artists overcoming all the hurdles usually go unnoticed as they cannot advertise and market them. Whereas ordinary works by some rich and famous artists will be treated as "great works of art". I am sure the same happens in the rest of the world too. The truth is there is no justice here.
As long as injustice thrives, some people will definitely cry and complain. Why object to it?
*The title of the series of these blogs is "Indian Art Review". After reading these blogs I felt the writer should have given the title "Indian Elite Art Review" because they don't represent true Indian art. But sadly the world thinks what this person says is true and good because it doesn't know the truth!