Beer cafes are not usually the kind of place you would associate with mulling over complexities of the art market. But over the weekend,Delhi-based artist Seema Kohli did just that,at the The Pint Room in Vasant Kunj.
The evening commenced with the screening of an eight-minute short film,It was a Summer Afternoon,which Kohli wrote 25 years ago. It was followed by a talk by the artist,in an initiative by TAD Arts called Art & Ale.
Our endeavour is to break the academic mould of conversations related to art and engage the audience in a fun conversation with renowned contemporary artists who inspire many young individuals to become artists,said Niten Mehta,founder of TAD Arts. Though I have had conversations with audiences previously but it was never in a setting like this. It is the first of its kind,which is outside the gallery, said Kohli.
The topics during the 60-minute conversation with Kohli ranged from practical issues of art like the pricing of artwork,Kohlis struggles as a self-taught artist and if selling an artwork is more important than having a show. As guests listening to her intently,Kohli gave some gyaan on art being viewed as a style statement. It is a transitory phase where more people are taking notice of it, she said.