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Dayawati Modi award for Menon
  16th Nov 2013

he Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture and Education 2013 will be conferred upon artist Anjolie Ela Menon for her distinguished contribution to the field. The award, to be given to Menon by Shri V. Narayanaswamy at a ceremony tomorrow, includes a prize of Rs. 2,51,000, a scroll of honour and a silver shield. Menon has held 49 solo exhibitions over the past five decades, including retrospectives at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi and National Gallery of Modern Art.



Artist nails himself to the ground in Russia

A Russian performance artist has stripped naked and nailed his genitals to the ground of Moscow's Red Square in a shocking protest aimed at 'the police state'. Pyotr Pavlensky, who sat for an hour and a half outside the Lenin Mausoleum with the nail through his testicles yesterday, described his 'Fixation' act as "a metaphor for apathy, political indifference and [the] fatalism of modern Russian society". The 29-year old performer, who timed his stunt to coincide with Police Day, faced spending 15 days in custody but was freed today. It is not yet clear whether he will be re-arrested, after a judge ruled that documents had been presented incorrectly in court. The extreme public act was recorded on video and uploaded online before leading social media platforms blocked it.

Sixth India Art Fair announced

Seventh Plane Networks has announced the next India Art Fair, scheduled to take place between 30th January and 2nd February, 2014. In its 6th edition, the fair will host 91 booths from India and abroad, with shows by 47 galleries. An extensive Art Projects programme will be the big focus this year, presenting works by high profile Indian and international artists. Highlights of the programme include Listen Up!, a city-wide installation to make sound art publically accessible through cellular phones. Participants also include artist Dayanita Singh, who will present excerpts from her critically acclaimed File Room series; Jose Garcia Miguel who will showcase Tears of Portugal, a multi-media installation; and INSERT2014, an exhibition curated by the Raqs Media Collective; and a presentation by Word.Sound.Power.

Banksy's early works to go on auction

Four early works of elusive British artist Banksy will go on sale at an auction in December. The four graffiti works include Happy Choppers, a 2002 mural that first appeared on a wall at the Whitecross Street Market in London and features a stenciled group of military helicopters. The piece is estimated to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000, and will join the sale of Flower Girl, a stencil work that first appeared on a Los Angeles gas station wall, expected to fetch between $150,000 and $300,000. Also included in the sale are two works from Banksy's 2003-2004 tour in Germany. TV Girl features a stencil of a girl holding a television set with an orange heart on the screen, while Umbrella Rat depicts a rat dressed in a bowler hat and tie, parachuting with an umbrella.

Stunning Warhol sale at Sotheby's auction

Andy Warhol's double-panel painting Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) has sold for $105 million (£65m) at a Sotheby's auction last week, breaking his own record by over $30 million. Warhol's striking painting depicts the devastating aftermath of a road accident. Silver Car Crash had previously been owned by the likes of Charles Saatchi and German playboy Gunter Sachs. The artist's previous auction record was $71.7 million, paid for Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) in 2007.

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