Author: Rajesh Punj

Acting Out

Acclaimed American performance artist Carolee Scheeman is awarded this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Venice Biennale. Joining an illustrious line of recipients including German painters Frank Auerbach and Sigmar Polke, Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic, and Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, Scheeman’s accolade is seen by the Biennale as testament to her […]

Louis Moinet: Splitting Seconds

Louis Moinet watches begin with the man who invented them. Born in Bourges, France, in the late 18th century, Moinet enjoyed the fruits of his farming family before distinguishing himself as an intellectual and academic. Initially ruled less by mathematics and science than the arts, Moinet proved an accomplished sculptor, painter and horologist, eventually devoting […]

Parmigiani Fleurier: Built for Speed

More recently conceived, Parmigiani Fleurier is a Swiss brand of watchmaker founded in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani in Val-de-Travers. The brand’s breakthrough timepiece was the Bugatti 370, which is a remarkably unconventional driving watch based on the Bugatti Veyron car, literally turned upright to resemble a transversal engine. Stacking the mechanisms in a transparent cylinder, […]

Roger Dubuis: The Skeleton’s Key

Founded as recently as 1995 by designer Carlos Dias and watchmaker Roger Dubuis, Roger Dubuis produces luxury watches and jewellery for an international market. Dubuis originally set up his own atelier in 1980 – having spent more than a decade producing complications for the Swiss watch manufacturer Patek Philippe and Co. – whereupon he took […]

Mastering the Modern

Well into the new year, the eleventh edition of Dubai’s international Art Fair opens to the public on the 15th to the 18th of this month, with as many as ninety-two gallerists from forty-four different countries. Aspirational for its ambition, Art Dubai has for over a decade now drawn attention to the visual values of […]

Design Dialogues

For its sixth edition Design Days Dubai moves to the city’s Design District from the 14th to the 17th March, from where it showcases fifty international designers from eleven countries. Applying the same seal to the event as has been established by the Art Fair, Design Days draws attention to the fashion and fabric of […]

Three Artists to Watch at India Art Fair

Selections takes a look at three exciting emerging artists exhibiting in New Delhi this February As part of a calendar of critical and cultural events across South Asia that includes the Dhaka Art Summit and the Kochi-Muziris and Colombo Biennales, the India Art Fair addresses the sub-continent’s commercial interests. It sees emerging and more established […]

Mind over Matter

British sculptor Tony Cragg tells Selections why sculpture is a vital science and how he has had enough of breaking plates Tony Cragg’s new works appear like attractive alien interventions, as much suited to the set of a science fiction film as they are “sculptures as stage,” as he describes them. Brightly coloured contortions of […]

Between Repellence and Attraction

Indian artist Manish Nai’s latest solo show at Paris’ Galerie Karsten Greve featured powerful works made of tangled fabric and wood There is a kind of social science to the work of Gujarat-born, Mumbai-based artist Manish Nai, who looks less a graduate of painting and more a man of mathematics. And just as he might […]

Unspeakable Acts

Iranian painter Ali Banisadr’s canvasses are at once compelling and unsettling, grabbing the viewer’s gaze and refusing to relinquish it Painted at a vertical angle, Iranian artist Ali Banisadr’s canvasses appear as aesthetic avalanches of accident and incident, in which fragmented figures are contoured into chaotic spaces, the tormented dreams of the artist’s imagination. Rich […]