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Art Hub @ Gulshan-2
The art of business
If you are an art lover, you don't always need to attend an auction and spend millions, though. Bangladesh, rich and vibrant, is home to many breathtaking works of art.
And if you are planning to buy one of them, paying a visit to North DCC Supermarket, Gulshan-2 (opposite to Hotel Westin) will definitely be worthwhile.
A closer look…
When buying from these stores, make sure you bargain with the price enough. Seeing your fascination for a particular work, a shop may charge an unreasonable price. Negotiate tight, and you'll be surprised how low prices of some paintings may get.
But what ultimately strikes in a customer to decide which painting to buy? What's actually in? “It entirely depends on one's taste. You like a painting, you have the money- you buy it”, says a store manager. It's as simple as that.
Overall, business is good. Another seller observes, “People are now more interested in art than ever. With a positive change in tastes and preferences, a steady rise in the standard of living, and with so many families moving to their own apartments, the need for having a piece of art is growing”.
Among all the stores, Saju Art Gallery stands out of the crowd. It has been in the scene for decades and boasts its rich collection of paintings of renowned artists such as Quamrul Islam, S. M. Sultan, etc. The walls of the huge store space showcases mesmerizing art pieces, and while the paintings are relatively more expensive, they just deserve it.
Saju Art Gallery is also organizing an exhibition of paintings of reputed Bangladeshi artists from 7th May to 6th June; most of the paintings are for sale.
Indeed, there are many fake copies out there claiming to be original. But keep your cool. There is a way out. When you are suspicious whether the painting is original, first check if the maker is available or not. Try to pay him/her a visit. The creator will be more than happy to verify whether something is his/her creation or some cheap replica. But if you cannot meet the artist, still no worries. Get hold of an expert (such as a faculty member of Charukala) to assure the art's authenticity.
Frame it up
Whether you want to frame a picture or buy an art, or just simply have an urge to check out some paintings, Gulshan-2 Market is a suitable place for you. Although the number of stores may not be very high, the few stores that are in there have a lot of spectacular arts to show off. Thus do take some time-off and wonder on those corridors of the first floor of the market to be lost in an amazing world of arts.
By M H Haider
99 cents. Yup that's what I paid per piece for those little guavas, the ones with the reddish/pinkish centres. They didn't taste very good actually, probably off-season, wrong American fertilizer, not the right kind of kisses from the bees. But I couldn't walk away from the fruit section of Dean & Deluca without picking up at least two of those little round greens that made me go “I guess I do miss Dhaka more than I realize.” What does a girl know! Sometimes the answers are in overpriced bitter tasting guavas…
I walked out to the familiar brick path making my sundress give an extra swing, spring air fondled under it, the sun blessed my dark brown hair. “I belong here,” I told myself. Shop windows flaunted summer colours, the abundance of products and the availability of just about everything around me made me feel lucky, I felt free. Yet I performed that freedom not for the ones around me but projected it towards a land far, far away.
I am irrational and impulsive. I don't think of the future or the past and sometimes not even the present. I only depend on the feeling that balls up inside and then follow it. I make prolonged trips to Bangladesh and move back, tie myself to people and things to make me understand what I want. And then I think I discovered something, joining in this performance for Bangladesh with the rest. And if/when recognition comes and maybe even respect one wonders "is that what you really wanted?" To be defined by the invisible but very existent audience?
I move away, back to the states. And I feel great! I go for runs and go to bed early, not see anyone for days, turn off my phone and drown with content. When I resurface I put on clothes that I never thought I would get to wear again.
That is until I bump into those little guavas and a rush of feelings flood my inside. I think of the last monsoon, the last traffic jam, last laughter. I think of the load shedding, the mosquitoes and the everyday banter with the bua. And I am not even sure if I miss any of it, but I keep thinking of them all, just like that, on repeat.
With my past on repeat, I bite into the 99 cent guava and I feel cheated. Why wasn't it a full dollar, a round number, a 100%? And I wonder if my life will also be stuck somewhere between some decimal like .99 that Americans seem to love so much that they must add it after all things for sale. I have filled my closet with things that ended in .99s and my fridge and my house. I try to find something that was even, just big zeros even. But no, I find nothing, even the water I drink pouring out of a filter system off the faucet was bought with something .99.
I resign and realize nothing is entirely whole including my memory and my feelings, the performers and the performance for Bangladesh, nothing I own, nothing I sold, nothing I remember… And decimals, I figure out, decimals, that is the root of all my problems.
Art under Microscope
If you are totally obsessed with paintings, and you want to get deeper into this ingenious world, then an art appreciation course might just be the thing for you.
There is also a possibility that it might not be the thing for you, though. Just because you are fascinated by the mysteries Mona Lisa hold and bewildered by the controversies surrounding The Last Supper, doesn't mean that you are actually going to enjoy an art appreciation course.
This course might not always be fun for everyone. Some of it, for example, might involve learning the approaches and methods of various artists from various eras, which might get boring to many.
Hence, browse before you leap! Have a feel about art appreciation courses by surfing the web. There are many videos, even full online art appreciation courses that you can first try.
If the WWW doesn't satisfy your thirst, or it's not just the way you want to learn about art, then the best thing is to get enrolled in an art appreciation course.
Get the course outline. Read through the course contents so that you can judge whether you like it or not. Bishwa Sahitya Kendra frequently conducts such programs. One of its courses held not too long ago, included topics such as methodologies and grammar of art, art in various civilizations, art in our Indian sub-continent and art in Bangladesh. There were 36 classes in that course, for which the payment was Tk 2000. Alliance Francaise is another place to take this course, though the fee is higher: Tk 4000, according to the last art appreciation course they held.
By M H Haider
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