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TAKE on art, the leading art magazine in India published bi-annually from New Delhi since 2009, comprehensively covers, reports and critiques art and cultural events from India and abroad. Led by Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Bhavna Kakar, TAKE follows a critical approach to the larger discourse on art through curated issues with contributions by leading writers and critics from across the globe. The magazine has been invested in sustaining critical writing practices in India not just through its own capacity as a publication but also by organising initiatives that try to generate discourse, and keep conversations alive. In the past, the publication has organised writing workshops under the TAKE on Writing series as well as hosted the TAKE TALK series. Significant projects in this direction include TAKE on Residency, in collaboration with IFA at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore in 2013, TAKE on Writing, Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing at Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa in 2014 and more recently, Take on Writing - Critical Writing Ensemble (CWE) Baroda Chapter at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in December 2015 and the CWE Dhaka Chapter, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton, in collaboration with OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016 supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. The most recent TAKE on Writing initiatives included The Book – The New Writing Group, a workshop led by Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and The Book – Ensemble, both held in New Delhi in December 2016. The magazine has travelled internationally to events such as Art Basel, Art Basel HK, Art Basel Miami, Dhaka Art Summit and Asia Triennale Manchester, as well as collaborated with landmark events locally such as Experimenter Curator's Hub (2011 - 2016), Insert 2014, Sarai Reader 09: Episode 1, 2 and 3, Amrita Sher-Gil National Art Week and Delhi Photo Festival.
"This issue of TAKE, returns to an often-quoted maxim: “Writing about art is like dancing about architecture.” There is perhaps some truth to this. Is writing any less of a creative exercise than art making? Or does the creative in writing reside only in its fiction? Artists and writers of fiction have always been inspired by each other, occasionally drawing further close to generate analyses of each other’s work. This issue forks in its intent. It is, as several of our issues have been, an homage to art criticism, by emphasizing the importance of its form with respect to the subject it describes, salvaging it from the footnotes of art history. On the other hand, it is also an experiment in publishing art writing that takes on a language comparable to that of art making, a narrative that is ostensibly an instance of creative practice." - Excerpt from editorial by Bhavna Kakar With contributions from: Adwait Singh | Anoop Panicker | Anushka Rajendran | Avantika Bhuyan | Avni Doshi | Asad Lalljee | Ashish Rajadhyaksha | Belinder Dhanoa | Bharti Lalwani | Bhavna Kakar | Gayatri Rangachari Shah | Himali Singh Soin | Iftikhar Dadi | Ingo Niermann | Karthik Shankar | Natasha Ginwala | Madhu Jain | Manish D Mishra | Manisha Gera Baswani | Manoj Nair | Mario Fusco | Meera Menezes | Rachael A Rakes | Sarnath Banerjee | Sarover Zaidi | Seema Bhalla | Shubhalaxmi Shukla | Simon O'Sullivan | Stephanie Bailey | Sujata Assomull | V Sanjay Kumar | Varun Rana