RECENT


NOTICEBOARD

Himmat Shah at Jawahar Kala Kendra
by Gayatri Sinha
A smaller version of what was seen in the KNMA retrospective - is an exhibition significant beyond the event.

16 Jan 2018

Sculpture Park: Past forward to Contemporary Art

Shreya Chaudhuri provides an overview of the newly opened Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh fort, Jaipur.

20 Dec 2017

The Art of Dispossession

Zarina’s minimalist meditations on dislocation, diaspora, and memories of home at the ongoing exhibition at A|P|A Institute, NYU. A review by Nadia Nooreyezdan.

20 Dec 2017

‘If humankind wants to survive the twenty-first century’

Nalini Malini references myths to "compose an oneiric vision of a world" in her ongoing retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. A review by Devika Singh.

14 Dec 2017

A letter from the artists: Defending the Radical Vision of documenta

In the controversy surrounding documenta's expansion into Athens, participating artists write a second letter of defence of the exhibition. CC carries their text in whole.

04 Dec 2017

The Art of Comparison, Interruption and Boundary-Crossing

A conversation between Gigi Scaria and Christiane Brosius

23 Nov 2017

The death of an idea
by Diva Gujral
Tate Modern’s ambitious new exhibition, Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture is an exercise in the construction of a radical new pictorial regime and its downfall.

23 Nov 2017

The inconceivable: on the first Karachi Biennale

The first Karachi Biennale presents another Karachi in its geographical and artistic exposition of the historic "bruised city," writes Zarmeene Shah.

22 Nov 2017


ARCHIVES

Art from the point of view of the artist
by Chaitanyadev Chattopadhyaya
Chaitanyadev Chattopadhyaya diagnoses the condition of modern art in his time, offering as a cure, his own prescription of great art. (1943)

Art and Craftsmanship
by Ananda K Coomaraswamy
Coomarswamy expounds on aesthetic practice as a matter of the “externalisation of an already completed cycle.” (1920)

Indian art and iconography
by Brindavan C. Bhattacharya
The author offers an examination of Indian aesthetics manifest in the practice of the artist. (1920)

Review of the annual exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts
by O.C. Gangoly
“..the Calcutta Academy has built up in the course of its long career rich traditions in showmanship and patronage which in many respects surpass its counterpart at Delhi.”

Contemporary graphics in India
by Jaya Appasamy
Jaya Appasamy provides an overview of trends in the field of graphic media. (1974)

Bicultural Aspects
by Pria Devi
Pria Devi explores questions of identity in the context of a modern art for a bicultural subcontinent. (1980)

The genius of Indian sculpture
by William Rothenstein
Rothenstein on the “transcendental and cosmic” quality of Indian sculpture in a lecture delivered at the Royal Society of Arts, 1938

In praise of painting
by O.C. Gangoly
OC Gangoly writes about painting as more than a “piece of sentimental luxury” that has held its own across histories. (1950)


art history project


CINEMA

Who Killed Art Cinema?

By 1998, the art cinema movement in the country gradually faded away. Nikhat Kazmi sketches a post-mortem.

The Problem of Censorship

A critic laments arbitrary censorship as the bane of industry producers. (1954)

Interview with B. R. Ambedkar

“Films are the best medium of teaching our people to see life, to laugh at it, to laugh at themselves, to indulge in self-inquiry and self-criticism,” (1954)

Interview with Dilip Kumar

A young Dilip Kumar muses on, among other things, the state of film craft in the newly independent nation, in this archival interview with Simon Pereira. (1951)

Bollywood Comes to Nigeria

Brian Larkin tracks the cross-cultural appeal of Bombay Cinema in post-colonial Nigeria. (1997)

Backpacking Sounds: Sneha Khanwalkar and the “New” Soundtrack of Bombay Cinema

Shikha Jhingan on the burgeoning career of the female composer. (2015)

Begums, Buddies, and Bandits

Reina Gattuso on the traditions of homoeroticism within Urdu literature and the Hindi buddy film, Dedh Ishqiya. (2017)

Mahatma Gandhi becomes a film star
by Baburao Patel
Baburao Patel on the first biographical documentary on Mahatma Gandhi painstakingly produced by A K Chettiar. (1940)


ON GENDER

Gender, Class, and Cultural Conflict: Indu Krishnan’s Knowing Her Place

Lata Mani examines the gendered nature of conflict in the South Asian diaspora through the role of the female protagonist in the film. (1992)

Re-claiming the body

Arshiya Lokhandwala shares her thoughts on seven women video artists and the engagement with feminist themes in their work. (2005)

Queer gender binary
by Soumitra Das
Soumitra Das uses the Radha-Krishna motif as metaphor to question queer gender identity in popular art. (2017)

Making ‘A Space For Healing’: Strategies For Resistance and Recovery
by Roobina Karode
Roobina Karode maps the practice of women artists as agents for cultural transformation. (2007)

The Ideal Wife
by Bhagwat Saran Upadhyaya
Bhagwat Saran Upadhyaya takes account of the duties and obligations set for women in ancient India.

Coinage bearing the names of Indian Queens
by Richard Burn
Indologist Richard Burn draws focus on the significance of women rulers in South Asia through the overarching study of coins. (1945)

In House Adoption
by Gayatri Sinha
In the present exhibition, Mithu Sen moves between defining the materiality of her world to directing her gaze into the erotic male body.

A Women’s Movement
by Sarala Devi
Sarala Devi writes about the origin and growth of the Bharat Stree Mahamandal during the British rule in India.


CURATING SOUTH ASIA

Kal, Aaj aur Kal

Quddus Mirza writes about museum initiatives in Pakistan over the last seven decades. (2010)

Breaking away from the past
by Quddus Mirza
"Diversity is what defines Pakistani art today." Quddus Mirza on the emerging trends in the practices of Pakistani artists. (1998)

Borderlands

Amit S. Rai cogitates on the possibility of art recuperating a banal Indo-Pak dialectic as he responds to a show featuring Pakistani works at the Devi Art Foundation. (2010)

The Neighbourhood Project
by Deeksha Nath
Deeksha Nath responds critically to shows by L. N. Tallur, Bangladeshi artist Mahbudur Rahman and four Sri Lankan artists involved in The One Year Drawing Project at the Devi Art Foundation. (2010)

Curating as site: the case of South Asia

CC interviews Iftikhar Dadi, art historian, artist and co-curator of the landmark exhibition Lines of Control (2012).

Shared Histories: Collective Exhibitions
by Shreya Chaudhuri
Shreya Chaudhuri examines some of the leading trajectories in the recent phenomenon of curating in South Asia.


artists

My East is Your West
by Sophie Knezic
Shilpa Gupta's installation and performance pieces form one half of a dynamic collaboration, My East is your West, at the 56th Venice Biennale. (2016)

Dream of a Dialogue: Masculinity, Sexuality and Modernity
by Annapurna Garimella
Annapurna Garimella examines the oeuvre of Manu Parekh over four decades. (2012)

Did Jamini Roy become a prisoner of his own idiom?
by R. P. Gupta
“His childhood upbringing, his experience and his attitude made him an insider not alien to the folk arts.” Gupta explores indigeneity in Jamini Roy’s art. (1987)

Man in uniform
by Georgina Maddox
Georgina Maddox meets Baptist Coelho on the eve of his solo exhibition, documenting the unseen lives of soldiers on the Siachen glacier. (2009)

Steel Utensils: The Signature Medium of Subodh Gupta
by Sania Galundia
On the symbolism of utensils as the artist's "signature medium". (2015)

Thinking with the hand
by Soumitra Das
“…his hands were as capable of cerebration as his mind.” On Ram Kumar’s pen and ink and brush drawings of the early 60s. (2014)

Gaganendranath Tagore: Painter and Personality
by Ratan Parimoo
Ratan Parimoo provides an account of the career of "probably the first individualist" artist in India, Gaganendranath Tagore.

Between certain forms of life and what is living
by Daniela Zyman
Daniela Zyman reads Mithu Sen's oeuvre through the lens of the artist's own avowed desire "of not living the approved way."


Artists Groups and Collectives

How to Feel a Leak?
by CAMP
CAMP elaborates on their work, THE RADIA TAP(E)S as part of The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York Triennial (2012).

CONA: Points of Reflection
by Hemali Bhuta
Hemali Bhuta on the founding of CONA as a pedagogical structure for artists.

New Group: In conversation with Amitava Das and Mona Rai at New Delhi, April 23, 2014

Amitava Das and Mona talk about the formation of the New Group in 1974.

The Calcutta Group - Its Aims and Achievements
by Prodosh Das Gupta
Prodosh Das Gupta highlights the premise of founding the Calcutta Group in 1940.

Indian Society of Oriental Art
by James H. Cousins


Artists Conversations

The Medium and its Message
by Eunice de Souza
Vivan Sundaram talks about painting in the time of cinema, in this interview with Eunice de Souza. (1979)

Meeting Ground
by Anjum Singh & Manisha Parekh
On the heels of recent solo shows, Anjum Singh and Manisha Parekh discuss their early influences and praxis. (2000)

A Dialogue with Sankho Chaudhuri: The Act of Sculpting has to be fulfilled
by Prayag Shukla
Prayag Shukla in conversation with Sankho Chaudhuri on the emerging trends in modern Indian sculpture. (1955)

In conversation
by Abhishekh Hazra
Riyas Komu talks to Abhishek Hazra on the explicit political choices in his work. (2006)

In conversation
by Ashrafi S Bhagat
Benitha Perciyal shares insights about her practice and unusual choice of materials. (2011)

Beyond Narrative Painting
by Yashodhara Dalmia
An interview with Tyeb Mehta. (2011)

A personal vision of tribal and folklore
by S A Krishnan
J Sultan Ali in conversation with S A Krishnan. (1980)

Second Skin: In Conversation with my Mother's Daughter
by Rekha Rodwittiya
Rekha Rodwittiya extends her inner world of conversation and critique by interviewing herself.


Curators and Exhibitions

crossing generations: diVERGE
by Chaitanya Sambrani

After Dark
by Gayatri Sinha

“Aesthetic Bind”
by Saloni Mathur

Water
by Gayatri Sinha

Ideas of the Sublime
by Gayatri Sinha


Lens Based Practices

Portraiture: A new personal approach
by Sam. B Tata
On a new approach to straight photography. (1951)

Pandora’s Camera
by Peter Nagy
Peter Nagy focuses on the history of photography in India through his reading of Christopher Pinney's book Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs. (2000)

Lala Deen Dayal’s Legacy
by Niyatee Shinde
Niyatee Shinde writes about Lala Deen Dayal's photographic documentation of the colonial era. (1993)

The Photographic Eye of Jyoti Bhatt
by Sujoy Das
As it views folk art forms of pre globalized India by Sujoy Das. (2017)

Science, facts and fiction
by Soumitra Das
Soumitra Das examines both vernacular and English language sources in the writing of Siddhartha Ghosh on archival photography.(2002)

‘Crossing Currents’ Video Art and Cultural Identity
by Santo Datta
Santo Datta examines the cinematic experience created by video art documentaries and installations.(2004)

Fields of Sight
by Inderpal Grewal
Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad provide a new language that address the politics and aesthetics of environmental destruction.

“King, Commoner, Citizen”
by Sanjeev Saith
Sanjeev Saith examines Prashant Panjiar's collection of photographs of erstwhile royalty and ordinary citizens.