RECENT


NOTICEBOARD

Manchester Museums and Partition
by Virginia Whiles
Virginia Whiles reviews five different exhibitions held across Manchester to mark the 70th anniversary of the South Asian Holocaust and the Independence of India, Pakistan and later Bangladesh.

11 Oct 2017

Review
by Parul Dave Mukherji
A new book on the Baroda Royal art collection and institutions foregrounds notions of individual agency as lying at the heart of an indigenous modernity, writes Parul Dave Mukherji.

11 Oct 2017

Crystal Cities, Fragile Worlds

Meera Menezes examines the precarious balance between the natural and urban worlds in Jagannath Panda’s show.

26 Sep 2017

A conversation with Manu Parekh

On the eve of a major retrospective, Manu Parekh reflects on a career spanning decades of the nation's history and its art. An interview with Annapurna Garimella.

26 Sep 2017

Review

In Laura El-Tantawy's exhibition In the Shadow of the Pyramids, the personal is the political as history intersects with memory. A review by Suryanandini Narain.

26 Sep 2017

Drifting Threads: Cholamandal Artists’ Village over fifty years

Ashrafi Bhagat traces the past, present and future of the Cholamandal Artists' Village in Chennai.

26 Sep 2017

Interview

Elena Filipovic speaks to Gayatri Sinha against the background of the tantalizing exhibition, Dangerous Afternoon by Yan Xing.

07 Sep 2017

FABRIK - On the Circulation of Data, Goods and People

Deepika Sorabjee writes on the efficacy of the essay-film as a travelling art form in her review of the post-Venice after-lives of FABRIK.

23 Aug 2017


ARCHIVES

Contemporary Indian Art at the Festival of India
by Homi Bhabha
At the exhibit of contemporary art in the Festival of India, Homi Bhabha enquires: "Who is looking, from where and why?"

The artist as hero
by Mulk Raj Anand
Mulk Raj Anand diagnoses the condition of the modern artist against the backdrop of the First Triennale of World Contemporary Art. (1968)

Contemporary Indian sculpture
by Jaya Appasamy
Jaya Appasamy provides an overview of developments in the field of sculpture, including evolving media practices and emerging artists, up to the seventies. (1969)

Is Tantrik Art a Misnomer?
by Ram Chatterji
“Tantra aims at a ceaseless dialogue between Purusha and Prakriti, man and nature - the eternal male and eternal female.” (1980)

A sensitive master of creative expression
by Pran Nath Mago
P. N. Mago appraises the contributions of Dhanraj Bhagat to the evolving field of sculpture in India. (1995)

Richard Bartholomew: The critic who was a movement
by Santo Datta
Santo Datta shares insights about the contribution of Bartholomew as a critic in the formative phase of modern Indian art.

Thoughts on Tantra
by S. B. Palsikar
“This energy creates the light by which everything is lit and thus the realization of colour through this light." (1971)

The significance of tantric imagery today
by Badri Narayan
On the symbolism of visual motifs of Tantra and the artist’s quest to find a meaningful source of inspiration. (1971)


art history project


CINEMA

The Man Who Was Seen Too Much: Amitabh Bachchan on Film Posters
by Ranjani Mazumdar
On the cinematic journey and stardom of Amitabh Bachchan.

Seeking Sunny Leone: A Journey Through the Digital Erotic
by Reina Gattuso
The writer traces the "digital erotic" in the rapidly proliferating market of explicit imagery of actress-performer, Sunny Leone. (2017)

Cinema of the Dispossessed
by Khalid Mohamed
Goutam Ghose talks to Khalid Mohamed about his oeuvre and abiding concern: to expose and explore the realities of life on screen. (1988)

Communalists, Keep Out!
by K. A. Abbas
In the face of growing communal polarization, legendary script-writer K. A. Abbas rallies to the defense of the cosmopolitan Bombay film industry as “an oasis” of secularism. (1940)

The Effects of the Talkie Revolution
by N. Roy
N Roy discusses the politics of language in the early talkies. (1932)


ON GENDER

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.

Modern Education of the Hindu Woman
by Abala Bose
Abala Bose highlights the importance of education for Indian women in the early 20th century.


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

V S Gaitonde
by Pria Karunakar
“His dialogue with the canvas is intimate and private till he decides to relinquish it for public viewing.” Karunakar examines the aspects of balance and consistency in the artist’s work. (1975)

KS Kulkarni's enigmatic pictorial language
by Ratan Parimoo
Ratan Parimoo traces the evolving visual language of the artist. (2008)

Fibre sculptures of Mrinalini Mukherjee
by Krishna Chaitanya
Krishna Chaitanya documents Mrinalini Mukherjee's experiments with fibre as a medium. (1977)

Jeram Patel: Words parallel to his art
by Nibha Joshi
“The true artist struggles for a calm conviction within and suffuses his work with the integrity of placement.” On the timelessness of Jeram Patel’s art. (1975)

Sunayani Devi - A primitive of the Bengal School
by Amina Kar
“Her figures are symbols of resiliency and refinement, the rhythmic, though not regular lines suggesting the vitality and grace of fragile plants..." (1966)

Breaking down boundaries
by Soumitra Das
“...Subramanyan is always breaking down boundaries that we conventionally erect between the folk and the hieratic, between global cultures and geographical confines”. (2014)

Beyond procenium
by Shanta Gokhale
“…Kulkarni's canvas constructions might excite the theatrical imagination enough for a revival of the mutually invigorating collaboration between the plastic and the performing art.” (1994)

Gaganendranath Tagore
by S Sanjiva Dev
“Gaganendranath was a unique creator of light out of darkness.” On the master and his painterly capacities. (1951)


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

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.

Sunil Gupta speaks with Radhika Singh
by Radhika Singh
Radhika Singh talks to Sunil Gupta about his practice as a curator-photographer, writer and queer rights activist.


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

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.

Exploring the Politics of Identity
by Ram Rahman
Sunil Gupta's photojournalistic images movingly capture a deeply private investigation of inner conflict.