Strangers in Paradise?

Calcutta-born, London-based Raqib Shaw throws open a fantastical world in his recent solo exhibition at Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. A review by Zehra Jumabhoy.

27 Jul 2017

Of Fragments and Relics

Nadia Nooreyezdan traces the material histories that conceptual artist Vivan Sundaram draws upon his latest exhibition, Terraoptics at sepiaEYE, New York.

27 Jul 2017

Home in the City

Arshiya Lokhandwala speaks to Sooni Taraporevala about her practice against the backdrop of her solo exhibition on Bombay 1976 - Mumbai 2016 at the Whitworth Gallery.

27 Jul 2017


Gayatri Sinha speaks to documenta 14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and Curatorial Advisor Natasha Ginwala about the 'migrating' exhibition and its expansive idealism.

22 Jul 2017

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
by Virginia Whiles
On Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai's extraordinary imagery in the later years of his practice. A review of the exhibition at the British Museum.

23 Jun 2017

Anish Kapoor: The Skin of the Thing
by Tarini Malik
The writer draws an arc of continuity from Anish Kapoor’s Marsyas (2002) to his recent exhibition at Lisson Gallery, London

23 Jun 2017

In Perspective: Modernism and Regionalism
by Shreya Chaudhuri
A review of Group 1890: India’s Indigenous Modernism & The Japan Foundation Asia Center Art Studies 03

22 Jun 2017

A generational shift
by Gayatri Sinha
Vibha Galhotra’s immersive space at Exhibit 320 and Akansha Rastogi takes charge with Hangar for the Passerby at KNMA, Noida.

25 May 2017


Artist on art: Media versus expression

"When one is deeply involved with an experience one enters into the process of discovering or inventing; one discovers in the act of exploring and one invents while expressing." (1970)

Line Drawings of Ganga Devi
by Jyotindra Jain
Jyotindra Jain looks at change and continuity of Madhubani art through the drawings of Ganga Devi. (1994)

Artists of the Third Epoch
by Badri Narayan
Badri Narayan explores the emergence of new practitioners, painters and sculptors in the wake of Independence. (1965)

The painters of the Transition
by Jaya Appasamy
"The legacy of the past was not cast off, ideas current before Independence projected their shadows into the future." The writer focuses on the creative progression of artists after British rule. (1987)

Drawing and the shifting focus
by Santo Datta
“Drawing was once a means of transmitting observations which no amount of learned words could achieve in many fields of enquiry and expression.” (1994)

Thoughts on poetic parallelism
by Mulk Raj Anand
The article is an abridged version of Mulk Raj Anand's W G Archer memorial lecture. (1979)

The digitized cosmos: symbol and meaning of ritual mandalas
by Madhu Khanna
The writer explores the meaning of the morphological principles in ritual mandalas. (1990)

Monuments and murals
by Keshav Malik
Keshav Malik shares perspective on the growing trend of mural painting.(1972)

art history project


Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe
by Arshiya Lokhandwala
On Chitra Ganesh's enquiry into defined gender stereotypes. (2007)

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

The Queer Speculum
by Arshiya Lokhandwala
Arshiya Lokhandwala builds a discourse on the trans-sexual politics of multi-media artist Tejal Shah. (2010)

Where do birds go when they die? Vibha Galhotra and a Poetics of loss
by Gayatri Sinha
"What we have then is a colossal shift in the domain of gender art into an aggressively ungendered space - one that visually repudiates the familiar sites and notion of the feminized landscape." (2012)

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.


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)


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.


Part nine - 2000 onwards

With the shift towards the DSLR camera from the SLR film camera, the ability of the photograph to digitally reproduce itself assumes a new dimension. Photography becomes a continuum in the practice of performance and video art and covers a range of subjects that include gender and ecology.

Part eight - 1980 to 2000

During these decades photography actively intersects with the domains of art. The photograph also becomes a medium to disseminate mass culture through advertising and entertainment. At the same time a generation of reputed photojournalists emerge, who document events in India’s volatile space.

Part seven - 1960 to 1980

During the 1960's photographers in India were confronted with unexpected changes. The more settled aspects of nation-building – large dams and state run factories, and the Green Revolution, were offset by wars, the ravages of food shortages, and the nation's effort to lift itself out of poverty.

Part six - 1940 to 1960

The 1940's mark India's tumultuous crossover from colonial rule to Independence. Images were commissioned to document the nation's leaders, the newly formed industries, public works projects and cultural activities. Cinema photography in the hands of specialist studios brought in the era of romance.

Part five - 1920 to 1940

1920 onwards photography in India acquired a catalytic role of representing and disseminating images of the nationalistic struggle. Newspapers like Young India, Navjivan, the Bombay Chronicle and the Hindustan Times were disseminators of the photographic image.

Part four - 1900 to 1920

These two decades saw the rise of amateur and self-taught photographers. Women were seen in the forefront of this development. The beginning of the twentieth century marked the nascent phase of photojournalism in India; professional photographers were commissioned to cover all major events.

Part three - 1880 to 1900

Photography of archaeological sites, topography and commercial views, reportage and documentary photography, portraiture and ethnology were expanding the use of the medium. Photography studios acquired a variety of props, furniture and backdrops to provide social context to the sitter.

Part two - 1860 to 1880

The introduction of formal education in photography encouraged amateur enthusiasts to shape their talent professionally. The Archaeological Survey of India adopted photography to achieve accuracy in the documentation process. The trend of appointing court photographers grew among the royal families.


by T. V. Kunhi Krishnan
"Dhanapal was one of the earliest to break away from these limitations and recognise that art was something more than the slavish imitation of nature." (1965)

A forgotten hero
by Soumitra Das
On Chittoprasad Bhattacharya's radical contribution through his retrospective titled Art as Rebellion in Kolkata. (2011)

Strategies of survival in the age of surrender
by Geeta Kapur
Geeta Kapur on the political engagement in Tushar Joag's practice. (2010)

A furious purity
by Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi traces the skilled leadership of J. Swaminathan in setting up Bharat Bhavan and the Museum of Man, Bhopal. (1994)

Thoughts Ricochet on the works of Jayashree Chakravarty
by Peter Nagy
"The artist's skills, her cohesive vision and the adaptability of her pictorial language have been put to their most strident test." (2000)

Intersections: Art and Life of Viswanadhan
by Madhu Jain
On the artistic choices and experimentation of Velu Viswanadhan. (2007)

The graphic art of Somnath Hore
by Jaya Appasamy
Jaya Appasamy explores Somnath Hore's oeuvre in the course of his years as a practicing artist. (1970)

Gaganendranath Tagore
by Asok Mitra
"Gaganendranath has painted the boundless rice fields, the temple on the river, the rows of palm and coconut, the hills shrouded in storm and mist, the village in the evening, or the punting boatman, with the same sympathy and skill as he has painted city roofs bathed in moonlight." (1964)

Artists Groups and Collectives

How to Feel a Leak?
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

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.

Rereading Reena Kallat
by Quddus Mirza
Reena Kallat speaks with Quddus Mirza about the conceptual and aesthetic choices in her art practice.

Curators and Exhibitions

crossing generations: diVERGE
by Chaitanya Sambrani

After Dark
by Gayatri Sinha

“Aesthetic Bind”
by Saloni Mathur

by Gayatri Sinha

Ideas of the Sublime
by Gayatri Sinha

Lens Based Practices

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.

Paradigms of Perception: Between the Visual and the Optic
by R. Nandakumar
R. Nandakumar highlights Ramu Aravindan's sensibilities in documentary-style photography.