RECENT


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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

An Archive of Memories/Memories of the Archive

Remembering Vivan Sundaram's site-specific installation at the Victoria Memorial, twenty years on - a review of an anthology of essays on Sundaram's History Project by Amrita Chakravarty.

23 Aug 2017

Orlando in Soho

Little known histories of Queer Art in Britain 1861-1967 at Tate Britain look at the aesthetics of "deviance" under the legal regimes of the time. A review by Gayatri Sinha

23 Aug 2017

Review

Nadia Nooreyezdan reviews Arpita Singh's Tying down time at Talwar Gallery, New York and Surendran Nair's Cuckoonebulopolis at Aicon Gallery, New York.

23 Aug 2017

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


ARCHIVES

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)

Matter and Spirit
by S A Krishnan
The writer examines the elements of the sublime and spiritual in Tantra art. (1971)

Artist on art: Media versus expression
by Krishna Reddy
"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."

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)


art history project



ON GENDER

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.


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

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)

Dhanapal
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)


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.