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Ram Kumar (1924-2018)

"A Literary Painter" by Gayatri Sinha

17 Apr 2018

Class Crisis

Recent events at the School of Arts and Aesthetics reflects the shrinking space for liberal education in India. By Amrita Chakravarty

10 Apr 2018

Hashiya - a space of enchantment

On the border in Indian painting: Gayatri Sinha reviews the exhibition Hashiya - the Margin.

05 Apr 2018

Forgotten Spaces

Meera Menezes on Asim Waqif’s enquiry into the repercussions of violence on spaces and structures in his solo exhibition, Residual Fear at Nature Morte, New Delhi

22 Mar 2018

WHERE THERE's a WILL...

The Lahore Biennale 01: Shehr-O-Funn reviewed by Virginia Whiles.

21 Mar 2018

An anthology of personal myths

Anju Dodiya’s 17th solo show The Air is a Mill of Hooks, after Sylvia Plath’s poem, Mystic. Review by Ridhi Khanna.

21 Mar 2018

(Un)MYthU: Byproducts of twenty years of performance

A process of seeing and unseeing. A review by Jesal Thacker.

19 Mar 2018

To Despair in Hopelessness

Premjish reflects on the politically engaged practice of Altaf on the occasion of the artist's retrospective at the DAG.

27 Feb 2018


ARCHIVES

Essentials of art
by Bireshwar Sen
Bireshwar Sen explores the play of tradition and originality in Indian art and aesthetics. (1951)

Exhibitions - its cultural value
by V. R. Chitra
V. R. Chitra highlights the need to infuse aesthetics and appreciate art by bringing together ‘organized’ exhibitions. (1947)

Science and the Artisan
by T. S. Dandapani
On the advocacy of skilled craftsmanship to uplift the scenario of cottage industries in newly independent India. (1947)

Of space, silence, pain and everything ‘in between'
by Gauri Parimoo Krishnan
A recent exhibition in Singapore brings together a minimalist and introspective referencing of the Japanese concept of Ma or 'invisible energy', writes Krishnan.(2018)

Art and the Freudian Doctrine
by Krishna Chaitanya
The writer makes an assessment of psychoanalytical ramifications on art through a study of symbols. (1947)

The Continuity of Indian Pictorial Art: A Survey-Map of Indian Culture
by S Bose
The writer provides an overview of Indian art from the ancient Indus Valley civilization to the birth of modernism. (1947)

The Arts and Crafts of India
by Sreemati Tagore
Sreemati Tagore on 'production' and 'knowledge' in the field of art and craft in ancient literature and material culture.(1950)

The Aesthetic Vacuum in Bombay
by Nissim Ezekiel
Nissim Ezekiel laments what he regards as the desultory landscape of contemporary Indian art. (1970)


art history project


artists

Goddesses of our times
by Soumitra Das
“They exude the raw sexual energy of some folk goddesses and village deities and are suggestive of icons.” On the monumental female heads of Ravinder Reddy. (2017)

The Orientalist: A short note on Vivan Sundaram’s work
by Madan Gopal Singh
Madan Gopal Singh offers a perspective on the creative paradoxes in the artist’s work. (1989)

Mapping Memory
by Tina Byrne
The writer unfolds Madhvi Subrahmanian’s practice through her ‘chosen material’ in her latest exhibition at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai. (2017)

Ranbir Kaleka
by Gitanjali Dang
“Everything Kaleka privileged in his paintings continues to exert gravity in his multimedia work.” Gitanjali Dang provides an overview of the shifts in the practice of the mixed media artist. (2011)

The Mrinalini Metaphor
by Geeta Kapur
On being 'a modernist but not a contemporary' through the many lucid cycles of her practice. Geeta Kapur on Mrinalini Mukherjee's last exhibition at the NGMA. (2015)

His art was father, mother and God
by A.S.Raman
A S Raman sketches a short biography of celebrated artist K Venkatappa. (1987)

Kristine Michael: Speaking with clay
by Sadanand Menon
Sadanand Menon traces the unfolding of Kristine Michael's oeuvre in the exhibition Spirals of Growth. (1989)

Abanindranath Tagore as Raconteur
by V R Chitra & T N Srinivasan
"His sparkling language, vivid description and flowing style make character after character appear before our eyes in the sharpest outlines and most brilliant colours" (1947)


CINEMA

“You can’t expect me to make a masterpiece every time”

An archival interview with Basu Chatterjee, a pioneering figure of the Indian "middle cinema".

The New Marathi Film
by Aarti Wani
Aarti Wani situates the "New Marathi Film" in a context of the encounter of regional cinema with global circuits of information.

The Commercial Cinema: Opium for the Masses
by Dileep Padgaonkar
The writer examines the structural and cultural deficiencies of the pre-liberalisation film industry. (1974)

The Scientist and His Double in Indian Science Fiction Cinema
by Rashmi Sawhney
The writer traces the evolution of the Indian Science Fiction film through the changing relationship with technological modernity.

“Every Girl is not Sridevi”
by Amrita Chakravarty
An archival interview retrieves the star's voice from the anonymity of the historical record. Annotated by Amrita Chakravarty.

Who’s Afraid of Historical Films?
by Bikram Singh
Bikram Singh focuses on the economics and budgeting of historical films in Hindi cinema. (1978)

Remembering Ritwik
by Ella Datta
In the midst of belated accolades to the great director, Ella Datta looks back on his remarkable filmography. (1977)

The Mirror Cracked
by Tanul Thakur
Tanul Thakur writes on lives of reflected stardust. (2013)


ON GENDER

‘Strong female characters’ in Hindi cinema
by Damini Kulkarni
Damini Kulkarni on the ‘burden of representation’ of women and the changing market dynamics of the Hindi film industry. (2017)

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.


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 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

A touch of the primitive
by Eunice de Souza
“My sources are all on the periphery of art - picture, postcards, lurid calendars, all this interests me terribly.” Bhupen Khakhar in conversation with Eunice de Souza. (1971)

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)


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

Invented Worlds: India through the camera lens of Waswo X. Waswo
by Curtis L. Carter
On questions of 'domination and exploitation' through a postcolonial reading of Waswo's body of work. (2007)

A Proposition for Departure
by Sohrab Hura
The photograph is an index of intimacy rather than truth. The artist in his own words. (2017)

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)