2009

Art and Visual Culture in India 1857–2007

Edited by: Gayatri Sinha
Binding: Hardcover
Specifications: 336 pages, 232 illustrations
ISBN: 978-81-85026-92-3
Dimensions: 305 x 241 mm

This volume brings together 19 seminal essays on India’s visual culture and its leading manifestations during the period 1857–2007. It traces the shifting role of the artist and art institution through cataclysmic changes in India’s history. With contributions by the foremost art writers, critics, and curators, this volume seeks to contextualize Indian art within the dynamic shifts of Indian social history. Over 200 illustrations provide a selective panorama of the visual arts in the last 150 years.

Gayatri Sinha is an independent curator, art critic, and editor, based in New Delhi.

Introduction
Gayatri Sinha

Indian Artists in the Colonial Period: The Case of Bombay
Partha Mitter

Material Fantasy: The Museum in Colonial India
Kavita Singh

The Colonial Project and the Shifting Gaze
Sophie Gordon

Mechanical Reproduction in India
Christopher Pinney

Abanindranath, Known and Unknown: The Artist versus the Art of His Times
Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Santiniketan: A Development in Three Movements
R. Siva Kumar

The 1930s: A Decade of Modernism
Gayatri Sinha

Artist Collectives in the Age of Anxiety, 1940-50
Shukla Sawant

Social Realism in the Visual Arts: "Man-Made" Famine and Political Ferment, Bengal 1943-46
Sanjoy Mallik

A House for Modernism: Art in its Institutional Aspects, 1950s and '60s
Anshuman Das Gupta

Modern Indian Sculpture
Shivaji K. Panikkar

City Lights, City Limits: Multimple Metaphors in Everyday Urbanism
Roobina Karode and Shukla Sawant

Modernity in the South: An Overview
Ashrafi S. Bhagat

Curating Culture, Curating Territory: Religio-Political Mobility in India
Jyotindra Jain

The Mahatma as Muse: An Image Essay on Gandhi in Popular Indian Visual Imagination
Sumathi Ramaswamy

Language of an Idealized Revolt: Sculptural Installation from the 1990s to the Present
Deeksha Nath

New Media Overtures before New Media Practice in India
Nancy Adajania

Performance in Photography: A Bridge between Ram Singh II of Jaipur and Contemporary Photographers
Gayatri Sinha

Gender Mobility: Through the Lens of Five Women Artists
Geeta Kapur

Bibliography

Index

Contributors