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Volume 66 Number 4, June 2015

Baroda: A Cosmopolitan Provenance in Transition


Edited by:  Priya Maholay-Jaradi

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $70 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   156 pages, 130 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-08-2  
Dimensions:   305 x 241

    This anthology frames the story of Baroda’s visual culture from the early 18th century to present times along the themes of provenance and cosmopolitanism. Baroda’s sphere of art production from the princely through to the contemporary firmly establishes it as a recognizable provenance. Simultaneously, a wide inclusion of local, regional and foreign ideas lends the provenance a cosmopolitan character: early artists, craftsmen and photographers engage with Sayajirao Gaekwad III; the royal patron in turn represents them at international exhibitions; itinerant builders and European architects contribute to a fast-modernizing state; artists and teachers set new directions for a Faculty of Fine Arts in post-Independence Baroda; patrons, gallerists, scholars and artists shape contemporary Baroda’s artistic culture.
         The writers approach Baroda from different vantage points: as first-person accounts, as art critics, anthropologists and historians. Together they contribute new approaches to art history, and provide a non-Western case study of provenance and cosmopolitanism.

    Priya Maholay-Jaradi, former Curator at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, is an independent art historian. She has initiated a post-doctoral project, Asian Collection Studies at the IIAS, Leiden (2013).

     

     

    CONTENTS

    Foreword by Gulammohammed Sheikh

    Introduction

    Priya Maholay-Jaradi

    Baroda as Provenance

    Ajay Sinha

    “Baroda” at Colonial Exhibitions (1878−1904)

    Priya Maholay-Jaradi

    Cosmopolitanism Articulated: The Evolution of Architecture from Wada to Palace

    Christopher W. London

    Adventures in Art Education: N.S. Bendre at the FFA

    Ratan Parimoo

    Inverted Hierarchies: The Work of Jyoti Bhatt

    Karin Zitzewitz

    Archival Imaginaries: Art Practice and Pedagogy in the Early Years of the FFA

    Chithra K.S., Rashmimala Devi, Sabih Ahmed

    City as Metaphor: An Archaeology of Contemporary Artistic Production and Display

    Santhosh S.

    Art in Baroda: Provincial Location, Cosmopolitan Aspiration

    Chaitanya Sambrani

    After 2007: Towards the Art of Quietness

    Deeptha Achar

    In Place of a Conclusion: Cosmopolitan and Secular vs Parochial and Communal

    Shivaji K. Panikkar

    Index

    Contributors