When was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India

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Item Code: IDF603
Author: Geeta Kapur
Publisher: Tulika Books
Language: English
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 9788189487249
Pages: 439 (Illustrated Throughout in B & W )
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.6" X 7.4"
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About the Book:

A commitment to modernity is the underlying theme of this Volume. Through essays that are interpretive and theoretical the author seeks to situate the modern in contemporary cultural practice. She sets up an ideological vantage point to view modernism along it multiple tracks in India and the third world.

The essays divide in to three sections. The first two sections, Artist and Art work and Film, Narratives, raise Questions of authorship, genre and contemporary features of national culture that materialize into an aesthetic in the Indian context. The last section, frames of Reference, formalizes the polemical options developed across the book. The essays here propose resistance to the depoliticization of narratives, and affirm an open-ended engagement with the avantgarde. They explore the possibility of art practice finding its own signifying space that is still a space for radical transformation.

About the Author:

She is an independent art critic and curator living in New Delhi. Her extensive publications on modern Indian art include the book Contemporary Indian artists, exhibition catalogues andf monographs on artists. She is currently writing a monograph on tyeb Mehta. Her essays on cultural criticism have been widely presented in forums of art history and culture studies. Her curatorial work include the show in the multi -part exhibition titled Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis at Tate Modern London in 2001. Geeta kapur is a founder-editor of Journal of Arts and Ideas and advisory editor to Third Text. She has held research fellowships at Indian institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Nehru Memorial Meseum and Library, New Delhi and clare Hall, Cambridge University.


Preface Ix
Artists and Artwork 1
Body as Gesture: Women Artists at Work 3
Elegy for an Unclaimed Beloved: Nasreen Mohamedi 1937-1990 61
mid-Century Ironies: K.G. Subramanyan 87
Representational Dilemmas of a Nineteenth Century Painter: Raja Ravi Varma 145
Film/Narratives 179
Articulating the Self in History: Ghatak's Jukti Takko ar Gappo 181
Sovereign Subject: Ray's Apu 201
Revelation and Doubt in Sant Tukaram and Devi 233
Frames of Reference 265
Detours from the Contemporary 267
National/Modern: Preliminaries 283
When Was modernsm in Indian Art? 297
New Internationlism 325
Globalization: Navigating the Void 339
Dismantled Norms: Apropos and Indian/Asian Avantgrade 365
List of Illustration 415
Index 430

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