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Art of Bengal - Past and Present

Art of Bengal - Past and Present is a testimony of hundred and fifty years of art in the Bengal region. This document is indeed a celebration as well as an educational journey. It celebrates the creative achievements of a region gained under colonial bondage and later in freedom. It is an education because it endeavors to unravel a kind of creative experimentation that has hardly been portrayed holistically before. Featuring over two hundred art plates, some from very rare collections, this book is especially invaluable for art historians, artists, critics and researchers. Exclusive contributions from leading historians and art historians specializing on Bengal make this document a vital source material. 'Art of Bengal - Past and Present', endeavors to capture the psychic dislocations and adjustments, the flair and creative struggle, which are inherent part of a search for an identity, and portrays the events, issues and sources which shaped the creative impulse of the people of Bengal.

Language: English Published in: 2008
Freedom: 60 Years After Indian Independence freedom

At sixty, India is strong, vibrant and dynamic.

Confident of its future but proud of its past, this new India is a markedly different place from the country that gained freedom that August midnight in 1947. How this came to be is a fascinating study that this volume records through words and visuals. Essays by finest minds analyze various aspects of the nation’s progress while paintings by India’s best and brightest reveal startling yet enthralling ways of seeing these changes.
A self-assured middle class is one the clearest markers of this new India. Usually seen as an economic classification, the article here by India’s leading sociologist, Andre Beteille, shows, for the first time, how it is also a social formation with certain distinctive features found only in most modern societies. At the same time, former economic advisor and well-known columnist Ashok Desai demolishes shibboleths that have clouded a proper understanding of the Indian economy and its transition from a poor, destitute colony that the British abandoned in despair sixty years ago to its present status as the world’s fourth largest economy.

Aruna Roy, winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, records her firsthand experience in the making of the Right to Information Act to make political power more accountable and hence shows that the world’s largest democracy really works.

While Oxford historian Tapan Raychaudhuri traces the emergence of Hindu fascism – the other side of our polity.
Another sign of the times is seen in the country’s buoyant media. India’s was always one of the world’s largest film industries but, till recently, it was never much respected, either for the quality of its output or even its sheer size. Today, Bollywood mania envelopes the world. Columnist and television presenter Vir Sanghvi records the making of Bollywood as a global phenomenon. And historian-journalist Rudrangshu Mukherjee traces the history of the country’s fiercely independent print media and its response to the invasion from bullish electronic journalism.

The past however is very much present, in this book as in the whole of India. The learned article by Indologist Roberto Calasso on the SatpathaBrahmanas shows the rich ancient heritage that modern India is built upon. Memory is the presence of the past and carries with it a text – of loss, absence, nostalgia and pathos. One of Bengal’s most significant, contemporary writers, Sunil Gangopadhyay’s poem, the only poem in this collection, is about the trauma of Partition. In the absence of monuments to commemorate the division of India, literature hascreated the memorials through which India remembers. The insight offered by the writers is enhanced by artists’ impressions of their homeland. Here, too, the continuum that is India is the guiding principle.

Venerated Masters, like Ramkinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, V.S. Gaitonde, Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Chowdhury, Somnath Hore, M.F. Husain, Sailoz Mookherjea, Meera Mukherjee, stand side by side with current luminaries, like Baiju Parthan, Shreyasi Chatterjee, Subodh Gupta, Shakila, as well as midnight’s children like Mona Rai and Amitava Das.

Folk art that transcends the boundaries of conventional art form is represented through works of artists like Bhuribai, Swarna Chitrakar, Mayank Kumar Shyam, Ram Singh Urveti. There can be no doubt that the sixty plates of paintings by sixty artists make this book a collector’s item.

Language: English Published in: 2000
Highlight: Lines, Images, Perspective

An attractive catalogue with full color plates of paintings exhibited by major artists like Bikash Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Jatin Das, Anjolie Ela Menon and others.

Language: English Published in: 1996

The catalogue writings are about issues of nationalism's, homogeneity, the foreign and the familiar. With 35 quality color plates representing works of Mark Wallinger, Michael Raedecker, Jogen Chowdhury, Ravinder G. Reddy, Jemima Stehli, Atul Dodiya and others. The catalogue has been edited by Suhail Malik (Course Leader, Postgraduate Fine Art Critical Studies, Goldsmiths College) with contributions by well-known authors. Contains 96 pages.

Language: English Published in: 2002
Autumn Exhibition

Presents emerging trends as well as significant departures in contemporary Indian art. Contains full color plates of the works of such artists as Arun Bose, Sakti Burman, Badhan Das, K. G. Subramanyam and other major artists and represents an exciting blend of tradition and modernity, a vision and metaphor of an India changing yet unchanged.

Language: English Published in: 1995
Trends & Images

The first catalogue brought out by CIMA contains, an historical overview and articles on the Bengal School and the Modern Art scene in Bengal by noted art historian Siva Kumar. There are other relevant articles by eminent personalities which will be of interest to students of art history. Providing a pan Indian vision of the latest trend in contemporary art in our country, the catalogue contains several art plates and detailed bio-data of artists participating in the exhibition.

Language: English Published in: 1993

This 144-page color catalogue is currently used as reference material by the Los Angeles County Museum and other universities and art colleges abroad. It contains interesting and informative articles on Chamatkara, Traditional art, Folk and Tribal Art, Contemporary Indian Fine Art, Myth and Fantasy, Concept of Abstraction in Indian Art and Aesthetic Tradition, and the Confluence of East and West written by various experts. Besides these articles, there are color plates of the works of many artists and detailed bio-data of the artists.

Language: Published in: 1996
Contemporary Miniatures 1994

Contains interesting articles on the influence of Miniature Paintings on Contemporary Art by Saryu Doshi and other experts. Also contains profiles of the artists whose works have been featured in this 45 page full color catalogue.

Language: English Published in: 1994
Concepts & Ideas 2005
In 2004, CIMA earmarked on an exclusive exhibition titled ‘Concepts & Ideas’, which is now held on an annual basis at CIMA, Kolkata. The curatorial aim and emphasis lie on highlighting artworks with rare conceptual and idea-based content. Moreover, the representative body of works is contributed by a small group of six to seven artists, belonging to different provinces of India and depicting varied creative expressions and concerns.....
Language: English Published in: 2005
Concepts & Ideas 2006
Ever since hybridization has become a condition of social existence, postcolonial art has drawn upon hybrid cultural practices. Post modern hybrid art defies a fixed place of origin and makes the artist a global nomad who derives from local culture forms at the same time. This exhibition of works of Jitish Kallat, Mona Rai, Subodh Gupta, Mohan Shingane and Yusuf, reflects the new global transculturalism. The creative exploration of these artists opens up spaces for dialogue that have the potential to cut across political, economic and cultural borders.....
Language: English Published in: 2006
Art of Bengal: A Vision Defined
In our continued to document the history of contemporary art in India, we have undertaken a new project titled Art of Bengal – a vision defined. We earmarked the year 2000 by curating the first exhibition of the series which focused on the central premise of the artists of the last hundred and fifty years, and its catalogue carried a detailed overview of that period written by prominent members from the art community. With this exhibition we shift our perspective and examine in depth the shifting artistic vicissitudes of the two decades (1995-1975), which are considered to be the seminal phases of the development of contemporary art in Bengal…..
Language: English Published in: 2003
Concepts & Ideas 2008
Concepts & Ideas 2008 brings together five very different visions within the realm of complex theoretical ideas, contemporary visual syntax and experimentation with new form and idea. This exhibition also focuses on the recent trends of blending media (often old with the very new) in order to extend the boundaries of visual language. Finally, the past and present fuse seamlessly to project some innovative trends of the future…..
Language: English Published in: 2008
ReView is an exhibition that primarily aspires to redefine our perception and understanding of art of the 20th century. The act of responding to earlier ideas and visions, was very much an accepted trend in the 20th century. We find great many European artists including Picasso, commenting on earlier masters like Manet (Le dejeuner sur l’herbe), Rembrandt, Delacroix, Velasquez, El, Greco, Goya and others. CIMA invited 15 Indian artists to respond to five artworks which profoundly impacted Indian visual thought and history. The artworks chosen were, Bharatmata (1905, Abanindranath Tagore), The Santhal Family (1938, Ramkinkar Baij), Zameen (1955, Maqbool Fida Husain), Man with a Bouquet of Plastic Flowers (1976, Bhupen Khakhar), and the famous Guernica (14937, Pablo Picasso)…..
Language: English Published in: 2009
Shifting Paradigms: paintings drawings & graphics
This exhibition is all about the changing of gears and interface of ideas at the close of one century and the onset of another. Artists emerging in the intermediate years of post independent India gave birth to an indigenous modernist eclectism which dominated the visual arts of India till the 80’s of the last century. That art reflected the concerns and indigenous struggles of an emerging nation…..
Language: English Published in: 2007
Portraits of a Decade
The life cycle of an art gallery and an artist usually follow parallel courses. Both experience identical struggles. To commemorate our story of the last ten years, CIMA has showcased an exhibition titled Portrait of a Decade; a decade which has been ridden with much political and social tribulations. Aesthetically, there has been a tendencies towards global ideas and occasional experimentation with postmodernism…..
Language: English Published in: 2003
New Works
Globalisation and information technology has impacted cultural dialogue as never before, and redefined the erstwhile nuances of culture, identity, race and political border-lines. While opening up the world, this has simultaneously subjected humanity to fresh doubts, insecurities and insurgencies, ‘New Works’ is the sum total of this new experience, by a new generation of Indian artists. Each in his / her own way, has tried to provide a semblance of unity within the constraints of acute diversity and fragmentation of the real world…..
Language: English Published in: 2006
Reality Bytes: recent works by Abir, Debraj, Uday
When we look at a painting, we encounter a visual statement that the artist has made on it. A statement is never an end in itself, it serves as a means of reading the contributory accumulatives layered on the given space and beyond it. We are enveloped, protected and even threatened by ongoing incidents around us, and we react to or socio-psychic ambience in a number of ways. Suffice to say that, art is one such way that provides a space for our encounter with the reality that affects us…..
Language: English Published in: 2007
Tradition in Modernity
Tradition could be defined as the ethno-cultural inheritance which supports human existence. In the Indian context, tradition is a continuum in time and space. Our customs, rituals, beliefs, and habits reveal the basis of tradition we carry through the ages even into modern times. In India, tradition means a state of being always in the present tense, and, suggests that we are not cut off from the past. Most of the traditional art-forms, customs and beliefs survive making constant adjustments within the changing social milieu…..
Language: English Published in: 2005
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