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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.