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Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (Objects/Histories) Paperback – March 17, 2009
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"Rebecca M. Brown weaves a rich and layered narrative of Indian postindependence art, connecting painting with a wide range of references that include the architecture of Charles Correa, the 'high' cinema of Satyajit Ray, and the demotic art of Bollywood. All the while she balances theoretical sophistication with penetrating insights into the singular achievements of these artists as they negotiate the predicament of local versus global modernism. In the process, she unravels the indebtedness of modernity to colonialism. There has long been a crying need for such a work, and Brown's pioneering opus fulfills this admirably."--Partha Mitter, author of "The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1922-1947"
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"NOT a survey of Indian modern art from 1947-1980,"(understatement of the year, However this book would be a lot more interesting if it was....)this is how one of the introductory paragraphs begins.....This book goes on to explore architecture, some fine art, and mostly covers how the Indian population has been 'dissed' by Western culture,..especially the art culture. One thing that bothers me about most books on Modern Art in India, is that the authors seem to have a problem with the past colonialism, and connecting the visual effects on art. It does not matter much where Picasso got his influence for cubism(because the artwork is powerful on its own), but for some reason... it really matters in Indian culture. The justifications that Indian Art is 'legit' and has its own merits would be better argued if the author bothered to give examples of more artwork and show how Indian artists were committed to their ideas, and their craft. There are about 8 examples of paintings that the author decided to put in, thats it....8 paintings for almost 40 years......This is far far away from any real analytical study of modern art in India. I am still waiting for a complete survey that does not get caught up in old arguments and analyzes the artwork and power of their creativity on its own merits.