The way modern Indian art and Indian culture are viewed in globally important art institutions has changed. This is evident from recent displays at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Venice Biennale, London’s Tate Modern, the New York Guggenheim and Rotterdam’s Witte de With. No longer are indebtedness and belatedness the only prisms through which Indian and other non-Western forms of modernism are viewed. The examples of Nasreen Mohamedi, V.S. Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta illustrate the shift in understanding.
Will the new openness result in a more widespread revaluation of culturally inflected modernism? This talk will refer to the sentimentalism of twentieth century Indian art, an emotiveness that departs from established norms of modernism. The artists cited are Ravi Varma, Abanindranath Tagore, Chittaprosad, S.L. Parasher, Nasreen Mohamedi, Amar Kanwar, and A. Balasubramaniam. Further, the biennial as the primary mode of the dissemination of contemporary art will be investigated with questions of how well-equipped it is to accommodate cultural difference.
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