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Gulammohammed Sheikh Archive

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Gulammohammed Sheikh (b. 1937) is a renowned painter, poet and critic based in Baroda. Sheikh taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts for almost three decades, and his prolific career spans across various practices that include publishing and curating.
The Gulammohammed Sheikh Archive includes not only a rich visual documentation of his artistic practice but also his work as a teacher, a curator, a poet, an art historian, and an activist. From documents of exhibitions that he curated and the renowned Vrishchik Magazine that he published, to scrapbooks and photographs of the vibrant art scene he was part of, documents from this collection will be gradually released on the AAA website over the course of 2015.
This collection is part of The Baroda Archives Project. For more details of the project, please click here.
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Vrishchik (Year 2, No. 3), 1971

: Vrishchik (Year 2, No. 3)
: Gulammohammed SHEIKH, Bhupen KHAKHAR
: Year 2, Issue No. 3 of Vrishchik Magazine, published on 10 January 1971.

Organized by the All India Protest Committee, ‘Implications of Internationalism’ was an Artists' Seminar held at Gandhi Sangrahalaya in New Delhi on 29 January 1971. This issue of Vrishchik featured Geeta Kapur’s paper presented in the seminar, along with letters related to the artists' protest.

‘Implications of Internationalism in Contemporary Art’ by Geeta Kapur
Letters by Altaf Mohamedi, S.H. Raza, S. Nandagopal, and Arnawaz

Featured Artworks:
Linocut (on cover) by Rinda Desai
Colour print by Jyoti Bhatt
: This edition of Vrishchik is also available via Issuu

Vrishchik, which means scorpion, was a monthly magazine founded by Gulammohammed Sheikh in 1969. Published from Baroda, the magazine was edited by artists Gulammohammed Sheikh and Bhupen Khakhar until its last issue in 1973. Vrishchik became an active forum for contemporary artistic and literary expressions, and also a catalyst for artists' views on the art field, art institutions, and social concerns. The magazine featured an array of content that included poems, stories, critical essays, and folios of printed artworks.

More details about Vrishchik can be found on Gulammohammed Sheikh's interview 'Vrishchick and Lalit Kala' on the website 'Web of Stories', Geeta Kapur's article 'Signatures of Dissent' on Art India Magazine (Vol 6, Issue 2, Quarter 2, 2001, Mumbai) and Piyush Thakkar's article 'Gulammohammed Sheikh and Many Literatures' on Guide Art Journal (Issue 1, Guide Art Gallery).
: English
Published by | in: Gulammohammed Sheikh, India
: 1971
: magazine/journal/newspaper
: Art Writing, Internationalism, Institutional Critique, Politics, Triennale
: Online
: ©Free Access - no-reuse


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