Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing
The ‘Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing’ project was initiated in 2011 to compile an extensive online bibliography of art writing in India since the late 19th century until 1990 in 13 languages. Taking into consideration the lively culture of art writing in the subcontinent throughout the 20th century, the project began its cataloguing process in English, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Oriya, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, and Punjabi. Other languages (Urdu and Malayalam) are in planning stages. The Project also intends to extend coverage to Urdu, Bangla, and Tamil writing from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka respectively. As of February 2014, more than 10,000 texts have been compiled, including books, book chapters, catalogues, entire periodicals, periodical entries, and newspaper articles.
The Bibliography Project, available online after its launch, will be the first of its kind to provide a consolidated database of published material on modern and contemporary art of India. At the time of launch, the online Bibliography will primarily comprise of material collated in two languages – Marathi and Tamil. Entries collated in the remaining languages will be uploaded during the course of 2014 and beyond. By sharing information on publications from libraries, institutions, and personal archives across several cities and languages, the online database hopes to enrich understanding of this exciting field and to be useful to students, scholars, researchers, artists, writers, and the art community at large.
The ‘Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing’ has been informed by previous AAA initiatives, most significantly the digitisation project Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram and Mapping the Field of Indian Art Criticism, the research project carried out by 2009 AAA Research Grantee Vidya Shivadas. Aiming to bring important art writings in India into the public domain for further research and study, this project precedes Asia Art Archive’s upcoming publication series that will contribute to newer understandings of art history and art practice from the subcontinent.
The ‘Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing’ has been made possible by generous support from the Avantha Group.