Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title. As indicated in the foreword by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, many of the 32 works were made for this exhibition. The essay by Tatehata introduces each artist and their works, and includes his observation in relation to the exhibition’s theme, ‘Private Mythology,’ that is no longer a communal one in the current Indian social structure. Kapur gives an in-depth discussion about ‘isolation’, the word often used by Indian artists to define themselves. She explains the issue historically, in terms of the Indian experience of artists having to handle existential, caste, and class questions as a form of political paradox. She also brings up the global issue of subjectivity in Indian art and its possibility, referring to a more critical tendency in Indian art in the 1990s (also seen in exhibiting artists) that derives from gender and minority. Hoskote gives a post-colonial history of Indian art, from the rise of modernism to diverse contemporary Indian art. Following the plates are short writings to introduce artists’ activities, and a biography for each artist. Notes on contributors are also included.

The eight participating artists are Vivan Sundaram, Sudarshan Shetty, N.N. Rimzon, Ravinder G. Reddy, Nalini Malani, Bhupen Khakhar, Sheela Gowda, and Ayisha Abraham.

Other Indian artists, whose works are featured in the plates, are listed in the 'Artists' field.
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Finding Salvation in Mythology

- Akira TATEHATA, 建畠晢

Private Mythologies/Public Concerns

- Geeta KAPUR

Contemporary Indian Art: A Brief Survey

- Ranjit HOSKOTE

Private Mythology: Contemporary Art From India
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Private Mythology: Contemporary Art From India