This reader was published in conjunction with the symposium 'Iconography Now: Rewriting Art History?' held in New Delhi on 2 September 2006. Both were initiated as a response to the recent attacks on Indian painter MF Husain and his work. Ram Rahman asserts that the interpretation of references to iconic art-historical sources in the work of contemporary artists can be difficult to critique without a solid understanding of the source material. As the interpretation and analysis of the visual is more open-ended in comparison to literature and other forms of creative expression, it is easy for ill-informed or malicious readings to be spread. This volume attempts to bring together some of the recent writings on the wider debates in the field.

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Rewriting Art History? - Ram RAHMAN
Art History and the Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality in Contemporary India - Tapati GUHA-THAKURTA
The Cult of the Goddess and the Cult of the Public - Parul DAVE-MUKHERJI
Reclaiming the Public Sphere: Husain's Portrayals of Saraswati and Draupadi - Monica JUNEJA
Cult of the Goddess: Gender and Nation: From Bharati to Bharat Mata - Gayatri SINHA
The Origins and Development of Indian Iconography: its entropic history - Naman P. AHUJA
Dismantled Norms - Geeta KAPUR
K.G. Subramanyan's Saras - R. Siva KUMAR
Censorship and Intolerance in India - Rajeev DHAVAN
Freedom of Speech and Expression: Constitutional and Legal Provisions - Akhil SIBAL
Iconography Now: Rewriting Art History?
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