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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