This book contains a collection of essays that explore the meaning of modernism in India's contemporary cultural practice.
'A commitment to modernity is the underlying theme of this volume. Through essays that are interpretive and theoretical, the author seeks to situate the modern in contemporary cultural practice. She sets up an ideological vantage point to view modernism along its multiple tracks in India and the third world.
The essays are divided into three sections. The first two sections, Artists and ArtWork and Film/Narratives, raise questions of authorship, genre, and contemporary features and national culture that materialize into an aesthetic in the Indian context. The last section, Frames of Reference, formalizes the polemical options developed across the book. The essays here propose resistance to the depoliticization of narratives, and affirm an open-ended engagement with the avantgards. They explore the possibility of art practice finding its own signifying space that is still a space for radical transformation.' — from the back cover
Artists and ArtWork
Body as Gesture: Women Artists at Work
Elegy for an Unclaimed Beloved: Nasreen Mohamedi 1937-1990
Mid-Century Ironies: K.G. Subramanyan
Representational Dilemmas of a Nineteeth-Century Painter: Raja Ravi Varma
Articulating the Self in History: Ghatak's Jukti Takko ar Gappo
Sovereign Subject: Ray's Apu
Revelation and Doubt in Sant Tukaram and Devi
Frames of Reference
Detours from the Contemporary
When was Modernism in Indian Art?
Globalization: Navigating the Void
Dismantled Norms: Apropos an Indian/Asian Avantgarde