Drawing on two AAA digitisation projects undertaken in India, the talk explores concepts central to modernist artistic practice in India between
This talk is originated from Teaching Labs: Contemporary Context Series talk 'Towards Modernism: Art of India from 1950 to 1990'.
Total Length: 1 hour 14 minutes
I. Background: Late 19th Century–1950s
Length: 32 minutes
Colonialism, Pre-colonial period, Ajanta cave painting, miniature painting tradition, Colonial period, East India Company and the Company School, Academic art, mythology, religion, nationalism as themes, The Bengal School and Revivalism, Santiniketan Art School, Pan Asianism, Kalighat bazaar paintings, Indian Independence and the Partition, Post-independence, Progressive Artists Associations, Internationalism, Abstraction
II. The Baroda School: 1950–1980
Length: 14 minutes
Alternative pedagogies, living traditions, folk art, fine arts fair, experimentation with new art forms/media/techniques, hemp, terracotta, mural, sand-casting, Roopankar Museum in Bhopal
III. The Modern Artist as Traveller
Length: 21 minutes
Documentations of Indian living traditions, documentation of art events, learning new techniques and ideas from abroad, the first etching press in Baroda, building a visual art archive in Baroda, influences/traces of foreign aesthetics, traditions and motifs
IV. 1980 onwards
Length: 7 minutes
Baroda Narrative/Figurative, Indian Radical Painters’ and Sculptors’ Association, economic liberalisation, open economy and open markets, art gallery, new art forms/practices, photography, installation, new media art, video art
- What contextual comparisons can you make between your own cultural background and the themes of the talk?
- How can it help you reflect on art and culture in Asia?