This landmark collection presents a new history of Indian art from the twentieth century to the present day. Recent decades have seen an overdue interest in the acquisition and exhibition of modern Indian and South Asian art and artists by major international museums. This essential, lavishly illustrated volume presents an engaging, informative history of modern art from the subcontinent as seen through the eyes of prominent Indian art historians.
Illustrations are paired with a strong narrative through line, where key experts contribute multiple perspectives on modernism, modernity, and plurality, as well as expansive ideas about contemporary art practices. A range of subjects, including Group 1890, the Madras Art Movement, Regional Modern, and Dalit art, are contextualized, along with key artists such as Amrita Sher-Gil and Raqs Media Collective. There are also sections devoted to the art of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other parts of South Asia.
Together with lively expert discussions and a selection of absorbing interviews with artists, 20th Century Indian Art meets a clear demand for a comprehensive and authoritative sourcebook on modern, postmodern, and contemporary Indian art. This is the definitive reference for anyone with an interest in Indian art and non-Western art histories.
20th Century Indian Art is an essential guide for anyone interested in modern art in South Asia. The essays are carefully researched, thoughtfully organized and well-illustrated with an abundance of important insights and information that make reading this book a pleasure.
— Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director at MoMA
Partha Mitter is an emeritus professor of art history at the University of Sussex, England.
Parul Dave Mukherji
Parul Dave-Mukherji is a professor and former dean at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Rakhee Balaram is an assistant professor of Global Modern and Contemporary Art and Art History at University at Albany, State University of New York.