20TH CENTURY INDIAN ART: Modern, Post-Independence, Contemporary

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  • Provisional Publication : March 2022
  • Author : Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji, Rakhee Balaram
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thames and Hudson
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 744 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780500023327


A landmark volume presenting the history of Indian art across the subcontinent
and South Asia from the late 19th century to the present day, published in
association with Art Alive.
Recent decades have seen signiicant growth in the interest, acquisition and
exhibition of modern Indian and South Asian art and artists by major international
museums. This essential textbook, primarily aimed at students, presents an engaging,
informative history of modern art from the subcontinent as seen through the eyes of
prominent Indian academics.
Illustrated throughout with strong narrative content, key experts contribute multiple
perspectives on modernism, modernity and plurality, and expansive ideas about
contemporary art practices. A range of subjects and topics feature including Group
1890, the Madras Art Movement, Regional Modern and Dalit art, as well as artists such
as Amrita Sher-Gil and Raqs Media Collective. This book also has sections devoted to
the art of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia.
Together with lively academic discussions and a selection of absorbing interviews
with artists, this title meets a clear demand for a comprehensive and authoritative
sourcebook on modern, postmodern and contemporary Indian art. It is the deinitive
reference for anyone with an interest in Indian art and non-Western art histories.
Published in association with Art Alive


Partha Mitter is Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Sussex. His books
include Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art, Art and Nationalism in Colonial India 1850–1922, Indian Art and The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922–1947. Parul Dave Mukherji is Professor andformer Dean at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She holds a PhD from Oxford University. Her recent publications include InFlux: Contemporary Art in Asia (which she co-edited) and the ASA volume, Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World, co-edited with Ramindar Kaur. Rakhee Balaram is Assistant Professor of Global Modern and Contemporary Art and Art History at University at Albany, State University of New York. She has previously taught at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds double doctorates in the ield of French Literature and Art History from Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Section I
Colonial Modernity, Art And National Identity
Section II
Post Colonial Decades in Visual arts practices
Section III
Nationalism after Globalization: Art in India in the 1990s-2000s
Mapping Several Regional Modernisms in South Asia

Praise for 20th Century Indian Art
‘A pioneering work of art-historical scholarship illuminated by revisionary
contemporary critical and cultural frameworks ... a landmark cosmopolitan contribution
to the profound spirit of intellectual inquiry and aesthetic hospitality that have, through
the centuries, inspired the arts of India’ - Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg
Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

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