An Overview by Asok Kumar Das

The art of painting was practised in India from the dawn of history as revealed by the few surviving remains in caves, rock shelters and painted designs on prehistoric pottery. They show geometrical, vegetal, animal motifs, and very rarely, outlines […]

beyond still life…!

On October 12, 1999, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was dissolved, and the Army took control once more. This was the time, I was a 2nd year student at NCA and I remember the strange fear in the […]

The Then and Now of Photography

The history of photography is a short one, yet not that short that it can be wrapped up in one article. Here I am hoping to point to some key moments that lie between it’s origins in Europe and some […]

Land art – Amalgamation of art and nature

Ernst W. Koelnsperger introduces us to land art that is in no way linked to landscaping and is an alternative practice on a huge scale. Much before the Australian artist Andrew Rogers created his Rhythms of life in Inda, building […]

New Media

Alka Pande says that new media is a younger discipline with its own critical space within innovative thinking. The  term  New  Media  is  often  used  loosely  within Indian  art  theory  in  contemporary  India.  An  art  practice  rooted  in  the  critical […]

Technology to Tendency: The ‘New’ in New Media Art

From being a marker of technologically driven practice New Media Art as a term, has dispersed in various directions providing conceptual locus to an arena of artistic processes. Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi identifies these changing tendencies within the contemporary field of […]

Architectonics of Indian Abstract Painting

Samindranath Majumdar traces the trajectories of Indian abstract painting and says that its development from the middle of the 20th century had no linear uniformity of approach and artists chose their individual paths based on individual idiosyncrasies. Generally speaking abstraction […]

Abstraction in the art of modern India

“While the notion of the abstract was seamlessly integrated within the cultural dynamics of India as part of the philosophic-symbolic speculation, in relatively contemporary times languages of the abstract in Indian art had to negotiate the notion afresh…” says Nandini […]

Abstraction in the Visual Arts

Swapan Chakravorty makes a case for re-evaluating the art of Rabindranath Tagore while exploring the notions of abstract art. The primary problem with the adjective ‘abstract’ stems from its etymology. It derives from the Latin ab, meaning ‘from’, and trahere, […]

Mapping the Journey: Art Institutes in Bangladesh

Shawon Akhand focuses on the development of art institutions in neighbouring Bangladesh. Art Institute in the East Bengal: Before Partition The history of art education in Bangladesh can be traced back to Kolkata Government School of Arts (1854), one of […]

Art Education In Asia: A Case Study In China

Artist Amitabha Bhattacharya, who spent several years in China studying art, writes on the contradictory pushes and pulls of modern art education in China. ‘After painting a pine tree thousand times did he succeed in capturing the spirit?’ Jing Hao, […]

A hard rain falls gently

Salima Hashmi, instrumental in turning around National College of Art Lahore, now playing a pivotal at SVA, Beacon House University, gives an overview of the dynamic Pakistani art education scene. When friends and fellow artists in India remark on the […]

The City & its School of Art

Abhijeet Tamhane investigates the irony of the decline of a hallowed institution in a city that remained at the vanguard of artistic movements in India. While Mumbai’s importance as India’s commercial capital rose to newer heights through about a century, […]

Over a cup of tea: Life, Art & Institution

Jayaram Poduval delves into the history of Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, which has been a role model in art education. One of those days (sometime in the 1950s) a big advertisement came about the newly instituted […]

The Southern Legacy: Continuity and Change in the teaching of art

Geeta Doctor tells us how art education in South India evolved through iterations and dialogue. The pursuit and teaching of art and its allied discipline has always been a matter of debate in South India. At every stage of the […]

Reconciling tradition with the times: Art education in Kolkata

Dr.Paula Sengupta recounts the history of art education in Kolkata vis-a-vis 3 important institutions that have shaped some legends in Indian art. Organised art education in Kolkata emanates from 3 institutions – the Government College of Art and Craft and […]

A Voyage From The Periphery: Art Education In The Department Of Fine Arts, Assam University, Silchar.

Abhibrata Chakrabarty takes us to the newly established art department of Assam University in Silchar and reveals how it has impacted the Barak valley away from the major art centers. The day was 16th of July 1994, when the pedagogic […]

The Institutional Afterlife of Colonial Art Education

Artist and teacher Shukla Sawant takes a close look at the emergence and development of the art education scenario in Delhi, and the surrounding regions It is by now a well discussed fact that structures of cultural authority in India, […]

The Design Edge

Rachana Rana Bhattacharya looks closely at the role of design in contemporary society and strongly emphasises that it’s important to go beyond just skilling students and instead impart the “intangibles”. From a frog that mimics its habitat, to a stone […]

Crafting a New Future: Reconnecting to our roots through craft education.

Swarup Dutta tells us how craft is taught in a country that lives in its villages. It’s very easy to locate the IICD campus in Jaipur; it’s a green oasis with a quaint building in the otherwise parched institutional area. […]

The Initiators of Change in Sri Lankan Art: Reading H.A.Karunarathne and & Jagath Weerasinghe

Anoli Perera puts the two most iconoclastic artists of Sri Lanka in the context of the macro scenario in the arts of the country. Two artists, H. A. Karunarathne and Jagath Weerasinghe, have been bringing about changes in the visual […]

Made in Pakistan

Salima Hashmi re-traces the uneven trajectory of the art of Pakistan and zeroes in on two representative artists from the troubled land. The task of a contemporary art historian or critic in Pakistan is not an enviable one. Regrettably, the […]

Nepal: The Road to Modernism

Madan Chitrakar says that the demarcating line between religious art and modernism in Nepal was the emergence of two young artists in the late 20’s of the 20th century A common notion held by many is that a society isolated […]

Issues of Identity in Contemporary Maldivian Art

At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Maldivians find themselves in the midst of a prolific visual culture. Advertising, graphic design, moving images, photography and even painting and sculptural constructions are now ubiquitous in the urban […]

Bangladesh: Expanding Horizons

Syed Manzoorul Islam shares with us how Bangladeshi art has evolved from scratch, and in just sixty years caught the eyes of the world. Modern art practices in Bangladesh began with the setting up of the Institute of Art in […]

For Art Or For Country: The Cultural Victims of Afghanistan

Oindrilla Maity Surai offers sharp insights as she delves into reasons why the art of Afghanistan came to a standstill for decades and co-relates the subversion of art with the plight of women in a regimented society. “The art world […]

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