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WORLDLY AFFILIATIONS: ARTISTIC PRACTICE, NATIONAL IDENTITY AND MODERNISM IN INDIA, 1930-1990. Sonal Khullar. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2015. 366 pp. with 105 ills. (72 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2014-42296 ISBN 9780520283671 In English.
Publisher's description: The purpose of art, the Paris-trained artist Amrita Sher-Gil wrote in 1936, is to "create the forms of the future" by "draw(ing) its inspiration from the present." Through art, new worlds can be imagined into existence as artists cultivate forms of belonging and networks of association that oppose colonialist and nationalist norms. Drawing on Edward Said's notion of "affiliation" as a critical and cultural imperative against empire and nation-state, Worldly Affiliations traces the emergence of a national art world in twentieth-century India and emphasizes its cosmopolitan ambitions and orientations. Sonal Khullar focuses on four major Indian artists -- Sher-Gil, Maqbool Fida Husain, K. G. Subramanyan, and Bhupen Khakhar -- situating their careers within national and global histories of modernism and modernity. Through a close analysis of original artwork, archival materials, artists' writing, and period criticism, Khullar provides a vivid historical account of the state and stakes of artistic practice in India from the late colonial through postcolonial periods.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — India — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 165061
Hardcover $60.00    

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