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The Pre-Partition Indian Avant-Garde

25 Aug 2020
Vol. 1
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Art historian Partha Mitter challenges the cultural purity predicated on nationalist myths: natural corollaries of the denial of both the existence of the avant-garde in colonial India, as well as the flow of politics and aesthetics that allowed for the emergence of global modernism.

South Asian artists often deny the past of our own avant-garde. This is predicated on the nationalist myth of cultural purity fabricated in the 19th century. But if you deny history, you can't do anything.

RECOMMENDED: The Triumph of Modernism: India's Avant-Garde 1922-1947 by Partha Mitter (University of Chicago Press, 2007)



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1922 Bauhaus Exhibition
Rabindranath Tagore
Colonialism
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Ernst Gombrich
Eric Hobsbawm
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Bombay Progressive Artists
Satyajit Ray
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