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Horn Please: Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art [Hardcover]

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While Western Modernism rejected narrative, and Western contemporary art is just now coming around again, India boasts a strong tradition of contemporary figurative, narrative painting. Horn Please follows the contemporary Eastern art scene from the past three decades, building out from two key points--the Radical Painters and Sculptors Association exhibitions Place for People (1982) and Question and Dialogue (1987). The former appropriated vernacular and global strategies, in work that drew as much from traditional styles as it did from the West, showcasing everyday stories; the latter rejected that line and everything commercial or Western, condensing narratives around political- and social-justice themes. Horn Please juxtaposes pieces from these seminal exhibitions with current work from the same artists, and with the work of artists too young to remember either show. Media include painting, sculpture, photography, photomontage, video, animation and installation.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.18" Width: 8.82" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   3.22 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Hatje Cantz
ISBN  3775720170  
ISBN13  9783775720175  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
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the diversity and modernity of contemporary Indian art  Jan 28, 2008
As with China, contemporary art in India is becoming more and more popular in the world art market with India's growing role in world affairs. "Horn Please" gives attention to the array of contemporary styles and mediums from the ages' old medium of painting to the latest installation art. The title "Horn Please" is taken from a notice to drivers written above the entrance to a well-worn brick building. As a sort of found art, this simple phrase along with its location work together to exemplify the distinctive joining of preexisting culture and modern-day realities; which realities can be like intrusions.

Like the new genre of Bollywood movies from India whose name combines the city of Bombay (now better known as Mumbai) where many of them are made and Hollywood, contemporary Indian art readily, expediently-like, mixes incongruous elements. In Indian art, however, this is not basically juxtaposition as with collage in Western art; which collage and such often have a formality with their abstract or graphic elements. By contrast, the colorfulness and heterogeneity in the contemporary India art approach a riotousness suggesting the energy, a dizzying sense of change, and wish to bring together diverse aspects of the culture. The cliche "teeming life of India" with its huge population, vast and diverse geography, and complex class and caste system comes to mind. But one cannot help but use the word "teeming" to apply to the Indian art found in this art book.

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