Author: A Compilation
Publisher: National Gallery of Modern Art
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Works of art document cultural history in a pictorial fashion and represent major developments of that time. The confluence of tradition and personal aspects of representation intelligently intermingle and produce a unique and distinctive pictorial language that documents and marks the development of visual arts during the last 150 years. The exhibition-Pictorial Transformations attempts to provide a comprehensive development in the field of visual art from 1850 onwards through the works of some of the most outstanding artists of that time.
Opening with the confluence of British Indian art and the prevailing taste in landscapes and studio portraiture, the exhibition also accords due notice to the unknown Indian artists of the 19th century. It marks the appearance of Lala Deen Dayal and Raja Ravi Varma in the late 19th century and establishes the domain of the professional Indian photographer and painter and their influence on popular taste.
The Exhibition records the quest for modernism, and the use of an abstract language in the 1960’s and 70’s. The exhibition presents the artist’s adaptation to abstraction with distinct western and Indian elements. One section devoted to Non-Resident Indian artist’s marks their contribution to the national and international mainstream. Women artists and their innovative ways of treating the female subject are also presented. The exhibition also highlights some of the contentious issues that art has raised or sought to resolve in the contemporary period.
This Exhibition, I am confident would help in creating a larger understanding of our times. Through this we can acknowledge the contributions of those times and genres that have helped us to arrive at the present context of creative art practices.