Overview for Iconography Now: Rewriting Art History?
This reader is being published by sahmat in conjunction with the symposium 'Iconography Now: Rewriting Art History?' The immediate provocation for both have been the most recent attacks on MF Husain, which started as an internet campaign in the US in October 2005. There is a sense of Deja vu here, as we have been down this road before. For most of us, who thought that the change in regime two years ago heralded the end of the carefully planned, communal assaults on the cultural arena-this has been a chilling wake-up call. These fresh attacks on the life-work of our most senior and widely beloved visual artist raise fundamental questions which we feel it is necessary to address.
Rajeev Dhavan (Author)
Rajeev Dhavan is senior lawyer at the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He has written extensively on the question of Rights in India.
Geeta Kapur (Author)
Geeta Kapur is an independent art critic and curator living in New Delhi. Her extensive publications on modern Indian art include the book Contemporary Indian Artists (Delhi, 1978), exhibition catalogues and monographs on artists. She is currently writing a monograph on Tyeb Mehta. Her essays on cultural criticism have been widely presented in forums of art history and culture studies. Her curatorial work includes the show 'Bombay/Mumbai 1992-2001' in the multi-part exhibition titled Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, at Tate Modern, London, in 2001. She is a founder-editor of Journal of Arts& Ideas, and advisory editor to Third Text. She has held research fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, and Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Author)
Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. The author of the Making of a new 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics, and Nationalism in Bengal, She is a specialist on art and the cultural history of modern India.
R. Siva Kumar (Author)
R. Siva Kumar is Professor in History of Art at Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. Born in Kerala in 1956, he was educated in Kerala and Santiniketan, and has been teaching at Kala Bhawan since 1982. Besides numerous papers in various journals, Siva Kumar has authored the following books: The Santiniketan Murals (1995); Santiniketan: The Making of a Contextual Modernism (1997); K.G. Subramanyam: A Retrospective (2003); Ramachandran: A Retrospective, 2 Volumes (2004); K.S. Radhakrisnan (2004); and My Pictures: A Collection of Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore (2005). The several exhibitions he has curated include Tryst with Destiny (co-curator, Singapore Museum of Art, 1997); Santiniketan; The making of a Contextual Modernism (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1997); Art of Bengal: Past and Present, (Curatorial advisor, CIMA, Kolkata, 2001); K.G. Subramanyan: A Retrospective (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2003).
Gayatri Sinha (Author)
Gayatri Sinha (born 1957) is a student of English Literature, Calcutta University, with post-graduate studies in social Communications Media, Bombay. She has written extensively on the arts and is currently art critic with The Hindu, New Delhi. She has edited the volume, Expressions and Evocations - Contemporary Indian Women Artists published by Mart, 1997. On a Ford Foundation grant she curated the exhibition Woman / Goddess that traveled in India and abroad, 1999-2001. In 2001, she wrote monographs on the drawings of Satish Gujral and the art of Gulammohammed Sheikh. Her monograph on Krishen Khanna, supported by a senior fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, was published by Vadehra Art Gallery in 2002.
Parul Dave Mukherjee (Author)
Parul Dave Mukherji teaches at the department of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S. University of Baroda. She has done her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Her publications include the translation of The Citrasutra of the Visnu-dharmotara Purana. Her current area of work is on visuality in early Indian art.
Monica Juneja (Author)
Monica Juneja is Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi. She is the author of a monograph on the rural image in French painting, and of several learned articles (in English, French and German) on European and Indian art as well as on questions of cultural and gender history. She is Associate Editor of The Medieval History Fournal.
Naman P Ahuja (Author)
Naman P. Ahuja is associate professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has taught post-graduate courses on Indian art at SOAS, Christies Education and the British Museum.
Akhil Sibal (Author)
Akhil Sibal is a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi.