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Krishen Khanna: The Embrace of Love

Gayatri Sinha (Author)
Synopsis Krishen Khanna speaks of his drawing as an intuitive process. "I start to scratch the surface of a piece of paper. Soon enough, the pencil moves as if of its own accord, putting my hand this way and that rather like a pencil in a planchet creating a nervous scribble meaningful only to the directing ghost…" In an output of painting that exceeds fifty years. Khanna attracts more than one reading of his work. His paintings and drawings emerge as narratives in which the artist plays out his formal concerns, as well as the shifting and unfolding theatre of human relationships. Politics and identity remain fluid in the larger question of humanity. Effectively, the paintings constitute a powerful psychological engagement, one that also serves as a document of the passage of time in modern India. While many Indian artists during these decades have slipped in and out of experimentation with other media. Khanna has remained faithful to painting and drawing as central to his art practice. Retrospectively, in a carrer that has spanned nearly six decades, his large body of work places him at the apex of engagement with everyday Indian life.
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About the author

Gayatri Sinha

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.

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Bibliographic information

Title Krishen Khanna: The Embrace of Love
Author Gayatri Sinha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188204625, 9781890206901
length 120p., Plates; Bibliography; Index; 31cm.