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Freehold: Sculptures by K. S. Radhakrishnan

Geeti Sen (Author)
Synopsis In the Indian legacy of art expression the human figure is the primal source of inspiration. Its supremacy, its impact through the medium of sculpture is profound. When we stand before the immutable presence of the Trimurti at Elephanta or the sensuous yakshis from Mathura or the coupling Mithunas from Khajuraho, we are mesmerised. Life flows from within these images as though they were living, palpable beings. Radhakrishnan's sculptures in bronze build truly upon the foundations of this heritage. He is engaged with the human figure and the figure alone. Yet he has moved far far away from the bounds of iconography, of what a figure can or cannot do. He has escaped from rigid textual prescriptions for pratima, the icon in worship. Indeed, he does not distinguish between the sacred icon and the profane. He is not concerned with proportions of anatomy and canons of measurement his torsos can be bulky, bulging, roughly textured; crudely modeled with an arm missing here and a leg there; or attenuated as they are today, with their limbs achieving impossible positions. In fact, he does not seem bothered at all with the perfection of human form or with norms of beauty.
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About the author

Geeti Sen

Geeti Sen is Chief Editor, Publications, India International Centre, New Delhi. She is a cultural historian, art critic, and the author of five major books on Indian art. She was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship from 1998-2000.

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Title Freehold: Sculptures by K. S. Radhakrishnan
Author Geeti Sen
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.05.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Art Alive Gallery
Language: English
isbn 8190184431
length 96p., Plates.