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Modern & Contemporary Art from India: 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s–Poetic Realism and New Pictorialism

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Modern & Contemporary Art from India: 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s–Poetic Realism and New Pictorialism

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Saturday, October 9
10:00 a.m.–noon PT
Speaker: Betty Seid, independent curator, writer, and lecturer


Join the South Asian Arts Council for a four-part series on Modern & Contemporary Art from India. The third lecture in the series focuses on 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s: Poetic Realism and New Pictorialism.

Narrative art with recognizable subjects was paramount during the 1970s, 80s and 90s in India. Realism, which had been briefly sidelined by Abstract art, re-entered the Indian artists’ vocabulary. A long tradition of figurative art was already in place, but now the human figure served as vehicle for expression, often set in a floaty, non-European perspective space. We will be looking at four representative artists from the late twentieth century who comfortably found a place for Indian-ness in Modern Art:  KG Subramanyan, Tyeb Mehta, Gulammohammed Sheikh, and Bhupen Khakar.

Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer. She was previously Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show 21st-century Indian art in the United States.


Please reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2021-2022) and SDMA members | $5 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.


Featured (clockwise from upper left): G. Subramanyan, The City is Not for Burning, 1993. | Tyeb Mehta, Untitled (Two Figures), 1981. | Gulammohammed Sheikh, Speechless City, 1975. | Bhupen Khakhar, Injured Head of Raju, 2001.


October 9, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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