The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today

Jonathan Cape

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Hardcover | 28.9 x 1.8 x 28.9 cm | 188 pp

Jonathan Cape | 2010 | 9780224089494

This beautifully illustrated catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition: The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, which surveyed recent developments in contemporary art from India.

Indian art has gone through a boom period in parallel with the extraordinary economic rise of the subcontinent from an agrarian state to a high tech axis of the new global economy. With new money came a new gallery system. With bigger spaces came bigger art and the sheer scale of ambition led to a break into the international market, which is always keen to find a new spectacular presence in the art world.

The new art has also been created against a background of communal tension and violence. The exploration of identity, a common enterprise for artists internationally, is all the more challenging in the context of India under transformation. Above all Indian artists are faced with the legacy of their history and the ghosts of the Raj.

 

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