Primitivism and Modern Indian Art: Group Show

December 18, 2021-January 25, 2022

The Claridges, 12 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India

DAG presents its revised edition of Primitivism and Modern Indian Art, curated by Giles Tillotson.

The show examines the diverse range, moods and styles that primitivism in India has taken, some artists practicing entirely in that style, while others experimented with it in part, or sporadically. The exhibition, however, does not attempt to be a comprehensive survey of India’s primitivists but is an attempt to understand a body of work and how, given its Western countenance, it can be understood in the Indian context. More than anything else, it offers a clearer view than in the past of what primitivism might mean in the context of modern Indian art. On view will be works by Rabindranath Tagore, Sunayani Devi, Amrita Sher-Gil, Ramkinkar Baij, Jamini Roy, George Keyt, M. F. Husain, K. S. Kulkarni, J. Sultan Ali, F. N. Souza, Mohan Samant, K. G. Subramanyan, Rabin Mondal, Himmar Shah, Jogen Chowdhury and Madhvi Parekh.

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