The book Contemporary Art North India is an ode to visual art and one of its kind. It not only brings together artists from the northern region, a region which has not really got its due for its immense contribution in the field of art.
Artists from the region who carry the flame of bringing it to its present level and the legacy of carrying it forward. To reprise you a little about the book it delves into the contemporary art scene in the northern region and profiles artists from the region. To say that most of the artists who make into the pages of our book are who’s who of the art world won’t be an exaggeration. From ace lensman Raghu Rai to gifted artist Arpana Caur to celebrated landscape painter Pamamjit Singh to internationally acclaimed Ranbir Kaleka, printmaker Anupam Sud, Kavita Nayyar, Sidharth, Viren Tanwar, Diwan Manna and Madan Lal the list is vast and impressive.
Unlike most books on art this is an endeavor to bridge the gap between art lovers and artists. As a rule, artists only create their art and leave the rest to imagination of viewers. This is where the book steps in. After browsing through its pages, the authors are hopeful of creating new channels of communication. Written in lucid style the intent is to bring the art of these great artists closer to art lovers. In the process of understanding the art, often either art becomes too simplistic or its complexity is enhanced manifold. Hopefully the book retains the mystique of art which as internationally renowned artist Ranbir Kaleka feels if art could be completely fathomed, it would be pointless to create it. The book while providing an insight into the artist’s mindscape doesn’t rob it off its elusive quality. Needless to say the actual art works of eminent artists, about 300 original art works of inimitable quality, printed exquisitely and dare one say faithfully by renowned publisher Pentagon and printed by Thomson Press add to the lyrical beauty of the book. Bhawna Kakar editor, curator and gallery owner who has written the forward puts it all succinctly.
“Contemporary Art North India charts the trajectory of Modernism in the region, tracing aesthetic influences and history leading up to its contemporary art. The book’s editorial strategy focuses specifically on the unique practices of the various artists who live and work in North India, and their aesthetic predecessors, through profiles as opposed to overarching histories that treat oeuvres for their overlaps.” Apart from Arpana Caur and Anupam Sud’s distinct visual idiom feminist yet individualistic, robust imagery of Viren Tanwar who imbibed the lesson in minimalism in the hinterland of Haryana, the book also includes a chapter on Nicholas Roerich written by and pays a tribute to Shiv Singh whose sculptures dot Corbusier’s City Beautiful.
The three member team that has put the book together is no less talented. Rajesh Chadha who has helmed this project, apart from being an author and self-taught artist is also a management consultant. Nonika Singh assistant editor The Tribune Chandigarh is a well known art critic and writer with an experience of over two decades in writing on art. Dr. Guneeta Chadha is a Professor of visual art and a gifted artist herself. Their synergy has led to this book which is indeed expansive. The list is not exhaustive in the sense that some names might have been omitted, not out of any deliberate design and certainly not out of malice but sheer paucity of time and any omission of names is simply inadvertent.
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