Ganesh Haloi Mapin Publishing

Ganesh Haloi

A Rhythm Surfaces in the Mind

Natasha Ginwala and Jesal Thacker
Iftikhar Dadi, Lawrence Rinder and Roobina Karode

Ganesh Haloi, born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh), moved to Calcutta after the Partition in 1950.


Published in Dec. 2022

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Ganesh Haloi, born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh), moved to Calcutta after the Partition in 1950.   Published in Dec. 2022
Witness to India’s resilient culture, its freedom and struggle for its secular modernism, Haloi is among the artists of the generation who have played a significant role in the shaping of Indian modern art.

Ganesh Haloi has cultivated a singular vocabulary of abstraction and landscape. This painterly world is textured with knowledge references that the artist is attuned to over decades—from realms as diverse as archaeology, ancient architecture, art history, sacred philosophy and poetry. His works are exercises in bringing life to the genre of landscape painting through the assembly of disparate symbolic forms. Throughout Haloi’s oeuvre, as in his thinking, there is never a separation between the nature within and the nature without.

With extensive essays by eminent art critics and interspersed with previously unpublished illustrated folios and sketches of work from throughout his life, this monograph documents Haloi’s earth-toned abstract vocabulary that has drawn over time on a vast breadth of iconography, ideas, and movements. In his paintings, Haloi is an itinerant traveller and so is the viewer—within strangely unbound time, one takes passage across the vastness of landscape, a floating geometry, the seduction of lines.

Natasha Ginwala, Associate Curator at Large at Martin-Gropius-Bau, is a curator, researcher and writer based in Colombo and Berlin.

Jesal Thacker is an artist by training and founder of Bodhana Arts and Research Foundation.

Iftikhar Dadi is John H. Burris Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art at Cornell University.

Adam Szymczyk, presently Curator-at-Large at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, is a curator and author based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lawrence Rinder is a curator and Director Emeritus of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Soumik Nandy Majumdar is presently a faculty member of the Department of History of Art at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan.

Roobina Karode has been the Director and Chief Curator at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi since it opened in 2010.

A Rhythm Surfaces in the Mind

Infinite Abstraction

The Song, Not the Words
Benaras sketchbook, c. 1990

Form and Play in the Art of Ganesh Haloi
Frogs and a Snake, 1995 (Children’s book)

Terrasonic Agency: Working the Earth
Cholte Cholte, 2001 (Children’s book)

Painter of the Twilight Zone
Santiniketan sketchbook, 1993–94

Re-citing Land
Poetics of Abstraction, 2012 & 2017

Processing a Line
Form and Play sketchbook, 2018

Artist Biography
Contributors’ Biographies
ISBN 9789385360855
Pages 256
Number of photographs 15
Number of illustrations 248
Size 10 x 11” (254 x 280 mm), hc
Date of Publishing Dec. 2022
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Akar Prakar
Rights Available World rights