An Unreasoned Act of Being mapinpub

An Unreasoned Act of Being

Sculptures by Himmat Shah

Gayatri Sinha

No discourse on Indian modernist sculpture would be complete without according a position of centrality to Himmat Shah.

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No discourse on Indian modernist sculpture would be complete without according a position of centrality to Himmat Shah.
Born in Lothal in 1933, into a Jain mercantile family, Himmat appears to have spent his childhood in deep absorption of familial influence, even as he resisted familial ties. J. Swaminathan was to describe him "as a bird who has forgotten how to stop migrating".

For over four decades now, Himmat has demonstrated his leading preoccupations, primarily in drawing and sculpture. If one stands back to take a telescopic view of his sculpture, it would probably fall in the areas of enigma, domesticity and sheer whim. Himmat turns conventional scale into a mockery and allows for sheer play to dominate his vision, wherein architectural structures are dwarfed and heads enlarged to an enigmatic monumentality. Himmat Shah’s work does not appear to judge the human condition. Instead, it appears to present its existential state, through terms that defy simple definition.

Gayatri Sinha is an independent curator and art critic based in New Delhi. She has edited the seminal volume Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists in India, Woman/Goddess and Indian Art: An Overview. She is also the author of Krishen Khanna: A Critical Biography, The Art of Adimoolam, Krishen Khanna: The Embrace of Love and contributing author of Krishen Khanna: Images in My Time. Her curated exhibitions include ‘The Self and the World’ (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1997), ‘Vilas: The Idea of Pleasure’ (Birla Academy, Mumbai, 2000), ‘Cinema Still’ (New Delhi, 2002), ‘Woman/Goddess’ (1998–2001, a travelling exhibition) and ‘Middle Age Spread’ (National Museum, New Delhi, 2004). She has been credited with a Department of Culture and a Ford Foundation award.

Foreword

AN UNREASONED ACT OF BEING
New Sculptures by Himmat Shah
ISBN 9788188204915
Pages 144
Number of photographs 116
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2007
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin Publishing in association with Lund Humphries
Rights Available World rights