Ebrahim Alkazi: Directing ArtThe Making of a Modern Indian Art World
A doyen of India’s art and theatre scenes, Ebrahim Alkazi has been credited with garnering worldwide visibility for Indian art.
…a valuable document in an area of scant research.’ —The Hindu
Featuring essays by and conversations with leading practitioners and art historians, Directing Art places Alkazi’s contribution within a historical as well as critical context. If Amal Allana reveals Alkazi’s twin passion for modern theatre and art through a familial narrative, Yashodhara Dalmia underlines his contribution to the public reception for modern art. Focusing on Bombay, Shukla Sawant looks beyond the English speaking elite audience, towards the vernacular one which continued to underpin Alkazi’s understanding of the community at large. Devika Singh revisits the post-Independence Indian art scene to contextualize the emergence of Art Heritage and Akansha Rastogi explores the history of art exhibitions curated by Alkazi through the trope of a ‘ghost’ exhibition. Following Parul Dave Mukherji’s revealing interview with eminent artist and Alkazi’s long-standing friend, K.G. Subramanyam, in conclusion, Partha Mitter refl ects on the latter’s role as an art patron.
Richly illustrated with select artworks from the Alkazi Collection, this volume is the fi rst of a growing series and provides a critical context for the publication of art writings and exhibitions shown at Art Heritage. A chronicle of the remarkable life and work of Ebrahim Alkazi, Directing Art hence provides an invaluable education in Indian art through its contextual analysis of the modern and contemporary.
Contributions by Parul Dave-Mukherji, Amal Allana, Yashodhara Dalmia, Shukla Sawant, Devika Singh, Akansha Rastogi and Partha Mitter
• A Space for Thought . . .
• Art Heritage 1977–1982 Select exhibitions
• Modernism and Indian Art
• Art Heritage 1983–1988 Select exhibitions
• ‘This is Modern Art’
• Art Heritage 1989–1995 Select exhibitions
• Ebrahim Alkazi and Exhibition Making
• Art Heritage 1995–2000 Select exhibitions
• Around Exhibitions: Circles of Engagement
• Art Heritage Season 2001–2006 Select exhibitions
• Conversation with K.G. Subramanyan
• Art Heritage 2007–2013 Select exhibitions
• Portrait of a Nationalist: Ebrahim Alkazi
• Art Heritage 2014–2016 Select exhibitions
• Select Bibliography
• Image Credits
|Number of illustrations
|9.75 x 12" (248 x 305 mm), hc
|Date of Publishing
|Mapin in association with Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi