Ganesh HaloiA Rhythm Surfaces in the Mind
Ganesh Haloi, born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh), moved to Calcutta after the Partition in 1950.
Published in Dec. 2022
- Category: Contemporary Art
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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With extensive essays by eminent art critics and interspersed with previously unpublished illustrated folios and sketches of work from throughout his life, this monograph documents Haloi’s earth-toned abstract vocabulary that has drawn over time on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.
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.
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
Poetics of Abstraction, 2012 & 2017
Processing a Line
Form and Play sketchbook, 2018
|Number of photographs||15|
|Number of illustrations||248|
|Size||10 x 11” (254 x 280 mm), hc|
|Date of Publishing||Dec. 2022|
|Co-publisher(s)||Mapin in association with Akar Prakar|
|Rights Available||World rights|