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Sayed Haider Raza


Ashok Vajpeyi
With contributions by Yashodhara Dalmia, Roobina Karode, Ashvin E. Rajagopalan, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Sinha, Ashok Vajpeyi and Osianama.

One of the most prominent painters of his generation, S.H. Raza  changed the course of modernism in India.

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One of the most prominent painters of his generation, S.H. Raza  changed the course of modernism in India.
After an early stint in Bombay, where he was a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group, he moved to France, where he spent the next sixty years. This volume explores Raza’s artistic trajectory from the time of his arrival in Paris, as well as his contribution to the development of modernism in the Indian subcontinent.

Beginning with early works developed in India before 1947, the essays in this volume analyze Raza’s later abstraction processes and landscapes. His strong thrust towards non-figurative art, and subsequent influences from European and American modernism, combined with Raza’s own memories and impressions of India and led him to a skilful negotiation between Indian spirituality and Western abstraction. Raza’s bold, failed experiment with the French Cubist style is also explored here, leading to the crucial moment when he decided he had to unlearn everything he knew. In addition to the essays, an anthology of previously unpublished letters offer glimpses of the master at work, and a detailed chrono-biography situates him within the transcultural dynamics of the 1950s to the 1980s.

Accompanying the S.H. Raza exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2023, this catalogue presents a compelling overview of Raza’s work and the highlights of his journey.

Yashodhara Dalmia is an independent art historian and curator based in New Delhi. Roobina Karode is Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Ashvin E. Rajagopalan is an art historian and the Director of the Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai. Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Centre, and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. Gayatri Sinha is a critic, editor and curator and has curated many important shows and written extensively about modern and contemporary Indian art. Ashok Vajpeyi is a New Delhi-based Hindi poet-critic who has written poetry and criticism of literature, music and visual arts in many publications.

• Foreword
• Preface
• Message

• Essays
• From Black Sun to Bindu
• A Lesson in the Art of Contemplation
• The Experiment
• Coming Back to Land: Raza’s Nostos
• Canvas/Bhu: Ground as Visitation in Raza’s Painting
• In the Hundredth Year

• Understanding Raza
• Raza on Himself
• Others on Raza
• Raza’s Notebooks
• Letters from Artists to Raza
• Janine and Raza

• The Catalogue

• A-Graphy by OsianamaWorld
• Appendices
• The Last Days
ISBN 9789385360879
Pages 296
Number of illustrations 185
Size 10 x 11" (254 x 280 mm), hc-plc
Date of Publishing Oct. 2022
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with The Raza Foundation