Indian Contemporary Art

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Contemporary just means “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes”. There is a certain amount of overlapping between “Contemporary” and “Modern” art. A good rule of thumb is:

• Modern Art: Art from 1880 up until the 1960’s or 70’s.

• Contemporary Art: Art from the 1960’s or 70’s up until this very minute.

Art History, 1970 is the cut-off point for two reasons. First, because it was around 1970 that the terms “Postmodern” and “Postmodernism” popped up – meaning, we must assume, that the Art World had had its fill of Modern Art starting right then. Secondly, 1970 seems to be the last bastion of easily classified artistic movements.

To categorize Indian Fine Art, have many criteria. One is often used by the Art Schools is the criterion of the medium. In this criterion the artists are classified as Oil painters, Acrylic painters, water colorists, terracotta sculptors, installations artists, etc. Another way of classifying Indian Art is categorize the art works in terms of the region of the artist’s origin.

Contemporary art – collectively – is much more socially conscious than any previous era has been. A whole lot of art from the last 30 years has been connected with one issue or another: feminism, multiculturalism, globalization, bio-engineering and AIDS awareness all come readily to mind as subject matter. Roughly, Contemporary art runs from 1970 until now.

A more difficult approach is to understand Artists and their Art in terms of the inspirations they draw from. Art in India had always been an integral part of Indian life and excavations of Art objects from historical places have shown that Indian art had reached very high degrees of sophistication at various times in Indian History. Many of the artists in 21st century India use these historical styles in their art. Similarly there are artists who draw their inspiration from the rich Folk traditions of India.

Indian Contemporary artists take inspiration from various sources and styles, Indian Art still retains its distinct Indian’s. Styles that has been never seen before are also emerging in the Indian scene; forms and styles which actually cannot be categorized into any specific existing genre.

Contemporary art in India provides an excellent opportunity to experience today’s India through the unique and personalized visions of its artists.

Contemporary fine art (such as a painting, a sculpture, or an installation), represents the artists struggle to freely interpret his or her environment, both internal and external, and to communicate that interpretation visually. Contemporary art is strongly influenced by the artists cultural background, history, training and experiences, it is forward looking. It gives us a vision of what meaning thee elements have today and on into the future, rather than what they meant in the past.

Contemporary Indian fine art is becoming increasingly accessible to tourists and the general public. In the reputed art centres of Mumbai, New Delhi, and Calcutta, museums and galleries proliferate.

Whether a traveler is visiting natural wonders, ancient temples, or traditional festivals, a visit to a contemporary art exhibition is sure to add a new and unconventional perspective to the experience. The opportunity should not be missed.


Source by Krishnendu J. R.

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