Ebrahim Alkazi: Directing Art



The doyen of India’s art and theater scenes, Ebrahim Alkazi has been credited with garnering worldwide visibility for Indian art. Ebrahim Alkazi: Directing Art explores how his unique way of locating Indian art within a broader framework led to several formal engagements with artists such as MF Husain, FN Souza, SH Raza, Gieve Patel, and Anish Kapoor, among others. This volume brings together over 400 paintings, many of them exhibited at Art Heritage, and previously unpublished. They chase Alkazi’s landmark exhibitions of European modern art in 1954, a result of his and his wife Roshen’s passionate engagement with contemporary artistic production.

Featuring several conversations and essays, Directing Art provides a context for the Alkazis’ participation in the evolution of a transnational history of modernism, and their long association with the Progressive Artists Group. Also included is an intimate portrayal by Amal Allana, Alkazi’s daughter, who talks of her father’s passion for art and theater, his revolutionary multi-disciplinary style, and the bohemian world of Mumbai’s post-colonial art scene. Edited by Dr Parul Dave-Mukherjee. Contributions by Yashodhara Dalmia, Amal Allana, Partha Mitter, Shukla Sawant, Devika Singh, Akansha Rastogi (ACC Art Bks/ Mapin, 364 pp, 408 color, 9.75 x 12 in)

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