The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India



Formed within months of the 1947 Partition of India and the ensuing violence and protest, the Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) included artists seeking a break with their country’s past and its cultural constraints. For nearly a decade these painters and sculptors explored ideas about art for a new nation. Through lush illustrations and scholarly essays, this volume looks at the brand of modernism the group espoused and its relevance and importance to contemporary art. The careers of artists K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, V. S. Gaitonde, M. F. Husain, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, S. H. Raza, Mohan Samant, and F. N. Souza are presented in three sections, The Progressives in Their Times, National/International, and Masters of the Game.  A valuable examination of the ways artistic expression can preserve and advance its cultural heritage, this volume captures an exciting time in India’s art history. Co-authored by Boon Hui Tan and Zehra Jumabhoy with contributions from Faisal Devji, Gayatri Sinha, Yashodhara Dalmia, Amal Allana, and Conor Macklin.(Asia Society/Prestel, Sept 2018, HC, 192 pp)

Boon Hui Tan is Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum in New York. Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy is Associate Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and is guest curator of the exhibition The Progressive Revolution, now on view through Jan 20, 2019 at Asia Society, New York. Read the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reviews of the exhibition.

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