Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in art and Design

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Western Artists and India identifies the cross-cultural exchanges between India and the West following independence.This highly original volume has nearly 400 images which include many hitherto unpublished photographs from personal archives

The book has its primary focus on important American and European artists and designers who travelled to India and created works inspired by their visits. While providing a valuable portrait of a largely unacknowledged aspect of the history of art produced in India, their journeys serve as the conduit to an examination of the growth of Indian Modernism and rare moments of local patronage.

Includes seven authoritative essays by noted critics and art historians; four fascinating interviews with the artists Howard Hodgkin, Lynda Benglis, Luigi Ontani and Wolfgang Laib; a specially commissioned contribution by the artist Matti Braun; and portfolios of twenty-eight artists and one publisher.

Speaking in 2016, Howard Hodgkin said: “I fell in love with Indian art when I was at school, thanks to the enterprising art master, Wilfrid Blunt. I longed to visit India, but only managed to do so in my early thirties. It proved a revelation. It changed my way of thinking and, probably, the way I paint."

Publisher: Thames and Hudson 2013

Hardback: 272 pages

Dimensions: 290 x 215mm