Saturday, October 6, 2012

Works that are an apt reflection of India’s myriad art trends

The new generation Indian artists now come up with innovative works that powerfully respond and sum the rapidly changing lifestyles. They reflect the phenomenon of globalization, urbanization, economic development and new-grown consumerism.

The idea on their part is to explore changes in Indian society and mass culture, from literature to films. No surprise, they have attained prominence globally, seeking deserved attention and interest than ever before in the Western world, offering immense scope for Indian art practitioners, now considered a major creative force.

A series of comprehensive and elaborate surveys of contemporary Indian art have tried to fill in the gaps by hosting works of top artists to express their reactions and perceptions of the changing social realm and, in the process, alter the view point of those less conversant with the modern India. They examine how the artists employ their insight and observation power to review the reality, taking their themes from day-to-day life, social interaction and ubiquitous objects.

As a result, India has steadily emerged and on the verse of establishing itself as a new hub in the global art mart in the 21st century. Several galleries, museums and institutions across the world are focusing on Indian art, proving to be the perfect launch pad for the best of contemporary Indian art, leading to the appreciating quality and value of its artists, backed by private collectors. Even as the focus remains on the top modernists, there are several contemporary artists like Subodh Gupta, Atul Dodiya, Reena Kallat, Anju Dodiya, Bharti Kher, and Jitish Kallat among many others, experimenting with different forms, themes and mediums, to build an identity of their own.

They have left a distinct mark on international art scene with their distinct motifs and dynamic themes. Practitioners like Riyas Komu, T.V. Santhosh and Iranna G.R. depict figuratively, yet their work is of a tremendous spiritual depth. Bose Krishnamachari and Murali cheeroth lead into a world of psychedelic.

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