: this fantastic #georgecondo
that looks like a #dubuffet
is actually a 1962 portrait by PAG member, F.N. Souza, and you can see it for yourself in @asiasociety
’s rightfully well-received show, #theprogressiverevolution
Also pictured is K.H. Ara’s Untitled (Beggars), which was included in the first PAG show in 1949, and a not-so-great picture of a truly great collection of erotic drawings by a hospitalized post-heart-attack Mohan Samant from 1974 (I’m putting it out there that someone needs to publish this 3-book collection; it just has to happen).
I want to note that my facetious opening is a serious request that people go see this show and expand their visual literacy. I know the Af Klint show just opened and it’s great for its own reasons, but try something other than the western canon, why don’t you? Or take a break from the market-driven international grab bag that is contemporary art? Even better, learn a bit about the features of modernism, about what the search for a post-colonial cultural identity looked like for non-westerners, and perhaps be better able to identify those elements wherever they’ve occurred (or are occurring). I guess I’m just saying that if you’re going to spend the morning in the rotunda, please spend the afternoon at Asia Society.
#asiasociety #arthistory #artshow #artexhibition #modernism #india #independence #progressiveartistsgroup #fnsouza #khara #mohansamant