Public Lecture | Kishore Singh | Likeness and Beyond: A Brief History of Portrait Painting in India

Event Date: 
20 May 2017 - 6:00pm

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to a lecture on Likeness and Beyond: A Brief History of Portrait Painting in India by Kishore Singh on Saturday, 20th May 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 

 

Early Indian portraiture did not lay much significance to actual likenesses, abstracting their idea to a few chosen emblems that represented divinity or kingship. It was the Mughal ateliers that brought about the first changes which were accelerated with the arrival of European artists and their realistic canvases. Photography followed soon after, and portraits came to be coveted by patrons, whether the Parsi elite, the first women as subjects, resulting in a complex and uniquely Indian relationship between the artist and the sitter based on caste hierarchy, economic disparity and gender concerns, before modernism and its protagonists changed the rules of the game forcibly forever. This fascinating journey traces aspects of India's artistic development and changing tastes as much as it does its response to social and political myth making. 

Kishore Singh has been an art writer, editor and columnist and is president of DAG Modern and head of its exhibitions and publications programme. As curator of its diverse and rigorous exhibitions, he oversees its many publications as writer and editor. His most recent books include two editions of Masterpieces of Indian Modern Art as editor, M F Husain, The Journey of a Legend as writer, and Memory & Identity: Indian Artists Abroad as curator-writer.

 

This lecture will be held on Saturday, 20th May 2017, in the Education Centre, at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.

Do join us for tea at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:00 pm. Since the seating is limited, we request you to RSVP by email at ccardoza@bdlmuseum.org

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