interesting-ish essay on indian folk art. i’ve never been a fan, myself…indian art has always been to ‘flat’ for me tastes. in “a passage to england”, nirad c. chaudhuri talks of how the sunlight falls differently in the more northern climes, and how things look more “rounded” because of that. he compares that to india (specifically north india, i think) and how the sun overhead makes things look ‘flat’. makes sense t me when i look at indian and english paintings, though i do not know if he had that in mind.
having said that, though, i love cave paintings, and the really raw manifestations of indian folk art-example the worli art. (http://www.craftsinindia.com/folk-art-paintings/warli-paintings/) is a sample.
mamma had a book of dalit poems, transalated from marathi, that had a fantastic piece on the cover. it was a face and hand, and the hand was squeezing out the sun. wish i could find that piece again. am so sick and bloody tired of indian art being so stuck up and gallery based. when will we have a banksy?
By baruk on June 24, 2006
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