The Indian artist Sudhir Patwardhan is chiefly a painter in the realist tradition moving between images of the city, inhabitants, and milieu. Along with bodies and buildings, his traverse charts the shape of urban change through acts of witness positioned at windows, on terraces, on the train platform, and within the bustle of the city street. Although various aesthetic inflections in his work acknowledge a debt to canonical peaks in the history of western art, they find traction in generative tensions with the conceptually-driven practices of Indian artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Gieve Patel, and Nalini Malani. Here, in conversation with Prajna Desai, Patwardhan articulates how he came to art as a self-trained practitioner, alighting on Marxist histories and personal narratives that have shaped his practice of pigment on a two-dimensional substrate. Sudhir Patwardhan lives and works in Thane, a city near Mumbai.
Articulations of the relational have been shifting in parallel with the recent turn in global contemporary art toward validating ecological and indigenous practices. This shift invites a consideration of what exactly constitutes the relational among artistic and curatorial efforts within the global contemporary. And among Southeast Asian exemplars, the multimedia practice of artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook…
Kavita Singh was a distinguished and beloved art historian, curator, and pedagogue. She passed away in New Delhi on July 30, 2023, following a brave battle with cancer. In this 5 Questions interview, conducted when she visited The Museum of Modern Art as a C-MAP Asia speaker in 2016, Singh shared her critical insights into questions of canonicity, location, representation, and translation in the era of globalization.
From August 2022 to June 2023, artists and friends Julie Tolentino and Kang Seung Lee reflected on their decades-long practices in kinship, politics, performance, and queer history.