New York

“Contemporary Indian Art”

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center

This exhibition, curated by Thomas W. Sokolowski, presented a small selection from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Family Collection, which, although there are still regrettable omissions in it (such as the absence of works by Gulam Mohammed Sheikh and Paramjit Singh), is the world’s premier collection of contemporary Indian art.

The works exhibited ranged over what is becoming a canonical view of the history of contemporary art in India. The older generation was represented by the vernacular scrolls of jamini Roy, the quasi-tantric abstractions of Syed Haider Raza, and the photographed billboards and billboard- . influenced paintings of Magbool Fida Husain. Far more interesting, however, were the works by a younger generation of artists; for the most part figurative paintings, they exhibited a social and esthetic conscience rare in any contemporary art. Sudhir Patwardhan’s Town, 1984, a

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