20th Century Indian Art

Modern, Post-Independence, Contemporary


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2022.

ISBN: 9780500023327 Category:

Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji, Rakhee Balaram


A landmark volume presenting the history of Indian art across the subcontinent and South Asia from the late 19th century to the present day, published in association with Art Alive.

Recent decades have seen significant growth in the interest, acquisition and exhibition of modern Indian and South Asian art and artists by major international museums. This essential textbook, primarily aimed at students, presents an engaging, informative history of modern art from the subcontinent as seen through the eyes of prominent Indian academics.

Illustrated throughout with strong narrative content, key experts contribute multiple perspectives on modernism, modernity and plurality, and expansive ideas about contemporary art practices. A range of subjects and topics feature including Group 1890, the Madras Art Movement, Regional Modern and Dalit art, as well as artists such as Amrita Sher-Gil and Raqs Media Collective. This book also has sections devoted to the art of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia.

Together with lively academic discussions and a selection of absorbing interviews with artists, this title meets a clear demand for a comprehensive and authoritative sourcebook on modern, postmodern and contemporary Indian art. It is the definitive reference for anyone with an interest in Indian art and non-Western art histories.

Published in association with Art Alive

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 6 October 2022
Number of pages 744
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24 x 30.8 cm
Weight 300 g


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Partha Mitter is Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Sussex. His books include Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art, Art and Nationalism in Colonial India 1850-1922, Indian Art and The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947. Parul Dave Mukherji is Professor and former Dean at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She holds a PhD from Oxford University. Her recent publications include InFlux: Contemporary Art in Asia (which she co-edited) and the ASA volume, Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World, co-edited with Ramindar Kaur. Rakhee Balaram is Assistant Professor of Global Modern and Contemporary Art and Art History at University at Albany, State University of New York. She has previously taught at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds double doctorates in the field of French Literature and Art History from Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.