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Mohan Samant
Erotic Sketchbooks

by Ranjit Hoskote, Marcella Sirhandi and Jeffrey Wechsler, et al


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247 x 302 mm | 9.75 x 11.9 in
Hardcover | 244 pages
138 colour illustrations
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978-1-935677-33-8 (Grantha)?
 
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Mohan Samant (1924–2004), among the earliest of the post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West, has been called “one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions”. Born in Mumbai, Samant received his diploma from the Sir JJ School of Art in 1952, where he had studied under S.B. Palsikar. Extended periods abroad—1957–58 in Rome and travel in Europe and Egypt, 1959–64 in New York City—preceded his leaving Mumbai permanently for New York in 1968, where he lived until his death in 2004.

The volume on his paintings, the definitive work on the artist, presents an overview of Samant’s life and work, with essays on his place in the development of modernism in post-Independence India, a chronological survey of the styles, techniques and themes employed by the artist, and analyses of the media and techniques he utilized.

The volume on his erotic sketches displays Samant’s work about which he had said, “The intense, painful, internal striving process of creation in art reaches outward to culminate in forms known or unknown. This condition could be erotic and at time could create a very destructive tension and confusing madness but given the motor power of a great visionary artist, it could create a Mahakali in person.”

Published in association with Abraham Joel, New York, and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.

About the Authors
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, poet, and curator. He has authored books of poetry, art criticism, and cultural history, including The Crucible of Painting: The Art of Jehangir Sabavala (2005), The Dialogues Series (with Nancy Adajania; 2011), and Confluences (2012).

Marcella Sirhandi is an art historian and curator. She is professor emerita, Oklahoma State University. Her publications include Jamini Roy: Bengali Artist of Modern India (1887–1972); Antonio Xavier Trindade: An Indian Painter from Portuguese Goa; and Modern Indian Works on Paper: The Collection of Umesh Gaur.
Jeffrey Wechsler, former senior curator of the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, is the author of numerous publications, including Asian Traditions, Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945–1970; Surrealism and American Art, 1932–1949; and Vanguard American Sculpture, 1913–1939.
With contributions from Barbara Bertieri, Sharad A. Ghamande, Abhijeet Gondkar, Abraham Joel, Virginia Kaycoff, and Judith Wink.

 

 
 

Praise

“The comprehensive two-volume publication offers explorations of the artist’s styles and techniques, the themes and subjects in his paintings and his process—the latter examined through X-ray imaging of several of his works.”
Eastern Art Report Online

 

 

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