The Creative Circuit
K. G. Subramanyan
6 x 9 inches, 105pp. 1992
ISBN : 8170460964
Rs 250.00 (HB)
This series of five lectures revolves around certain issues relating to modern art, particularly modern Indian art. The attempt is to open up the issues and see them in a broader perspective, hoping that any discussion this may elicit will emlarge our understanding of the modern art situation. These lectures discuss certain common terms and concepts-such as modernity, eclecticism, nostalgia-which have entered our art vocabulary, and which lend themselves to reinterpretation today. Some of the questions addressed are as follows: What concept does a modern artist or critic have of current art activity? How does a modern artist react to his environment and cultural inheritance? Under what perceptions or illusions or emotional urges does he work? And what general norms of achievement can we think of in the highly heterogenous art scene of today?
K.G. Subramanyan draws upon his considerable experience as a practising artist and theoretician to present a series of probing discussions which engage with contemporary art concerns from a modern Indian perspective.
K. G. Subramanyan is a veteran artist who has worked with a wide range of media and materials, exhibiting extensively both within and outside the country. A major retrospective of his work was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, in 2003. He has been part of the arts faculty at Baroda and is Professor Emeritus at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. His writings on art have been published widely.