Painters of India who forge a new art in the first years after independence


When I was a student of art history, the textbooks offered a simple, tidy and wrong story of painting after 1945.

The first years after World War II were taught as a clean baton pass from Picasso to Pollock: The New York School led the way; Europe got a brief and sometimes sneering look; and begrudging attention was paid to the avant-gardes of just a few rich non-Western nations (the Concretists of Brazil, the Gutai artists of Japan). Slowly, too slowly, museums are now taking up the task of rewriting the history of art since 1945.....

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