Exhibition of Modern And Contemporary Indian At at SJMA

. March 1, 2011 . 0 Comments

The San Jose Museum of Art presents a landmark exhibition of modern and contemporary art from India on view through September 4, 2011.

Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India is drawn entirely from eleven private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibition showcases important works of modern and contemporary South Asian art that are rarely seen on the West Coast. Included are paintings by renowned modernists such as Maqbool Fida Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Francis Newton Souza, and Sayed Haider Raza. Today’s contemporary generation of rising talents and global trendsetters is represented by Rina Banerjee, Zarina Hashmi, Jitish Kallat, G.R. Iranna, Bari Kumar, and Surendran Nair, among others.

“Indian art is a dynamic and fast-growing presence on the international art scene, yet it is still rarely explored in museums in this country,” said Susan Krane, Oshman Executive Director at SJMA. “We are pleased to introduce the diverse audiences of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area to this important and exciting project, which is the result of close collaboration with many community partners. For those most familiar with the traditional arts of India, Roots in the Air, Branches Below offers a fascinating and perhaps surprising overview of the art of our times, and that of post-colonial India.”

“The dramatic economic and social transformation of India since 1947, when it gained independence from British rule, has bred a similar explosion of activity in the visual arts,” said Kristen Evangelista, curator of the exhibition and associate curator at SJMA. “These artists embrace both the international art world (with its penchant for artistic innovation) and the spiritual roots of Indian art. They draw on a multifaceted artistic heritage of political engagement, popular culture, classical mythology, and folk traditions.”

For more information, call 408-271-6840 or visit www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org

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