Contemporary Miniature Painting in India

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Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin, The Scholar Before Breakfast, natural pigments on paper, 2015.

Contemporary Miniature Painting in India

Waswo X. Waswo
September 10, 2022
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Koret Education Center, Asian Art Museum
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by SAA by Sept. 5, 2022. All in-person event fees are after museum admission.

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Contemporary miniatures are most often discussed in relationship to thriving practices that utilize traditional painting techniques. Art history courses probe the legacy of Mughal Court ateliers. Recently, India has seen a resurgence of interest in the miniature art form and its techniques to create contemporary works that stretch the tradition’s boundaries. This talk will highlight some of the figures that have been instrumental in shaping the Indian contemporary miniature paintings scene, and their new techniques as they seek to forge a new path ahead for traditional miniature paintings.

Waswo has been a long-time participant and observer in the Indian art scene. He has lived in India for over 20 years and has made Udaipur his home for the past 16 years. He collaborates with a variety of local artists, whose works have been exhibited all over India. He curated the exhibition Luminously Between Eternities, which focused on contemporary Indian and Pakistani miniaturists. His latest book, Karkana: A Studio in Rajasthan, explores the personal and working relationships between him and the traditional artists he has called friends in Udaipur.


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