The Resource Monuments, objects, histories : institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India, Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Monuments, objects, histories : institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India, Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Label
Monuments, objects, histories : institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India
Title
Monuments, objects, histories
Title remainder
institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India
Statement of responsibility
Tapati Guha-Thakurta
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Art history as it is largely practiced in Asia as well as in the West is a western invention. In India, works of art-sculptures, monuments, paintings-were first viewed under colonial rule as archaeological antiquities, later as architectural relics, and by the mid-20th century as works of art within an elaborate art-historical classification. Tied to these views were narratives in which the works figured, respectively, as sources from which to recover India's history, markers of a lost, antique civilization, and symbols of a nation's unique aesthetic, reflecting the progression from colonialism to nationalism. The nationalist canon continues to dominate the image of Indian art in India and abroad, and yet its uncritical acceptance of the discipline's western orthodoxies remains unquestioned, the original motives and means of creation unexplored. The book examines the role of art and art history from both an insider and outsider point of view, always revealing how the demands of nationalism have shaped the concept and meaning of art in India. The author shows how western custodianship of Indian "antiquities" structured a historical interpretation of art; how indigenous Bengali scholarship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries attempted to bring Indian art into the nationalist sphere; how the importance of art as a representation of national culture crystallized in the period after Independence; and how cultural and religious clashes in modern India have resulted in conflicting "histories" and interpretations of Indian art. In particular, the author uses the depiction of Hindu goddesses to elicit conflicting scenarios of condemnation and celebration, both of which have at their core the threat and lure of the female form, which has been constructed and narrativized in art history
Member of
Cataloging source
COO
Dewey number
701/.03/0954
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
N72.N38
LC item number
G84 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cultures of history
Label
Monuments, objects, histories : institutions of art in colonial and postcolonial India, Tapati Guha-Thakurta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-391) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn213305115
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 404 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231129985
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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22573/cttgrsn4
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36008345
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)213305115
  • pebcs023112998X

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