Why do we need to Reimagine Modernism in Art?

Category - annual lecture 2018

Professor Partha Mitter will deliver the 7th MA Asian Art Histories Annual Lecture on 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Block F Level 2 #F202
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street

Free admission (on a first-come first-served basis)
RSVP: abdulhafiiz.abdulkar@lasalle.edu.sg
A reception will follow

A number of artists from outside the West enjoy a high international profile and it seems that modernism is now an inclusive global concept. But in reality, little has changed.  While global modernism appears to share certain values, these values remain a product of the dominant western discourse. In view of this, there is still the need to re-imagine modernism.  There are no easy answers to the question of creating a more inclusive art historical discourse but in this new twenty-first century there is an urgent need to do so.
Partha Mitter is a writer and historian of art and culture, specialising in the reception of Indian art in the West, as well as in modernity, art and identity in India, and more recently in global modernism. He studied history at London University and did his doctorate with E. H. Gombrich (1970). In 1974 he joined Sussex as a Lecturer in Indian History, retiring in 2002 as Professor in Art History.  At present he is Emeritus Professor in Art History, University of Sussex, Member of Wolfson College, Oxford and Honorary Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. His publications include Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1977); Art and Nationalism in Colonial India 1850-1922: Occidental Orientations (Cambridge University Press, 1994) Indian Art, Oxford Art History (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002); The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde – 1922-1947 ( Reaktion Books, London, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007).