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Course duration: Two months (16 sessions, three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays)

Course Duration: July-August 2013

Venue: Art Bull, Lado Sarai, New Delhi

Course Director: JohnyML

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Saturday 2 pm to 6.30pm
Sunday 4 pm to 7.00 pm

Schedule and Syllabus

General Orientation Class: (6th July 2013- Resource faculty: JohnyML)

This two hour session is designed in order to initiate the new and interested students/clients into the disciplines of art history and criticism. Moving slightly away from the strict academic norms, this session is created to demystify as well as anchor art history and criticism in the minds of people.

a)      Necessity of Art History

b)      What is Art History

c)       What is art criticism

d)      How to read a work of art?

e)      Contexts of art production

f)       Sites of Art production

g)      Sites of art proliferation

h)      Necessity of Art

i)        Art as culture

j)        Culture as Nation

k)      Nation as people

l)        People as Heritage

m)    Heritage as Pride

n)      Pride as art collection

Origin of Art and Great Civilizations (7th July 2013, Resource Faculty: Mrinal Kulkarni)

This session is designed to impart awareness about the origin of art and human civilizations. How art became a medium to express human emotions and concerns? How a functional civilization became the foundation for art of future?

a)      Birth stories of art

b)      Documentation becoming art

c)       Development of human societies

d)      Origin of Great Civilizations

e)      Discussions on Indus Valley Civilization

f)       Egyptian Civilization

g)      Mesopotamian Civilization

h)      Mayan and Inca Civilizations

i)        Greco-Roman civilizations and art

Architecture and Art (13th July 2013. Resource faculty: Sanhita Bowal)

Architecture plays a very important role in the development of art. Once upon a time art was an integral part of architecture. This session deals with the development of architecture and its relevance in art.

a)      Development of architecture

b)      Art as a part of architecture

c)       Architecture in various civilizations

d)      Architecture as sites of Art Exhibitions

Pre-Renaissance and Renaissance in the West: (14th July 2013. Resource Faculty: Sanhita Bhowal)

Pre-Renaissance and Renaissance play a major role in the development of art. It forms an integral part of western art history. Post-industrial revolution art of the west is majorly determined by the experiments happened so far during the Renaissance. This session explores the fundamentals of Pre-Renaissance and Renaissance art.

a)      Religion and art

b)      Renaissance in socio-political, religio-economic contexts

c)       Pre-Renaissance art in Europe

d)      Renaissance and artists

e)      Vasari’s Lives of Artists

f)       North European Renaissance

g)      Dutch and Flemish Experiments in art

h)      Art of Europe till 19th century

Indian Art: (20th July 2013: Resource Faculty: Y.S.Alone)

Indian art has a great tradition. It is multifaceted and its development has been fascinating. Religion, Royalty and Registrations were the prime motivating forces behind Indian art. This session deals with the development of Indian art traditions.

a)      What is Indian Art?

b)      Indian Art Traditions

c)       Miniature Traditions of India

d)      Pre-Mughal Art

e)      Mughal paintings and after

f)       The great Indian sculptural tradition

g)      Arrival of Colonialism

h)      Company School painting and Bazar Art

i)        Kalighat Paintings

Late 19th century and 20th century Art Movements in the West: (21st July 2013. Resource Faculty: JohnyML)

19th and 20th centuries saw great art movements in the west. Industrial Revolution and World Wars were changing the scenario of the world. Artists were a part of these changes. They captured the changing times by bringing about revolutionary changes in art. This session gives an overview of these changes through the study of various art movements.

a)      Barbizon School

b)      Realism

c)       Naturalism

d)      Impressionism

e)      Post-Impressionism

f)       Expressionism

g)      Cubism

h)      Surrealism

i)        Abstract Expressionism

j)        Conceptual Art

Nationalism and Art in India: (27th July 2013. Resource Faculty: JohnyML)

The art production of India changed when the British established Art Schools in three cities namely Madras, Calcutta and Bombay. Indian Nationalism was brewing up in every mind. Artists, as the unacknowledged legislators of society responded to this. This session deals with the early 20th century Indian art and the effects of Nationalism on it.

a)      Raja Ravi Varma

b)      Establishment of Art Schools

c)       Nationalism and its repercussions

d)      Tagores and Santiniketan

e)      Nandalal Bose

f)       Binod Behari Mukherjee

g)      Ramkinkar Baij

h)      Amrita Shergil

Art and Aesthetics: (28th July 2013 Resource Faculty: Mrinal Kulkarni)

Art does not occur in a vacuum. Theories occurred as result of the search for the fundamentals of human existence and expressions. The codified rules of art productions are called aesthetics. From Plato to Umberto Eco, aesthetics has a long history which is essential to understand art and its history. This session is a window opened towards the history of aesthetics:

a)      What is aesthetics

b)      Western aesthetics that influenced the world

c)       Occidental aesthetics

d)      Plato-Aristotle

e)      Martin Heideggar

f)       Rudolf Arnheim

g)      Psychology and art-Freud and Lacan

h)      Linguistics and Aesthetics

i)        Structuralism and post-Structuralism

Indian Independence and the Progressives: (3rd August 2013 Resource Faculty: JohnyML)

1940s was a definitive decade for India. Progressive and revolutionary ideas were in the minds of creative people. There was a conducive political atmosphere in India for radical art. Progressive artists came together in different cities to forward their ideas. This session is a study of the progressive movements during in 1940s and 1950s.

a)      Art during 1940s and changing concerns of artists

b)      The Bombay Progressives- Souza, Husain, Raza, Bakre, Gade, Padamsee and so on.

c)       Delhi Shilpi Chakra

d)      Calcutta Progressives

e)      Migrating Artists

f)       Art of Fifties

Art of 1960s and 1970s in India: (4th August 2013- Resource Faculty: JohnyML)

This session deals with the immediate decades of Indian Independence. There was a deep sense of disillusionment in the developmental and progressive front. Democracy was not working. Artists responded to the slow demise of this hope in their own ways. The art of 1960s and 1970s reflect this.

a)      Existential Angst of Artist: Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna and so on

b)      K.C.S.Panicker and Cholamandal Artists

c)       Influence of Abstract Expressionism

d)      Proliferation of Neo-Tantric Art

e)      J.Swaminathan and Bharat Bhavan

f)       Abstract art in India-J.J.School of Art

Search for Indigenous Art and the Narrative School: (10th August 2013 Resource Faculty:JohnyML)

1980s saw the birth of Narrative School in Baroda. It was the result of a search for indigenous art. Though it had a lot to do with its western counterparts, Narrative School became a landmark in Indian modern art. This session deals with the art of 1980s in India.

a)      Rise of Baroda School

b)      Narrative as social responsibility

c)       Indigenous art

d)      K.G.Subramanyan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Bhupen Khakkar, Nilima Sheikh

e)      Voice of Dissent: Jeram Patel, Nasreen Mohammedi, Amit Ambalal, Haku Shah

f)       Sudhir Patwardhan

g)      Critical Searches- Vivan Sundaram and Geeta Kapur

h)      Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association (Radical Group)

Art of 1990s, Art Market and Modern Sculpture (11th August 2013. Resource Faculty:JohnyML)

This session is a combined session of the history of modern and contemporary Indian sculpture and the art of 1990s. Indian art scenario evolved from a no-market scene to an all market scene in this decade. The story is fascinating.

a)      History of Modern Sculpture

b)      Ramkinkar Baij, Sarbari Roy Choudhury, Meera Mukherjee, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Dhruv Mistry, K.S.Radhakrishnan, N.N.Rimzon and so on.

c)       Socio-economic situation of India in 1990s

d)      Galleries in Metros

e)      Artists of prominence in 1990s- Jitish Kallat, Baiju Parthan, Rekha Rodwittiya, Surendran Nair, Shibu Natesan and so on.

f)       The cusp of a no-market and all-market

Printmaking in India (17th August 2013. Resource Faculty: Rajan Fulari)

Printmaking is one of the precious mediums of art though currently challenged by other printing/reproduction technologies. But printmakers have found a way to reinvent themselves. The history of printmaking is an essential knowledge for any art enthusiast.

a)      History of Printmaking

b)      Printmaking in India during the nationalist period

c)       Printmaking and politics

d)      Modern Printmakers

e)      Challenges of Printmaking today

Women Artists of 20th century India- Reviving a Forgotten History (18th August 2013- Resource Faculty: Mrinal Kulkarni)

This session deals with all those women artists and women scholars who have contributed immensely to Indian art but acknowledged inadequately by the mainstream historians.

a)      Jaya Appaswamy

b)      Piloo Pochakhanawala

c)       Meera Mukherjee

d)      Arnawaz Vasudev

e)      T.K.Padmini

f)       Devyani Krishna

g)      Sara Abraham

Indian Art of 21st Century, Art Market and Other Stories (24th August 2013- Resource Faculty: JohnyML)

The first decade of the 21st century has been the most happening decade so far in Indian art history. Market brought gold to many artists and there were rises and falls in the lives of artists. This decade changed the history of many people. Art galleries came and went. Artists rose and fell. But art remains and good galleries and good collectors. What were the defining features of this decade? This session sheds light on the characteristics of this decade.

a)      General change in the economic climate

b)      Examples like YBA Movement

c)       Subodh Gupta, the phenomenon

d)      Our contemporary artists

e)      Art today- Video, Cutting Edge, Installation, New Media art

Galleries, Museums,Critics, Art Writers and all other necessary evils (25th August 2013. Resource Faculties: JohnyML and Siddharth Tagore)

In the concluding session of this course, larger areas such as museums, galleries, role of critics, curators and so on are taken for discussion. This also deals with writing of proposals, effective communication, press releases and so on.

a)      Role of Galleries in art

b)      Role of Museums and its history

c)       Are critics opinion makers?

d)      What do art writers do?

e)      What is curatorial practice?

f)       How to promote your art?

g)      How to write a proposal and a press release?

h)      Effective communication in art scene.

i)        The ultimate dignity of art players.

Course Resource Persons

JohnyML is a Delhi based Art Historian, Critic, Writer and Curator

Sanhita Bhowal is a Delhi based pedagogue and art historian. Currently she teaches Art History in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Mrinal Kulkarni is a Delhi based art historian and pedagogue. She is an associate professor at the Art history department in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Y.S.Alone is a scholar and art historian. Currently he is a professor at the Department of Arts and Aesthetics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Full Course Fees – INR 6,500
Fee per module –INR 2,000
Two Modules- INR 4,000

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