Midnight To The Boom: Painting In India After Independence (Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

Midnight To The Boom: Painting  In India After Independence, From The Peabody Essex Museum’s Herwitz Collection
Venue: Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Dates: February 2 - April 21, 2013
Details:  The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence, From the Peabody Essex Museum’s Herwitz Collection, an exhibition spanning three generations of Indian painters who changed the way we think of Indian art. Nearly 70 works by 23 leading artists were selected from PEM’s Chester & Davida Herwitz Collection –– internationally recognized as one of the largest and most important assemblages of modern Indian art outside of India.

In carefully selected juxtapositions throughout the exhibition, paintings by Bikash Bhattacharjee, M. F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, S. H. Raza, Gulammohammed Sheikh, and Arpita Singh are presented alongside works by artists, including Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Dasavanta with Shravana and Mahesa, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Andrew Wyeth, and Xu Beihong. The Indian painters’ own statements indicate ways they found such works provocative and inspirational and how they approached the work of other artsts as creative resources. These comparisons expand our understanding of modern art as a global phenomenon and reflect its cosmopolitan spirit of exchange.


The companion volume, Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence, Thames & Hudson © 2013, Hardcover Softcover 228 pages, 142 illustrations, with text by Susan Bean, Homi K. Bhabha, Rebecca M. Brown, Beth Citron, Ajay Sinha, and Karin Zitzewitz, is available at the PEM Shop, in person or online at  http://www.pemshop.com. and at www.amazon.com.

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