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Importance of Curators in the Indian Art Industry

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It was only in 1994 that the term ‘curator’ was first used in India, when art critic and cultural theorist Geeta Kapur was invited to select works from the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art.

This was the start of the curator being seen as a legitimate figure. She, among a host of other players, like gallerists, collectors and auctioneers, began to make their presence felt amidst the growing private sector and the art market.

Curators like Curators like Grant Watson, Suman Gopinath and Sunil Gupta have contributed greatly to the curatorial practice in India helping Indian artists are make their way into international exhibitions and biennales. Exceptional curatorial practices in India have contributed in drawing attention to Indian Art at an international stage which allowed for greater foreign influence that feeds back into a national forum in which Indian art, ideas and criticism exhale more effectively into the atmosphere.

Indian Art and its aesthetics are being recognized globally today. At this time the industry needs the best curatorial talent there is in the country to help leverage our position in the global market by a mature and qualitative understanding of Indian Art and writing skills that can attract the best buyers globally.

India is generating its art from within the central cities of Bombay, New Delhi and Kolkata, each city having its own signature matrix of art schools, intellectuals and artists.

Today, however culturally strong our roots maybe inspiring artists works, twentieth first century art believes in mimicking the global structure of art more or less using technological mechanisms. This understandably is done in order to gauge a larger global audience towards Modern Indian Art.

But the situation is that under the remit of globalization and marketing Indian art to a wider audience.India needs to engage at a level presupposed by an international circuit that requires firm ideas fast. Our country needs more talented curators to uphold Indian Art at an international level like our mentors.

 

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Written by Breathe Arts

January 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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  1. […] It was only in 1994 that the term ‘curator’ was first used in India, when art critic and cultural theorist Geeta Kapur was invited to select works from the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art. This was the start of the curator being seen as a legitimate figure. She, among a host of other players, like gallerists, collectors and auctioneers, began to make their presence felt amidst the growing private sector and the art market. Curators like Curators like Grant Watson, Suman Gopinath and Sunil Gupta have contributed greatly to the curatorial practice in India helping Indian artists are make their way into international exhibitions and biennales. Exceptional curatorial practices in India have contributed in drawing attention to Indian Art at an international stage which allowed for greater foreign influence that feeds back into a national forum in which Indian art, ideas and criticism exhale more effectively into the atmosphere. Importance of Curators in the Indian Art Industry « Breathe Arts […]

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