Category Issue 05 – Curation

Editor’s Note

A trace of sorrow and void surrounds the air as I write my editorial. India and the art fraternity at large mourns the demise of the legendary painter M.F. Husain, who passed away in London on 9th June 2011. We, at TAKE on art, offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. An obituary […]


by Vidya Shivadas – Guest Editor The issue starts on a semi fictional note with Anshuman Dasgupta and Grant Watson recreating the 1922 Bauhaus exhibition that took place in Calcutta. The first of its kind and scale outside Europe, the exhibition containing works by Kandinsky, Feininger and Klee, among others, made its way to The […]


by Anshuman Das Gupta & Grant Watson ln December 1922, ‘The Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of the lndian Society of Oriental Art’ was held at Samavaya Bhavan, number seventeen Park Street. With its impressive facade, this street cuts away at an angle from Chowringhee whose grand buildings confront the park with different styles (the grandest of all […]

‘Place for People’: an introduction

by Parvez Kabir ‘Place for People’ [1981] is generally known as the exhibition which signalled the transition from modernist to postmodernist art in India. It featured six artists whose practices were threaded by a common interest in figuration and narration. Their approach is best recognized in the canvases of Ghulammohammed Sheikh and Bhupen Khakkar. In […]

In Hindsight: An ode to forgetting and inexactness

by Natasha Ginwala – Guest Editor Humanity’s urge to chronicle, affix and categorize has led to the development of knowledge societies in which individuals expend much energy building (in)tangible information sites. As a consequence there has been a growing reliance on external meaning-making devices which formalize and homogenize social memory. Despite these efforts the possession […]