This new book from SAGE provides a revisionary critique of the art of Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of the national school of Indian painting, popularly known as the Bengal School of Art.
The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore categorically argues that the art of Abanindranath, which developed during the Bengal Renaissance in the 19th-20th centuries, was not merely a normalization of national or oriental principle, but was a hermeneutic negotiation between modernity and community. It establishes that his form of art-embedded in communitarian practices like kirtan, alpona, pet-naming, syncretism, and storytelling through oral allegories-sought a social identity within the inter-subjective context of locality, regionality, nationality, and trans-nationality. Debashish Banerji presents Abanindranath as a creative agent who, through his art, conducted a critical engagement with post-Enlightenment modernity and regional subalternity.
This book is handsomely illustrated with many of Abanindranath’s paintings and drawings. Oversize, it is both a good reference and also just good to look through.
In our Art and Culture sections. In hardcover, 228 pages, Rs. 995. ISBN 9788132102397