03 December, 2020

Line of Uncontrol

Embedded and almost hidden in discourse, often weighed down by quotes from eggheads of times past and present...

Line of Uncontrol
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Embedded and almost hidden in discourse, often weighed down by quotes from eggheads of times past and present, are Juliet Reynolds’s swipes at the sentinels of Indian contemporary art. Whether it is superstars like M.F. Husain or powerful art critics with their unintelligible prose and their fan circle, she takes them on with remarkable bluntness. Reynolds obviously believes that artists ought to be the conscience-keepers of society. Hardly any of the contemporary ones pass with flying colours in her assessment. Not even Husain whom she otherwise admires for his ability to integrate the language of European modern art with Indian subjects. "Once, long ago, Husain did have a magical touch...but for about 40 years he has merely repeated himself. It is as though he never dared to go beyond his original achievements, never dared to be anything but a brand. A Husain has always had to look like a Husain in case somebody fails to recognise it..."

The Leftists and the Progressives too come in for a drubbing. Those in Reynolds’s canon who "talk the loudest about freedom are the...

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