Contemporary art


KERALATHILE CHITHRAKALAYUTE VARTHAMANAM: Kavitha Balakrishnan; Rainbow Book Publishers, Central Bank Building, Kallissery PO, Chengannur-689124.

Rs. 90.

THIS IS a serious study of the variety of art practices in Kerala, a compilation of articles, which had been published in recent years. This art criticism will help those who study the history of art in that state.

The book opens with the interaction between the print medium and art. The author leads us not only to the works of early artists and painters, but also to the initial stages of the art of advertising.

She has dealt with a wide canvas, concluding with the very recent of our artists, line drawings and paintings of the lady artists, who do not find mention in the mid- 20th century’s art history.

The well-illustrated book has thought-provoking write-ups on art, its trend, art galleries and exhibitions of paintings.

While taking note of the presence of a new generation which would like to see fine arts evolving as visual culture, she does share her justifiable concern over the inadequacy of attention the media and publishers bestow on the goings-on in the field of art.

The author is herself an artist, an art critic, a teacher and a poet. And this is an authoritative overview of the state of contemporary art in Kerala.

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