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Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories

According to the author, queer as an identification and subjectivity is important to his writing of transnational South Asian art histories. This book talks about new transnational South Asian art histories, to make visible histories of artworks that remain marginalised within the discipline of art history. This is done through a deliberate 'productive failure', by not upholding the strictly genealogical approach. The book discusses authorship by examining the writing about the work of Anish Kapoor to explore the shifting manner in which critics and art historians have identified him and his work. It focuses on the author's own identification as queer and South Asian American to put pressure on the coherency of an LGBTQI art history. It connects formal similarities of abstract work produced in the 1960s in New York City by Cy Twombly and Natvar Bhavsar. The book deals with an art history that concerns facile categories such as South Asian/non-South Asian and black/white, and discusses the works of Stephen Dean, Mario Pfeifer, Adrian Margaret Smith Piper, and Kehinde Wiley. It focuses on practice-led research by discussing 'Sphere:dreamz,; which was produced by queer-identified South Asian women. Continuing the focus, the book looks at the multi-site exhibition 'Mixing It Up: Queering Curry Mile and Currying Canal Street', organised by the author in 2007. It addresses the question of how certain subjects are considered as 'belonging' and others as not; and the role of art in the reconstitution of notions of 'home' and transnational South Asian art histories.

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Anish Kapoor as British/Asian/artist
Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Authorship: Anish Kapoor as British/Asian/artist I’m Indian. My sensibility is Indian. And I welcome that, rejoice in that, but the great battle nowadays is to occupy an aesthetic territory that isn’t linked to nationality. (Anish Kapoor)1 Being an artist is more than being an Indian artist. I feel supportive to that kind of endeavour … it needs to happen once; I hope it is never necessary again. (Anish Kapoor)2 Both the statements above are by India-born, England-based artist Anish Kapoor. The first was made during the opening ceremony of his first solo

in Productive failure
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Towards creolizing transnational South Asian art histories
Alpesh Kantilal Patel

‘globalisation’. Per Glissant’s logic, while these histories are multiple they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Following his logic, strands of the multiple often intertwine and overlap and thereby cohere collectively around – but never quite approximate – the ‘One’, in this case a singular transnational South Asian art history. Summaries of case studies Chapter 2 explores authorship. In particular, I examine the writing about the work of Anish Kapoor, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of Asian descent in the West. Kapoor’s career has

in Productive failure
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Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Anish Kapoor, 1000 Names, 1979–80. Wood, gesso and pigment, dimensions variable. 1  2  Cy Twombly, Ferragosto II, 1961. Oil, oil crayon and pencil on canvas, 64¾ × 78⅞ in. (164.5 × 200.3 cm). Natvar Bhavsar, VAATRI, 1969. Pigment, oil and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 192 in. 3  Natvar Bhavsar, THEER-A-THEER-A, 1969. Pure pigment, oil and acrylic on canvas, 81.5 × 360 in. 4  Stephen Dean, Stills from Pulse, 2001. Video installation, sound, 7:20 min. 5  Mario Pfeifer, A Formal Film in Nine Episodes, Prologue & Epilogue, 2010. 35 mm film transferred to HD

in Productive failure
Anne Ring Petersen

made an integral part of the way it is practised. The problem here is that the conspicuous and explicit references to Indian culture in the work of Bharti Kher, Rina Banerjee, Ravinder Reddy, for example, and, to some extent, Anish Kapoor, may lead to a kind of self-anthropologisation. Without the necessary self-critique, artists might activate what Foster calls the realist assumption that ‘the other’ (in this case the postcolonial artist her/himself) is somehow in reality. This danger lurks particularly in Western and other foreign contexts where the artists are

in Migration into art
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Jared Pappas-Kelley

differently, more carefully, but ultimately it rendered the work as still intact. Or, conversely, the work of art was damaged beyond repair. It ended up in a skip somewhere, like so many other works before: Anish Kapoor’s Hole And Vessel II, a bulky red polystyrene and cement sculpture that is believed to have been dumped with rubbish by mistake during renovations to a building where it was stored,7 or the untitled lacquer and Plexiglas wall relief by Craig Kauffman that appears to have simply fallen from the wall at the Pompidou and shattered, or likewise Peter Alexander

in Solvent form
Victoria H. F. Scott

Western culture against China’s much criticised so-called inauthentic ‘copycat’ culture (though there has been at least one article written about the centrality of copying in Chinese culture), but that is not my intention.6 The matter is an extremely sensitive one, especially in light of the recent scandals regarding the unauthorised Chinese copies of iconic contemporary British art, that is, Wendy Taylor’s Reproducibility and neoliberal aesthetics Timepiece (1973) and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Chicago (2004).7 Certainly it must be acknowledged that the issues are

in Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Jenny Lin

curator who relocated from Beijing to Paris in 1990. The 2000 Shanghai Biennial also included for the first time non-­Chinese figures, including well-known artists Anselm Kiefer, Matthew Barney, and Anish Kapoor and architect Tadao Ando, and it prompted many Western European and North American art professionals to travel to mainland China for the first time. While the artworks included in the prior two biennials were mostly all either traditional Chinese ink paintings or oil paintings influenced by socialist realism or impressionist and post-impressionist styles, the

in Above sea
Sruti Bala

skills in order to realize the artwork. Jen Harvie examines the participation of technicians, architects, engineers, craftspeople and manual workers or hired extras in the creation of complex installations; for instance, the commissioning of thousands of artisans by Ai Weiwei in China to produce more than one million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, or Anish Kapoor’s close collaboration with engineers and architects to realize the large-scale installation Marsyas (Harvie, 2013, pp. 33–35). Harvie argues that when assessed on the grounds of labour, these

in The gestures of participatory art
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Anna Dahlgren

–91; ‘Sorry. A Project for Artforum by Guillaume Bijl’, Artforum (January 1989), pp. 79–82; ‘The Passageway. A Project for Artforum by Wolfgang Laib’, Artforum (April 1989), pp. 136–141; ‘Mother as Mountain. A Project for Artforum by Anish Kapoor, Sylvie Primard and Pier Luigi Tazzi’, Artforum (September 1989), pp. 126–131; ‘Japanese Moments. A Project for Artforum by Ange Leccia’, Artforum (January 1990), pp. 101–104; ‘See. Speak. Hear. Heads. A Project for Artforum by Jeanne Dunning’, Artforum (May 1990), pp. 165–167. 18 See for example T. Papageorge, ‘From Walker Evans

in Travelling images