*Definitive work on the artist and his style and techniques, focusing on his paintings*Pioneer in the development of modernism in post-Independence India Mohan Samant (1924-2004), among the earliest of the post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West, has been called 'one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions.' Born in Mumbai, Samant received his diploma from the Sir JJ School of Art in 1952, where he had studied under S.B. Palsikar. That year he joined the Progressive Artists Group. Extended periods abroad - 1957-58 in Rome and travel in Europe and Egypt, 1959-64 in New York City - preceded his leaving Mumbai permanently for New York in 1968, where he lived until his death in 2004. Published in association with Abraham Joel, New York, and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. With an introduction by Ranjit Hoskote and additional contributions from Abhijeet Gondkar, Virginia Kaycoff, Sharad Ghamande, Barbara Bertieri, Abraham Joel, and Judith Wink. Previously published as part of a set, this volume, which concentrates on Samant's paintings, is w available separately. Contents: Contents; Ackwledgements by Abraham Joel; Introduction by Ranjit Hoskote; Meeting Mohan by Judith Wink; Notes on Mohan's Art by Barbara Bertieri; Ode to a Geniu by Sharad Ghamande; The First Patrons: Laying the Groundwork for Modernism in India by Abhijeet Gondkar and Virginia Kaycoff; Plates; Mohan Samant (1924-2004) by Marcella Sirhandi; Part I: Biography; Part II: Styles, Techniques, and Themes; Mohan Samant: Individualism and Context by Jeffrey Wechsler; Media, Objects and Techniques Used by Mohan Samant: Notes on the Artist's Techniques by Barbara Bertieri and Abraham Joel; Imaging of Mohan Samant Paintings by Sharad Ghamande; Artist's Biography; Bibliography; Appendix: Time magazine article on Mohan Samant, MoMA Press Release, Letters, Reflections, Artist's Statement; List of Works; Index
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, independent curator and poet. He has written Baiju Parthan: A User's Manual and has published four collections of poetry. As a curator he has organised twelve exhibitions on Indian and Asian art. Jeffrey Wechsler, former senior curator of the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, is the author of numerous publications, including Asian Traditions, Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 19451970; Surrealism and American Art, 19321949; and Vanguard American Sculpture, 19131939. Marcella Sirhandi is an art historian and curator. She is professor emerita, Oklahoma State University. Her publications include Jamini Roy: Bengali Artist of Modern India (18871972); Antonio Xavier Trindade: An Indian Painter from Portuguese Goa; and Modern Indian Works on Paper: The Collection of Umesh Gaur.