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Sudhir Patwardhan in Conversation with Prajna Desai

The Indian artist Sudhir Patwardhan is chiefly a painter in the realist tradition moving between images of the city, inhabitants, and milieu. Along with bodies and buildings, his traverse charts the shape of urban change through acts of witness positioned at windows, on terraces, on the train platform, and within the bustle of the city street. Although various aesthetic inflections in his work acknowledge a debt to canonical peaks in the history of western art, they find traction in generative tensions with the conceptually-driven practices of Indian artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Gieve Patel, and Nalini Malani. Here, in conversation with Prajna Desai, Patwardhan articulates how he came to art as a self-trained practitioner, alighting on Marxist histories and personal narratives that have shaped his practice of pigment on a two-dimensional substrate. Sudhir Patwardhan lives and works in Thane, a city near Mumbai.

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Prajna Desai

C-MAP Fellow for Asia | Department of Architecture and Design The Museum of Modern Art Prajna Vijay Desai writes about visual politics, print culture, and built form at the intersection of cultural history and histories of science. Fields of research include... Read more »
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Sudhir Patwardhan

Artist Sudhir Patwardhan (b. 1949, India) is a figurative and landscape painter steeped in urban realism. He works primarily in drawing and painting and has been exhibited in... Read more »
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Sudhir Patwardhan in Conversation with Prajna Desai

The Indian artist Sudhir Patwardhan is chiefly a painter in the realist tradition moving between images of the city, inhabitants, and milieu. Along with bodies and buildings, his traverse charts the shape of urban change through acts of witness positioned at windows, on terraces, on the train platform, and within the bustle of the city street. Although various aesthetic inflections in his work acknowledge a debt to canonical peaks in the history of western art, they find traction in generative tensions with the conceptually-driven practices of Indian artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Gieve Patel, and Nalini Malani. Here, in conversation with Prajna Desai, Patwardhan articulates how he came to art as a self-trained practitioner, alighting on Marxist histories and personal narratives that have shaped his practice of pigment on a two-dimensional substrate. Sudhir Patwardhan lives and works in Thane, a city near Mumbai.

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The Indian artist Sudhir Patwardhan is chiefly a painter in the realist tradition moving between images of the city, inhabitants, and milieu. Along with bodies and buildings, his traverse charts the shape of urban change through acts of witness positioned at windows, on terraces, on the train platform, and within the bustle of the city street. Although various aesthetic inflections in his work acknowledge a debt to canonical peaks in the history of western art, they find traction in generative tensions with the conceptually-driven practices of Indian artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Gieve Patel, and Nalini Malani. Here, in conversation with Prajna Desai, Patwardhan articulates how he came to art as a self-trained practitioner, alighting on Marxist histories and personal narratives that have shaped his practice of pigment on a two-dimensional substrate. Sudhir Patwardhan lives and works in Thane, a city near Mumbai.

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