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Baiju Parthan
Ethnography - Spectacle and Artifice


Initially, Baiju Parthan resisted a career as an artist. "In Kerala," he explains, "you are what your work is. And in Kerala's Communist schema, the artist is at the lowest rung of society." Parthan began as an engineer, but was drawn into the world of art in 1974, when he stumbled onto a book detailing the history of Western art. "With that book," he says, "the chronology and the institution of art became known to me." He became familiar with...

Based on:
Catalogue by Ranjit Hoskote
Interview by Sylee Gore



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  Lot 100 of 138  

THE TIES THAT BIND: SOUTH ASIAN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
30 NOVEMBER-1 DECEMBER 2016

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Baiju Parthan
Ethnography - Spectacle and Artifice
Signed and dated '2001 Baiju Parthan' (lower right) and inscribed ''ETHNOGRAPHY - SPECTACLE AND ARTIFICE' / BAIJU PARTHAN - 2001' (on the reverse)
2001
Acrylic on canvas
47.75 x 35.75 in (121.2 x 90.8 cm)

PROVENANCE:
Saffronart, 5-6 September 2007, lot 20

EXHIBITED:
Indian Contemporary Fine Art, Laguna Beach: 7 Degrees, represented by Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, 9-23 September 2001
Threshold, New York: Aicon Gallery, 19 February - 31 March 2009

PUBLISHED:
Indian Contemporary Fine Art, Mumbai: Saffronart, 2001 (illustrated, unpaginated)
Baiju Parthan: A User's Manual, Mumbai: Afterimage Publishing, 2006, p. 36 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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