'A pioneering work of art-historical scholarship illuminated by revisionary contemporary critical and cultural frameworks ... a landmark cosmopolitan contribution to the profound spirit of intellectual inquiry and aesthetic hospitality that have, through the centuries, inspired the arts of India'
Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
'This wide-ranging, 750-page monument to the last century of art across South Asia puts its many movements and artists into authoritative context'
The New York Times Book Review
'Indian art has found an immensely impressive range of historians and commentators, and a global context, in this enormous, significant scholarly landmark. Micro stories and the big picture, peripheries and the centre, colonial and postcolonial assumptions, modernism’s freedoms and constraints: every tightrope is walked with balance and insight'
'At long last, Indian art from the long 20th century gets the forensic treatment'
The Art Newspaper
'A landmark publication … It would make an important addition to the shelves of any art lover’s personal library'
Art Society Review
'Sumptuously produced … [an] essential critical compendium'
'A must read for art students, scholars, collectors and enthusiasts alike. Some of the most interesting chapters are on figures who have slipped out of the pages of mainstream art history'
'An expansive and scholarly work explores the many artists, ideas, philosophies and the often turbulent social and political upheavals that have fed into 100 years of art in India'
Hettie Judah, Art Quarterly
'A sea of riches … an irreplaceable resource … The more one tries to lasso the book and pull it closer for a comprehensive comment, the more it slips away into nooks and crannies of Indian art-making that are riveting. [Ultimately] it drives home the task it surely set itself: to entice, to reveal, to mystify, to clarify, to tantalise, to confuse, to provoke, to pacify, to anger, even, as much to delight ... enacting the range of the art it captures, in as many compelling ways'
The Telegraph India
'For range and depth, a landmark in Indian art history. It pulls the marginal towards the centre yet keeps the big picture in view, rethinks modernism’s freedoms and troubles in a broadened global context and negotiates colonial and postcolonial assumptions with nuanced understanding'
'20th Century Indian Art illustrates styles of art and craft in India that are complex and deeply enmeshed with geopolitics, identity, nationhood, post-colonial sensibilities, and creative subjectivities. At every page, readers enjoy pleasant visuals and sound research in this highly instructive sourcebook, urging us to broaden our minds as we critically approach these unique strands of Indian art history'
'A lively introduction to a complex topic, accessible to the general reader and filled with information and analysis, clearly the product of a great deal of scholarly erudition. All of that is true, but none of it conveys the accomplishment of this book in advancing the agenda of so-called global art history. What 20th Century Indian Art makes abundantly clear is the urgency of pushing art history more radically and profoundly towards the study of transculturation'
The Journal of Art Historiography