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Atul Dodiya

The possibilities of political art

Ranjit Hoskote

ATUL DODIYA, Dadagiri, 1998, oil, acrylic and marble dust on canvas, 176 x 176 cm, RPG Collection, Mumbai

Few contemporary Indian artists have recorded so swift and dramatic a transformation in style as Atul Dodiya has done in the last six years. Even as recently as 1995, Dodiya (b. 1959) was described condescendingly as a promising younger artist. He was regarded, in the Indian art world, as being technically accomplished but uncertain in his ambitions, supposedly limited by his allegiance to a mildly abstract…

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