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India's New Progressives

by Nancy Adajania

•MITHU SEN, It's Good to be Queen, 2006, installation view, mixed media. Courtesy Bose Pacia Gallery, New York.

Indian artists, like their counterparts elsewhere in the world, have worked in the shadow of a Euro-American art history that makes a claim to universality. The morphing of this Euro-American program on impact with South Asia's multiple histories of image-making and context-framing provides the basis for much contemporary Indian art, especially the work of India's women artists.

This situation demands scrutiny from a "critical regionalist" position, which…

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