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9. Contemporary Indian Art and the ‘Semiotic Eye’: Issues and Perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Seema Khanwalkar
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-23T06:41:44Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-23T06:41:44Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01
dc.identifier.issn 2277-9752
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2259/895
dc.description IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review 3(1) 75–80 © 2014 Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode en_US
dc.description.abstract This article has a focus on the semiotic value of contemporary Indian art practice. It takes a fundamental position that in India, the conceptual response to contemporary art (painting and visual art) needs to be understood for its potential to create ongoing interpretations, and not just for what it aims its potential meaningful destination to be. The article further emphasizes the need to understand these new expressions in terms of Peirce’s notion of the ‘Interpretant’, against the established fact that they are fundamentally distinct from the traditional art practices in their intent and purpose. The impetus for this position comes from the significant shifts, continuities and discontinuities that art in India has seen since ‘modernism’. Traditional Indian theories had highly developed treatises elaborating upon the formal processes that led to an experiential ‘object’ of transformation and ananda (joy). The attempt is to call for analytical frameworks that semiotic theory can provide to the works of Indian artists who have, ‘ontologically progressed beyond the initial appeal of Modernism and the attendant desire to use acknowledged Western idioms. More than anything else, they respond to politics, and work to impact social justice. This is where tradition appears-via narrative’ (Seid, 2007, p. 13). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sage Publications en_US
dc.subject Peirce’s notion of interpretant en_US
dc.subject semiology en_US
dc.subject postmodernism en_US
dc.title 9. Contemporary Indian Art and the ‘Semiotic Eye’: Issues and Perspectives en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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