A revolutionary art movement emerged in India between the declaration of independence at midnight on August 15, 1947, and the economic boom of the 1990s. This abundantly illustrated volume is the first in-depth study of the three generations of artists responsible for critical shifts in the development of India’s modernist art. Their achievements and the country’s unprecedented boom ushered India’s modern and contemporary art into a new era of globalism, a soaring international market, and an explosion in the media and technologies of art. After independence, India’s artists faced a particular challenge: how to express the new nation’s distinctive character while entering a global discourse focused on modernism’s universal premises of experimentation and shared human values. Abundantly illustrated with iconic works of the post-Independence era, Midnight to the Boom tells the story of the exciting developments that occurred in Indian art and culture during this pivotal period in the country’s modern history.
The publication accompanies the exhibition Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence, From the Peabody Essex Museum’s Herwitz Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from February 2 through April 21, 2013.
Susan S. Bean is the former Curator of South Asian and Korean Art at the Peabody Essex Museum.