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In post-liberalization phase many young artists are experimenting with new genres. Though it is too early to tell as who among the many will stand the test of time, one cannot however miss the new vibrancy that is being observed in the artists who were born not only after independence but also after the emergency period of 1971.


 Arpita Basu (left) paints in muralistic forms, without spatial reality




 Sudip Roy is a realist like so many other realists of Bengal (right)



 Jayashree Chakravarti paints both in abstract and traditional mode (left)





Shantanu Maity (left) create new styles which are part abstract and part folk-art.





       Liberalization of Indian economy has given a tremendous boost to art in India, as it opened the gates to foreign auction houses as well as the scope for Indian artists to showcase their works outside. Indian traditional art-forms are suddenly being seen as exotic. The whole new interest in Indian art is therefore making Indian artists think much differently than what artists used to think early.  

         Three distinct trends in art are being observed now.

                  art by Chittrobhanu Majumdar

The first is the vanishing distinction between dimensions in art. Thus we see the juxtaposition of paintings alongside sculpted pieces and even video and audio recordings. Though in a way it is an extension of collages , appliqués and then installations, the new generation of works are much bolder. Artists like Dipayan Ghosh and Sandip Sarkar have put in myriad forms and material together to create their unique uncategorized works. Chittrobhanu Majumdar has put video recordings juxtaposed against myriad three-dimension objects for expression 

The problem with these forms of art is however that they can be appreciated only in the gallery space and they remain too much contextual.

Installation art of Chittrobhanu Majumdar

Such art cannot be put for domestic use or for restoration.

The second trend that is being observed is the following of market demand. This is a wrong trend as young artists, following the inflow of money in the market, are reproducing similar looking sellable products. The rise in abstract works which can be made easily by some special technique is a ramification of this trend. But not all abstract art is similar. There are a few artists who are making newer types of abstract works too like Subrata Kundu.

                  art of Subrata Kundu

 Abstract art work by Subrata Kundu

Pseudorealist art of Devajyoti Ray

    The third is the unbroken trend since time immemorial, of searching for an individual style. Liberalization of the economy has in this case only helped the artists with the exposure of the international trends. Armed with such exposure artists are now creating new idoms of expression. Some even have succeeded in coming out with such original styles that they are being referred to as new genres in Indian art. Devajyoti Ray inspired by the magic realist trends of Europe and the concepts of cinematic pseudo-real imagery has succeeded in bringing a new style called Pseudorealism.

Devajyoti Ray's Pseudorealism: a new genre in Indian Art

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