Productive failure : writing queer transnational South Asian art histories / Alpesh Kantilal Patel
- Patel, Alpesh Kantilal
- Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017.
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- Physical Description:
- xxii, 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
- Introduction: towards creolizing transnational South Asian art histories -- Authorship: Anish Kapoor as British/Asian/artist -- Form: queer zen -- Subject matter: writing as a racial pharmakon -- Space/site: writing queer feminist transnational South Asian art histories -- 'Practice-led': producing art, producing art history -- Affect belonging.
- This monograph sets out to write new transnational South Asian art histories - to make visible histories of artworks that remain marginalised within the discipline of art history. However, this is done through a deliberate 'productive failure' - specifically, by not upholding the strictly genealogical approach that is regularly assumed for South Asian art histories. For instance, one chapter explores the abstract work of Cy Twombly and Natvar Bhavsar. I also examine 'whiteness', the invisible ground upon which racialized art histories often pivot, as a fraught yet productive site for writing art history. As the book progresses, art historical 'writing' includes a range of practice-led forms, such as curating exhibitions or my affective engagement with visual culture. Overall, I suggest methods for generating art history that acknowledge the complex web of factors within which art history is produced and the different forms of knowledge-production we might count as art history.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-239) and index.
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