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My book of essays Moving Focus


Where I am today
KG Subramanyan Artist
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I am still a little old-fashioned. I do not want to keep up with the times. I think that at every stage in time there are wonderful things have happened and they still remain wonderful. The question of the arts changing with the calendar doesn’t make difference to me. Similarly, there are many things that I understand, there are many things I don’t understand, and I am the worse for it. I know even if I want to understand I wouldn’t understand everything there is, but what I need to understand is what little impulse I have and how to use it best, and that’s where I am. So, I don’t... when people ask me, ‘What do you think of this, what do you think of this work?’ I am unable to say anything. I mean, there are many things probably I am quite dense to, and then I do not want to be sort of either too abrupt in giving an answer and in that way seem offensive, so I do not. At my stage in life, still probably another how many years to live, I want to live in peace and come to terms with myself. That’s the best I can do.

KG Subramanyan (1924-2016) was an Indian artist. A graduate of the renowned art college of Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan, Subramanyan was both a theoretician and an art historian whose writings formed the basis for the study of contemporary Indian art. His own work, which broke down the barrier between artist and artisan, was executed in a wide range of media and drew upon myth and tradition for its inspiration.

Listeners: Timothy Hyman

Timothy Hyman is a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, London, in which he has also taught. In 1980 and 1982, he was Visiting Professor in Baroda, India. Timothy Hyman has curated many significant art exhibitions and has published articles and monographs on both European and Indian artists.

Duration: 1 minute, 38 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 10 September 2010