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Changes in the art world – information itself is not enough
KG Subramanyan Artist
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There was an exhibition here some time back, one of these young artists had brought together a lot of material in terms of books and equipment, things of that kind. He had exhibited it as sort of okay, only these books and all the other pictures you can see, and he had called it LaVa or something of that kind. LaVa means laboratory for aesthetic purposes. So I had mentioned that in that article, saying somebody, then why do you need the school if you can learn everything from books and everything, other material available? It is true, but the whole question is how long will you learn and how much have you to learn? There are many people in this world who have been artists without seeing or opening one book and seeing it, and then they have produced works of art which you find still challenging. So the whole question is you can oversimplify the statement of it. Information itself is not enough. There has to be something which translates it into a kind of a personal life experience. Well, but I can see there is a difference in scene. So it is often diverting, but it’s diverting in the sense that it is being affected by the information technology that is current today. Many of the methods of information, whether it is film or this thing and all, well, the intentions are more specific, like in the case of advertising and things of that kind.

In the case of...?

Advertising, advertising goods. So, if the... it is there. You see, there I find that these people who are doing it and following something very specific, they are livelier than what the artists do. The artists don’t know or don’t analyse that method as well, so sometimes I find those kinds of shots in either film or the other videos much more interesting than the other one. So that is how sometimes the market is more lively than the art gallery. So there is a kind of a give and take in that. So I can see that today the artists are finding new tools, but I only wish that they use the new tools with as much resource as the other people 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: 2 minutes, 44 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 10 September 2010