Translating Modernity

Translating Modernity

Mapping a pedagogic journey from the Lucknow Government Arts School, followed by Madras School of Arts and Crafts, leading to the Royal College of Art in London as well as the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, can be a heady lesson. Studying bronze casting at the L. C. C. Central School, London, became an impeccable legion of sculptural practices for Das Gupta. His sculptures reflect at once, his interest in art history, his inherent perceptions, of the materiality and density of bronze to examine the role of everyday reality and the human narrative, to create contemporary moments that defined his evolution over a period of more than five decades.

In a timeline that runs the gamut of years 1947-1990, through these sculptures we glimpse an intellectual who was an inquisitor of structural form, a thinker of verbal analogies, and an aesthete who translated the rhythms of the earth in idioms that explored the resonant code of contours and benchmarks to find an alchemy that celebrated and refracted the romantic pole of his sensibility. His writings and musings on his own sculptures tell us that he took a passionate and unabashed delight in the physicality of the forms he created, as he exploited in bronze, its capacity for moodiness and melancholic beauty.

Translating Modernity

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