An Indian Art Critic and the Bard’s Puzzle : In Memory of Richard Bartholomew

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An Indian Art Critic and the Bard’s Puzzle : In Memory of Richard Bartholomew

Speakers: Geeta Kapur, Gulammohammed Sheikh, S. Kalidas
Moderator: Gayatri Sinha

Richard Bartholomew (1926-1985), a Burmese émigré who came to India as a boy in 1942, became one of the foremost art critics, writing and documenting Indian Modern and Contemporary Art from 1950s onwards. 

As part of the third symposium Geeta Kapur, India’s foremost art-critic, read from her paper ‘An Indian Critic and the Bard’s Puzzle’ to commemorate the memory of Richard Bartholomew. Kapur re-visited the Indian art scenario of the post-independence decades of the fifties and sixties, contextualizing Bartholomew’s body of writing on art. 

The panelists shared their stories of Bartholomew as they remembered him through his writings and as their friend. The talk garnered an overwhelming response and attendance at the museum. The lecture and the discussion thereafter also highlighted the art-scene of the 1960s.

This was the third symposium in the Museum Document series, curated by Gayatri Sinha.

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