Palette Art Gallery, one of Delhi’s premier art galleries along with Foundation B & G Mumbai, would unveil ‘Back to School : Baroda – 1979-89’ in association with Diageo, a group show consisting of artworks by 23 acclaimed contemporary artists of India. This suite of works comprise of canvases, sculptures, prints to video installations. The eclecticism is very much visible due to the various mediums and elements put together by this set of artists, belonging to the period which has been known for a re- evaluation of art in post-colonial India, hence which eventually gave birth to new methodology, which is remarkable till date.
‘Back to School : Baroda – 1979-89’
This series of shows are in a retrospection over the achievements, often mobilised in key periods of India’s three premier art schools: the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda; the Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy School of Art, Bombay; and the Vishwa Bharati University, Santiniketan.
An important era within the history of Baroda pedagogy and practice is defined by the decade 1979-1989, as it saw a considerable number of artists emerge across successive batches both from the BFA and the MFA programmes. In the broad period bracketed between these dates, the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, produced a remarkable re-evaluation of artistic production in postcolonial India, and allowed for the articulation of often startling new positions.
The present exhibition attempts to convey the sense of some of these explorations, launched by a number of artists nourished by the Baroda environment.