“I’m puzzled by the way you hang on to stereotypes of the rest and the west – aren’t we beyond that now?".
The question, raised by a member of the audience at the Speaker’s Forum at the India Art Fair in Delhi last week, was a response to papers – notably by Spanish art historian Estrella de Diego – that had critiqued the west-centric bias of an art world where a show at an institution such as Tate or MoMA is still required if an artist is to be taken seriously on the global stage. Such injustices are inarguably present. Yet in Delhi last week, both within the fair and in the city beyond, artists overturned cultural stereotypes with imagination, intellect and joie de vivre. Meanwhile the presence of the likes of Tate, MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago reminded us that those museums need artists from afar just as much as artists need their approval (...)
Work : 'Frida Sits on Double Pepsi’ (2013) by Pakpoom Silaphan, at Scream Gallery ;
Article by Rachel Spence | FT.com