Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design

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About the author

Shanay Jhaveri is Associate Curator, International Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jhaveri is a graduate from Brown University and holds a Phd from the Royal College of Art, London. At the Met Jhaveri has curated the 2018 Roof Commission Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace, Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee (2019), the 2021 Facade Commission Carol Bove: The seances aren't helping and the 2021 Roof Commission Alex Da Corte: As Long As the Sun Lasts. He has organized film programmes at the Tate Modern, Dhaka Art Summit, Light Industry and Film at Lincoln Center. He has published widely in various art journals and his publications include Outsider Films on India:1950-1990 (2009), Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design (2013), Chandigarh is in India (2016) and America: Films from Elsewhere (2019).

Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in art and design is the quintessential introduction to India and its relationship with the West, seen through the prism of design and the visual arts. It looks at cross cultural exchanges between India and the West after decolonization, with its primary focus on important American and European artists and designers who drew inspiration from their visits to independent India. This account of their journeys is the conduit to an examination of the growth of Indian modernism and rare moments of local patronage.

Lavishly illustrated with nearly 400 works of art and many hitherto unpublished photographs from personal archives, Western Artists and India is a unique compilation of seven authoritative essays by noted critics and art historians; four fascinating interviews with the artists Howard Hodgkin, Lynda Benglis, Luigi Ontani and Wolfgang Laib; a specially commissioned contribution by artist Matti Braun; and representative portfolios of 33 artists as well as a publisher.


  • Unlimited digital print
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages, 11.6 x 8.7 x 1.09 in
  • 267 color Illustrations
  • 106 b/w Illustrations