At Home in the World

The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh

Edited by Chaitanya Sambrani

Tulika Books

At Home in the World

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9788193926901

480 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $95.00£78.00

At Home in the World

The Art and Life of Gulammohammed Sheikh

Edited by Chaitanya Sambrani

Tulika Books

Gulammohammed Sheikh has played a pioneering role in contemporary Indian art’s engagement with hybridity and a plural inheritance. Resolutely attentive to the multiplicity of experience and systems of representation and belief on the subcontinent, Sheikh’s art has reimagined relationships with the often paradoxical nature of tradition. In a practice stretching more than five decades and across painting and digital media, Sheikh has sought to articulate a way of incorporating his fascination with historical figures and sources stretching from Italy to China in an encyclopedic endeavor, producing contemporary art that unashamedly declares its affiliations to earlier ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. At Home in the World presents the first comprehensive study of the art and life of this seminal figure, bringing together aspects of biographical discussion alongside other modes of art historical analysis. Besides the monographic text by Chaitanya Sambrani on Sheikh’s life and work, the book contains essays on specific aspects of his art practice by Coilin Parsons, Marcia Kupfer, and Karin Zitzewitz.
This is an exquisite book, unsparing in its richness of colour, extensive documentation, surprise foldouts, and abundance of close-ups and details, which invite intimacy, fresh perspectives and modes of contemplative looking. . . Substantial in both breadth and beauty, simultaneously sensuous and deeply informative, this book will inspire – and lay important groundwork for – the future scholarship on Sheikh that is yet to come. Third Text
Edited with immense thought and expertise by Chaitanya Sambrani, with illuminating contributions from Marcia Kupfer, Cóilín Parsons, and Karin Zitzewitz, At Home in the World is an erudite scholarly book for sure, but it is also an invaluable archive of a single artist’s lifetime of work, a feast for the eyes and the mind, and a beautiful object to behold—and hold. Not least, it is a work of art in itself—as rightly befits its primary subject matter. The Critical Collective
This magnificent book is a welcome tribute to Gulammohammed Sheikh . . . The final section of this impressive book incudes a 34-page illustrated biography, a photo-capsule of Sheikh's world which this comprehensive, scholarly and uplifting tribute has documented so extraordinarily well. The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, TAASA Review

About the Author

Chaitanya Sambrani is an art historian and curator specializing in modernist and contemporary art in Asia. He teaches at the Australian National University, Canberra.