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August 10, 2015

Art-themed Books You Should Know About

Text by Huzan Tata

View the world through the eyes of the ‘utterly butterly’ Amul mascot, or enjoy an array of contemporary artworks from India — and across the border — with Verve’s pick of art-themed books

AMUL’S INDIA
COLLINS BUSINESS/HARPER COLLINS INDIA
Unless you live under a rock, you would have definitely seen the ‘Amul girl’ in all her wittiness, professing her love for butter while commenting on current affairs. Catch the ‘utterly’ cute mascot in Amul’s India — a work that celebrates several decades of creativity. The cartoons — spanning events from the birth of Prince George to the FIFA World Cup 2014, and from Modi’s win last year to India’s Mars Orbiter Mission — delight right through the book and are interspersed with short notes by eminent Indians like Rajdeep Sardesai and Amitabh Bachchan. The work is bound to bring a smile, sometimes a nostalgic one, to your face.

SAKTI BURMAN – A PRIVATE UNIVERSE
EDITED BY ROSA MARIA FALVO
ART ALIVE GALLERY/SKIRA
A brilliant oil painting — in all its colourful glory — of people in front of the Taj Mahal, greets you as you open the book, and you can’t help but want to view more of Sakti Burman’s artworks. With a few pages dedicated to an essay by renowned art historian BN Goswamy and the editor’s own interaction with the artist, this coffee-table book is the ultimate collector’s item for fans of Burman. It features the Bengali artist’s works from the 1950s to the present day and is a collection of striking paintings, sketches and sculptures, each more magnificent than the last. For art lovers, this one is for keeps.

THE EYE STILL SEEKS — PAKISTANI CONTEMPORARY ART
EDITED BY SALIMA HASHMI
PENGUIN INDIA
For many art and culture enthusiasts of India, visiting the monuments, galleries and bazaars in Pakistan is but a dream. Now, with this tome on art from across the border, one can explore the works of the country’s creative minds. There are essays, conversations between artists and notes on the artworks that make for interesting reads. But what really hold your attention are the wonderful imagesof drawings, paintings, installations, tapestries, and public artworks created by contemporary Pakistani artists. Works by Rashid Rana, Faiza Butt, Imran Qureshi and book editor Hashmi herself will both attract and fascinate readers.

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