To Break and To Branch

Six Essays on Gieve Patel
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Forthcoming in India in March 2024.

Reflections on the evolution and philosophical depth of Gieve Patel’s art, adorned with illustrations of his paintings.

To Branch and to Break is a collection of six essays on the artist Gieve Patel (1940–2023), written by poet, cultural theorist and curator Ranjit Hoskote over nearly two decades, and gathered together for the first time. In an introductory essay written specially for this edition, Hoskote looks back over the long friendship he shared with Patel, contextualizing it within the vibrant artistic milieu that was once special to Bombay, their home city: a milieu premised on a mutual curiosity that brought the arts together, it was hospitable to poetry, painting, theatre, cinema, music, and architecture.

Embodying this spirit, Hoskote engages with Patel’s evolving oeuvre as a painter and his experiments with sculpture, while connecting them to his investments in poetry and theatre, and his growing philosophical awareness of the more-than-human. Hoskote’s writings trace both the constant preoccupations and the changing interests that gave Patel’s art its distinctive character, and reflect on the aesthetic, philosophical and political dimensions of Patel’s gradual movement from a human-centric understanding of the world to a more holistic view as generated and sustained by interrelationships across orders of being.

ISBN: 9781803094328
Pages: 128 pp, 55 colour plates
Publication Year: 2024
Format: Hardback
Size: 5.75 x 8 inches
Rights: India
Category: Art


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