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South Asian miniatures in Milton Keynes — a chronicle of empire, power and art



Source : Financial Times

A poster-painter up a ladder daubs a likeness of a Bollywood heroine on a cinema facade, oblivious to a riotous mob, cudgels raised, stripping a man below the waist to determine his religion. The chillingly counterpointed scenes, in blood reds and livid greens, are in “City for Sale”, a large-scale oil painting by the Indian artist Gulammohammed Sheikh. Made in Baroda, Gujarat, in the early 1980s as pogroms against Muslims engulfed his home state, the artist’s anguished wake-up call has hung largely unseen in a backroom of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until now.

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