To Break and to Branch: Six Essays on Gieve Patel (The India List) (Hardcover)

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To Break and to Branch: Six Essays on Gieve Patel (The India List) (Hardcover)


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Reflections on the evolution and philosophical depth of Gieve Patel’s art, adorned with illustrations of his paintings.
To Break and to Branch 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, gathered together for the first time and accompanied by over fifty illustrations of Patel's paintings. In an introductory essay written especially 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, hospitable to poetry, painting, theater, 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, theater, 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.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, art critic, cultural theorist, and curator. He is the author of multiple books including poetry collections and monographs on art and artists. His essays have appeared in many books and volumes.
Product Details ISBN: 9781803094328
ISBN-10: 180309432X
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: August 5th, 2024
Pages: 128
Series: The India List
A deeply felt reflection on the ecological crisis, is haunting with its urgency and hope.”
— Praise for Ranjit Hoskote’s “Icelight”

“For a man whose disciplines were many—painting, poetry, plays, sculpting, medicine—Gieve Patel’s proficiency in each was enviable.”
— Praise for Gieve Patel

“For all its insistence on the surgical and clinical, Gieve Patel’s vision of the physical world never really excludes the possibility of a divine presence.” 
— Praise for Gieve Patel