Geeta Kapur

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Geeta Kapur (born 1943) is a noted Indian art critic, art historian and curator based in New Delhi.[1][2] She was one of the pioneers of art critical writing in India,[3] and who as Indian Express noted, has "dominated the field of Indian contemporary art theory for three decades now" .[4] Her husband is installation artist Vivan Sundaram. In 2011, Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive (AAA) digitized their archive and held an exhibition titled, Another Life at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in February 2011.[5]

She was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Art by the Government of India in 2009.[6]


Geeta Kapur was born in 1943, to M. N. Kapur and Amrita Kapur. Theatre director Anuradha Kapur is her younger sister.[7] She grew up on the campus of Modern School, New Delhi, where her father was Principal from 1947 to 1977.[8]

Kapur has an M.A. in Arts from New York University (1963/63) and another M.A. in Arts from the Royal College of Art, London.[9]

She taught in the Humanities and Social Sciences department of IIT Delhi from 1967 to 1973. She has held fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.[10]

Curated exhibitions[edit]


  • Geeta Kapur. Contemporary Indian Artists, Vikas Pub. 1978. ISBN 978-0-7069-0527-4.
  • Apinan Poshyananda, Thomas McEveilley, Geeta Kapur and others. Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions, Tensions, 1997.
  • Geeta Kapur, When Was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India, 2000.
  • Jean-Hubert Martin, Geeta Kapur and others, Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating, Tulika, 2007. ISBN 81-85229-14-7.
  • Sabeena Gadihoke, Geeta Kapur and Christopher Pinney, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, 2010.


  1. ^ Geeta Kapur bio MoMA.
  2. ^ Holland Cotter (29 January 2007). "Feminist Art Finally Takes Center Stage". New York Times. the renowned critic Geeta Kapur from Delhi had to represent..
  3. ^ "Fight for art's sake". Indian Express. 8 June 2008. ..Ms. Kapur, who is a pioneer of art critical writing in India..
  4. ^ "Culture Control". Indian Express. 5 May 2002.
  5. ^ "The byte of history". Mint. 18 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  7. ^ Kapur, Geeta (2000). When was Modernism: Essays on Contemporay Cultural Practice in India. Tulika. p. xv. ISBN 81-85229-14-7. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Principals - Modern School". Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ Adil Jusswalla; Eunice De Souza. Statements :anthology of Indian Prose in English. Orient Blackswan. p. 153. ISBN 0-86125-263-2.
  10. ^ Geeta Kapur, Curator, Writer InIVA website.

External links[edit]

  • Video discussing Geeta Kapur's influence.