Geeta Kapur

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Not to be confused with Indian choreographer Geeta Kapoor.

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 is the elder daughter of M N Kapur, the Principal of Modern School in New Delhi from 1947 to 1977. She excelled in art while studying at the Modern School from 1947 to 1959.

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.[7]

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.[8]

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 (January 29, 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. Jun 8, 2008. ..Ms. Kapur, who is a pioneer of art critical writing in India.. 
  4. ^ "Culture Control". Indian Express. May 5, 2002. 
  5. ^ "The byte of history". Mint (newspaper). Feb 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Adil Jusswalla; Eunice De Souza. Statements :anthology of Indian Prose in English. Orient Blackswan. p. 153. ISBN 0-86125-263-2. 
  8. ^ Geeta Kapur, Curator, Writer InIVA website.

External links[edit]

  • Video discussing Geeta Kapur's influence.