Geeta Kapur
Kapur in 2008
EducationM.A. in Arts from New York University, M.A. in Arts from the Royal College of Art, London.
Known forArt Writing, Curating, Art Critic, Indian Art Theory
MovementIndian Modernism, Indian Post Modernism, Decolonised Avant-garde in India, Indian Art, Contemporary Indian Art
SpouseVivan Sundaram
AwardsPadma Shri

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 critical art 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 writings include artists' monographs, exhibition catalogues, books, and sets of widely anthologized essays on art, film, and cultural theory.[5]

She has written various books, including Contemporary Indian Artists (1978), When Was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India (2000) and Critic’s Compass: Navigating Practice (forthcoming).[6] She is one of the founder-editors of Journal of Arts & Ideas[7] (Delhi). She has also been on the advisory boards of Third Text[8] (London), Marg (Mumbai), and ARTMargins. She was a jury member of the Biennales of Venice (2005), Dakar (2006), and Sharjah (2007). She is a member of the Asian Art Council[9] at the Guggenheim Museum, Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. She is a Trustee of the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF), Delhi, and the series editor of Art Documents (SSAF–Tulika Books).

She was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Art by the Government of India in 2009.[10] She has previously taught at a number of universities, including the Indian Institutes of Technology and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.[11]

Her husband was the artist Vivan Sundaram. In 2011, Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive[12] (AAA) digitized their archive and held an exhibition titled, Another Life at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in February 2011.[13]


Geeta Kapur was born in 1943, to M. N. Kapur and Amrita Kapur. Theatre director Anuradha Kapur is her younger sister.[14] She grew up on the campus of Modern School, New Delhi, where her father was Principal from 1947 to 1977.[15] Her husband was the installation artist Vivan Sundaram. She was born in New Delhi, where she continues to live and work.

Kapur holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi (1962);[16] a master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University, New York (1964); and a master's degree in Criticism from the Royal College of Art, London (1970).[17]

She taught in the Humanities and Social Sciences department of IIT Delhi from 1967 to 1973. She lectures internationally and has held Visiting Fellowships at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, and Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in Teen Murti, New Delhi.[18]

Curated exhibitions



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  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". The Hindu. 8 June 2008. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. ..Ms. Kapur, who is a pioneer of art critical writing in India..
  4. ^ "Culture Control". Indian Express. 5 May 2002.
  5. ^ "Kapur Geeta". iniva. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation | Trustees". Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  7. ^ Library, Digital South Asia (October 1982). "Journal of Arts and Ideas". Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Third Text". Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Asian Art Council". The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  11. ^ "people - Sharjah Art Foundation". Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  12. ^ Archive, Asia Art. "Home". Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  13. ^ "The byte of history". Mint. 18 February 2011.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Principals - Modern School". Retrieved 10 March 2019.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "people - Sharjah Art Foundation". Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  17. ^ Adil Jusswalla; Eunice De Souza (1989). Statements :anthology of Indian Prose in English. Orient Blackswan. p. 153. ISBN 0-86125-263-2.
  18. ^ Geeta Kapur, Curator, Writer Archived 11 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine InIVA website.