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Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal


Kathryn Hagy

Mount Mercy University
About Kathryn
Kathryn Hagy is a professional artist with a Master’s degree in Painting and Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2010, Hagy was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Kathmandu, Nepal where she taught art, developed her artwork related to water images, and researched contemporary Nepalese art.
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This paper examines works from the last decade by six Nepalese artists and delves into questions such as how today’s artists align themselves between their ancient arts and their contemporary context. What is the conversation about globalism and its impact on artists? How do artists deal with social pressures and is the content of their work directly affected by these pressures? Through in-country research and subsequent study and interviews with artists, what is revealed is an energetic art scene that draws much of its inspiration from a local context, whether that be affirmation of or protest against that context to some degree. When visiting Kathmandu Nepal, one is bound to discover that like the ancient sculptures, paintings and temple architecture that exist on every corner, the art of contemporary Nepal is everywhere as well.
How to Cite: Hagy, K., 2012. Between Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Art in Nepal. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 19(1), pp.30–41. DOI:
Published on 19 Jan 2012.
Peer Reviewed


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