JITISH KALLAT

Born in 1974, Mumbai, India

“My art is more like a researcher's project who uses quotes rather than an essay, with each painting necessitating a bibliography," says the artist; furthermore, the use of his own image introduces an autobiographical element. He chooses an economical, nearly abstract, form of narrative. Images float around the protagonist, like icons on a computer screen that resemble an intricate web. "Any visual material relevant to me" serves as the source of material. Images of the print media are photocopied and transferred on to the surface. Hence he draws a distinction between 'real', as opposed to the painted image which he considers fictional. Kallat’s images are like a picture puzzle which the viewer has to decode and conclude upon. The treatment of the picture plane is like a battered wall, and refers to the duality in his painting. Kallat describes his art practice of incorporating material from various sources as "It is like copyrighting an artwork which itself has been appropriated from so many histories, people, collaborations." He acknowledges an acceptance as well as his critique of the modernist concept of authorship in which he revels.

Born in 1974, Jitish Kallat received his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996. His solo shows include 'Public Notice 3' at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, in 2010; ‘Likewise’ at Arndt and Partner, Berlin, in 2010; ‘The Astronomy of the Subway’ at Haunch of Venison, London, in 2010; ‘Aquasaurus’ at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, in 2008; ‘Public Notice 2’ at Bodhi Art, Singapore, in 2008; ‘Skinside Outside’ at Arario Gallery, Seoul, in 2008; ‘Universal Recipient’ at Haunch of Venison, Zurich, in 2008; ‘Unclaimed Baggage’ at Albion, London, in 2007; and ‘Sweatopia’ at Bodhi Art and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, in 2007. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Monumental’ at Walsh Gallery, Chicago, in 2010-11; 'Now Through a Glass Darkly' at Arario Gallery, New York, in 2010; 'Changing The World' and ‘A Long Way From Home’ at Arndt & Partner, Berlin, in 2010; 'The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today' at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 2010; 'Bring Me A Lion' at the Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, in 2010; 'All That Is Solid Melts Into Air' at Lakeeren, Mumbai, in 2009-10; 'Indian Summer' at Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, in 2009; 'Architectonica' at Seven Art Limited and Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2009; and 'India Contemporary' at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hague, in 2009.

Lives and works in Mumbai


Solo Exhibitions

2011 Stations of a Pause, Chemould gallery, Mumbai
2010 The Astronomy of Subway, Haunch of Venison, London
2008 Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Skinside Outside, Arario, Seoul
Public Notice-2, Bodhi Art, Singapore
Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich
2007 Sweatopia, Chemould Prescott Road Bodhi Art
Unclaimed Baggage, Albion, London
365 Lives, Arano, Beijing
Rickshawpolis-3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2006 Rickshawpolis-2, Spazio Piazzasempione, Milan
2005 Rickshawpolis-1, Nature Morte, New Delhi
Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore
Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
2004 The Lie Of The Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
FAQ, Art Rotterdam, Holland
2002 First Information Report, Bose Pacia, New York
2001 Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
2000 Ibid, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1999 Private limited I, Bose Pacia, New York
Private limited-II, Apparao Gallery, Chennai
1998 Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
1997 P.T.O., Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions
2011 Maximum India, The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC
2010 Bring Me A Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, The Hunt Gallery, Missouri
All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakereen Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Indian Summer, Gallery Christian Hosp, Berlin
Architectonica, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi
India Contemporary, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hague
Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
2008 Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London
Die Tropen, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Chalo India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London
3rd Guangzhou Triennal, Guangzhou, China
Pasage to India, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton
2006 The 5th Asia Pacific Tirennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia "Passages", Palais De Beaux Arts, Brussels
Lille 3000, Lille, France
The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing
The Busan Museum, Korea
L'Art a La Plage, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France
Another Worlds, Arario Gallery, Korea
2005 Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Culture, Berlin
1st Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea
Paths of Progression, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
The Armory Show, Nature Morte, New York
International Painting, Gallery GBK, Sydney
Kunst En Oorlod, Kunst en Cultuur Noord, Holland
2004 The Sacrifice - An Intimate I, Collection of Henri Swagemakers, Museum De Beyerd, Holland
Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Summer Show, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
Art Chicago, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Masala, William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut
Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon
2003 SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Drawing Conclusions, New York Arts Gallery, New York
Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Urban Graffiti, Woolff Gallery, London
Crossing Generations:Diverge, Gallery Chemould's, Mumbai
National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Indians & Cowboys, Gallery 4A, Sydney
The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kultursenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Arco 2003, Madrid, Spain
2002 Under Construction, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
India- Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey
Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
Clicking into Place, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Century City, Tate Modern, London
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Indian Contemporary Fine Arts, Seven Degrees, California
2000 Seventh Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
1999 Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Nature Morte, New York
Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
1998 Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris
Multi Media Art of 90's, CIMA Gallery, Calcutta
Jehangir Nicholson Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
The Wilberding Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Indian Contemporary Art, The R.P.G. collection, Leverkusen and Monheim, Germany
1997 Innenseite, Kassel, Germany
50 years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai