Mapmakers: The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art

Jitish Kallat, Bose Krishnamachari, Nitin Mukul, Baiju Parthan, Justin Ponmany, Ravinder Reddy, T. V. Santhosh, Chintan Upadhyay and more.
May 18 - July 14, 2012
New York

BAIJU PARTHAN

Born 1956, Kerala, India

Parthan studied painting in Goa in the late 70’s when it was especially fashionable for Westerners to travel there on spiritual journeys. His education, therefore, was saturated in the world view of Western Art. This gives him a unique voice, and one that he’s struggled to come to terms with. Inspired by the movements of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, etc, in the early 80’s Parthan claimed that he “felt like a missionary for Western art.” He took a hiatus from painting, studied comparative mythology in Bombay, and then returned to art a decade later. He has tackled diverse subjects, from hardware engineering to philosophy, and his studied perspective takes the form of digital media works and installations.

In his artist statement, he sums up his view: “Speaking of the present, I certainly hold the view that virtualization and relocation of our everyday social and economic transactions into virtual data space is the most important marker that identifies this present historic moment. Consequently, the art I produce currently addresses the dematerialization or erosion of tactility of the real, and its effect on our being and existence.”

Baiju Parthan secured his BFA from the Mumbai University, and has hence held successful solo exhibitions in Mumbai, New Delhi and Goa. He has also participated in major group shows in Calcutta, Mumbai, New York and other centers.

Education

2007 Masters in Philosophy, University of Mumbai
1991 Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Mythology
1978 – 1983 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Goa College of Art, Goa
1976 Bachelors Degree in Botany

Select Solo Exhibitions

2011 Dislocation: Milljunction Part 2, Aicon Gallery London
2010 Milljunction, Aicon Gallery, New York
2007 Liquid Memory + Rant, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 Source Code, organized by Art Musings, Mumbai at Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Vapour, New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai
New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Espace Gallery, New Delhi
2002 Fine Art Company, Mumbai
2000 Lakeeren Contemporary Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
1997 Apparao Galleries, Chennai
1995 Sophia Duchesne Gallery, Mumbai
1992 Masterpiece Gallery, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions

2011 Gallery Sumukha, Chennai
Melange, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata
Pause: A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
High-Light, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Tech-Cut-Edge-Revelations, Ashna Gallery, New Delhi
Reprise, Aicon Gallery London
2010 Go See India, Vasa Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
Changing Skin, presented by The Fine Art Company at Coomaraswamy Hall, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Mumbai
Constructed Realities, The Guild, Mumbai
The Evolution of the Species, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai, Art Musings, Mumbai
By George, presented by Cherry Art Foundation at Alliance Francaise de Delhi, New Delhi
Symbols and Metaphors, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
The Way We Are, Mon Art Gallerie, Kolkata
The 11th Hour, Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Size Matters or Does It?, Latitude 28, New Delhi
2009 Indian Contemporary, Benedictine Museum, Fecamp, France
Beyond Globalization, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
Zip Files, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Living of the Grid, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi
Retrieval Systems, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre; Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Sacred and Secular, India Fine Art, Mumbai
Harvest 09: Part II, Arushi Arts, New Delhi
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 Third Life, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
Ghost of Souza, Aicon Gallery, New York
Everywhere is War, Bodhi Art, Mumbai
Freedom: Sixty Years After Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2007-08 Polyphonies, Gallery Hosp, Tirol, Austria
2007 Mechanisms of Motion, Anant Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
2006 Altered Realities, works by three eminent Indian artists- Baiju Parthan, Chittrovanu
Majumdhar and Sibu Nateshan, New York
2006 Strangeness, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata
2005 KAAM: Recent works by Mumbai and Baroda Artists, Aicon Gallery, New York
2005 Arad Biennale, Romania
2005 NRLA - Live Art Festival, Midland, Perth, Australia
Double-Enders, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi
2004 Along the X-axis: Video Art from India and Pakistan
Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi
Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Indian Contemporary Art Show
2001 Seven Degrees, Laguna, California
2000 Icons of the Millenium , Nehru Centre, Mumbai organized by Lakeeren
Sotheby’s Artist of the Year Award show, NGMA, Mumbai
Art and Technology, the Magazine Show, NGMA, Mumbai
1999 Ninth Asian Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1997 Fifty Years of Indian Contemporary Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1996 Four Visions, The Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 Duo Show, Sarina Tang Gallery, New York

Awards and Scholarships

2001 Artist in Residency, Gallery Seven Degrees, Laguna
2000 Nominee for Artist of the Year, Sotheby’s, London
1978-81 Recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Merit Prize

Collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Private collections in India and abroad




BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI

Born 1963, Kerala, India

Krishnamachari works in striking and dynamic abstracts, and with figures seen through saturated lenses. Even in his photography and multi-media installations, color is a dominant force. He says, "I refine my color to brightness. I have learnt this usage from the alternately subdued and lavish color codes of Indian ceremonies and ritual performances; the costumes, the gestures of enactment..."

In addition to being an artist, Krishnamachari curates exhibitions and projects. He is driven by a desire to support the younger generation of Indian artists.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

Education

2000 Masters in Visual Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London
1991 BFA, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
1985 Diploma in Art, Kerala Kala Peetom, Cochin

Select Solo Exhibitions

2010 No, 1 x 1 Contemporary, Dubai
2009-10 LaVA, (Laboratory of Visual Arts), a Traveling Installation Project at Gallery BMB, Mumbai
2008-09 To Let – White Ghost, Kashi Art Cafe, Kochi
2008 Ghost, Aicon Gallery, London
Bodhi Art, Mumbai
2007 LaVA [Laboratory of Visual Arts, a traveling installation project], Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kochi, Baroda and New Delhi
2006 Ghost/Transmemoir (preview at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai), Aicon Gallery, New York
2005 Exist, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Vanitas Vanitatum, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, later joined a group show in Mumbai
2003 De-Curating Indian Contemporary Artists, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai, Sumukha, Bangalore and Durbar Hall, Kochi
1999 AmUseuM Memoirs, NGMA, Mumbai
Field Sakshi, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1996 Dandy, Lakeeren and YB Chavan Centre, Mumbai
1995 Objects of Attention, inaugural show, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
1993 AmUseuM, Park Sheraton, Chennai
1992 AmUseuM, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
1991 Music of the Cubes, British Council Gallery
1990 Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai
1989 Kerala Kalapeethom, Kochi

Curated Shows

2008 Af-fair, 1X1 Contemporary and 1X1 Gallery, Dubai
2007 Soft Spoken, NCPA, (organized by Bombay Art Gallery), Mumbai
Spy, Museum Art Gallery, (organized by The Guild Art Gallery), Mumbai
Everyone is a Camera, Talvin Singh, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 MaaRKERS, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Double-Enders, (curated) Jehangir Art Gallery and The Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi
2004 Bombay X 17, (curated) Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Bombay Boys, (curated) Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions

2011 Census of Sense, Exhibit 320, New Delhi
Love is a 4 Letter Word, Latitude 28, New Delhi
Gallery Sumukha, Chennai
Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2010 Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
A. SYCO, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
Beyond Object hood, presented by Gandhara Art Gallery at Nandalal Bose Hall, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata
1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2009 Vistaar II, presented by Seven Arts Limited at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi
In the Mood for Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
Mutant Beauty, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 November, 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai
Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Everywhere is War, curated by Shaheen Merali at Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
Pastiche – exhibition of paintings, Chaithanya Art Gallery, Kochi
2007 INDIA OGGI ARTE, Provincia Di Milano, Spazio Oberdan, Milano, Viale Vittorio Veneto
India! Gallerie Helene Lamarque, Paris
Summation, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Strangeness, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkatta
India 20, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi
Masters curated by Lathamy, Dubai
2006 The Shape that Is, Jendela and Concourse, Esplanade, Singapore, organized with Bodhi Art
2006-08 Harmony Show, Mumbai
2005-06 KAAM, Aicon Gallery, New York and Palo Alto
2005 We Are Like This One, Rabindra Bhavan, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery
Paths of Progression, Mumbai, New York, Singapore and New Delhi; organized by Bodhi Art and Saffron Art
2004 Vanitas Vanitatum, curated by Peter Nagy, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Anticipations, Jehangir Art Gallery and The Museum Gallery, Mumbai
2003 Ideas and Images, NGMA, Bombay
Highlights, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
Remembering Bhupen… Homage to late Bhupen Khakkar, Kashi ArtCafe, Fort - Kochi
2002 Tribute to Picasso, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 Mutations – Rumor City, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tokyo
2000 MA Show, Goldsmiths College, London
Exile & Longings, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
Memos of the New Millennium- from Artists of the Moulting World, curated by Abhay Sardesai, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Mumbai
Mumbai Metaphor, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Embarkations, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 The Presence of the Past – an exhibition of response by Indian artists to The Enduring Images, curated by Girish Sahane, NCPA, Mumbai
1997 Persistence of Memory, curated by Peter Nagy, with Linda Benglis, Lindel Brown and Charles Green
50 Years of Art in Mumbai, NGMA, Mumbai
1996 West Wing Story, Headlands Centre for Visual Arts, Sausalito, San Francisco
1995 Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian Arts, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Bombay – An Artist’s Impression, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Circling the Square, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992 Artists against Communalism, JJ School of Art & Shivaji Park, Mumbai (traveled to 15 other cities in India)
1991 Drawings, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

Awards and Honors

2009 Guest of Honor at ARCO, Madrid, and curated the India Pavilion
2000 Charles Wallace India Trust
1996 Mid-America Arts Alliance Award for Travel and Residency in the U.S.

Collections

Jakarta Museum





CHINTAN UPADHYAY

Born 1972, Partapur, Rajasthan

The subject of Upadhyay’s work is often babies, animated and stylized against a bold solid background, they are stripped of the simplicity of their vulnerable nature. From blank slate to something slightly more affected, the imagery of culture is impressed upon them visually in tattoo like designs.

The artist began as a painter, but now creates sculptures and installations of which he paints the surface. His most popular sculpture project is perhaps the “Pet Shop” project, which is an ongoing production of a “model baby” for every season. It’s a social critique on consumer society; in a similar vein a solo exhibition of Upadhyay’s at Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai was provocatively named Designer Babies. Transforming painting and sculpture into a pop art hybrid, the painted imagery is often sourced from traditional Indian miniature painting, so on the whole the pieces tend to look forward and look back at the same time.

Upadhyay is founder of artist initiative Sandarbh, a not for profit organization run by artists working in rural areas.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

Education

1997 MFA (Painting) Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U Baroda. Gujarat
1995 BFA (Painting) Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U Baroda. Gujarat

Select Solo Exhibitions

2010 Nature God, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
2008 Mistake, Aicon Gallery, London
Metastasis of Signs, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2007 Tentuaa Dabaa Do (kill her).., Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2006 I want to be an international artist, solo performance, Seoul Art Center, Korea
Mutants, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda, Gujarat
Maya, Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai
Clone Vithalla, Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Baar Baar Har Baar Kitni Baar? Installation and performance, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda
2004 Conkers Installation Project, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K.
Designer Babies, Ashish Balaram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai
2003 New Breed / Hybrid, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Commemorative Stamps, Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai; Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
Floating thoughts, interactive site specific installation, Brisbane, Australia
1999 So What, Fine Art Company, Mumbai
Mumbai Metaphor, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Wall Paper, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 This has been done before, Shahjehan Art Gallery, New Delhi
1997 Harmony show, Reliance group of Industries, Mumbai
50 Years of Indian Independence, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (New Delhi), Ravi Shankar Rawal Bhavan, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
1996 Desirable Objects, Leela Kempenski Art Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions

2008 Ghost of Souza, Aicon Gallery, New York
2007 Have You Eaten Yet, Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan
Beijing Art Fair, Beijing, China
Here & Now: Contemporary voices from India, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Inaugural exhibition, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 Satyagraha, group exhibition of South African and Indian artists, Travanore Art Gallery
New Delhi and Kizo Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Pink shop, Part of Hybrid Trends, Seoul Art Center, Korea
Bombay Maximum City, Lille 3000,Lille, France
I am a slut, collaborative video and performance with Amit Kekre, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
KAAM, Aicon Gallery, New York; Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
KAAM, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai
Annual show, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 India/Australia cultural and regional exchange, KikArts Gallery, COCA, Perth, Australia
Present-Future, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Indian Contemporary Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
Are we like this only? Rabindra Bhavan, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
2004 Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Gallery 27, Oslo, Norway
Bombay 17, Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin
Red, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Concepts and Ideas, Cima Art Gallery Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata
Portraits of a Decade, Cima Art Gallery Kolkata; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Dots and Pixels, Sumukha Art Gallery, Banglore; Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2003 Parthenogenesis, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Corresponding Latitudes; A Cross Cultural Collaborative Exhibition of Indian and
Australian artists, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2002 Quotable Stencil, Tao art gallery, Mumbai
Brahma to Bapu; Icons & Symbols in Indian art, Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Cima Gallery, Kolkata
2001 Annual show, Gallery Wren, Sydney, Australia
2000 Sic, audio-visual Installation, The Fine Art Company, Bombay.
1997 Class of 1997, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

Awards and Scholarships

2004 – 05 Awarded Charles Wallace Foundation Award for a residency in Bristol, U.K.
2000 – 01 Gadi scholarship, NLKA, New Delhi
1998 Lalit Kala Academy for Outstanding Drawing in a drawing exhibition
1997 All India Avantika art exhibition, New Delhi
1996 Lalit Kala Academy for Outstanding Painting in the annual exhibition
S.C.Z.C.C. for Outstanding Painting in the annual exhibition, Nagpur, Maharastra
1995-97 Lalit Kala Academy for Outstanding Painting in the annual exhibition




G. RAVINDER REDDY

Born 1956, Andhra Pradesh, India

New York Times Art Critic Holland Cotter said in a review of Reddy’s first solo show in New York, “The spirelike roofs of certain Hindu temples in South India are a dizzying pileup of hundreds of brightly painted carved figures. Most are of deities, but the ever-changing mix can also include politicians, movie idols and even an occasional Westerner of local renown. This blending of religion and pop culture is a constant in Indian art, and it is the impetus behind the work of Ravinder G. Reddy. [His] painted and gilded fiberglass sculptures of women have been among of the most visible examples of contemporary South Asian art since they first made a splash in ‘Traditions/Tensions’ at the Asia Society in 1996.”
Besides the fusion of contemporary pop art and Hindu sculptural tradition, Reddy provides a union of the archetype and the individual and like Cotter has noted, it feels more like “folk” art than “fine” art. Reddy currently teaches at the Department of Fine Art, Andhra University, Vishakapatnam.

The artist lives and works in Vishakapatnam, India

Education
1984 British Council Scholarship, Royal College of Art, London
1983 Diploma (Art and Design), Goldsmiths College, University of London
1982 M.F.A. in Creative Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
1980 B.F.A. (Sculpture), M.S. University, Baroda

Select Solo Exhibitions

2008 Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2007 Incridible India, Le Jardin d'Acclimation, Paris, France
2003 Sculptures, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Monumental Sculptures, Media Gallery, Apeejay Techno Park, New Delhi
Popular Cultures, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, USA
Monumental Sculptures, Deitch Projects, New York
Laskhmi Devi, Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C
Devi, Sackler Gallery, Washington Dc. USA
1997 Sculpture, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions

2009 Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
2008 Freedom 2008: Sixty Years After Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2007-08 India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
Indian Art at Swarovski Crystal World Show, 2nd Exhibition, Tirol – Österreich, Austria
Polyphonies, Gallery Hosp, Tirol – Österreich, Austria
2007 20th Century Sculpture: from Archipenko to Reddy, Grosvenor Gallery, London in association with Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Indian Art III, HERE AND NOW, Young Voices from India, Grosvenor Gallery, London in association with Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Private/Corporate IV, A Dialogue of the collection Lekha and Anupam Poddar, New Delhi and Daimler Chrysler, Stuttgart/Berlin at Daimler Ghrysler Contemporary Potsdamer Platz Berlin
Post Object, at Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
2006 New Space, Art Space 1X1 , Dubai
The Third Eye, Lille, France
Art on the Beach- Made by Indians, at St. Tropez, arranged by Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris
The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York
2005 Endless Terrain, presented by Interiors Espania at Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi
Body Perfect, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
About Beauty, House of World Cultures, Berlin
Transit 3, at Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Are we like this only?, Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi
2004 Iconography in Transient Times, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, presented by Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore
The Androgyne, organized by Apparao Galleries, Chennai at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi
Margi & Desi Exhibition, Lalit Kala Galleries, Delhi, conducted by Espace Gallery, New Delhi
Sacred Space, organized by RPG Enterprise, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
New Paradigms-II, organized by Threshold Gallery at Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003 Enchanting the Icon, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
Roots En Route, Queens Gallery, British Council, New Delhi
Travelling show, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai
2002 Sidewinder, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
Human Park, An exhibition of Global Creatures, La Virreinna Exposicions, Institute de Cultura, Barcelona
India: Contemporary Art from North Eastern Private Collections, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, USA
Sheen of Metal, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
New Paradigms, conducted by Threshold Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi
Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery Anniversary Show, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi

Collections:

CIMA - Centre International Modern Art, Calcutta, India
FAAM - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, japan
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA




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.

The artist 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




JUSTIN PONMANY

Born 1974, Kerala

In Justin Ponmany’s new photographs the artist digitally combines three views of his subjects, each taken from a different angle in order to create a disturbing panoramic view. The subjects range from men’s heads through to inanimate objects such as a tennis ball, each of which are expanded beyond the dimensions they are normally framed within. Ponmany has been inspired by the way internet mapping devices break down personal and geographical borders but these works suggest that the more we try to know or map something, the more elusive their form can become. Once more, the subject is split across different subject positions, none of which seem to cohere.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

1996 B.A. Fine Arts (Painting), Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

Select Solo Exhibitions

2008 Gallery Loop, Hongdae, Seoul
2007 Who's keeping score?, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
2006 Procreation, Nature Morte, Milan, Italy
2005 Salt (plastic memory-part ii), Nature Morte, New Delhi
2004 Non-biodegradable memory, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions

2009-10 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakeeren, Mumbai
2009 Living of the Grid, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi
Dear Jabir, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Indian Summer, Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin
Multitudes, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore in collaboration with Zen Studio Gallery and Artflute.com
Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle, presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Shapeshifter, Aicon Gallery, London
The Other (Indian) Story: Retrospecting Lakeeren-The Contemporary Art Gallery (1995-2009), presented by Lakeeren at The Gallery of Modern Art, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
Material Texts, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
2008 Chalo India!, Mori Museum, Japan
The Audience and the Eavesdropper, Phillips, London
November, 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai
Indi Genius, presented by Sakshi Gallery and Soka Contemporary Space, Taipei at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Ghost of Souza, Aicon Gallery, New York
Swarovski Museum, Innsbruck, Austria
Amazing, Jehangir Art Gallery, RPG, Mumbai
2007 New Wave, Aicon Gallery, London
Thermocline of Art; New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Horn Please, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Private/Corporate IV, dialogue of the collections of Lekha and Anupam Poddar, New Delhi,
India; Daimler Chrysler, Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany
2006 Hungry God, Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
2005 Outside Europe, from the Daimler Chrysler collection, Galerie Der Stadt, Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), Germany
The artist lives and works in Baroda/ Bombay/ Calcutta/ Mysore/ Rotterdam/ Trivandrum, House
of World Culture, Berlin
Present Future, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
Identity Alienation Amity, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Bombay x 17, Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin, India
Ideas and Images, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
2003 Art for Art, an Indo- Swedish project on Bench Art, Kalaghoda, Mumbai Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Words and Images, Guild Art Gallery, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
The New Paradigms, The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Awards

2005 Artist of the future award, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
2003 1st runners up, 4th Biennial BosePacia Prize for Contemporary Art
2000 Western Railway Centenary Prize, N.G.M.A., Mumbai
1997-98 Fellowship at Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai




T. V. SANTHOSH

Born 1968, Kerala, India

Through a silky, infra-red lens Santhosh creates emotional portraits in which the subject is, interestingly, part of the middle ground of the composition. Smoldering in reds and orange, the texture and color of their flesh evokes metal that glows orange as it’s heated. In the foreground “X”s and crosses and distant suns float in space as if between the subject of the piece and us the viewer, an apparition witnessed by both. Tending towards imagery sourced from media coverage of terrorism and war, Santhosh provides us with provocative and challenging pieces. The inverse, monochromatic quality of the shadows and highlights allude to film negatives, suggesting an element of supervision and subjection by the media. The red-orange and light bulb yellow is puddled with waxy, minty green impressions; the air is ablaze and the message is feverish. Santosh is also an accomplished sculptor, using white fiber glass and scrolling neon messages to evoke the “banality of evil”—term coined by Hannah Arendt.

Born in Kerala, T.V.Santhosh earned his B.F.A. from Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, West Bengal, and his M.F.A. in Sculpture, from M.S.U, Baroda. Santhosh has exhibited his work at numerous international art galleries and museums. Prominent museum shows include 'India Xianzai' Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, 2009; 'Passage to India, Parts I and II New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection', at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK, 2008 and 2009; 'Aftershock, Sainsbury Centre, Contemporary Art Norwich, England, 2007; 'Continuity and Transformation' promoted by Provincia di Milano, Italy, 2007, 'GSK Contemporary' at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2008 and 'The Empire Strikes Back' at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2010.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.

Education

1997 Master of Fine Art (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Art, M.S. University, Baroda
1994 Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), Kalabhavana, Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Select Solo Exhibitions

2011 The Land, Nature Morte, Berlin
2010 Burning Flags, Aicon Gallery, London in collaboration with The Giuld Gallery of Mumbai and New York
2009 Blood and Spit, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Living With A Wound, Grosvenor Gallery, London
2008 A Room To Pray, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, in collaboration with the Guild Art gallery, Mumbai
Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Countdown, Nature Morte, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 Scars of An Ancient Error, Singapore Art Fair, presented by the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 False Promises, Grosvenor Gallery, London (with The Guild, Mumbai)
2004 Unresolved Stories, Nature Morte, New Delhi
2003 One Hand Clapping/Siren, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, M.S. University, Baroda
Select Group Exhibitions
2011 Indian Rainbow, Luce Gallery, Torino
Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Iconoclasts & Iconodules, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
Icons in Our Midst, Artspeaks India, New Delhi
2010 The 11th Hour: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from India / Diaspora, Tang Contemporary, Beijing
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Size Matters or Does it?, Part2 at Latitude 28, New Delhi
Size Matters or Does it?, Part 1 at Latitude 28, New Delhi
Inside India, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin
Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi, presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
At The Edge, Gallery Maya, London
Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
Indian (Sub)Way, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Grosvenor Vadehra, London
The Evolution of the Species, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
In Transition: New Art from India, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada; Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
Evidentia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakeeren, Mumbai
Sculpture, The Guild, Mumbai

2009 Expressions at Tihar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
Failed Plot, part of KIAF 09 at COEX, Seoul
India Xianzai: Contemporary Indian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai Armory Show, New York represented by The Guild, Mumbai
ARCOmadrid, Spain represented by The Guild, Mumbai
CIGE 2009, China represented by The Guild, Mumbai
Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Recycled, Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Mining Minds, Chaitanya Art Gallery, Kochi
Multitudes, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore in collaboration with Zen Studio Gallery and Artflute.com
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle, presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Passage to India, Part II: New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection, at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
My Little India, Marella Gallery, Beijing
Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
In The Mood For Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
Where In The World, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
Hot Shots, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
Similarities, Lansdowne Gallery, Mumbai
Collision Course, GSK Contemporary: Part 2, Royal Academy of Art, UK
101 Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair 2008, represented by The Guild, Mumbai
Presented by Jack Shainman Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, Basel
Kashi 10 Light Years – Anniversary Show, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
2007 SH Contemporary, Shanghai
After Shock: Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary India’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
Year 07, London, presented by Grosvenor Vadehra, London
India 20, a Group Show that Coincided With the Release of the Book ‘India 20’, at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2006 KAAM, Aicon Gallery, New York
Scars of An Ancient Error, Singapore Art Fair presented by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Here And Now: Young Voices From India, Grosvenor Vadehra, London
Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at The Chrysler Museum, Germany
2005 Whose Space is it Anyway?, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Are We like this Only?, Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi
DOUBLE-ENDERS, Jehangir Art Gallery and the Museum Gallery, Mumbai;
Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi
2004 Anticipations, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Zoom!, Art in Contemporary India, Culturegest, Lisbon, Portugal
Generation I, Saffronart Gallery, Mumbai
A Journey, Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai
A Tribute To Bhupen Khakhar, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Group show, Viart Gallery, Delhi
RED, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi
Looking Back, Looking Forward, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda
2003 Crossing Generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould at NGMA, Mumbai
The Dual Path of Indian Art Today, Gallery Muller and Plate, Munich
Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Creative Space, India Habitat Center/Sakshi Gallery, New Delhi
Art Edge, Fine Art Company, at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai & IHC, Delhi
Words And Images, Guild Art Gallery, at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Quotable Stencil, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Cross Currents, Jehangir Art Gallery
Trans-Figuration, ArtInc., at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
Mela-A Carnival Of Indian Art, curated by Anupa Mehta, RPG Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Tribute To Picasso, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
The Human Factor, Guild Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 'Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Excerpts From My Diary Pages, curated by Sasha Altaf, Fine Art Company Gallery, Mumbai
Engendering Images Of Women, Guild Art Gallery
2000 Exile And Longing, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
Kala Ghoda Show on 'Functional Objects, by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Group Show, Visual arts Centre, Ahmedabad
Kerala State Exhibition
1996 Bombay Art Society
1993 Group Show at Birla Academy for Arts and Crafts, Calcutta
All India Institute of Fine Arts and Culture Society Exhibition-Delhi

Awards and Scholarships

1997 Kerala Lalit Kala Academy State Award
INLAKS Foundation (India) Scholarship
Kanoria Scholarship
1994 Ramkinker Award
1990-94 Viswabharathi Merit Scholarship