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RANJANI SHETTAR

October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010

“Like of most of Ms. Shettar’s work, it represents a strain of Indian contemporary art still overlooked in a global context: abstract work that wears Indian-ness lightly but still stands apart from familiar international forms, themes and styles.”

Holland Cotter, The New York Times

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Known for large-scale sculptural installations, for her third solo in New York Ms. Shettar has created a group of smaller sculptural works, some mounted on the wall and others hanging from the ceiling. Delicately created from muslin and steel, the Bird Song sculptural works with curving, lyrical lines evoking feathers and flight, hang like floating musical notes of a melody. Other works also resonate with an ephemeral beauty found in nature. In another work, muslin cloths textured like weathered skin are stretched into five organic forms, each seemingly yielding to a pull that reveals its fragility with a gentle opening. Waiting for June is comprised of small baked terracotta shells which twist and turn, revealing tender cracks reminiscent of parched earth; poignant yet beautiful.

Shettar’s use of traditional and modern crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials accentuates the tenuous relationship between industry and nature. She resolves this by uncovering the beauty within their co-existence and in the collaboration between man and nature. In creating environments with sculpture and installation, Shettar fuses the two realms together with dynamic yet graceful forms and textures; revealing the spectacle and magnanimity of natural phenomena. Seduced by their lightness, simplicity and openness, our experience of her works yields humility and a surrender to their splendor.

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Bird Song I, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

60" x 125" x 52"

Bird Song II, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in areca nut, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

51" x 48" x 44"

Bird Song III, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in areca nut, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

39" x 57" x 47"

Bird Song IV, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

52" x 55" x 40"

Drumbeats, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, wood, and lacquer

36" x 135" x 4 1/2"

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Leap, 2009

Muslin on canvas and tamarind kernel 

15" x 56"

Waiting for June, 2009

Terracotta

15" x 14 1/4"

Bird Song I, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

60" x 125" x 52"

Bird Song II, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in areca nut, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

51" x 48" x 44"

Bird Song III, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in areca nut, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

39" x 57" x 47"

Bird Song IV, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel, and lacquer

52" x 55" x 40"

Drumbeats, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, wood, and lacquer

36" x 135" x 4 1/2"

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Leap, 2009

Muslin on canvas and tamarind kernel 

15" x 56"

Waiting for June, 2009

Terracotta

15" x 14 1/4"

RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Seven ponds and a few raindrops The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York March 12 – September 16, 2018
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
On and on it goes on Talwar Gallery, New York March 10 - August 17, 2018
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Bubble trap and a double bow Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 1 - December 30, 2017
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Night skies and daydreams Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – October 4, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Flame of the Forest Hermes Singapore April 29 - June 5, 2011
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Present Continuous Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 19 - December 24, 2011
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
New Work San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
FOCUS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Momentum 10 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston March 19 - July 13, 2008
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
The Indian Spring Talwar Gallery, New York June 5 - July 17, 2004
Ranjani Shettar
Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century March 6 - September 12, 2021
The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Ranjani Shettar: Saga in wood February 16, 2014
The New York Times
The New York Times
Ranjani Shettar January 15, 2010
Time Out New York
Time Out New York
Ranjani Shettar December 2009