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RANJANI SHETTAR

Bubble trap and a double bow

February 1 - December 30, 2017

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Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot, 2016

Rosewood, teakwood and stainless steel  90" x 112" x 21"


The works in Bubble trap and a double bow present another layer in Ranjani’s ever-deepening engagement with the natural world—a product of focused and sustained attention to issues as local as material and as wide-reading as ecological responsibility. Often marrying traditionally used materials refined over centuries in India, with a sustained effort to grasp and engage the global from her life in the countryside, her work brings past, present, and future into dialogue. Over the course of her career, her sculpture and installation have consistently sought to put her art into a dynamic relationship to the space around it—to release it from sculptural stillness and insert it into the flow of movement and experience. Appearing as a kind of catalyst for the entrancing systems of energy that she activates, Ranjani challenges us to bring new awareness to every interaction with the world around us, small and large.

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How long before another turn, 2016

Beeswax, pigments and wooden beads

74″ x 109″ x 24″

Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solos at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011) and BDL Museum, Mumbai, India (2012). Her works have also been featured in exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY (2010); Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi (2011, 2012, 2013), 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010); 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA (2008); 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007); 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006); Artpace, Texas (2006); Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Wexner Center, OH (2005) and The Walker Art Center, MN (2003). In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited edition project, Varsha.

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Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Bubble trap and a double bow (detail)

Honeysuckle and mercuryin a thick midnight plot, 2016

Rosewood, teakwood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot, 2016

Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot, 2016

How long before another turn, 2016

Beeswax, pigments and wooden beads

74" x 109" x 24"

How long before another turn (detail)

How long before another turn (detail)

Morning Song, 2016

Lacquered wood and pigment

132" x 336'' x 5''

Morning Song, 2016

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song, 2016

Sama, 2016

Teakwood

33'' x 44'' x 29''

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Lattice (detail)

Open wings of a precious secret, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste            

131'' x 154" x 128"

Open wings of a precious secret (detail)

Open wings of a precious secret (detail)

Song book VI , 2015

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/2" x 16 1/4"

Song book I, 2015  

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/2" x 13 1/4"

Song book IV, 2015

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/4" x 13 1/4"

Song book V, 2015 

Monotype on Muslin

22'' x 9 1/4''

Liana's lullaby, 2015

Block printed on henna-dyed muslin

7" x 198”

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Remanence from last night's dream (detail)

 Where in time is now, 2016 

Wood and steel

42" x 138 " x 138"

Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Bubble trap and a double bow (detail)

Honeysuckle and mercuryin a thick midnight plot, 2016

Rosewood, teakwood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot, 2016

Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot, 2016

How long before another turn, 2016

Beeswax, pigments and wooden beads

74" x 109" x 24"

How long before another turn (detail)

How long before another turn (detail)

Morning Song, 2016

Lacquered wood and pigment

132" x 336'' x 5''

Morning Song, 2016

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song (detail)

Morning Song, 2016

Sama, 2016

Teakwood

33'' x 44'' x 29''

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Lattice (detail)

Open wings of a precious secret, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste            

131'' x 154" x 128"

Open wings of a precious secret (detail)

Open wings of a precious secret (detail)

Song book VI , 2015

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/2" x 16 1/4"

Song book I, 2015  

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/2" x 13 1/4"

Song book IV, 2015

Monotype on Muslin

27 1/4" x 13 1/4"

Song book V, 2015 

Monotype on Muslin

22'' x 9 1/4''

Liana's lullaby, 2015

Block printed on henna-dyed muslin

7" x 198”

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Liana's lullaby (detail)

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Remanence from last night's dream (detail)

 Where in time is now, 2016 

Wood and steel

42" x 138 " x 138"

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RANJANI SHETTAR
Earth Songs for a Night Sky The Phillips Collection, Washington DC May 16 – August 25, 2019
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Seven ponds and a few raindrops The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York March 12 – September 16, 2018
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RANJANI SHETTAR
On and on it goes on Talwar Gallery, New York March 10 - August 17, 2018
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Night skies and daydreams Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – October 4, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Flame of the Forest Hermes Singapore April 29 - June 5, 2011
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Present Continuous Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 19 - December 24, 2011
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Talwar Gallery, New York October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
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RANJANI SHETTAR
New Work San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
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RANJANI SHETTAR
FOCUS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Momentum 10 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston March 19 - July 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Epiphanies Talwar Gallery, New Delhi October 27, 2007 - March 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Recent Works Talwar Gallery, New York March 22 - May 13, 2006
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RANJANI SHETTAR
The Indian Spring Talwar Gallery, New York June 5 - July 17, 2004
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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
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018
Mint
Mint
Ranjani Shettar: Making waves with wood July 18, 2017
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar July 2017

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