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RANJANI SHETTAR

Between the sky and earth

January 29 – August 9, 2014

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Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14 (detail)

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Continuing her innovative approach to material and engagement with nature, Ranjani Shettar’s recent body of multi-component sculptures pares antique rosewood, walnut and teak in unexpected and pliable forms. Uninhibited by their materiality, the works carved in solid wood are imbued with a certain poise and lightness. These unique forms, evocative yet elusive, collaborate with each wood’s distinctive grain, knots and fissures, at times guiding its lines and movement. Occasionally there would appear chisel marks or unpolished surfaces, as traces deliberately left by the artist to provide a gentle peek at her process. Appearing malleable as if molded by hand, these wooden sculptures stretch and bend across walls, curve and twist on the ground, while others gliding like the wings of a bird – float weightlessly in space. Enigmatic and unbound, the environment Shettar creates with her installations is immersive and vibrant, surprising the viewer with their simplicity while enchanting with their magic.

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Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

176” x 71” x 12” (overall dimensions)

Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011).  Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The 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); Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas (2006); Marian Goodman Gallery (2006), Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Sainsbury Center, UK (2005), Wexner Center, OH (2005), The Walker Art Center, MN (2003), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy (2003) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2003).  

Exhibition Views

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Torque, 2013-14

Rosewood

97” x 18” x 13”

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Stonewall’s Bloom, 2013-14

Muslin dyed in pomegranate skin, tamarind seed paste and lacquer (in 4 parts)

110” x 58”

Stonewall’s Bloom (detail) 

Tendu, 2013-14

Walnut Wood (in 13 parts)

45” x 66” x 109” (overall dimensions) 

Tendu (detail)

Tendu (detail)

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rosewood  & Lacquered wood

4” x 4” x 43”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rose & Lacquered wood

20” x 10” x 5”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

Largest dimensions: 31” x 21” x 9”

Smallest dimensions: 30” x 21” x 9”

 

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Between the edges, 2013-14

Teakwood (in 2 parts)

22” x 17” x 60”

38” x 9” x 32”

Between the edges, 2013-14

Between the edges (detail)

Torque, 2013-14

Rosewood

97” x 18” x 13”

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Stonewall’s Bloom, 2013-14

Muslin dyed in pomegranate skin, tamarind seed paste and lacquer (in 4 parts)

110” x 58”

Stonewall’s Bloom (detail) 

Tendu, 2013-14

Walnut Wood (in 13 parts)

45” x 66” x 109” (overall dimensions) 

Tendu (detail)

Tendu (detail)

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rosewood  & Lacquered wood

4” x 4” x 43”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rose & Lacquered wood

20” x 10” x 5”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

Largest dimensions: 31” x 21” x 9”

Smallest dimensions: 30” x 21” x 9”

 

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Between the edges, 2013-14

Teakwood (in 2 parts)

22” x 17” x 60”

38” x 9” x 32”

Between the edges, 2013-14

Between the edges (detail)

RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Earth Songs for a Night Sky The Phillips Collection, Washington DC May 16 – August 25, 2019
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RANJANI SHETTAR
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
Bubble trap and a double bow Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 1 - December 30, 2017
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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
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Talwar Gallery, New York October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010
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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
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden 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
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review September 11, 2014
The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Ranjani Shettar February 16, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth 2018

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