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Inside Out | Memories at a distance: Allan deSouza

September 12, 2021

I’ve long turned to works of art as a way to process current events and wrestle with problems — both political and personal.

One of the most significant functions of a museum, after all, is to make space for works of art to console, inspire and prod us to think in new ways about the here and now.

Cinema of the Abstract

Cinema of the Abstract

The Seventh Walk (2014): Paramjit Singh

April 14, 2021

Sometimes they pause, to listen to the music.

Dubbed "A tale of two stones", The Seventh Walk with its contemplative images and sitar score is a film meant to be slowly absorbed, a production following the creative process of an Indian artist Paramjit Singh, playing himself.

ASAP Journal

ASAP Journal

Nasreen Mohamedi's Pull with Direction

December 3, 2020

Nasreen Mohamedi’s works from the late 1970s—intricate monochrome lattices previously on fine display at the Met Breuer’s landmark solo in 2016—operate so powerfully in the realm of “pure” abstraction that the critic Geeta Kapur has placed her “within a great lineage of metaphysical abstraction in a way that no other [Indian] artist is.”

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Anjum Singh

November 19, 2020

OBITUARY: ANJUM SINGH (1967–2020)

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Anjum Singh

November 17, 2020

From mundane objects to rapidly changing surroundings and her own ponderings, for artist Anjum Singh the subject remained experiential. Her complex compositions held multiple layers within, including fragments of her experiences and fight with cancer, which she succumbed to on November 17 in Delhi. She was 53.

The Sunday Tribune

The Sunday Tribune

Anjum Singh

November 17, 2020

Eminent contemporary Indian artist Anjum Singh passed away on Tuesday after losing a prolonged battle with cancer, art collector Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, said. She was 53.

Mint

Mint

Anjum Singh

November 17, 2020

The artist, whose deeply autobiographical works investigated the internal worlds of the body, passed away today after a six-year-long battle with cancer.

Film Companion

Film Companion

Paramjit Singh's The Seventh Walk: A Confluence Of Art With Nature’s Canvas

October 24, 2020

The art of Paramjit Singh merges with the art of nature

Artforum

Artforum

N.N. Rimzon

October 2020

An enigmatic figure sits cross-legged in a meditative pose in the middle of a circle in N. N. Rimzon’s sculpture The Round Ocean and the Living Death, 2019–20, which lent its intriguing title to the artist’s most recent exhibition. The statue’s nose and closed eyes are vermilion, offering a vivid contrast to its grayish body... 

Mint

Mint

Far from the Madding Crowd of the Big City

August 7, 2020

When the pandemic struck, Ranjani Shettar was at her home in a village in Karnataka's Shivamogga district, 300km away from Bengaluru.
 

Art Satva

Art Satva

Nasreen Mohamedi- A Life in So(u)litude

July 28, 2020

"One creates dimensions out of solitude." - Nasreen Mohamedi's diary entry, Sept. 1968

 

Galerie Magazine

Galerie Magazine

A Love Letter to the Met: Curators Share the Works They Miss the Most

April 17, 2020

In 1968 the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi noted in her diary, ‘One creates dimensions out of solitude.’ An apt expression when most of the world finds itself in isolation, reminding me of her Untitled (circa 1970), a quiet and elusive work in which a realm of patterned, ruled lines appears to be subtly and effortlessly emerging from a gray wash...

Stir Magazine

Stir Magazine

Artist Alwar Balasubramaniam’s practice alchemises the five elements into art

March 21, 2020

STIR in conversation with Alwar Balasubramaniam about the nature-based processes, techniques and conceptual narratives in his work, at the Talwar Gallery in New Delhi.

Christie's

Christie's

Collecting Stories: Kiran Nadar

February 12, 2020

One of the world’s foremost collectors of Indian art, Kiran Nadar founded her first museum in Delhi 10 years ago. 

Artforum

Artforum

Turning the Page: Muhanned Cader

January 15, 2020

Jyoti Dhar on the opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka.

Art India

Art India

Maps of Wounds: Anjum Singh

December 2019

Anjum Singh explores the dynamics of a disintegrating body, finds Shweta Upadhyay. 

 

The Hindu Business Line

The Hindu Business Line

Of agony and ecstasy

November 8, 2019

Anjum Singh has transformed personal afflictions to a more universal level of human experience in her layered images

Open Magazine

Open Magazine

Illness as a Metaphor

October 21, 2019

Anjum Singh dissects the corpuscular. She enters the internal domain of her own body and imagines the drama that is unfolding at the level of the cellular. She performs this surgical act with a painterly hand that seems convinced of its curative capabilities. 

Arteviste

Arteviste

A Review of Anjum Singh: I Am Still Here at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi

October 11, 2019

Anjum Singh’s autobiographical exhibition I Am Still Here at Talwar Gallery in New Delhi, has easily been one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2019. 

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Viewing Gallery of the Pleasures of Pain

September 21, 2019

Artist Anjum Singh’s time as caregiver to her body started in 2014, when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Business Standard

Business Standard

Art, the artist and her body

August 30, 2019

Rarely has an exhibition been as keenly anticipated as Anjum Singh's forthcoming, and autobiographical I am Still Here, almost an invocation by the artist whose absence from the current art scene has been the result of life-threatening cancer which she has been grappling since 2014.

Art India

Art India

Rummana Hussain: Look Back in Anger

August 2019

Rummana’s works are of particular interest because of the controversial socio-political issues she addresses.

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

Seeing What is Not There: A Conversation with Alwar Balasubramaniam

July 15, 2019

An interview of Alwar Balasubramaniam with Chitra Balasubramaniam of Sculpture Magazine.

The Georgetown Dish

The Georgetown Dish

Ranjani Shettar’s Sculpture at the Phillips Collection

July 14, 2019

Earth Songs for a Night Sky, a multi-faceted project by Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India) is on exhibit through August 25, 2019 at The Phillips Collection. 

Washington City Press

Washington City Press

Ranjani Shettar’s Earth Songs for a Night Sky Enchants with Assorted Materials at the Phillips Collection

June 28, 2019

With pieces made of steel, wood, and other materials, the sculptor's work depicts elements of nature.

Culture Radar

Culture Radar

Where Creativity Intersects

June 6, 2019

It is safe to say that little, if any, art is created in a vacuum. But rarely is the connection so direct as in Ranjani Shettar’s exhibition “Earth Songs for a Night Sky,” at The Phillips Collection. 

Ideel Art

Ideel Art

What do Ranjani Shettar and Wassily Kandinsky Have in Common?

June 3, 2019

This summer, Indian artist Ranjani Shettar debuted a new body of work inspired by the words and woodcut images in Klänge.

Artdaily

Artdaily

India-based Ranjani Shettar creates project in response to Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee

May 21, 2019

The Phillips Collection presents its first Intersections project of 2019, Earth Songs for a Night Sky, featuring seven sculptural pieces by Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India). 

DCist

DCist

Ranjani Shettar's Wooden Sculptures are Hanging Out at the Phillips Collection

May 20, 2019

If you come at twilight, you’ll see them: the distorted circular shadows on the walls next to the original Phillips House staircase.

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

A Philosophical and Practical Handbook on the Development of Artistic Ideas: Allan deSouza

May 14, 2019

Allan DeSouza's book is both a reflective investigation exploring how artistic meaning takes shape and a functional handbook that clarifies terms often used in the art world without much lucidity.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Arpita Singh - Submergence: In the midst of here and there

May 2019

Arpita Singh was discovered by accident. In the early 1970s, scholar and costumier Roshen Alkazi-who, along with her husband, Ebrahim Alkazi, is responsible for hundreds of contemporary art exhibitions in India-found one of Singh's paintings mixed up with the works of another artist she was hoping to exhibit. Alkazi presented Singh's first solo exhibition at New Delhi's Kunika Chemould Gallery in 1972. 

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Sheila Makhijani: Taking the Line for a Walk

April 10, 2019

Abstract artist Sheila Makhijani asks viewers to make sense of her lines, brimming with a life of their own.

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Sheila Makhijani

April 2019

In Sheila Makhijani’s exhibition “This That and The Other,” a disarray of strange, vibrant objects lies before the viewer, as if they were artifacts from some underwater civilization revealed by the ebb. The glazed and unglazed ceramics...

Scroll

Scroll

One of India’s foremost abstract artists doesn’t want you to read any meaning into her works

March 3, 2019

Sheila Makhijani’s new show in Delhi, ‘This, That and the Other’, reaffirms her ideas of the language of art and what it must express...

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Alia Syed

February 2019

​Sinuating ripples along a shoreline, the sound of waves—one cannot underestimate the calming effect certain kinds of landscape have on the psyche. However, in Alia Syed’s work Meta Incognita: Missive II (2018)—the second in a trio of roman à clef–style films whose themes center around the River Thames in England—all is not what it seems.

Business Standard

Business Standard

Arpita Singh: A milestone in a modernist's journey

February 9, 2019

In our many years of friendship I have never heard Arpita Singh talk about her art; it is a subject she studiously avoids. 

Mint

Mint

The individual genius of Arpita Singh

February 9, 2019

A retrospective of one of the country’s most celebrated modernists maps six strong decades of her artistic trajectory. "My choice of words come to me organically, I can’t explain how or why I write certain lines or phrases," Singh says...

The Hindu Business Line

The Hindu Business Line

Arpita Singh: Of Stories Untold

February 1, 2019

Arpita Singh’s paintings speak through whispers and silences. Her love affair with the printed word leads her to use letters and numbers

The New York Times Style Magazine

The New York Times Style Magazine

The South Asian Artists Making Their Mark on the Western Scene

December 2018

In Ranjani Shettar’s installation “Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops,” looping, delicate steel forms covered in tamarind-stained muslin sway ominously in midair, evocative of parched flora or exoskeletons

Elle

Elle

Bengaluru-based artist Ranjani Shettar on her solo exhibition at the Met this year

December 10, 2018

Which female artist doesn’t dream of a solo at one of the world’s most prestigious institutions, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York?

Ranjani Shettar

Ranjani Shettar

India Today - Art Award Winner

December 2018

Solo Exhibition of the Year: Ranjani Shettar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Won for Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops, where her shape-shifting stainless steel elements covered in tamarind-stained muslin speak evocatively of the threatened natural environment of rural India, showing both her ethical and aesthetic commitment to the natural universe.

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

Arpita Singh Makes Her Mark

October 21, 2018

After nearly a decade of limiting her marks, Singh returned to figurative painting with a vocabulary of abstract marks. It seems to me that Singh should be known internationally. Her figurative paintings and these abstract works on paper add up to an extraordinary achievement.

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

New York: Ranjani Shettar

October 2018

Though Ranjani Shettar, who turned 40 last year, is a mid-career artist (at least by Western standards), her work remains youthfully lyrical and close to nature in ways that evade her closest American counterpart Sarah Sze, whose work is busier and more mechanical.

The Hindu

The Hindu

Ranjani Shettar: New York, New York

September 29, 2018

International museums and galleries are organising retrospectives of Indian artists and acquiring their works for permanent collections. 

Artforum

Artforum

Ranjani Shettar

September 2018

The Indian Artist Ranjani Shettar first exhibited in the United States in 2003, just three years after getting her MFA in Bangalore, and has shown here steadily ever since.

Artforum

Artforum

Alwar Balasubramaniam

September 2018

A review of "Liquid Lake Mountain" at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi. The invisible forces of nature and their effect on the material world continue to engage the artist.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Bringing Nature Home: Artist Ranjani Shettar on Her Love for Installations

August 5, 2018

Artist Ranjani Shettar, 41, on her ongoing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, her love for installations and why she takes inspiration from nature and tradition

The MET Collection Insights

The MET Collection Insights

Ranjani Shettar and the Poetics of Materials

June 19, 2018

The title of Ranjani Shettar's Seven ponds and a few raindrops (2017)—which joined The Met collection as a gift from the Tia Collection, and is on view through August 12—compels audiences to apprehend the sculpture's abstract elements as constitutive of a literal landscape of seven ponds. 

Mint

Mint

How South Asian Art is Speaking to the World

June 2, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has two big shows this season that attempt to caution us against a dystopian future. 

Arts Illustrated

Arts Illustrated

Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops

June - July 2018

Ranjani Shettar’s sculptures are often described as large. But although many of them stretch across a vast expanse, they tend mostly to float in, rather than occupy space. 

The Hindu

The Hindu

Wood bends in Ranjani Shettar's Hands

May 31, 2018

Birds in flight and their chirping, trees with foliage, meandering rivers... the quietude of Ranjani’s work communicates to the onlooker, who experiences a sense of well being and happiness.

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

Ranjani Shettar: 'Seven ponds and a few raindrops' at The Met, New York

April 10, 2018

The Karnataka-based artist's exhibitions at The Met and the Talwar Gallery, in New York, affirms her ethical and aesthetic commitment to the natural world

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops

April 2018

The local became global with the arrival of Indian artist Ranjani Shettar’s installation Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops (2017) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which brought a slice of her native country to one of the most international cities in America.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Liquid Lake Mountain

March 16, 2018

A process is often understandable only by the connections between its products, and it was with this in mind that Alwar Balasubramaniam’s recent show at New Delhi’s Talwar Gallery was a feat of curatorial ingenuity. 

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Up Above the World So High: Alwar Balasubramaniam takes up the brush after two decades

March 11, 2018

After more than two decades, artist Alwar Balasubramaniam has taken up the brush again, and chosen to wander into the realm of clouds.

 

Art India

Art India

Prelude by Sangita Jindal

March 2018

I met the artist Alwar Balasubramaniam in Mumbai recently. What struck me about Bala, as he is popularly known, was the sense of serenity he seemed to possess - his calm demeanour, his scientific approach to life's problems and his determination to arrive at clear solutions, were quite impressive. 

Art India

Art India

Cloud in the Room, Pools on the Canvas

March 2018

Pools of pigment and binder evaporate from Alwar Balasubramaniam's canvases in the solo Liquid Lake Mountain at Delhi's Talwar Gallery, leaving behind cracks that are evocative of atrophy in the natural world.

The News Gazette

The News Gazette

New KAM show flips colonial script with Africans exploring England

January 25, 2018

Allan deSouza is chair of the department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley, and the artist behind a fascinating new world map that premieres today at the Krannert Art Museum.

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

Arpita Singh in 12 Revelatory Exhibitions from 2017

December 31, 2017

Each of these exhibitions showed me something I had not seen before. An admired artist in India, Arpita Singh, who is best known for her figurative paintings of woman, often floating in an elusive space, rarely shows in America and that is our loss. These drawings will likely surprise those who know Singh’s figurative work.

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

Ranjani Shettar

December 15, 2017

If there is one word that describes Ranjani Shettar’s installations and sculptures, it is “happy."

 

Mint

Mint

Ranjani Shettar: Making waves with wood

July 18, 2017

Ranjani Shettar, arguably one of India’s foremost visual artists, is exhibiting at the gallery till 12 August. In every respect, Bubble trap and a double bow is a perfect show. With just 12 works on display, it’s a lesson in precision: small enough to allow quality time with each piece—a rarity today—and large enough to justify being called an exhibition.

India Today

India Today

Sight Unseen: Arpita Singh

July 10, 2017

Best known for her figurative paintings, Arpita Singh unveiled a series of early abstract works for her ongoing show, 'Tying Down Time', at New York's Talwar Gallery.

Artforum

Artforum

Ranjani Shettar

July 2017

Echoes of the natural world reverberated through Ranjani Shettar's solo show "Bubble trap and a double bow."

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

The Startling Abstractions of Arpita Singh

June 17, 2017

An admired artist in India, Arpita Singh rarely shows in America and that is our loss.

Ideel Art

Ideel Art

When the Art of Arpita Singh Went Abstract

June 16, 2017

The images that inhabit the figurative paintings Arpita Singh has been making since the late 1980s spring to life with excitement and energy.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Uncertain Musings: Arpita Singh’s unseen works on display in New York bring out her fascination with the bold and experimental

June 5, 2017

Eighty-year-old Arpita Singh spent almost a decade in this self-training, with an occasional urge to use colours, when small strokes of orange and yellow began to make appearances.

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

Dallying with abstraction: the aesthetics of Arpita Singh’s lines, dots and dashes

May 22, 2017

Arpita Singh’s first solo at New York’s Talwar Gallery offers a shorthand into the lexicon of the artist’s mind.

Scroll

Scroll

How a brief interlude of abstract art transformed the career of the legendary Arpita Singh

May 4, 2017

In the 1970s, the figurative artist went through a radical period of experimentation. Now those works are being exhibited for the first time.

4Columns

4Columns

Allan deSouza and Alia Syed

March 17, 2017

Immigrant, exile, refugee, traveler, stranger: these are the figures that define our time. They are alternately the fantasy and the nightmare of globalization—neoliberalism dreams of a “flat earth,” a world system where laboring bodies travel across borders as easily as capital, while populism fears those same bodies as dangerous, even deadly, parasitical drains on local economies and civil society. 

Verve

Verve

Explore Muhanned Cader’s Enchanting Island

November 17, 2016

Experience meditative depictions of the sea with Sri-Lankan artist Muhanned Cader.

The Culture Trip

The Culture Trip

Alwar Balasubramaniam: On Matter, Perception, and the Self

November 11, 2016

What is the self? What is reality? Far removed from the physical realm, the philosopher revels in the world of the abstract. Abstract artist Alwar Balasubramaniam applies such philosophical inquiry to his sculpture. We discover more about the life of the voraciously philosophical artist Alwar Balasubramaniam.

Vogue India

Vogue India

Calling all Art Devotees: These Artists Need to be a Part of your Collection

November 8, 2016

The Vogue Art Report highlights 10 other seasoned artists you must cast your eye on.  Including artist Alwar Balasubramaniam. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

In the Art World, Globalism’s New Spin

October 27, 2016

It feels like the right time to reassert global consciousness in the universe of art. Even some of New York’s large and conservative museums have been thinking this.

Art Review

Art Review

Nasreen Mohamedi

October 14, 2016

The work of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) seems both a textbook example of the complex fusion of intellectual, cultural and personal experience that constitutes international Modernism, and an ideal opportunity, particularly as one of the inaugural offerings at the newly opened Met Breuer, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to demonstrate how it might expand both the museum’s and the public’s understanding of the ‘global’, the ‘local’ and the ‘individual’.

Art India

Art India

Lines Eternal

October 2016

Nasreen Mohamedi used the grid as a scaffolding to order her thoughts, feels Meera Menezes, as she moves through a major retrospective in New York

Marg

Marg

The Elegant Complexity of Nasreen Mohamedi

October 2016

These immaculate, quiet, and perfectly disciplined drawings are exercises at one level, and at another, they constitute the very proof that lines drawn with the aid of a set square, a ruler and a pair of compasses can create the premises and conditions of art.

 

The Asian Age

The Asian Age

Nature and Femininity

July 30, 2016

Thiruvananthapuram-based artist N.N. Rimzon is known to reflect his socio-political concerns through his works. His works — mostly figurative — are conceptual and minimalist in nature through which he pares down typical imagery in order to reach the core of things, basic states and fine qualities of humanity. 

The MET

The MET

Of Calligraphic Lines and Radiant Light: Nasreen Mohamedi and Islamic Aesthetics

June 3, 2016

"One of the inaugural exhibitions at The Met Breuer is a retrospective of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990). Organized by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, the exhibition spans Mohamedi's entire career, bringing together works on paper, photographs, and little-seen diaries."

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Alwar Balasubramaniam

June 2016

The Indian artist invests abstraction with the weight of the natural world through the slow, controlled application of air and water.

Haber's Art Reviews

Haber's Art Reviews

The Met Breuer and Nasreen Mohamedi

June 2016

Mohamedi’s retrospective feels like a private enclave, suiting a woman who wrote of creating art from solitude. The curators, Sheena Wagstaff with Roobina Karode of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi and Manuel J. Borja-Villel of the Reina Sofia in Madrid, aim for spaces suitable to works on paper. 

ArtForum

ArtForum

Critics’ Pick: Alwar Balasubramaniam

May 13, 2016

Any clear distinction between the human and the natural in Alwar Balasubramaniam’s refined sculptures has become increasingly blurred since he abandoned Bengaluru, India, for his ancestral village in Tamil Nadu. His latest exhibition features a series of textured monochromes, the surfaces of which uncannily resemble geological formations shaped over millennia. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Last Chance: Nasreen Mohamedi at Met Breuer

May 2016

This traveling career survey of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) is in every way exquisite. 

Nighthawk NYC

Nighthawk NYC

Nasreen Mohamedi's "Simple" Perfection

April 24, 2016

Stop the Presses.

Aesthetica

Aesthetica

Nasreen Mohamedi – A Philosophy in Life at Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 21, 2016

The galleries on the second floor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s brand new enterprise, The Met Breuer on Madison Avenue, devoted specifically to modern and contemporary art opened with a retrospective of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi, indicating a commitment to non-Western art for the museum, and conversely securing the artist’s prominence within a global narrative of modernism.

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

Riveting modernism, mysticism from Nasreen Mohamedi

April 21, 2016

In her art, she seems to have been released from the burden of comprehension and yielded herself up to that terrible void — which was also, say the mystics, the divine, the infinite.

The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

Out-Of-The-Ordinary Project Blends Jazz, Art for a New Work

April 18, 2016

Pianist Vijay Iyer has an unlikely backstory for a musician who’s been voted jazz artist of the year in Downbeat magazine’s critics’ poll, received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and is a professor in Harvard’s music department.

Art India

Art India

N.N. Rimzon: Magic Under the Skies

April 2016

N.N. Rimzon’s works explore the interplay between spiritual and material worlds claims Meera Menezes.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

‘A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke’ Review: Art and Music Meet at the Met

April 5, 2016

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Vijay Iyer team up on a new project.

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Rimzon: Totem and Taboo

April 2, 2016

In his first solo show in the capital in 23 years, N.N. Rimzon presents recent works that explore the themes of creation and annihilation and confirm his status as one of India’s most deeply intellectual artists.

Wall Art

Wall Art

Nasreen Mohamedi at the Met Breuer

April 2016

“We are proud to present Nasreen Mohamedi in our first wave of exhibitions at The Met Breuer,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “Mohamedi’s work calls on us to expand our understanding of graphic minimalism in a transnational context. It is a project that speaks to our interest in introducing a broad range of audiences to the innovative work created by artists across borders.”

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Nasreen Mohamedi

April 2016

In her landmark essay on the grid, Rosalind Krauss outlined the form’s reductive modernist ontology, and its exemplary capacity to align the work of art with its material support.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Met Breuer: Nasreen Mohamedi

April 2016

This traveling career survey of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi is the smaller of the two Metropolitan Museum's two debut exhibitions in the Breuer Building, once occupied by the Whitney Museum, and it is in every way exquisite.

London Review of Books

London Review of Books

At the Met Breuer: Thoughts Made Visible

March 31, 2016

When​ a beloved building goes dark, a hole opens in the urban fabric: so it was when the Whitney Museum left its old home on New York’s Upper East Side, constructed by Marcel Breuer in blunt granite and concrete in 1966.

Open Magazine

Open Magazine

The Mark of a Modernist

March 28, 2016

This week, thousands of miles away from the country she called home, one of our most important but relatively less remembered artists is having a retrospective in New York City.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Portrait of a Dissident Artist

March 20, 2016

With his new solo show in Delhi, artist N.N. Rimzon demonstrates why art cannot be separated from society and politics.

The New York Times

The New York Times

The 'radical' drawings of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi

March 15, 2016

A new exhibition at the Met Breuer gallery in New York pays tribute to Mohamedi, a pioneering artist who quietly redefined South Asian modernism.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Review: Nasreen Mohamedi Retrospective at the Met Breuer in New York

March 15, 2016

A retiring presence in Indian art during her life, Nasreen Mohamedi is now at the center of global issues of contemporary art. 

 

Frieze

Frieze

Unfished Business at the new Met Breuer

March 10, 2016

The opening of the Met Breuer signals opportunity and responsibility in equal measure 

 

The New York Times

The New York Times

A Question Still Hanging at the Met Breuer: Why?

March 2, 2016

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it would be taking an eight-year lease on the Marcel Breuer building left vacant by the Whitney Museum’s move downtown, the first question everyone asked was: Why?

Financial Times

Financial Times

Curator Sheena Wagstaff on the new Met Breuer museum

February 25, 2016

My whole life, I’ve entered the Metropolitan Museum the same way: up the majestic stairs, through the vaulted lobby, then right towards Ancient Egypt, left towards Greece and Rome, or straight ahead, down a hallway of ancient bric-a-brac leading back to the Middle Ages.

Mint

Mint

The Modernist Sprawl

February 6, 2016

As one enters his ongoing exhibition, Forest Of The Living Divine, at Talwar Gallery in New Delhi, one is struck by the spectacular appeal of his paintings and sculptures. Warm colours dazzle the eye, towering statues seem to grow upward, and tiny figurines sprout like saplings from the floor.

Artforum

Artforum

Rummana Hussain

January 2016

In 1995, Rummana Hussain walked through the precincts of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, her mouth wide open in a soundless scream. In a performance titled Living on the Margins...

Financial Times

Financial Times

What to Watch out for in 2016: Nasreen Mohamedi

December 28, 2015

FT writers select some of the artists, performers or events that will make their hearts beat faster

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Rummana Hussain

November 2015

One of India’s pioneering performance artists and conceptualists, Rummana Hussain is known for her bold explorations of female subjectivity trapped in discourses of family, religion, nationalism, and welfare.

Mint

Mint

Open Wounds

October 2015

The late Rummana Hussain’s ongoing exhibition displays the scars of religion, gender and sexuality  

Art in America

Art in America

Philippe Vergne on Nasreen Mohamedi

July 28, 2015

“I first encountered Mohamedi’s work at the Walker Art Center, when my colleague [curator] Douglas Fogle included several of her photographs in an exhibition [“The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982,” 2003-04]. I found them extraordinary.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Layers of Wind, Lines of Time: Alwar Balasubramaniam

May 27, 2015

The “gestural” exists as a shallow act of mere rhetoric—one that lacks what novelist and social critic James Baldwin described as the “integrity of the artistic practice”—and as a poetically precise and self-aware act, which we are so desperately seeking in order to move away from the fraught contexts that the art world often becomes immersed in.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Allan deSouza: Notes from Afar

April 30, 2015

In 2011, the Phillips Collection in Washington commissioned Allan deSouza to create a photographic response to Jacob Lawrence’s 60-painting “Migration Series” (1940-41), half of which is owned by the Phillips, the other half by the Museum of Modern Art in New York

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Alwar Balasubramaniam

April 2015

You can almost feel a swish of wind in the gentle, at times almost imperceptible, grooves throughout Alwar Balasubramaniam’s fiberglass-and-acrylic piece Wind Waves, 2012. 

 

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Invisible Made Available

February 2, 2015

Alwar Balasubramaniam is holding a solo “Layers of Wind, Lines of Time” at Talwar Gallery in Delhi. With the show, he challenges, yet again, the viewers’ perception of space, time, gravity and perspective through twenty-one works.

The Asian Age

The Asian Age

Natural Narratives: Alwar Balasubramaniam

February 2015

"My ideas are better repre­sented in my works than they can ever be in my words," Alwar Balasubramaniam cautions before he begins to talk about his ongoing exhibition, "Layers of Wind, Lines of Time," presently on view at Talwar Gallery in the capital. 

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Jungle Tide: Muhanned Cader

February 2015

As a young student, Sri Lankan-born artist Muhanned Cader was enthralled by British adventurer John Still’s Jungle Tide, a 1930s-era memoir of his time on what was then the island nation of Ceylon. 

Mint

Mint

Alwar Balasubramaniam: The reclusive superstar

January 17, 2015

You can’t pin down the ‘Indianness’ in his art. Yet few contemporary artists can match Alwar Balasubramaniam’s rise

Lalit Kala Contemporary

Lalit Kala Contemporary

Nothing to Really Know

January 2015

There are some shows where the spectator recognises value in it because of the ideas that it espouses or by the trajectories of thought that are fuelled by the viewing of a particular piece or the entire show as one unit.


 

Alia Syed

Alia Syed

Film London Jarman Award Shortlisted Artist

2015

Inspired by Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of artist filmmakers in the UK.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Ranjani Shettar's 'Night skies and daydreams'

September 11, 2014

One of Ranjani Shettar’s diaphanous, constellation-like sculptures of hand-molded wax beads and cotton thread, installed at the entrance to “On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century,” at the Museum of Modern Art, made a stellar introduction to that 2010 show.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Rummana Hussain

September/October 2014

On a sunlit afternoon in Mumbai, surrounded by a handful of well-wishers and cultural peers, Rummana Hussain (1952–99) embarked upon her inaugural performance piece, Living on the Margins (1995). 

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Ranjani Shettar: Night skies and daydreams

August 30, 2014

With a population of over a billion people, a rising economy, and a rich visual culture, India is nevertheless underrepresented in what we call the "global art world." 

The Hindu

The Hindu

Of Uncertain Mindscapes

August 6, 2014

Sri Lankan artist likes to keep his works 'simple' for commoners

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

The Sketch: Rummana Hussain

August 2014

For The Sketch, we take a look at the evolving practice of an artist who will be featuring in our next issue 

The Wall

The Wall

Between sky and earth

March 2014

In a world of complexity, simple ideas are hard to grasp. Born and raised in the beautiful coun­try side of Karnataka, Ranjani Shettar is in­spired by nature, and in 'Between Sky and Earth,' presents works that are simple yet complex as nature itself. 

The Hindu Business Line

The Hindu Business Line

Cutting-Edge Artist

March 2014

Ranjani Shettar on making wood float in air, metal fly and threads soar.

Next Projection

Next Projection

Paramjit Singh

February 21, 2014

The Seventh Walk is a wistful and beautiful voyage into the world of dreams and the creative process by experimental filmmaker Amit Dutta. It is set entirely in the popular tourist landscape of the Kangra Valley and based on the art of landscape painter Paramjit Singh.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Ranjani Shettar: Saga in wood

February 16, 2014

Shettar’s solo in Delhi comprises eight new wooden sculptures, including a small work, titled Remanence from Last Night’s Dream, carved from rosewood and lacquered wood and fixed to the wall like a painting. This work draws from the artist’s memories of watching children of her generation play with Channapatna toys (toys made from lacquered wood in rural Karnataka).

The Sunday Guardian

The Sunday Guardian

An aerial dream in wood: The suspended world of sculpture

February 8, 2014

About five months ago, I visited the Talwar Art Gallery to see Navjot Altaf's sculptural installation, and I ended up having a long and gratifying chat with the artist.

Time Out

Time Out

Touch Wood

February 2014

In an art scene dominated by blockbuster productions and larger than life installations, Ranjani Shettar is perhaps one of the few sculptors who insist on carving and creating her work by hand without the help of assistants. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Nasreen Mohamedi's Becoming One

January 17, 2014

In her last journal entry, she writes: “Vibrations multiply. Intensity of sweep. Undulative. Curve slowly comes to a ...,” and the writing falters, jumps, drifts off like a thread unspooling, but finally forms a closed circle. I can’t imagine seeing a more beautiful and tender gallery solo this winter.

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

India’s Nasreen Mohamedi Belongs to Everyone

November 17, 2013

I first wrote about Mohamedi’s meticulous line drawings and abstract photographs in the Brooklyn Rail (December 2008–January 2009) and now, five years later, I found that the work has grown more powerful over time. 

NYT Magazine

NYT Magazine

Artists on Artists: William Kentridge on the Subtle Drama of the Indian Minimalist Nasreen Mohamedi

October 11, 2013

The South African artist William Kentridge is best known for creating low-tech animated films, often based on charcoal drawings, that explore the painful effects of apartheid. 

Art New England

Art New England

Found Redux

August 2013

The current exhibition continuing through August 23rd at the Talwar Gallery, New York, entitled Found, features the work of Indian and Sri Lankan artists Aishya Abraham, Muhanned Cader, and Srinivas Prasad.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Eating Grass: Alia Syed

July 2013

Set among the pre-modern Indian paintings and Hindu and Buddhist sculptures of LACMA’s South and Southeast Asia wing, Alia Syed’s Eating Grass (2003) is a dreamy filmic experience.

Artforum

Artforum

Nasreen Mohamedi: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

May 2013

Unlike much contemporary Indian art, Mohamedi’s works feature an austere, mostly black-and-white palette and stark geometric compositions, mostly constructed through lines traced in graphite or pen and ink on paper, though at times she also captured the geometry of real-life through photography.

Art Now

Art Now

Space, Earth, Landscape: Muhanned Cader

May 2013

Is it a swallow in flight, or a slow dagger ascending, a map, a mask, the gruff mouth of a cave, or perhaps a nameless form? 

Mint

Mint

Sheila Makhijani: Beneath the Surface

March 8, 2013

Makhijani mostly works in a painterly tradition—hectic brushstrokes and jagged lines fill her art with a nervous energy. She manages to convey an intrinsic edginess without relying too heavily on impasto—the layering of colours—or outré iconography.

Financial Times

Financial Times

Nasreen Mohamedi: A View to Infinity, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

February 8, 2013

The show shimmers with the artist’s formidable black-and-white prints that flash insights into the world around her

Mint

Mint

The Line of Control

February 2013

It is not often that museums furnish us with spaces for meditative contemplation—especially when they are located in bustling shopping malls.

Mint

Mint

A Walk on the Wild Side

December 7, 2012

The poet Lord Alfred Tennyson might have characterized nature as “red in tooth and claw”, but Bangalore-based artist Ranjani Shettar would be unlikely to agree. 

Time Out Mumbai

Time Out Mumbai

Tidal Energy

December 7, 2012

In a new show inspired by the elements, Ranjani Shettar continues to coax adamantine materials into elegant sculptures. 

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Alwar Balasubramaniam

October 2012

The rules of time, gravity and scale feel suspended, if only for a moment, in the immersive environment created by Alwar Balasubramaniam (Bala for short) at Talwar Gallery.

LACMA

LACMA

Eating Grass: Q&A with filmmaker Alia Syed

September 26, 2012

LACMA's presentation of a special screening of selected works by artist Alia Syed in their original 16mm format, in conjunction with her exhibition Eating Grass, located in the Ahmanson Building. In between screenings, Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent at LACMA curator, join Syed to discuss her work. 

Art India

Art India

Up in the Air

September 2012

An interview with Nivedita Magar and Ranjani Shettar. 

The National

The National

Ranjani Shettar's airy sculptures are making waves

July 23, 2012

"I often take longer to pack my sculptures than to make them," says the 35-year-old Indian sculptor Ranjani Shettar. 

Art New England

Art New England

Duality and Contradiction in the Art of Alwar Balasubramaniam

July 12, 2012

Appropriately titled Nothing from my Hands, Bala’s current exhibition continues to explore the theme of absence found in his previous works.

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Alwar Balasubramaniam

July 2012

Straddling the threshold between presence and absence, materiality and immateriality, the physical and the spiritual, object and space, Balasubramaniam’s deeply philosophical sculptural practice insists that the second term of each of these dyads be understood not as mere lack or negation, but rather an independent, empirical state, observable under appropriate conditions.

Verve

Verve

Sculptures that Speak

March 23, 2012

This winter the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, launched its new contemporary art space with Ranjani Shettar’s enigmatically titled show Dewdrops and Sunshine.

Mint

Mint

Even nothing is something beautiful

January 27, 2012

Alwar Balasubramaniam puts his palms flat against the wall in a small room in New Delhi’s Talwar Gallery and scoops out the fresh white plaster—or at least it appears that he does so—as he talks.

Art Fair

Art Fair

a dialogue through diffracted traces...

January 2012

Rummana Hussain's politically aware, philosophically provocative, yet obstinately poetic, self-referential art presents us with a complex, if at times an uncomfortable, perspective of a lived experience, which continually reaffirms her significance as an artist and her installations that continue to blur the lines between aesthetics and activism. 

Platform

Platform

Capturing Invisible Territories: Alwar Balasubramaniam

January 2012

Where did your fascination with art begin? 

 

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar

'Do you know what you see?' The art of A. Balasubramaniam

January 2012

In 2004, Bangalore-based artist Alwar Balasubramaniam made a sculptural bust of himself cast from sand, fibreglass, and evaporating compound.

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

Playing with Creation

January 2012

Ranjani Shettar says that she turned from painting to sculpture because "I realized I had to move around the object, it had to occupy the same space that I did and there was no illusion in it. Although I was little equipped for it, I knew that was what I wanted." 

Robb Report

Robb Report

Life in Motion

December 2011

Artist Ranjani Shettar's light and form installations find place in an exhibition in Melbourne. 

The Age

The Age

Grand Sculptures too easy to Pin Down

November 16, 2011

A wooden circle, like a polished industrial drum, sits on the floor as a triumph of craftsmanship. This fascinating object by Ranjani Shettar, an artist from Bangalore, is called Flame of the forest. 

Time Out Melbourne

Time Out Melbourne

Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops & Sunshine

November 15, 2011

Enter the NGV International's newest gallery, Contemporary Exhibitions, and you will find yourself transfixed by an ethereal sight: gigantic, buoyant bubble-like creations with wings that seem to float in the air, casting strange but captivating shadows on the gallery's walls. 

The Age

The Age

In Beauty's Delicate Embrace

October 29, 2011

Ranjani Shettar carefully unpacks a box containing large, carved hunks of wood.

India Today

India Today

Art of the Matter

September 2011

Ranjani Shettar's highly intricate sculptural installa­tions are being featured with increasing frequency globally.

Artforum

Artforum

Critic's Pick: Allan deSouza

August 2011

Allan deSouza’s current exhibition at the Phillips Collection, produced through an initiative to encourage interaction between contemporary artists and the institution’s holdings, displays photographs conceived as a reaction to Lawrence’s canonical series. 

The Sunday Guardian

The Sunday Guardian

Two Feet Journey: Idea and Material must Walk Together

August 7, 2011

Ranjani Shettar has succeeded in shattering that stereotypical image with her work. Inspired by life and her daily experiences, she resolves problems of weight, balance, space, composition, color and light to bring out the essential character of each material, manipulating how it looks and behaves.

Vogue India

Vogue India

The Homecoming

August 2011

Having spent much of the last couple of years showing at organisations statewide, like the San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art and Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. Bangalore-born sculptor Ranjani Shettar returns to India this month with a show at the Talwar Gallery in Delhi.

Design Today

Design Today

Ranjani Shettar

August 2011

Titled 'Present Continuous', the show features Ranjani's new sculptural work in different materials.

Robb Report

Robb Report

The Alchemist

August 2011

Artist A. Balasubramaniam displays his signature brand of invisible and metaphoric works at the Phillips Collection. 

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Ranjani Shettar

July - August 2011

The eight works in sculptor Ranjani Shettar's "Present Continuous" may be thought of as visual metaphors for a variety of subtle physical experiences- an obscure fragrance, a touch of the breeze, a hum of sound, a vibration that cannot be located.

Frieze

Frieze

Ranjani Shettar

June 1, 2011

Abstraction hasn’t figured prominently in modern Indian art, critics often interpreting it as a foreign visual language.

The Business Times

The Business Times

Joy of Lacquer

May 2011

Ranjani Shettar coaxes sensuous, almost erotic, sculptures using lacquered natural forms, writes Madhvi Subrahmanian. 

Prestige

Prestige

Organic Beauty

May 2011

Installation artist Ranjani Shettar draws in the air and creates ethereal sculptures that are rapidly winning plaudits, write Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop. 

 

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald

Ethereal Forms

April 3, 2011

Ranjani's works have been described as calligraphic curves in flight, and as open, hovering articulations says Gridhar Khasnis. 

The Straits Times

The Straits Times

Fleeting Forest Flames

April 2011

A top Indian artist is transforming the space at Third Floor Hermes with her wooden works 

Art India

Art India

Folded Planes, Jagged Lines

March 2011

Sheila Makhijani's abstract drawings edgily acquire an added dimension, observes Sophia Powers. 

India Today

India Today

The Shadow Lines

February 2011

She plays with light and form, the intangible and the tangible to create work that defies the traditional axis of art. Here's what lies behind artist Ranjani Shettar's canvas. 

 

Artforum

Artforum

On Line

February 2011

WHAT IS A LINE?

 

The Statesman

The Statesman

Ranjani Shettar: Superb Unison of the old and the new

February 2011

The gallery spaces are very quiet. Well suited to works like those of Karnataka-based artist Ranjani Shettar. As compellingly soft footfalls take you past the neatly nurtured greens that wait in welcome as you tread beyond the drive into the building, up towards the artworks, what strikes here are the pristine white hues that pervade the dignity of uncluttered spaces.

The Asian Age

The Asian Age

Powerful Impact!

January 9, 2011

Today’s younger and more experimental artists are reaching beyond the canvas and using three-dimensional spaces to express their concerns and concepts. Anjum Singh in her latest solo show ‘The Skin Remembers’ explores the urban industrialized environment through works that are more sculptural than painterly.

First City

First City

Touch

January 2011

Wispy shapes hang from the ceiling, defying the stark white cube gallery space that houses them.

First City

First City

Hyaline

January 2011

First City deconstructs Alwar Balasubramaniam's walls. Even as he rebuilds them for us. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Squiggly, Tangly and Angular

December 1, 2010

As if in direct response to its overscaled, canon-cementing Abstract Expressionism display, the Museum of Modern Art is also giving us something quirky, speculative, physically light, a show called “On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century.”

Time Out New Delhi

Time Out New Delhi

The broken vessel

November 2010

Rummana Hussain's installations of terracotta pots and mirrors seem to reflect riot-torn bodies, says Shweta Upadhyay. 

Harper's Bazaar India

Harper's Bazaar India

Perfectly Placed

November 2010

Ranjani Shettar's large installation makes a splash at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this month.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

(In)Between

May - June 2010

Bengaluru-based artist A. Balasubramaniam's sculptures and installations are best known for the ways in which the use of different materials, compositions and lighting can undermine the sculptures' defined form, illuminating their physical presence and confounding the audience with visual tricks. 

B-UNCUT

B-UNCUT

Talks With SFMoMA's John Zarobell

April 8, 2010

As Assistant Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Commissions at the SFMoMA, John Zarobell is an innovative figure in the San Francisco art scene. 

 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Ranjani Shettar

January 15, 2010

The large suspended pieces, each called “Bird Song,” in her third solo at Talwar, are based on armatures made of stainless-steel tubing bent into curves. 

Raking Leaves

Raking Leaves

Muhanned Cader

2010

Muhanned Cader is an observer of certain things not all things.

Artforum

Artforum

Nasreen Mohamedi

January 2010

Housed in the airy precincts of a light-filled gallery, "Nasreen Moha­medi: Notes-Reflections on Indian Modernism" was an invitation to look and linger.

Art and Deal

Art and Deal

Profile: Ranjani Shettar

January 2010

Beeswax, resin, muslin, tamarind kernel paste and lacquered beads, wood, sawdust and latex - add a little light and shadow, and you have the ingredients for a magician's cauldron. 

SF Examiner

SF Examiner

SFMOMA Rooftop garden blends art and nature

December 24, 2009

When is a garden art?  When is art a garden?

The Asian Age

The Asian Age

Looking for meaning in myriad

December 2009

A square mirror table with a cross drawn across the surface, a circle in the centre, four earthen bowls containing sea sand, a rock and ashes, a shell and water. 

Time Out New York

Time Out New York

Ranjani Shettar

December 2009

Ranjani Shettar constructs poetic, handmade sculptures that refer to the ancient crafts and natural environment of her home and studio, located seven hours outside of Bangalore in the Indian countryside. 

 

Art India

Art India

The Inner of the Outer

December 2009

A. Balasubramaniam explores metaphysical thought, corporeal presences, and abstract absences in his investigation of spaces as Ella Datta watches enthralled. 

 

Bidoun

Bidoun

Nasreen Mohamedi

Winter 2009-2010

Since her “discovery” at Documenta 12 in 2007, Nasreen Mohamedi, who passed away prematurely from Parkinson’s Disease in 1990, has swiftly become a favorite “unknown” among certain art elites.

TEDIndia

TEDIndia

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of Substance and Absence

November 2009

Alwar Balasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. 

Frieze

Frieze

Nasreen Mohamedi

November-December 2009

The only dated works in the exhibition ‘Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes’ at Milton Keynes Gallery are the four pages cut from the artist’s diaries.

Times of India

Times of India

Art is something between science and spirituailty

October 23, 2009

His creations stand out among the hundred-odd artworks by contemporary Indian artists on display at the 'Chalo India!'  exhibition organized by art collector couple Karlheinz and Agnes Essl at the Essl Museum on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.

Art Monthly, MK Gallery

Art Monthly, MK Gallery

Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes. Reflections on Indian Modernism

October 2009

MK Gallery presented a major solo exhibition of work by important Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi.

The Guardian

The Guardian

Exhibition Preview: Nasreen Mohamedi, Milton Keynes

September 18, 2009

Nasreen Mohamedi was a major, late-20th-century Indian artist who remains surprisingly under-recognised in the west. 

Reuters

Reuters

TEDIndia Announced List of Inspiring Speakers from Across the Globe

September 10, 2009

TEDIndiaʹs list of speakers is an inspirational and unusual mix of people from diverse disciplines.

Asian Age

Asian Age

Exhibiting Today's Art with an Elusive Sensibility

September 7, 2009

A. BALASUBRAMANIAM'S "In Between", at Talwar Art Gallery in Delhi, is a show that suggests some exciting new approaches to reinventing and recombining Post Minimalism's diverse strains, especially the emphasis on language and the use of dispersed, decentered installations.

Mint

Mint

Seriously Playful

August 21, 2009

The simplicity of A Balasubramaniam’s works is deceptive, masking layers of meaning.
 

Afterall

Afterall

Making the Maximum Out of the Minimum

July 2009

It is, I feel, appropriate to enlist Emily Dickinson’s poetry for my attempt to read and understand Nasreen Mohamedi’s images.

Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts

Ranjani Shettar: Expanding Traditions

July 2009

Artists continue to investigate new media by reaching outside of traditional disciplines; categories that define an artist - as a sculptor, painter, textile artist, etc.- are becoming less relevant. 

California Home and Design

California Home and Design

Ten Exhibitions Not to Miss

June 15, 2009

New work: Ranjani Shettar

 

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle

Blending Tradition

May 27, 2009

For me the practice of making sculptures comes from around me. 

SF Moma Blog

SF Moma Blog

One on One: Peter Samis on Ranjani Shettar

May 26, 2009

Seen from afar, down the long enfilade of galleries on the 2nd floor, Ranjani Shettar’s Sing along floats above the other more floor- and earth-bound artworks on view.

Art on Paper

Art on Paper

A Detached Joy

May 2009

With extreme discipline, Nasreen Mohamedi’s drawn lines seek to chart the rhythms of wind across desert sands, ocean tides, the play of shadows on outdoor stairways, or across the facades of the Islamic architecture she so admired.

Frieze

Frieze

The Actuality of an Idea

May 2009

Commercial galleries’ group shows often have the unpalatable taste of stockroom leftovers thrown together at random, less exhibitions than showroom displays, replete with sample works by all the represented artists.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Ranjani Shettar

May 2009

“Focus: Ranjani Shettar” showed the Bangalore-based artist caught in a moment of transition, must like the mix of sculpture on display.

Art in America

Art in America

Ranjani Shettar

May 2009

Ranjani Shettar’s first solo museum show included three impressive multipart sculptures. 

Artforum

Artforum

The Actuality of an Idea

April 30, 2009

A traceable evolution of tempered restraint is apparent in this multigenerational group exhibition: The oldest works are drawings that share a sense of moderation with several recent sculptures, despite the distinct physicality of the latter

The Hindu

The Hindu

Window to the world of art

April 25, 2009

Ranjani Shettar tells Shilpa Sebastian R. that museums are central for an artist and the audience. 

Venetian Red Art Blog

Venetian Red Art Blog

Ranjani Shettar

April 16, 2009

Though consisting of only six works, Ranjani Shettar’s current exhibition of recent works at SFMoMA shows off the depth and range of her capabilities. 

The SF Examiner

The SF Examiner

New Work: Ranjani Shettar at SFMOMA

March 23, 2009

Bangalore-based artist, Ranjani Shettar, is only thirty one years old and already an artist of international acclaim-participating in biennials in France, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.

Sculpture

Sculpture

Ranjani Shettar

February 2009

Ever lie back, look up at the clouds, and see faces, flowers, and other images?

The Business Standard

The Business Standard

When trash becomes valuable

January 31, 2009

Artist Anjum Singh’s work, says Bharati Chaturvedi, uses waste, including aluminium, acrylic, commonplace industrial materials, to build up a dynamic, organic urbanscape.

Art India

Art India

Dirt and Decoration

January 2009

How does Anjum Singh aestheticize litter as she critiques the idea of waste in the city? Meera Menezes finds out. 

 

Vitamin

Vitamin

New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

January 2009

In Ranjani's first solo exhibition 'Home' (2000), the ambition of the work was to capture the intrinsic beauty of the delicate fabrications made by birds, insects, bees or silkworms - cocoon-like forms, web-like constellations or clusters of berries. 

Brooklyn Rail

Brooklyn Rail

Nasreen Mohamedi: The Grid Unplugged

December 8, 2008

The drawings and photographs of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) are slowly but surely becoming better known to a wider American audience.

Vogue India

Vogue India

Brush with Success

December 2008

Ranjani Shettar's father was convinced his daughter should become an artist from the time she was five years old, Ranjani made the decision for herself at the ripe old age of 13. 

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

Uncharted Territories: Alwar Balasubramaniam

December 1, 2008

Seeing is Believing. In Alwar Balasubramaniam’s case, seeing and believing are two separate acts, depending on your discernment and perception. His prints, paintings, and sculptures, with their constant plays on the visible and invisible, illusion and certainty, challenge notions of the real and the unreal.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Ray Yoshida and Muhanned Cader

November 2008

In 1996, Muhanned Cader, then a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, rented a studio overlooking Bolgoda Lake, a picturesque reservoir outside the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Bolgoda was a prepossessing location to the young Cader, who was attracted to the quixotic local landscape.

Art in Asia

Art in Asia

A. Balasubramaniam

November 2008

In his most recent works, Bala realizes the immaterial by making physical that which is tactilely undefined.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Nasreen Mohamedi's the grid, unplugged

October 30, 2008

This show of large abstract drawings is the third New York solo of work by the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-90) and the most beautiful yet, which means it’s about as beautiful as gallery shows get.

The Hindu

The Hindu

Between the Lines

October 2008

Using lines like the rhyme scheme of poetry, Nasreen Mohamedi created an inventive repertoire that is evocatively poignant. A representative collection of her works will be on display at the Talwar Gallery, New York, till November 15. 

Asian Art

Asian Art

Art Profile: Alwar Balasubramaniam

October 2008

Active in the international art scene for the past ten years, A. Balasubramaniam, or Bala as he is better known, has followed an interesting and challenging artistic path.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Alia Syed: Materials for a Film

September 2008

London-based artist Alia Syed presented two new films and a photographic series at New York's Talwar Gallery in late April. 

Time Out New Delhi

Time Out New Delhi

A Decade of Photoworks: 1998-2008

August 22, 2008

The four series comprising this excellent exhibition – “UFO”, “Lost Pictures”, “Divine” and “Threshold” – pay tribute to ten years worth of work by photographer Allan deSouza.

Art India

Art India

Stripping Illusions

August 2008

Karin Miller-Lewis looks at the dialogue between structure and surface in the works of Seher Shah and Allan deSouza.

Black and White

Black and White

Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Ranjani Shettar

June 6, 2008

Ranjani Shettar is a young Indian artist currently working in Bangalore, India. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA; Ninth Lyon Biennale in Lyon, France; and the XV Sydney Biennale in Sydney, Australia. Currently, her work can be seen at “Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International” in Pittsburgh, PA.

Verve

Verve

Larger than Life

June 2008

Inspired by 'life,' 30-year-old installation artist Ranjani Shettar has created a buzz among the art circles, particularly in the US. 

Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Artist adds a bit to Carnegie International flavor

April 2, 2008

Carnegie International 2008 artist Ranjani Shettar works on her installation "Just a Bit More," comprising thousands of tiny hand-molded beeswax balls positioned on cotton thread webbing. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Allan deSouza

February 28, 2008

Allan deSouza, born in Kenya of Indian parents, has lived in California for years, commuting between a home in Los Angeles and a teaching job in San Francisco. Partly to pass the time on the routine intercity flights, he got into the habit of taking photographs from the plane windows before takeoff, and in the air, and on landing.

Artforum

Artforum

Ranjani Shettar

Feburary 2008

Ranjani Shettar's recent solo show, containing two sculptural installa­tions and four woodcut prints, dressed the mundane in the garb of the mysterious.

Art Asia Pacific Almanac

Art Asia Pacific Almanac

...and one for 2008

January 2008

As Walker Art Center chief curator Phillipe Vergne's pick for the Lyon Biennial - where Hans Ulrich Obrist and Stephanie Moisdon invited fellow curators, or "players" to select "an essential artist of the decade"

Time Out New Delhi

Time Out New Delhi

Epiphanies

December 14, 2007

Given the depth and maturity of her works, it's surprising that Epiphanies is Ranjani Shettar's first show in India, and that she is only 30 years old. 

 

Metropolis

Metropolis

Moderate Modernism: On Tagore, Le Corbusier, and Nasreen Mohamedi

December 2007

Mohamedi's Modernistic Idealism

 

Artforum

Artforum

Best of 2007

December 2007

Atsuko Tanaka, Agnes Martin, and Nasreen Mohamedi (Documenta 12, Kassel) 

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Fire in the Belly

November 2007

Like the luscious bougainvillea blossoms she pays homage to in her installation In Bloom (2004), Ranjani Shettar's beeswax balls and lacquered bead installations expand into space as if thet had freed themselves from their natural surroundings. 

Matters of Art

Matters of Art

Ranjani Shettar: Epiphanies

August 2007

Ranjani Shetter, extensively exhibiting abroad but least in the country, continues with her project of weaving multiple moods and memories, light and shades together in her current/ongoing solo show, “Epiphanies: between the bodily and the aural”, at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi

Flash Art

Flash Art

Documenta 12

July 2007

If one leaves Venice annoyed, if not indignant, one goes on to find oneself disoriented in Kassel. 

Construction/Deconstruction

Construction/Deconstruction

Sheila Makhijani and Anjum Singh

February 13, 2007

The metropolis with it’s changing skyline provides the grist for the creative mills of Anjum Singh and Sheila Makhijani, two artists who live in New Delhi.

Art Papers

Art Papers

Art Scene on the Move

January 2007

Over the course of the last year, San Francisco has experienced an influx of artists and curators from around the globe. The appointment of Documenta Xl curator Olcwui Enwezor as Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice-President at the San Francisco Art Institute back in July 2005 has been a magnetic force drawing new faculty from around the world such as artist-educator Renee Green, curator-critic Hou Hanru, and artist-writer Allan deSouza.

Nature's Labyrinth

Nature's Labyrinth

Madhu Jain interview with Paramjit Singh

2007

Paramjit Singh may take you by the hand for a walk into his painted woods. 

Frieze

Frieze

Freeing the Line

October 2006

Drawing and speaking are very close. ‘Freeing the Line’ brought together old and new works by both familiar artists and others less well known. 

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Ranjani Shettar

October 2006

For her latest solo exhibition, Ranjani Shettar creates two new installations and a print that respond to the natural world. 

Time Out New York

Time Out New York

Freeing the Line

July 20, 2006

Curator Catherine de Zegher flies high in her first show since leaving the Drawing Center.  

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Freeing the Line

July 7, 2006

Catherine de Zegher, former director of the Drawing Center, continues the fine work she did there with this light-as-air, largely sculptural group show. 

Art and Deal

Art and Deal

Precious Connectedness

May 2006

Enveloped by Ranjani Shettar's works, one may recall the ancient concept addressed by all cultures - one of the music of the spheres.

David Thorpe

David Thorpe

Alia Syed: A Story Told

April 2006

Alia Syed is primarily a filmmaker, but she is not a filmmaker whose activity takes place within the established conventions of cinema or television.

Art Papers

Art Papers

A. Balasubramaniam

March 2006

Unfixed Being: Sculpture by A. Balasubramaniam (Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, October 14-December 7, 2005) features six recent and surreal works by the Indian artist known as Bala.

Artnews

Artnews

Sheila Makhijani

February 2006

The colorful paintings of Delhi‐based artist Sheila Makhijani swim with movement. Energetic and sensual, they convey an impression of controlled chaos.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Lines among Lines

October 2005

In the most intimate moment of the Drawing Center's graceful exhibition of the late East Indian artist, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), a diary page smudged with black ink, Untitled, (1978) speaks volumes about the artist's profound sensibility.

Modern Painters

Modern Painters

Allan deSouza: The Lost Pictures

September 2005

Allan deSouza's poignant exhibition explores the failings of both memory and photography as means of recording and preserving the past from aging, loss, displacement and historical change

Art New England

Art New England

First Person Plural

August 2005

Ranjani Shettar and Alwar Balasubramaniam in Dialogue by Barbara O'Brien 

The New York Times

The New York Times

The Listings: Allan deSouza's The Lost Pictures

July 1, 2005

ALLAN DESOUZA: 'THE LOST PICTURES' New pictures by this conceptualist photographer meditate on the photograph as a memorial object. Mr. deSouza placed prints made from old family slides around hishome, allowing them to become faded and abraded and to accumulate hair, dust and other debris. He then turned them into large, glossy digital prints in which the ghosts of the original images haunt the new, busily textured, semi-abstract surfaces.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Nasreen Mohamedi

May 23, 2005

In conjunction with its exhibition of visionary abstractions by Agnes Martin, Emma Kunz, and Hilma af Klint, the Drawing Center’s annex presents photographs and works on paper by Mohamedi (1937-90), an Indian artist rarely shown in this country.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Nasreen Mohamedi's Lines Among Lines

May 13, 2005

Nasreen Mohamedi (1944-90) is still little known outside of India, though she is a much-admired figure there. In New York, a few of her abstract drawings have turned up in group exhibitions, and Talwar Gallery has surveyed her photographs. Now samples from both are united in this hushed but magnetic show in the Drawing Room, across the street from the Drawing Center.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Alwar Balasubramaniam

December 31, 2004

The work of this exceptional young artist, based in India, is about the play of material solidity and illusion. 

Asian Art News

Asian Art News

Ranjani Shettar

August 2004

Ranjani Shettar at Talwar Gallery. Indian artist Ranjani Shettar's fragile ceiling installations charm with their innocence and joyfulness. These large and meticulously made works of art suspended from the ceiling on thin strings radiate a rare freshness and tenderness, almost like that of a blossoming tree in a village untouched by the anxiety and angst of urbanization. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Ranjani Shettar

July 2, 2004

Ranjani Shettar, a young Indian artist based in Bangalore, makes her New York solo debut with this two-sculpture show, and it's a beauty. 

Marg

Marg

Indian Photography Exhibit in New York

June 2004

How does one write about the ineffable?

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Alia Syed

February 6, 2004

''Eating Grass,'' the title of the short film that constitutes Alia Syed's second New York solo show, carries a specific political reference.

artUS

artUS

Nasreen Mohamedi

January 2004

To anyone who has witnessed the growth of the contemporary Indian art scene in the last twenty years, the name Nasreen Mohamedi is legend. 

Asian Art News

Asian Art News

Nasreen Mohamedi at Talwar Gallery

December 2003

Since one is used to seeing Asian art that is either rooted in a specific cultural context or has a strong imprint of the artist's own culture on it, Nasreen Mohamedi's black and white photographs come as a surprise because of their pure, minimalist beauty that is not tied to any particular context.

Art Critical

Art Critical

Nasreen Mohamedi

December 1, 2003

The photographs of Nasreen Mohamedi are a recent supplement to the drawings of this underknown Indian artist/ photographer/ writer. Fascinating in and of themselves, these 25 silver gelatin prints are being exhibited for the first time at Talwar Gallery.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Nasreen Mohamedi

October 10, 2003

The work of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) made an unforgettable impression in ''Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora'' at the Queens Museum of Art in 1997.

 

Art India

Art India

Complex Visuality

August 2003

Sheila Makhijani loves to work at the sound of silence. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Allan deSouza

June 13, 2003

Allan deSouza's second show at Talwar continues a kind of work begun in his first: photographs of tabletop studio models of cities and landscapes. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Alwar Balasubramaniam

May 31, 2002

The India‐based artist A. Balasubramaniam, 32, already has an impressive résumé of international appearances, primarily as a printmaker. 

Art in Sight

Art in Sight

Alia Syed and Noski Deville

March 2002

Secret Films and cinematographic emotion: A conversation. 

 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Allan deSouza

December 7, 2001

Allan deSouza's photographs alternate between two images omnipresent in recent news: rocky, desertlike landscapes and the Manhattan skyline. In fact, Mr. deSouza's pictures are taken of hand-made tabletop studio setups and were, with two exceptions, shot early last summer during an artist-in-residence stay at Art in General in TriBeCa.

India Today

India Today

Fixing the Soul

October 8, 2001

Deepak Talwar's new art gallery with Zarina Bhimji's displays are a balm to terror-hit New Yorkers. 

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Freedom Songs

October 5, 2001

Zarina Bhimji's artwork on display at the Talwar Gallery in Manhattan is a rich exploration in history and perception, a thin line between fact and fiction as the artist herself puts it, and compelling with its strong metaphorical statements.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Zarina Bhimji 'Cleaning the Garden'

October 5, 2001

This show brings a double debut: the first solo New York appearance of the London-based artist Zarina Bhimji and the inauguration of Talwar Gallery, in an eastern annex of the Chelsea art beat.

City Magazine

City Magazine

Talwar Gallery

September 2001

Not opening his gallery in Chelsea was a deliberate decision on Deepak Talwar’s part

Iniva

Iniva

Alia Syed in conversation with Bruce Haines

2001

Art India

Art India

The Secret Life of Sheila Makhijani

October - December 1999

Roobina Karode seeks out Sheila Makhijani at her studio in Delhi and unearths a hoard of energetic works.  

The New York Times

The New York Times

Rummana Hussain, 47, Indian Conceptual Artist

July 18, 1999

Rummana Hussain, a painter and conceptual artist who was also active in Indian politics, died on July 5 at her home in Bombay. 

Art India

Art India

Rummana Hussain

July 1999

Art India inaugurates a column by Geeta Kapur, India’s most distinguished art critic, who takes the turn of the century as departure point for questioning existing frameworks for perceiving art.  In her first essay she traces the development of Rummana Hussain over the past six years.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review: Rummana Hussain

October 16, 1998

The Indian artist Rummana Hussain, 46, evokes a long journey in a small span in this installation.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

Home Nation

January 1997

Reacting to the recent political climate within India, Rummana Hussain abandoned painting allegorical canvases that relied on myth and fable - both traditional and modern - for a more challenging conceptual approach to art.

The Asian Age

The Asian Age

Home Nation-An Installation by Rummana Hussain

April 19, 1996

Rummana Hussain continues in the post-Modernist footsteps of Vivan Sundaram's installation at the Gallery Chemould. Instead of discarding the xeroxed letters stuck to the wall, the leftovers from his Shergil Archives installation, Rummana has "cancelled" them painting them over with white-wash, leasing the viewer (like Joseph Kosuth with his 1986 environment of Cancelled Texts) into reading the still discernible letter forming the backdrop for the photographic images in her own installation. 

Roshan Shahani

Roshan Shahani

Ways of Seeing in '94

December 1994

The year 1994 went by with only a few artists stirring us out of our reveries and a fewer still who overwhelmed us with their concerns. 

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Domesticity Soaked in the Mood Indigo

September 1, 1994

Rummana Hussain's show of installations and paintings, 'Multiples and Fragments,' is revealing in the links she makes between what she believes in, the means and the medium she used to express herself, and the reality she speaks of. 

 

Times of India

Times of India

The Metaphor Survives

April 17, 1994

Rummana Hussain, whose exhibition is on at the Chemould Art Gallery, has subjected her own art-practice to a searching examination, scanning it for ways to passionately protest against the Ayodhya events, writes Ranjit Hoskote.

The Independent

The Independent

What's a Bicycle doing in the Art Gallery?

March 30, 1994

Rummana Husain's exhibition, which opens at Gallery Chemould tomorrow, brings together a variety of materials like prints, pencil drawings, plastic pipes, kidney trays, and light bulbs. 

The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Forms in Gay Abandon

1994

On the other hand, the installations of Rummana Hussain use everyday materials to portray less esoteric themes to her exhibition, Fragments/Multiples.