Skip to content
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

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... 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Nasreen Mohamedi

July 30, 2020

“Pull With a Direction,” a lovely and engrossing show at Talwar Gallery, presents a compressed, in-a-nutshell version of the development of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), one of the most original modernist artists of post-World War II India. While following the trajectory of the much larger retrospective at the Met Breuer in 2016...

Artforum

Artforum

Muhanned Cader

January 15, 2020

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

Art India

Art India

Anjum Singh

December 2019

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

 

The Hindu Business Line

The Hindu Business Line

Anjum Singh

November 8, 2019

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

Open Magazine

Open Magazine

Anjum Singh

October 21, 2019

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. 

Art India

Art India

RUMMANA HUSSAIN

August 2019

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

Sculpture Magazine

Sculpture Magazine

Alwar Balasubramaniam

July 15, 2019

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

Washington City Press

Washington City Press

Ranjani Shettar

June 28, 2019

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

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

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.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

Sheila Makhijani

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

SHEILA MAKHIJANI

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.

Mint

Mint

Arpita Singh

February 09, 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 New York Times Style Magazine

The New York Times Style Magazine

Ranjani Shettar

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

Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

Arpita Singh

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.

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.

Mint

Mint

Ranjani Shettar

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

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.

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. 

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

Nasreen Mohamedi

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."

ArtForum

ArtForum

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 Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

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.

Art India

Art India

N.N. Rimzon

April 2016

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

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...

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.

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

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

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

Art Asia Pacific

Art Asia Pacific

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. 

The New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review

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.

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

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 New York Times

The New York Times

Art in Review

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

Nasreen Mohamedi

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. 

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.

Mint

Mint

SHEILA MAKHIJANI

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.

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 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. 

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

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.

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. In a show dominated by figures and color, her linear ink and pencil drawings looked like nothing else. Made up of layered, perspectival, gridlike planes, they were like Malevich crossed with Agnes Martin, magic carpets or space ships sailing into the fourth dimension.

 

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.  

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.