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Allan deSouza: Berkeley Book Chats

Allan deSouza: Berkeley Book Chats

Ark of Martyrs: An Autobiography of V

October 6, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

Ark of Martyrs: An Autobiography of V (Sming Sming Books, 2020) is a rewriting — or, in the author’s words, a “polyphonic replacement” — of Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel, Heart of Darkness. In the vocal traditions of gospel, toasting, and rap, Allan deSouza (Art Practice) substitutes Conrad’s words with ones that loosely rhyme. DeSouza’s resulting text creates a portrait of dystopian contemporary life, replete with unspeakable desires, political antagonisms, and legacies of war.

DeSouza is joined by Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies). After a brief discussion, they respond to questions from the audience.

The News-Gazette

The News-Gazette

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.

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao

Nasreen Mohamedi & Arpita Singh in Elles font l'abstraction

October 22, 2021 - February 27, 2022

The exhibition sets out to write the history of the contributions of women artists to abstraction with works dating from the 1860s to the 1980s. Far from being a mere catalogue, the exhibition reveals the decisive turning points that marked this development, the specific contexts for creation, the research conducted by the artists, individually or in groups, as well as the founding exhibitions. 

Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum

Arpita Singh in Another Energy

April 22 - September 26, 2021

Another Energy focuses on 16 female artists in their 70s or older, from across the globe, who continue to embark on new challenges. Showcasing their wide array of powerful works from paintings, video, sculptures, to large-scale installations and performances, this exhibition contemplates the nature of the special strength - “Another Energy” - of these women who have all continued challenging throughout their long-standing careers. 

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.

13th Gwangju Biennale

13th Gwangju Biennale

Arpita Singh in Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning

Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning sets out to examine the spectrum of the extended mind through artistic and theoretical means. The Biennale argues for the primacy of plurality, positing that points of origin and influence ought to be accessed not only through the dominant technological systems and machinic vocabularies traceable to the West but also relate to heterodox ancestries.

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar

Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century

March 6 - September 12, 2021

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, celebrates its centennial with Seeing Differently. The exhibition marks the first major celebration of the museum’s permanent collection in over 10 years and includes works by Paul Klee, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollock, Picasso, de Kooning, Calder, Jacob Lawrence and Ranjani Shettar amongst others...

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.

Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies

Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies

Alwar Balasubramaniam + Atreyee Gupta | Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series

November 12, 2020

The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley is delighted to present a conversation between sculptor, painter and printmaker, Alwar Balasubramaniam and Atreyee Gupta - Assistant Professor, History of Art Department @ UC Berkeley.

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

Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies

Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies

Allan deSouza + Gayatri Gopinath | Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series

October 8, 2020

The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley is delighted to launch Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series, a new speaker series that addresses provocative and generative intersections between creative processes and societal, cultural, and environmental crises. The first event in Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series features a conversation between photographer, multi-media artist, and Professor of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, Allan deSouza and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and the director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, Gayatri Gopinath .

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. 

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Narrating from the Museum Collection 10 years of KNMA

January 25, 2020 - December 30, 2020

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art turns ten this year.  We celebrate the past decade, bringing back vignettes that will highlight the museum’s multi-focal vision, its evolving mission, directions and journeys undertaken, mapping intersecting histories of the subcontinent.

Closer Look at African American Artists in SAAM’s Collection

Closer Look at African American Artists in SAAM’s Collection

Allan deSouza

February 8, 2020

Panel Discussion with Allan deSouza, Schwanda Rountree, Melanee Harvey, & Mel & Juanita Hardy
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, US

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

Public Intimacies, Correspondences: A Programme of Films by Alia Syed

January 19, 2020

Taking as a point of departure her epistolary project Letters to Leena, a series of correspondences to her mixed heritage daughter, curator Jemma Desai and artist Jasleen Kaur present a selection of works from British experimental filmmaker Alia Syed.

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

The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

THINKING ART: ALLAN DESOUZA IN CONVERSATION WITH UGOCHUKWU-SMOOTH NZEWI

November 4, 2019

Allan deSouza’s book, How Art Can Be Thought (Duke University Press, 2018), examines how we evaluate if art is good as well as art’s claims to be for the social good. The book provides an extensive analytical glossary of common terms used to discuss art, focusing on their current usage and adapting them to new artistic and social challenges.

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. 

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Alia Syed in Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life

October 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020

The curatorial model of Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life posits itself against an art industry’s paradigms of efficiency and production, which stand into relation to real conditions of production and often deprive exhibitions of their potentiality. The exhibition is instead taken as a medium which gives us an opportunity to share knowledge and create new meaning.

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. 

Yale Center for British Art

Yale Center for British Art

Alia Syed in Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain

October 10 – December 29, 2019

Migrating Worlds brings together work by eight of Britain’s leading film and video artists in the first exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art dedicated exclusively to the moving image.

New York University

New York University

Thinking Unruly Aesthetics: A Roundtable with Kandice Chuh, Allan deSouza, and Gayatri Gopinath

October 8, 2019

This round table places in conversation three recently published monographs. The scholars discuss how their work approaches questions of aesthetics, visuality, and difference, and what it means to decolonize the practice of making, displaying, thinking, and writing about art. 

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.

Universidad de Sevilla

Universidad de Sevilla

Allan deSouza

May 22 - June 5, 2019

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.

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

Ranjani Shettar: Earth Songs for a Night Sky

May 16 - August 25, 2019

Earth Songs for a Night Sky is a multi-faceted project by Ranjani Shettar. Occupying two rooms and the staircase of the original Phillips House, the project is conceived in dialogue with Wassily Kandinsky’s artist’s book Klänge (Sounds)—which features 56 woodcuts and was published right after he had made his breakthrough into abstraction—and Klee’s late paintings in the Phillips’s collection, including Arab Song (1932), Efflorescence (1937), and Figure of the Oriental Theater (1934).

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.

58th Venice Biennale, India Pavilion

58th Venice Biennale, India Pavilion

Rummana Hussain in Our time for a future sharing

May 11 – November 24, 2019

Unhinged by events of 1992-93, Rummana embarked on a courageous pursuit to excavate the marginalization of the other, their means and sustenance. Now, over 25 years after they were first created by the artist they still resonate with renewed vigor, except what were local origins at the time are now pervasive around the globe, abundant in echoes of intolerance to secularism and self.

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. 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Allan deSouza in Converation with James Voorhies

April 25, 2019

Artist and writer Allan deSouza speaks with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about his recent publication How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change, which examines the popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.

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

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Arpita Singh: A Retrospective

January 30 – July 14, 2019

Arpita Singh is one of the most significant women artists in India. This retrospective exhibition at KNMA gives an extraordinary opportunity to view six decades of her art practice. 

Arvind Indigo Museum

Arvind Indigo Museum

Alwar Balasubramaniam in Alchemy: Explorations in Indigo

January 27 - March 31, 2019

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum is very pleased to host the launching exhibition Alchemy: Explorations in Indigo of the Arvind Indigo Museum. Seeing indigo as an art form, the exhibition will have national and international artists using indigo in multiple media and forms to create a world of all things indigo.

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. 

Asia Society

Asia Society

Allan deSouza in New Cartographies: Artists & the Changing Map of Asia

September 15, 2018 - March 17, 2019

New Cartographies delves into the unique ways that contemporary artists such as Tiffany Chung, Allan deSouza, Li Songsong, and Sohei Nishino are incorporating cartography into their practices as they look at globally relevant topics such as urbanization, economic migration, environmental change, refugee movements, and the repercussions of colonial legacies.

The Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery

The Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery

Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country

September 4 - November 4, 2018

Allan deSouza’s Through the Black Country, or, The Sources of the Thames Around the Great Shires of Lower England and Down the Severn River to the Atlantic Ocean reenacts and upends iconic colonial narratives of discovery in Africa. 

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.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Alia Syed in Delirium // Equilibrium

August 19 - October 30, 2018

Engaging with videos or films in a dark or semi-dark space, where things come closer to life or create a world of their own, the presence of colour, touch, sound, movement, apparitions, light and shadow, draws one into a complex technological environment. One is moved by the potentiality of the mediums used by artists, their diverse and occasionally precarious themes processed through the intricacies of looped time and nuanced languages. The world of today is disenchanting and distraught, yet alluring and demanding, desiring poise and equilibrium

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 Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ranjani Shettar in Episode 7: MetCollects Video Series

July 2018

"Can nature's fragility be perceived?" Ranjani Shettar on her installation Seven ponds and a few raindrops

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. 

apexart

apexart

Allan deSouza in Light in Wartime

June 7 - June 28, 2018

Light in Wartime brings together photographers whose works shed new light on war, both forensically and symbolically.  In a world so hounded by images of war, many of the photographers featured in Light in Wartime challenge the conventions and limitations of traditional reportage, underlining the tensions between art, fiction, and photojournalism.
 

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.

Christie's New York

Christie's New York

Ranjani Shettar in conversation with Sahany Jhaveri

March 18, 2018

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 Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops

March 12 – September 16, 2018

Usually composed of numerous nonrepresentational forms, Ranjani Shettar’s immersive environments are inspired by her observations of the now-threatened natural environs of her native India.

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.

Krannert Art Museum

Krannert Art Museum

Artist Talk: Allan deSouza “Through the Black Country: Body Doubles and Fictive Presence”

March 1, 2018

Artworks are commonly viewed as stand-ins for the artist, as the truth of the artist’s interiority manifested in material objects. Allan deSouza will consider his own work through this desire for “truthiness,” what possibilities there are for artistic doppelgangers and fictional stand-ins, and what roles they might serve in an era of “fake news.”

FRAC Lorraine

FRAC Lorraine

Alwar Balasubramaniam in You Remind Me of Someone

February 23 - June 17, 2018

You Remind Me of Someone relies on mechanisms triggered by resemblance, mimicry, and reciprocity in order to explore our relationship to images in a world in which they multiply endlessly on a daily basis. The visual and gestural similarities between the works question affinities, elicit encounters, seek to find a common thread in this continuous flux.

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.

Krannert Art Museum

Krannert Art Museum

ALLAN DESOUZA: Through the Black Country

January 25 – July 14, 2018

DeSouza’s most recent work reenacts and upends iconic colonial narratives of discovery in Africa. 

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."

Asia Society

Asia Society

Allan deSouza in Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora

June 27 - August 6, 2017

Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, organized by Asia Society Museum with the support of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, considers the work of nineteen contemporary artists from the South Asian diaspora who explore notions of home and issues relating to migration, gender, race, and memory across mediums and aesthetics

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.

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery

Alia Syed: Recent Works

April 27, 2017

Making films since 1986, acclaimed artist Alia Syed’s recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as visual narrative. Her unique approach connects different subjective positions in relation to culture, diaspora, and location. 

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. 

Pizzuti Collection

Pizzuti Collection

Ranjani Shettar, Alwar Balasubramaniam & Sheila Makhijani in Visions from India

March 10 - October 28, 2017

Visions From India is a celebration of artists who proffer their own paths that link them to India and the rest of the world. 

University of California

University of California

Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country

January 23 - May 19, 2017

Allan deSouza, chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice, presents an exhibition that reenacts and upends the traditional colonial relationship, positioning modern-day England as the object of investigation by an explorer from Africa.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

N.N. Rimzon in Pond Near the Field

December 12, 2016 - April 30, 2017

The exhibition brings into focus the works of five artists who spent their formative years in Kerala and whose subversive art practice problematised the discourse of Indian Art in the 1980s and 1990s.

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.

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

Allan deSouza: MIGRATION/IMMIGRATION

October 22, 2016

For the 2016 Phillips Collection—University of Maryland International Forum, leaders across disciplines will discuss artistic and curatorial approaches to visual narratives of migration and immigration.

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.

 

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Alia Syed: Co-op Dialogues with Kathryn Elkin

August 8, 2016

Alia Syed made her early 16mm films at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative in the mid 1980s, using the Co-op’s optical printer as a means to explore issues of identity and representation. Her films draw from personal and historical realities in order to address gender, location, diaspora and colonial memory.

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 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Nasreen Mohamedi: Inaugural Exhibition at The MET Breuer

March 18 - June 5, 2016

One of the most significant artists to emerge in post-Independence India, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) created a body of work that demonstrates a singular and sustained engagement with abstraction. The Met Breuer exhibition, the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States, is an important part of the Met’s initiative to explore and present the global scope of modern and contemporary art.

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.

Van Every/Smith Museum Galleries

Van Every/Smith Museum Galleries

Alia Syed & Allan deSouza in Contents Under Pressure

February 25 - April 10, 2016

The Van Every/Smith Galleries and Davidson College are pleased to present Contents Under Pressure, featuring the works of Allan deSouza and Alia Syed. 

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  

VCU Qatar

VCU Qatar

Ranjani Shettar: Visiting Artist

October 2015

Indian artist Ranjani Shettar discusses how her sculpture is a concrete version of her experiences ‐ those transient feelings and environments that exist purely because of perceptions.

Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum

Allan deSouza in TIME/IMAGE

September 26 - December 12, 2015

Time / Image explores the interrelationship of time and thought in contemporary art. The exhibition borrows its title and, loosely, its philosophical framework from French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995).

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Nasreen Mohamedi: Waiting is a Part of Intense Living

September 23, 2015 - January 11, 2016

Nasreen Mohamedi was one of the first Indian artists to embrace abstraction, moving away from the more conventional doctrines of Indian modern art in the early decades of the 20th century. The exhibition, organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, displays her work – combining thought and action – in the intersections between her life and her art.

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.

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Allan deSouza in Intersections@5

May 28 - October 25, 2015

The Phillips Collection celebrates the fifth anniversary of Intersections, which since 2009 has presented the work of 22 artists—9 men and 13 women—from the US and abroad. This exhibition presents works by Intersections artists that have been acquired to date, both pieces that were featured in past installations and new works that are reminiscent or emblematic of the projects. Most importantly, the anniversary exhibition is a celebration of the Phillips’s mission to actively collect and display contemporary art.

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. 

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Sheila Makhijani in Working Spaces

January 28 - February 29, 2015

‘Working Spaces’ can be read in multiple ways. Bordering between representation and abstraction, artists have employed acts of drawing, structural forms of architecture and of objects, principles of visual deception and optical illusion, nuances of colour and the effects of light and sound to manifest concepts/ideas about materiality and non-materiality, fullness and emptiness, form and formlessness, often entering into realms of the transcendental and the mystical. 

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

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery

Nasreen Mohamedi in Adventures of the Black Square

January 15 - April 6, 2015

This epic show takes Kazimir Malevich’s radical painting of a black square – first shown in Russia 100 years ago – as the emblem of a new art and a new society. The exhibition features over 100 artists who took up its legacy, from Buenos Aires to Tehran, London to Berlin, New York to Tel Aviv. Their paintings, photographs and sculptures symbolise Modernism’s utopian aspirations and breakdowns.

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.

2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale

2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Muhanned Cader in Whorled Explorations

December 12, 2014 - March 29, 2015

Galle Fort, Fort Kochi presents a series of 29 seascapes, intricately rendered in graphite on wood panels. Originally created as an installation at the 2014 Kochi Muziris Biennale, Galle Fort, Fort Kochi engages with an environment, the seaside, that is both specific and, as Cader points out, remarkably universal.

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 

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

Nasreen Mohamedi

June 6 - October 5, 2014

Nasreen Mohamedi reveals the artist’s significant contribution to modernism that expands the boundaries of Western art history and offers an opportunity to reconsider the meaning of abstract art. Featuring more than 50 of her works, Nasreen Mohamedi charts the evolution of Mohamedi’s work, exploring how she, like Mondrian, moved away from a figurative style and developed her own unique approach to abstraction.

Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth

Nasreen Mohamedi in Lines

March 22 - May 31, 2014

This exhibition brings together a group of international artists active between the 1950s and today, all of whom explore new frontiers for abstraction. The line functions in a variety of ways, including: writing, weaving, notating, diary-keeping, nature, the body, the environment, and the everyday; each resulting in expanded, eroded, and perverted grids generated by a liberating line.

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.

Drawing Room, London, UK

Drawing Room, London, UK

Nasreen Mohamedi in Abstract Drawing

February 20 - April 19, 2014

Abstract Drawing is Drawing Room’s fourth artist-curated exhibition, a strand of the programme that aims to provide insight into the ideas that inform the work of key contemporary artists.

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. 

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Rummana Hussain in Is it what you think?

January 30 - September 30, 2014

At one level, the exhibition reflects upon the immediate and the impending political and social crisis through acts of resistance, and at another level, it becomes a site of recuperation and healing. The selected artists have been committed to a socially engaged practice since many years. Through their seminal works, themes that touch upon issues of oppression, violence, historical identity and cultural memory will be addressed in diverse formats and modes of representation.

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. 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nasreen Mohamedi in Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists

August 31, 2013 - April 27, 2014

The installation will juxtapose historical objects and architecture with works by contemporary artists that employ traditional Islamic styles, materials and subject matter as their source. Framed beneath the Museum’s stunning 17th century Persian mosaic arch, visitors will see how contemporary artists are drawing upon their cultural and visual past to explore personal, political, and aesthetic concerns.

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.

Sahmat Collective: Art and Activisim in India since 1989

Sahmat Collective: Art and Activisim in India since 1989

Rummana Hussain

Smart Museum of Art, Chicago IL | February 14 - June 9, 2013
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC | September 13, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.

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.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Nasreen Mohamedi: A Retrospective

January 31 - November 30, 2013

In the history of Indian Modernism, Nasreen Mohamedi is a distinct figure who broke away from the mainstream art practice of the early decades of post-Independent India, choosing the less explored trajectory of the 'non-representational'.

Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery

SHEILA MAKHIJANI in 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)

December 8, 2012 – April 14, 2013

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the Gallery’s flagship international contemporary art event, and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 continued the series’ forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists.

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. 

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Ranjani Shettar: Varsha

2012

Ranjani Shettar’s Varsha, an artist’s book published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art in late 2012, evokes aspects of 16 phases of the monsoon and the classical Indian astronomy used to predict them. The accordion-folding volume, bound in hand-worked metal, includes 16 original prints, each corresponding to a specific period of the rainy season.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Ranjani Shettar: High tide for a blue moon

December 1, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Shettar's large installations draw inspiration from natural forms recalling the surreal beauty of magical creatures and sensuous landscapes. She gives imaginative form to natural phenomena as diverse and unique as the interaction of light and water, the luminescence of fireflies and the kinetic response of plants to sunlight.

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Alwar Balasubramaniam in Beyond the Self

November 24, 2012 - March 3, 2013

Through the work of artists from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand, Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia examines recent directions in contemporary self portraiture in Asia.

Henry Art Gallery

Henry Art Gallery

Ranjani Shettar in Now Here is also Nowhere: Part I

October 27, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Now Here is also Nowhere is a two-part meditation and non-linear account of how—in making artworks about ideas and intangible concepts— artists continually question and destabilize the nature of the art object.

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. 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Alia Syed: Eating Grass

August 11, 2012 - July 28, 2013

Experimental filmmaker Alia Syed makes her West Coast debut at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with an installation of her film Eating Grass.

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.

18th Biennale of Sydney

18th Biennale of Sydney

Alwar Balasubramaniam in all our relations

June 27 - September 16, 2012

The 18th Biennale of Sydney, all our relations, was the first to be developed by a curatorial duo, Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster. De Zegher and McMaster proposed that an exhibition that could function as a collaboration between curators, artists and audience; a ‘collective composition’ that championed values of connectivity, conversation and compassion as models for being in the world. 

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.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Nasreen Mohamedi in Lines of Thought

February 29 - May 13, 2012

The exhibition Lines of Thought explores the work of 15 contemporary artists, whose practice has focused in particular on using line in creatively challenging ways. With works representing different generations, it is remarkable to observe how the meaning and use of line varies from one artist to another.

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.

SF Camerawork

SF Camerawork

Allan deSouza: The World Series

January 13 - February 25, 2012

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. 

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine

November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012

Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine showcases the artist’s unique approach to sculpture including material experimentation, relationship to space, engagement with nature, exploration of tradition and resonance with modernism. 

The Age

The Age

In Beauty's Delicate Embrace

October 29, 2011

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

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Allan deSouza: Close Quarters and Far Pavilions

October 1, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Allan deSouza’s new video and photographic installation, Close Quarters and Far Pavilions, consists of a four-channel video work of multiple sequences shot from inside commercial flights at the time of take-offs and landings. The title, influenced by M.M. Kaye’s 1978 novel about conflicting identities and split loyalties set in India and Afghanistan, suggests the aircrafts’ cramped spaces and the hand-to-hand combat of “close quarters,” as well as the exotic allure of faraway places.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Ranjani Shettar in barely there (Part II)

September 16 - December 30, 2011

barely there is a two-part group exhibition that explores issues of immateriality, presence, absence, performance, and the performative. The exhibition also considers the ability of art to engage broad and often intangible concepts by generating a series of connections rather than functioning as a prescribed whole.  

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.

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

Allan deSouza: The World Series

June 23 - September 17, 2011

The World Series (2010–11) features a group of 30 color photographs by Allan deSouza created in response to Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series (1940–41), from The Phillips Collection. 

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 Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Sk(in)

May 26, 2011 - April 21, 2012

Conceived specifically for the Phillips, Sk(in) is a two-part installation occupying the Hunter Courtyard and adjacent gallery space, thereby playing off the artist’s idea of inside-out, outer and inner, and visible and invisible. 

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. 

 

Hermes Foundation

Hermes Foundation

Ranjani Shettar: Flame of the Forest

April 28 - June 5, 2011

Ranjani Shettar’s installation at Third Floor-Hermès embodies the magnanimity and enigma of the “Flame of the Forest” – a majestic tree considered sacred by Hindus. Its structure and resonance are the basis for this ethereal, sculptural installation that permeates physical and psychological space.  

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. 

Art Tower Mito

Art Tower Mito

Ranjani Shettar in Quiet Attentions

February 12 - May 8, 2011

The participating artists will conceive the works based on the perception of sound and ambience, gesture, memory, passage of time, the laws of the world and the social mechanism that go by unnoticed in our daily life. 

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.

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Allan deSouza: His Master's Tools

January 23 - May 29, 2011

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.”

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Alwar Balasubramaniam in Lecture: Known/(Un)known

November 22, 2010

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art

On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century

November 21, 2010 – February 7, 2011

NASREEN MOHAMEDI
A. BALASUBRAMANIAM
SHEILA MAKHIJANI
ALIA SYED
RANJANI SHETTAR in

On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art

Ranjani Shettar: Artist Talk

November 9, 2010

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.

Liverpool Biennial International 10

Liverpool Biennial International 10

Ranjani Shettar in Touched

September 18 - November 28, 2010

For Touched, Ranjani Shettar experimented with bronze and presents an elegant installation in the Vide at the Bluecoat that provoked a conversation about the touch between materials and architecture. Cast using the ancient lost wax process, Shettar’s work drew attention to the process of casting bronze. 

Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois

Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois

Allan deSouza: The Farthest Point

August 26 - December 30, 2010

The Farthest Point brings together new and recent works by the internationally recognized photo-conceptual artist Allan deSouza.

Tate Britain, Manton Studio

Tate Britain, Manton Studio

Alia Syed in Conversation Pieces

May 21, 2010

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

Allan deSouza in Dreamlands

May 5 - August 9, 2010

‎‎Dreamlands‎‎ ‎‎develops a new purpose: to show how international fairs, world exhibitions and leisure parks have been able to constitute models that have influenced the design of the city and its uses. Indeed, if such models have shaped the imagination, nourished utopias as well as the creations of artists, they have also become realities, in which real-life comes to be inscribed, modifying our relationship to the world and geography, to time and history, to the notions of original and copy, of art and non-art.‎

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. 

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Alwar Balasubramaniam in Contemplating the Void

February 28 - April 29, 2010

Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site-specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs.

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.

Milton Keynes Gallery

Milton Keynes Gallery

Nasreen Mohamedi

September 5 - November 15, 2009

Milton Keynes Gallery is delighted to announce a major solo exhibition of work by important Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi. Her diary pages, drawings and photographs combine Western influences such as Paul Klee and Kasimir Malevich with Islamic architectural forms and a South Asian sensibility, resulting in an intensely personal body of work.  

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.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Ranjani Shettar: New Work

March 21 - July 7, 2009

Unlike many contemporary Indian artists currently exhibiting their work internationally, Shettar has maintained close connections to Bangalore, India, where she was born and educated. Her artistic vocabulary is akin to those of postminimalist artists such as Martin Puryear and Eva Hesse, insofar as she explores a variety of materials and displays an interest in both handwork and the conceptual dimensions of art objects.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Ranjani Shettar in Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden

March 21 - July 7, 2009

More than forty years have passed since minimalist artists first began incorporating the space of the gallery into their artistic work, but the impact of sculpture that reflects the inherent possibilities and limitations of its setting has hardly diminished. This practice is fundamental to the work of the artist Ranjani Shettar, although her focus is not solely on the display environment or even the notion of sculpture as it is understood in this realm. 

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Alia Syed: Filmworks

February 11 - April 13, 2009

The work of the English artist of Indian descent Alia Syed (Swansea, United Kingdom) is on display for the first time in Spain at this exhibition. Her work Eating Grass (2003), is a succession of sequences in public and private spaces of three cities (London, Karachi and Lahore), assembled as a collage. 

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. 

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

FOCUS: Ranjani Shettar

December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009

Ranjani Shettar creates large-scale, abstract sculpture by combining manmade and natural materials such as wood, beeswax, cloth, thread, rubber, PVC pipe, wire, steel, and beads. Her works, which appear to be as impulsive and random as they are patterned and logical, are frequently arranged as sculptural installations that interact with and articulate the space around them.  

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.

Third Guangzhou Triennial

Third Guangzhou Triennial

Allan deSouza

September 6 - November 16, 2008

Third Triennial opens at Guangdong Museum of Art and its satellite museum, Time Museum, consisting of 181 artists from over 40 countries. The curators GAO Shiming, Sarat MAHARAJ and Johnson CHANG Tsong-zung brought together artists that examine the limits of multi-culturalism in a post-Colonial era and the effects on contemporary art production.

Seventh Gwangju Biennial

Seventh Gwangju Biennial

Allan deSouza

September 5 - November 9, 2008

The Biennale aims to contribute to “blurring distinctions between center and margin” as well as to a “break from the past of discrimination and exclusivity”, and is organized by Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, with Co-Curators Hyunjin Kim and Ranjit Hoskote. deSouza will participate in MYDADA, a group effort with the artists Yong Soon Min and Abdelali Dahrouch.

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. 

55th Carnegie International

55th Carnegie International

Ranjani Shettar in Life on Mars

May 3, 2008 - January 11, 2009

Known as one of the preeminent international surveys of contemporary art, the International was founded simultaneously with the Carnegie Museum at the behest of Andrew Carnegie.  It has consistently been among the most innovative and challenging exhibitions of contemporary art-the only regularly scheduled global survey in North America, and the only one presented in a museum.  

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 Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Momentum 10: Ranjani Shettar

March 9 - July 11, 2008

The artist's first solo presentation in a U.S. museum will feature a new work entitled Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles.  The suspended sculpture made with steel, tamarind kernel powder and muslin, and fashioned into organic shapes reminiscent of soap bubbles, containers of light, or multiplying cells hanging throughout the gallery, creates an immersive, ethereal environment.  

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. 

9th Lyon Biennale

9th Lyon Biennale

Ranjani Shettar

September 17, 2007 - January 6, 2018

Thierry Raspail, creator of the Lyon Biennale, named this year's 00's-The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, reflecting his vision of a biennial as a visual history book written by several hands.  60 "players" form two circles, one of curators and critics, and one of artists, to decide which artist or work defines the decade.  Co-curated by Stephanie Moison and Hans Ulrich Obrist. 

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. 

Documenta 12

Documenta 12

Nasreen Mohamedi

June 16 - September 23, 2007

Documenta 12 investigates three questions: is modernity our antiquity, what is bare life, and what is to be done (concerning education)? Artistic Director Roger Buergel and Curator Ruth Noack sensitively address these issues with all conceivable media, very few art star names, and work form diverse countries.  

The 8th Sharjah Biennial

The 8th Sharjah Biennial

Ranjani Shettar

April 4 - June 4, 2007

Still Life Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, aims to be both a "celebration of the natural world and a response to the countless alarms being set off as a result of human thoughtlessness."  Mohammad Kazem, Eva Scharrer, and Jonathan Watkins, with Artistic Director Jack Persekian and Director Hoor Al Qasimi, create an eclectic show of artists whose work addresses ecology. 

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

Nasreen Mohamedi

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego | March 4 - July 16, 2007
Vancouver Art Gallery | October 4, 2008 - January 11, 2009

The first comprehensive exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art, Wack! focuses on 1965 to 1980, during which the majority of feminist activism and art-marking occurred in North America.  Comprising work in a broad range of media, the exhibition considers geography, formal concerns, and collective aesthetic and political impulses. Curated by Connie Butler. 

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. 

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Nasreen Mohamedi in the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

December 2, 2006 - May 27, 2007

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is Queensland Art Gallery's flagship international contemporary art event.  The fifth APT (APT5) is the opening exhibition at the new Gallery of Modern Art-the largest gallery of modern art in Australia.  APT5 is directed by Doug Hall, and curated by the Queensland Art Gallery team: Lyne Seear, Andrew Clark, Suhanya Raffel, Julie Ewington. 

The First Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries

The First Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries

Allan deSouza

November 25, 2006 - February 25, 2007

In its inaugural year, the Biennial addresses relationships between natural, social, and economic environments and effects on people and landscapes in and between countries. 

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. 

The Singapore Biennale

The Singapore Biennale

Alwar Balasubramaniam and N.S. Harsha

September 4 - November 12, 2006

Singapore's inaugural international Biennale of contemporary art and the anchor cultural event for Singapore 2006: Global City.  The theme is Belief, wherein artists reflect upon their own beliefs as well as the nature of belief itself-combining street culture and visual art in order to make art part of everyday life.  Directed by Fumo Nanjo, Deputy Director of the Mori Art Musuem.  

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. 

Marian Goodman Gallery

Marian Goodman Gallery

Ranjani Shettar in Freeing the Line

June 22 - August 26, 2006

Freeing the Line, curated by Catherine de Zegher, considers the departure of the line from the paper and into space, juxtaposing "drawings without paper" (as Gego titled them)-works made of wire and thread by artist in the late sixties and early seventies-with contemporary drawings. 

XV Sydney Biennale

XV Sydney Biennale

Navjot Altaf, Zarina Bhimji, Ranjani Shettar, Alia Syed

June 8 - August 27, 2006

This biennale included 85 artists and collaborations from 57 cities in 44 countries, exploring the theme "Zones of Contact."  Dr. Charles Merewether, the Artistic Director and Curator described the theme as about places where people live and move, concerning cities, settlements, and the merging and separation of public and private areas where people encounter one another.  

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.

Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography

Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography

Allan deSouza and Zarina Bhimji

International Center of Photography, New York | March 10 - My 28, 2006
Miami Art Central, Miami, FL | June 29 - August 17, 2006
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City | February 14 - May 6, 2007
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN | February 29 - May 25, 2008

An exhibition of some of the most forceful propositions by contemporary artists and photographers on how to look at Africa. 

ARTPACE

ARTPACE

Ranjani Shettar

March 8 - May 7, 2006

Douglas Fogle selected Ranjani Shettar to be an International-Artist-in-Residence at Artpace.  Shettar's project involves two works that utilize biological research in a considered treatment of material-incorporating native woods to join with the local environment.  Ranjani Shettar is the first artist from India invited to this prestigious residency.  

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.

Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College

Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Unfixed Being

October 14 - December 7, 2005

Unfixed Being features six recent works by A. Balasubramaniam.  Convincing, his trompe l'oeil sculptures posit illusion as the means for viewers to access the works. Curated by Brad Thomas. 

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts

Alwar Balasubramaniam in Indian Summer

October 7 - December 31, 2005

An exhibition of twenty-four young contemporary Indian artists, most of whom emerged during the 1990s-when both globalization and post-modernization were consolidated as the "New World Order."  The exhibition aims to present a wide range of work to an audience that has had no exposure to contemporary Indian art.  The works evoke something of the texture of life in India today.  

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.

Hayward Galleries

Hayward Galleries

Alia Syed in British Art Show 6

September 24, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Now in its sixth incarnation, the British Art Show is widely regarded as an essential guide to the most significant art from Britain.  As an expression of the recent and the imminent, it offers a wide-ranging account of contemporary British art and is the most ambitious exhibition of its kind.  The exhibition is organized by Hayward Gallery, and it tours every five years in cities across the UK. 

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 

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Ranjani Shettar in Out There

July 2 - August 29, 2005

Out There brings together artists from Britain, Australia, Africa, Brazil, Japan, India and Poland for a three-week residency.  They are invited to make site-specific works in the woods and parkland next to the Sainsbury Centre.  In the woodlands, Ranjani Shettar constructs a work about transformation via a fence of branches which support webs of bright red fabric.  

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.

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

Ranjani Shettar in J'en Rêve

June 24 - October 10, 2005

Offering a fresh look at undiscovered talents, J'en Rêve captures the energy and promise of youth, shedding light on the lifestyles and desires of a new generation.  The exhibition includes the work of more than 100 artists in their twenties from such diverse places as India, Argentina, Iran, and Thailand.  

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

Art in Review: (desi)re

March 25, 2005

For an experience of contemporary South Asian art different in look and tone from that in "Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India" at the Asia Society and the Queens Museum of Art, try this small group show of eight artists from Talwar's stable.

The Drawing Center, New York

The Drawing Center, New York

Nasreen Mohamedi: Lines among Lines

March 19 - May 21, 2005

Nasreen Mohamedi: Lines among Lines, introduces the contemplative abstract drawings and photographs of the influential yet under-recognized Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990). Lines among Lines will be the first solo exhibition in New York to focus primarily on Mohamedi’s drawings.

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar in Transition and Transformation

March 5 - May 15, 2005

This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of Ranjani Shettar and Alwar Balasubramaniam, two leading young artists from Bangalore, India. Their work, in common, explores boundaries between personal and cosmic dimensions, physicality and immateriality, the man-made and the natural, and tradition and modernity.  Curated by Loretta Yarlow. 

Landscape Confection

Landscape Confection

Ranjani Shettar

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH | January 29 - May 1, 2005
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX | July 23, 2005 - September 11, 2005
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA | February 5 - May 7, 2006

This exhibition brings together the work of thirteen artists expanding the boundaries of traditional landscape painting.  They embrace the decorative and blur distinctions between art and craft, using materials and techniques that range far beyond paint on canvas.  

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. 

Allan deSouza

Allan deSouza

in Africa Remix: Contemporary art of a continent

Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany | July 24 - November 7, 2004
Hayward Gallery, London, UK | February 10 - April 17, 2005
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France | May 25 - August 8, 2005
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan | May 27 - August 31, 2006

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.

Allan deSouza

Allan deSouza

in Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora

Museum for African Art, New York, NY | November 14, 2013 - March 1, 2004
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA | March 27 - June 20, 2004
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI | September 11 - November 28, 2004
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal | January 25 - April 3, 2005
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA | April 6 - July 10, 2006

The Last Picture Show: Artists using photography 1960-1982

The Last Picture Show: Artists using photography 1960-1982

Nasreen Mohamedi

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN | October 11, 2003 - January 11, 2004
Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA | February 8 - May 9, 2004
Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain | May 28 - September 19, 2004
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland | November 19, 2004 - February 20, 2005
Miami Art Center, Miami, FL | March 11 - June 12, 2005

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. 

Tate Modern Museum

Tate Modern Museum

Alia Syed in A Century of Artists' Film in Britain

May 19, 2003 - April 18, 2004

This ambitious display of 170 works by 130 artists aims for the first time to reveal the full range, variety and originality of Britain's film histories, from films made close to the cinema's birth in the 1890s to work realized at the start of the 21st century.  Many of the works have not been seen before in a gallery context, and some have been seen publicly since their first screenings.  

How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a global age

How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a global age

Ranjani Shettar

February 19 - May 4, 2003

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, with travel to
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L'Arte, Torino, Italy 
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

This exhibition examines ways that globalization, or "new internationalism in art," affects visual culture.  Featuring twenty-eight artist from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Turkey and the United States whose practices transcend national boundaries without surrendering their specificity.  

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. 

 

Jigar: A Retrospective of Alia Syed's Film Works

Jigar: A Retrospective of Alia Syed's Film Works

Alia Syed

New Art Gallery Space, Walsall, UK | February 1 - March 10, 2002
TheSpace@inIVA, London, UK | February 6 - March 15, 2002
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland | June 7 - September 8, 2002
Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK | June 22 - August 4, 2002

Features evocative and poetic film works made over a period of fifteen years by the British Asian artist Alia Syed. 

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

Art in General

Art in General

Allan deSouza in Terrain

May 3 - June 30, 2001

Carving city blocks out of discarded computer chips and building forests from lampshades, Artist-in-Residence Allan deSouza creates a new photographic landscape series out of industrial debris and detritus found in the area.  deSouza recylces the city's castoffs to create microcosmic representations of the city iteslef.  The result is the Terrain series of chronographic prints.  

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.