ART VIDEO CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ARTISTS
In this TED video, collector Ravin Agrawal introduces ten young contemporary artists working in India, and he does it in six minutes! Art Radar presents a brief summary of the video and the artists that it covers.
Bharti Kher examines the religious and cultural role of the bindi in Indian society and then attempts to “liberate this everyday cliché… by exploding it into something spectacular.”
A. Balasubramaniam has produced works in sculpture, painting and installation and is known for “working wonders with fiberglass.”
Jitish Kallat is “heavily influenced by graffiti and street art”. His work “captures that sense of density and energy which really characterises modern urban Bombay.”
N. S. Harsha creates “fine, delicate images which he then repeats on a massive scale.” One of his works, Nations, features 192 functioning sewing machines, fabricating the flags of every nation of the United Nations.
Dhruvi Acharya, like Chitra Ganesh, mines the rich source material of the Amar Chitra Katha, however in her work she strips away the images, leaving the text in place and unmasking a “previously unseen” and “provocative” message.
Raqib Shaw is also “reinventing the miniature tradition.” The “rich, detailed effect” in his works comes from the application of metallic industrial paints using porcupine quills.
The Raqs Media Collective, a group of three artists, are described as “the foremost practitioners of multimedia art in India today.” Raqs explore themes of globalisation and urbanisation in their work.
Subodh Gupta, “probably the alpha-male of Indian contemporary art,” uses everyday objects in his works, especially “stainless steel kitchen vessels and tiffin containers.” He has incorporated these objects “into ever more colossal sculptures and installations.”
- New media art showcased in first Indian festival of its kind – October 2010 – Bharti Kher and the Raqs Media Collective are among the artists featured in the six-day panorama
- “The Empire Strikes Back – Indian art Today” at Saatchi Gallery: critics’ review roundup – October 2010 – critics review the work of many contemporary Indian artists, including four the artists mentioned above
- Jitish Kallat talks about Saatchi exhibition of Indian works to Economist – video – October 2010 – Jitish Kallat discusses works from “The Empire Strikes Back”
- A common man uncommonly direct – Indian contemporary sculptor Subodh Gupta in conversation in Hong Kong – December 2009 – Subodh Gupta discusses his work and influences
- Mixed reviews for Serpentine’s Indian Highway show in London – Evening Standard, Independent – December 2008 – a summary of reviews for the show that featured 25 artists from India