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Prestigious UK publication The Times lauds Subodh Gupta


If something is making waves in the art world, you can guarantee that it will wash up on the shores of Art Basel, mentions an essay in the leading UK publication The Times. The essay makes special mention of Indian artist Subodh Gupta.

The essay, titled ‘Art Basel: Subodh Gupta and contemporary Indian art’, adds: “Art Basel is not just about hunting down the best work by living artists. The fair rules the art ecosystem because major private collectors and museum bigwigs know that they can track down to-die-for modern pieces. If something is making waves in the art world, you can guarantee that it will wash up on the shores of Art Basel.

“You can guarantee that artists sought after at Art Basel will end up global stars. Expect the same fate for the hot Indian artist Subodh Gupta, whose monumental Gandhi's Three Monkeys sculptural group was on show in the public square outside the main fair. Contemporary Indian art is tipped to be the next major art world trend, with Gupta fast becoming an art-market darling. His trademark gargantuan sculptures will go on show next year in Charles Saatchi's new gallery in Chelsea, West London. And Basel, as usual, is at the forefront.”

Drifting away from traditional art practices, and overcoming restrictions, which may constrain free expression, Subodh Gupta creates works, which go beyond impositions of weight, form space and lighting. The artist in his sculptures and installations traverses the distance from his rural origins to the world beyond by using forms and products of everyday India out of their rural utilitarian context. He monumentalizes emblems of global exchange, so he does those of Indian village life which is what defines his art practices.

An artist with an acute social consciousness, he portrays the social and economic aspirations of rural communities and lower class Indians with an affectionate compassion. Born in Khagaul, Bihar and studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, Patna. From 1997 onwards, the artist has held solo exhibitions of his paintings and sculptural installations in Delhi, Mumbai, Amsterdam, New York and several other cities of the world.

Subodh Gupta's works are littered with references to past and present experiences. Swinging from significant information to seemingly irrelevant motifs, Gupta's constructions weave highly eccentric imaginings with public myths and rituals. Drawing mainly from everyday objects and scenarios, his aesthetic delineates the complex inter-relations of India's urban and rural communities.

The artist is credited to have redefined installation art form from an Indian perspective and idiom that matches contemporary installation and pop art internationally. Interestingly, he often works with simple, basic symbols of rural life such as utensils, milk buckets, etc. or kitschy icons of the migrant and upwardly mobile classes in his work that draws from the traditional and contemporary iconography juxtaposed with the fast and sometimes cruel process of modernization in India.

His creations show the effects of consumerism and the modernization of traditional Indian society. Taking an ironic swipe at Capitalism's materialist ethic, Gupta nonetheless portrays the social and economic aspirations of rural communities and lower class Indians with an affectionate compassion.

Drawing mainly from everyday objects and scenarios, his aesthetic delineates the complex inter-relations of India's urban and rural communities. The Delhi based artist’s works carry references to past and present experiences. Swinging from significant information to seemingly irrelevant motifs, his unusual creations weave highly eccentric imaginings with public myths and rituals.

View Subodh Gupta’s works in the Saffronart catalogue
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