India’s Power Couple: Artists Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta

The Surrealists had Ernst and Tanning. The Abstract Expressionists had Pollock and Krasner. And contemporary Indian art has its own power pair: Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta. The British-born Kher met Gupta on an intended brief trip to New Delhi after she finished art school; they immediately fell in love and she has lived in India ever since. Both artists—she known for her installations full of swirling bindis (a Hindu symbol of wisdom and energy), he for his sublime constructions of everyday objects—cite each other as decisive factors in their artistic success and continuing mutual influences. “We do compete, healthily or unhealthily, sometimes,” Kher says. “I think the crux of our relationship is art because this is something we are both extremely passionate about.”