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Nalini Malani

Indian, b. 1946

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Nalini Malani

Indian, b. 1946

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Among leading contemporary Indian artists, Nalini Malani is known for her lush, politically charged mixed-media paintings and drawings, videos, installations, and theater works. Her projects are underscored by what she calls an “unwaveringly urban and internationalist” point of view and by her early training as a painter. A pioneering artist, she was among the first to explicitly introduce feminist issues in her work, in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, she began presenting innovative, visually and conceptually layered theater and installation pieces. Her experience of the displacement caused by the Partition of India influences all of her work, as do Hindu and Greek mythology, 19th-century English “nonsense” writing, and early 20th-century experimental theater. Through this worldly mishmash, and her characteristic blending of abstraction, figuration, and text, Malani critically examines gender roles, race, transnational politics, and the ramifications of rampant globalization and consumerism.

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Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Biography

Among leading contemporary Indian artists, Nalini Malani is known for her lush, politically charged mixed-media paintings and drawings, videos, installations, and theater works. Her projects are underscored by what she calls an “unwaveringly urban and internationalist” point of view and by her early training as a painter. A pioneering artist, she was among the first to explicitly introduce feminist issues in her work, in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, she began presenting innovative, visually and conceptually layered theater and installation pieces. Her experience of the displacement caused by the Partition of India influences all of her work, as do Hindu and Greek mythology, 19th-century English “nonsense” writing, and early 20th-century experimental theater. Through this worldly mishmash, and her characteristic blending of abstraction, figuration, and text, Malani critically examines gender roles, race, transnational politics, and the ramifications of rampant globalization and consumerism.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
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