India’s Power Couple: Artists Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta
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C. Mooney, 'Subodh Gupta: The Idol Thief', Art Review, issue 17, 2007, pp. 55-56 (another example illustrated)
D. Nath, 'How Do You Speak for the Other?', ART India, volume XII, Quarter I, 2007, pp. 108 (another example illustrated)
J. Neutres, New Delhi New Wave, Bologna, 2007, pp. 54-55 (another example illustrated)
M. Girard-Geslan, 'Sources - Hybridities - Wild Liberties: Some Thoughts about Indian Contemporary Art', Made by Indians, 2007, pp. 75 (another example illustrated)
Subodh Gupta: Gandhi's Three Monkeys, exh. cat., Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2008, pp. 122-124 (another example illustrated)
Acquired directly from the artist
Sometimes dubbed India’s Damien Hirst, Subodh Gupta is one of India’s leading contemporary artists, who creates mainly large-scale sculptures and installations (from stainless steel Indian kitchenware and other found objects) that address the country’s changing social landscape. Arranging traditional utensils, pots, and pans according to a Minimalist aesthetic, Gupta approaches readymade items with Duchampian irony, while also offering social commentary. His monumental sculpture U.F.O. (2007) is comprised of brass water utensils fused together in the form of a shiny U.F.O.-like object, suggesting cultural dislocation and otherness, while pointing to vast disparities in wealth across the subcontinent. Gupta’s installation piece Date by Date (2008) presents a spare and run-down office with worn wooden tables, old chairs, typewriters, and frayed files, an environment that has weathered the impact of time, poverty, and rapid change.
Indian, b. 1964, Khagaul, India, based in New Delhi, India