Art Musings will showcase the works of the legendary artist KG Subramanyan in an
exhibition that opens at the gallery on 31 January 2018. The exhibition features over 30
works – including drawings, gouaches and reverse paintings on acrylic sheets – representing
over five decades of his artistic production, from 1963 to 2014.
In the catalogue essay accompanying this exhibition, the poet and cultural theorist Ranjit
Hoskote writes, “K G Subramanyan (1924-2016) was a seminal artist and pedagogue who left
his formative imprint on postcolonial Indian art. His works transit seamlessly between object
and illusion, people and their distorted mirror images, private occasions and public spaces.
Vignettes from the boudoir are intercut with scenes from the marketplace. The lady at her
toilette is never far away from the hawker peddling her wares. What we know of
Subramanyan as a suave critic, a legendary teacher, and a man of sardonic, sometimes
cutting humour, can sometimes divert us from the substance of his art – which delves
playfully into the secret lives that we conceal behind the public masks we present to the
As part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Art Musings will host a talk-through on Saturday, 3
February 2018, between the distinguished artist Sudhir Patwardhan and Ranjit Hoskote on
the art and legacy of K G Subramanyan, his impact on several generations of Indian artists
and his continuing relevance as a major thinker.