Lives and Works: India
One of India’s leading contemporary artists, Gupta has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), “Altermodern” (The Tate Triennial, London, 2009), and the 6th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2009), and has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi, 2014). He will have a solo exhibition at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 2014. Gupta studied painting at an Indian art college. In the mid-1990s he emerged as a transformer of ubiquitous objects and customs from everyday Indian life into works of art, producing installations employing ritual items from the village where he grew up and everyday objects, and staging performances and videos using cow dung to address the themes of purity and uncleanness. Since 2000 he has made sculptures on a larger scale, dealing with the rapid modernization of Indian society and universal themes such as urbanization and consumerism, with motifs such as typical Indian dishes and lunch boxes, motorbikes, and taxis.Subodh Gupta navigates his chariot of transgressions in a cathartic pageant- that of a world constantly being lost/ destroyed and yet emerging anew, reconfigured, reconstructed from its own debris.
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