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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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b. 1974, India

Jitish Kallat Biography

Jitish Kallat is one of the most exciting and dynamic Asian artists to have received international recognition in recent years. Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, his work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as 'the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India'. Wider concerns include India's attempts to negotiate its entry into a globalised economy, addressing housing and transportation crises, city planning, caste and communal tensions, and government accountability.

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Many of Kallat's works focus on Mumbai's downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. Kallat traditionally mounts his paintings on bronze sculptures that are re-created from the wall adornments found on the 120-year-old Victoria Terminus train station in the centre of Mumbai.

“The city street is my university. One finds all the themes of life and art – pain, happiness, anger, violence and compassion – played out here in full volume. Scale is merely one of the many tools one can deploy in the creation of meaning, and decisions such as big, small, lifesize, etc., are as much acts of meaning creation as they may be retinal or aesthetic considerations.” Jitish Kallat, quoted in The Asian Art Newspaper, February 2010

Jitish Kallat has participated all major shows about Indian art: India: Art Now at Arken Museum, Ishoij, Denmark, 2012-13, Indian Highway IV, MAXXI, 2012, Rome, Italy and in Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2011, Lyon, France The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria, and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008/09). Solo presentations include Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (2008), Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008), The 6th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea (2006), Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2005 ) and the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Germany (1998).

His work is represented in major collections including: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India; Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; Singapore Art Museum; FAAM (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum), Japan; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK;  Initial Access, Frank Cohen, Wolverhampton, UK; Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium; Sigg Collection, Switzerland; Arario Gallery, Korea; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland.

Jitish Kallat Featured Artworks

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Palindrome/Anagram painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram painting, 2019Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal and watercolour pencil on linen
274 x 610 cm
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Palindrome/Anagram Painting 6 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting 6, 2017Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and watercolour pencil on linen
213.4 x 152.4 cm
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Templon
Palindrome/Anagram Painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017–2018Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and aquarelle pencil on linen
244 x 183 cm
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Carbon Milk-9 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatCarbon Milk-9, 2007Acrylic on canvas
228 x 172 cm
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Annexation by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatAnnexation, 2009Black lead, paint, resin and steel
183 x 150 x 130 cm
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Singapore Art Museum
Breath by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatBreath, 20127- channel video
Variable dimensions
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Forensic Trail of the Grand Banquet by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork
Jitish KallatForensic Trail of the Grand Banquet, 2009Video, 00:02:20
Variable dimensions
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Jitish Kallat Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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30 January–18 February 2019 Group Exhibition Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room David Zwirner, Online Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Jitish Kallat, Phase Transition at Templon, Paris
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12 January–9 March 2019 Jitish Kallat Phase Transition Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris

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Jitish Kallat In Ocula Magazine

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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life By Natalie King, Kochi

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas ' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life , the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019). Dumas' new series...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week By Robert Ayers, New York

With Frieze New York returning to Randall's Island Park from 4 to 6 May 2018, Ocula is on hand to offer a selection of exhibitions around the city, from Bushwick and the LES to Chelsea, Midtown and the Upper East Side. Exhibition view: Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s , Neue Galerie New York (8 March–28 May 2018)....

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection By Jane O’Sullivan, Sydney

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s history....

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Jitish Kallat In Related Press

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'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat Related Press 'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat 16 February 2017, Art Radar Journal

Here After Here , for the first time, brings under a single exhibition over 25 years of the prolific and varied Indian contemporary artist Jitish Kallat's artistic practice. It is comprehensive and encompassing enough to pass for a retrospective but for the fact that Kallat, who is only 43 years old, has many more years of artistic enquiries...

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India Art Fair 2017: All the Flowers Are for Everyone Related Press India Art Fair 2017: All the Flowers Are for Everyone 10 February 2017, OPEN Magazine

The India Art Fair (IAF) is usually a maze. Even with a map in hand and a purpose in mind, one can easily get lost or distracted. Often one meanders while trying to locate that elusive booth, which only leads to happy and unexpected discoveries. You might suddenly be caught unaware by a gem, while sipping tea.

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Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city Related Press Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city 9 February 2017, Apollo Magazine

Despite shows in Delhi and Mumbai, and his bold artistic direction of the second edition of India's Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Jitish Kallat's global success has not been fully appreciated at home. Several of his landmark pieces in Germany, the US, Australia, China and elsewhere have not yet been enjoyed in India, nor have they been displayed in the...

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The Contemporary Canvas Related Press The Contemporary Canvas 4 February 2017, The Indian Express

From being a forum that brings artists from all over the world to one that will focus on South Asia, India Art Fair (IAF) has changed its course over the nine editions since it debuted in 2008. The transformation was obvious when the four-day event opened on February 2 at NSIC grounds in Okhla. Dominated by artwork from India, followed by...

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Jitish Kallat In Video & Audio

Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Jitish Kallat, Boon Hui Tan & Leeza Ahmady Related Video & Audio Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Jitish Kallat, Boon Hui Tan & Leeza Ahmady 19 June 2018, Asia Contemporary Art Week

As a prelude to Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018, ACAW presented a wide-ranging discussion with internationally noted, Mumbai-based artist, Jitish Kallat, on the occasion of his exhibition "Decimal Point" at Sperone Westwater, with Vice President of Global Arts & Programs and Asia Society Museum Director, Boon Hui Tan and Independent...

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JITISH KALLAT, Covariance, Galerie Templon Related Video & Audio JITISH KALLAT, Covariance, Galerie Templon 30 September 2017, Galerie Templon

Galerie Templon, Brussels 7 septembre–28 octobre 2017 / September 7–October 28 2017

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