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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Jitish Kallat

b. 1974, Indonesia

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.

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

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Featured Artworks

Palindrome/Anagram by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram, 2018 Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and aquarelle pencil on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Sightings Gen-Pap-D23M6Y2016 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatSightings Gen-Pap-D23M6Y2016, 2016 3-part lenticular photopiece
114.3 x 342.9 cm
Wind Study (Hilbert Curve) by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatWind Study (Hilbert Curve), 2017 Burnt adhesive, aquarelle pencil and graphite on pape
228.5 x 140 cm
Carbon Milk-9 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatCarbon Milk-9, 2007 Acrylic on canvas
228 x 172 cm
Arario Gallery
Annexation by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatAnnexation, 2009 Black lead, paint, resin and steel
183 x 150 x 130 cm
Singapore Art Museum
Breath by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatBreath, 2012 7- channel video
Platform Projects

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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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The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week 27 Apr 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula

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). Courtesy Neue...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

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 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

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...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Collector and Curator

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting.As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went into...

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

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 ahead...

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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 OPEN Magazine : 10 February 2017

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 Apollo Magazine : 9 February 2017

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 The Indian Express : 4 February 2017

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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In Related Video

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 Asia Contemporary Art Week : 19 June 2018

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 Galerie Templon : 30 September 2017

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

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Jitish Kallat, The Infinite Episode, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris Related Video & Audio Jitish Kallat, The Infinite Episode, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris Templon : 22 September 2015

September 5–October 31, 2015 5 septembre - 31 octobre 2015

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