Jitish Kallat

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Jitish Kallat
Jitsh Kallat at the Experimenter Curator's Hub 2015
Born July 14, 1974
Mumbai, India
Occupation Artist

Jitish Kallat (born 1974) is an Indian contemporary artist.[1] He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.[2] Kallat's work includes painting, photography, collage, sculptures, installations and multimedia works.[3] He was the artistic director of the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, held in Fort Kochi in 2014.[4] Kallat is currently represented by Chemould Prescott Road- Mumbai, Nature Morte -New Delhi, ARNDT - Berlin and Galerie Daniel Templon in France and Belgium and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the India Foundation for the Arts.[5] Kallat is married to artist Reena Saini Kallat.[6]

Education[edit]

Jitish Kallat was born in 1974 in Mumbai, India.[2] In 1996 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai.[7]

Career[edit]

Having received his BFA in painting in 1996, Kallat had his debut solo exhibition titled “PTO” at Chemould Prescott Road. His large-format paintings and drawings already had in them the themes that would recur throughout his work until today. With the self at the centre of an unfolding narrative, these paintings are connected to ideas of time, death, cycles of life, references to the celestial, familial ancestry. It was only in the next three or four years that an image of the city seen at the margins of the paintings began to take centre stage. In those days Kallat has referred to the city street as his university, often carrying within it pointers to the perennial themes of life that have remained a subtext to his work that have taken form in diverse media.

The theme of time for instance could be rendered as date in works such as Public Notice 3, where two historical moments are overlayed like a palimpcest or in works such as Epilogue, every moon that his father saw in his lifetime becomes a labyrinth of fullness and emptiness with the image of the moon morphing with the form of a meal.

Kallat’s work has also developed in response to museum collections in the case of projects such as "Field Notes, (Tomorrow was here yesterday)" at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, or "Circa," at the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne. Both these projects had several of his recurring preoccupations find their form and structure in conversation with the museum viewed both as an infrastructure of signs but equally a field of stimuli and meaning. In 2011 Kallat was shortlisted for The Skoda Prize 2012 for Indian Contemporary Art for his work Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was here yesterday (2011).[8]

Often works which begin with a private narrative or an autobiographical impulse might be materialized in a form where the self remains invisible within the space of the artwork and could often be traced back by observing several bodies of work alongside each other.

Kallat is known for working with a variety of media, including painting, large-scale sculpture installations, photography, and video art.[9] He employs a bold and vivid visual language that references both Asian and European artistic traditions, along with popular advertising imagery that fuels urban consumerism. Kallat regularly exploits images and materials chanced upon around Mumbai's sprawling metropolis, affording his works an inherent spontaneity and a handcrafted aesthetic. For instance, in 2014 the artist unveiled a series of large-scale sculptures made out of resin that were inspired by the urban environment of Mumbai.[10] He unites these various media through themes that endure within Kallat's work, such as the relationship between the individual and the masses. He references his own personal experiences and those of Mumbai's other inhabitants. His work speaks of both the self and the collective, fluctuating between intimacy and monumentality, and characterized by contrasting themes of pain, hope and survival.[11]

Kallat's paintings address the problem of painting in an age dominated by mass media, writes art dealer and collector, Amrita Jhaveri, in A Guide to 101 Modern & Contemporary Indian Artists. "Using images from newspapers and magazines, advertising billboards, wallpaper and graffiti, his works are richly layered and replete with metaphor. Kallat has reinvented the painted surface to mimic the appearance of a television still or a computer monitor, complete with its surface striations and auras.[12]"

In 2007 Kallat was featured in the book, Made by Indians, a book on the Contemporary Indian art scene published by Enrico Navarra Galleries in Paris, and curated by Fabrice Bousteau, with photographs by Amanda Eliasch.[13]

Work[edit]

Much of Kallat’s work has been based on his encounters with the multi-sensory environment of Bombay/Mumbai, as well as the economic, political and historical events that have contributed to its making, wrote art historian Chaitanya Sambrani. "His practice as painter has frequently highlighted a concern he shares with the founders of Indian modernism in visual and literary art. Kallat has couched his references to the “underdog” in a hyper-pop language in order to signal the ironies that attend the lives of migrant workers and menial labourers in India’s megacities: people met on “second class” train compartments, people whose labour continues to keep afloat the nation’s aspirations. In his installation and video practice, he has often revisited archival texts and museum displays with a view to probing the production and dissemination of knowledge."

Public Notice 3

In 2010 the artist installed his large-scale LED installation, Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago.[14] This installation was Kallat's first major exhibition at a US institution.[15] The artwork links two disparate yet connected historical events, the First World Parliaments of Religions, held in September 1893, and the much later terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in September 2001.[15] The piece is now considered one of Kallat's most recognizable artworks.[16]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Source: Nature Morte, New Delhi

2015

Public Notice 2, presented by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The Infinite Episode, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

2013

The Hour of the Day of the Month of the Season, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

Epilogue, San Jose Museum of Art, USA

2012

Circa, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

Chlorophyll Park, Nature Morte, New Delhi

2011

Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was Here Yesterday, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

Stations of a Pause, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

2010

Public Notice 3, Art Institute of Chicago

Likewise, ARNDT Berlin

The Astronomy of the Subway, Haunch of Venison, London

2008

Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Skinside Outside, Arario Gallery, Seoul

Public Notice-2, Bodhi Art, Singapore

Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich

2007

Sweatopia, Chemould Prescott Road and Bodhi Art

Unclaimed Baggage, Albion, London

365 Lives, Arario Gallery, Beijing

Rickshawpolis–3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

2006

Rickshawpolis–2, Spazio Piazza Sempione, Milan

2005

Rickshawpolis–1, Nature Morte, New Delhi

Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore

Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

2004

The Lie of the Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago

2002

First Information Report, Bose Pacia Modern, New York

2001

Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

2000

Ibid., Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

1999

Private limited–I, Bose Pacia Modern, New York

Private limited–II, Apparao Gallery, Chennai

1998

Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

1997

P.T.O., Gallery Chemould and Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions[edit]

2015

After Midnight: Indian Modernism To Contemporary India 1947/1997, Queens Museum of Art, New York

After Utopia, Singapore Art Museum

Obsession, Maison Particulière, Brussels

Postdate: Photography And Inherited History In India, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA

2014

Busan Biennale 2014 - Inhabiting the World, Busan[17]

An Appetite for Painting, Contemporary Painting 2000–2014, The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo

St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz

2012

ARSENALE 2012, The First Kiev International Biennale of Art, Kiev

India: Art Now, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj

Critical Mass: Contemporary Art From India, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2013

Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba

Ideas of the Sublime, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

Aesthetic Bind: Citizen Artist: Forms of Address, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Palindrome: Jitish Kallat & Gilbert and George, ARNDT, Singapore

2011

Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am, Museum Tinguely, Basel

Maximum India, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

Watercolour, Tate Britain, London

Indian Highway IV, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

2010

Metropolis, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK

Finding India - Art for the New Century, MOCA Taipei

Skulptur i Pilane, Pilane Burial Grounds, Tjorn, Sweden

Indian Highway, Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark

Urban Manners 2, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo

The Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London

2009

India Contemporary, Gemeente Museum Hague,

Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London

Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, National Museum, Seoul and Essl Museum, Vienna

Art Foundation Mallorca Collection, Centro Cultural Andratx, CCA Andratx

Passage to India Part II, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton

Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History, Casa Asia Center, Madrid

2008

The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong

Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London

Die Tropen, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

India Moderna, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern,Valencia

Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

2007

Soft Power, Zendai Museum of Art, Shanghai

Urban Manners, Hangar Bicocca, Milan

Hungry God, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Aftershock, The Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich

Horn Please, Kunstmuseum, Bern

Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2006

The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea

The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art,[18] Brisbane, Australia

Passages, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Lille 3000, Lille, France

Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing and the Busan Museum, Korea

L’Art à la Plage, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France

2005

First Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea

Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/ Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Cultures, Berlin

2004

Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest, Lisbon

2003

SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, House of World Cultures, Berlin

Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia

Crossing generations: diVERGE, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

Indians+Cowboys, 4A Center for Contemporary Art, Sydney

The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

Hard Copy, a two-person show with Reena Saini Kallat, Gallery 88, Calcutta

2002

Under Construction, The Japan Foundation, Asia Center, Tokyo

India – Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey

2001

Century City, Tate Modern, London

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2000

7th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

1999

The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

1998

Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris, France

1997

Innenseite, Projektgruppe Stoffwechsel, University of Kassel, Germany

50 Years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

Selected Collections[edit]

Kallat's work can be found in a number of public and private collections including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.arndtberlin.com/website/artist_1066
  2. ^ a b "Artist's Profile - Jitish Killat", The Saatchi Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.artsome.co/Jitish_Kallat
  4. ^ http://kochimuzirisbiennale.org/jitish-kallat-is-the-curator-for-kochi-muziris-biennale-2014/
  5. ^ "Trustees Patrons Founder", India Institute for the Arts, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. ^ Rangachari Shah, Gayatri. "Couples Fuel India's Vibrant Art Scene", The New York Times, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Jitish Kallat - Artist Bio", Aicon Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ "The Skoda Prize 2012", Skoda, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Arndt - Jitish Kallat", Arndt Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  10. ^ Griffiths, Sarah. "Now that's a bone shaker', The Daily Mail, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.art-interview.com/Issue_015/interview_Kallat_Jitish.html
  12. ^ Page 118, A Guide to Modern & Contemporary Indian Artists, Amrita Jhaveri, India Book House, 2005, Mumbai, India, ISBN 81-7508-423-5
  13. ^ http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/21302
  14. ^ "Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  16. ^ Uttam, Payal. "Jitish Kallat's Corridors of Suspicion", The Wall Street Journal Online, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  17. ^ http://www.biennialfoundation.org/biennials/busan-biennale/
  18. ^ http://www.aaa.org.hk › Collection

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