06 Mar Subodh Gupta – A Contemporary Art Maestro
Subodh Gupta is a contemporary art maestro born in 1964 in Khagaul, Bihar. He studied at the College of Art, Patna (1983-1988) before moving to New Delhi, where he continues to live and work. The Guardian in one of its article called him the ‘Sub-continental Marcel Duchamp’. The artist challenges the capacity of art to withstand changes in his own way of displacement and translation.
Gupta was trained as a painter and later went on to experiment with a variety of media, which culminated in his first art installation in 1996 entitled ‘Twenty-Nine Mornings’.
He is known for working with everyday objects that are ubiquitous throughout India, such as the mass-produced steel kitchen utensils used in virtually every home in the country. From such ordinary items, the artist produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformations of his homeland while acknowledging the reach of contemporary art and its ideas.
‘Very Hungry God’ (2006)
While stainless steel is Gupta’s signature medium, he has also masterfully executed works in bronze, marble, brass and wood. He picks up objects that reflect contemporary India and its circumstances and encapsulates them in his artworks.
His work has been exhibited in renowned museums, art fairs and biennales throughout the world. His solo exhibitions have been held at prestigious art galleries like Arario (Seoul and Beijing), Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev) and Galeria Continua (San Gimignano, Italy).
In 2012, Germano Celant (Italian art historian and critic) had put a mid-career survey on Subodh Gupta showcasing his collection ‘Everything is Inside’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
In 2013, Subodh Gupta was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, one among the highest honours of the French government, for his contribution to contemporary art.
Here are some of his other art installations that were showcased around the globe.
In 2015, Seven Billion Light Years was showcased at Hauser & Wirth (2015), New York.
In late 2015, his monumental sculpture ‘When Soak Becomes Spill’ was installed in front of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
All In The Same Boat (2012 – 2013)
Subodh Gupta’s work has been acquired by leading private collectors as well as for the permanent collections of museums all over the world.