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a four by four grid of colorful lenticular photographs of the skins of fruits hangs on a gallery wall

Installation View, Sperone Westwater, 2018

Born in 1974 in Mumbai, where he lives and works, Jitish Kallat is one of India’s leading contemporary artists. His wide-ranging practice, imbued with autobiographical, political and artistic references, forms a narrative of the cycle of life in a rapidly changing India. Weaving together strands of sociology, biology and archaeology, the artist takes an ironic and poetic look at the altered relationship between nature and culture. Kallat received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai (1996). Kallat has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including “Epicycles,” a recent survey at Norrtalje Konsthall, Sweden (2021). In 2017, The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, mounted “Here After Here,” a major retrospective of Kallat’s work, which received the India Today Award for Best Solo Exhibition of the Year. The first United States presentation of Covering Letter, 2012, an immersive installation and video projection, was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2016-17). It was also exhibited as part of the Indian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Covering Letter was recently on view as part of a solo exhibition at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville (2020). Prior to this, the first major presentation of his work in an American museum was Public Notice 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-11). In 2014, Kallat curated the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India. Other solo exhibitions include Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012); the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2011); Haunch of Venison, London (2010); Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia (2008) and Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Germany (1998). He has participated in many major Indian art exhibitions, including the Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); MAXXI, Rome (2012) and Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2011); Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009), as well as the Serpentine Gallery, London (2008-09); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008); Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2007) and Tate Modern, London (2001). His work is owned by public and private collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; M+ Collection, Hong Kong; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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grid of four colorful lenticular prints of details of the skin of fruit

Jitish Kallat
Sightings D19M4Y2017, 2017
lenticular prints
four parts; 44 x 44 inches (111,8 x 111,8 cm) each
45 3/16 x 45 3/16 inches (114,8 x 114,8 cm) each frame
edition of 3
SW 18035

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abstract composition of smoke and graphite on paper

Jitish Kallat
Wind Study (Hilbert Curve), 2017
burnt adhesive, aquarelle pencil and graphite on paper
89 x 55 1/8 inches (228,5 x 140 cm)
91 1/4 x 59 5/8 inches (239,4 x 151,5 cm) frame
SW 18016

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abstract composition of smoke and graphite on paper

Jitish Kallat
Wind Study (Hilbert Curve), 2017
burnt adhesive, aquarelle pencil and graphite on paper
89 x 55 1/8 inches (228,5 x 140 cm)
91 1/4 x 59 5/8 inches (239,4 x 151,5 cm) frame
SW 18017

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drawing of a black circle with white splotches with two intersecting oval graphs above it

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
20 x 16 inches (50,8 x 40,6 cm)
23 x 18 3/4 inches (58,4 x 47,6 cm) frame
SW 18025

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black circle with white splotches and handwritten notations

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
15 x 10 inches (38,1 x 25,4 cm)
17 x 12 inches (43,2 x 30,5 cm) frame
SW 18029

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drawing of two round black objects with white splotches with one intersected by a segment of orange graph paper

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
20 x 16 inches (50,8 x 40,6 cm)
23 x 18 3/4 inches (58,4 x 47,6 cm) frame
SW 18023

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Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
22 x 13 inches (55,9 x 33 cm)
24 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (62,9 x 40 cm) frame
SW 18020

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Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
22 x 13 inches (55,9 x 33 cm)
24 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (62,9 x 40 cm) frame
SW 18033
Private Collection

sculpture resembling a meteor or rock

Jitish Kallat
Covariance (Sacred Geometry), 2017-2018
dental plaster
24 x 72 x 24 inches (61 x 182,9 x 61 cm)
SW 18034

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film still of rotis shaped like the phases of the moon against a black background

Jitish Kallat
The Eternal Gradient, 2015
HD video installation (color, silent), continuous play
edition of 3
SW 18041

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grid of four colorful lenticular prints of details of the skin of fruit

Jitish Kallat
Sightings D19M4Y2017, 2017
lenticular prints
four parts; 44 x 44 inches (111,8 x 111,8 cm) each
45 3/16 x 45 3/16 inches (114,8 x 114,8 cm) each frame
edition of 3
SW 18035

abstract composition of smoke and graphite on paper

Jitish Kallat
Wind Study (Hilbert Curve), 2017
burnt adhesive, aquarelle pencil and graphite on paper
89 x 55 1/8 inches (228,5 x 140 cm)
91 1/4 x 59 5/8 inches (239,4 x 151,5 cm) frame
SW 18016

abstract composition of smoke and graphite on paper

Jitish Kallat
Wind Study (Hilbert Curve), 2017
burnt adhesive, aquarelle pencil and graphite on paper
89 x 55 1/8 inches (228,5 x 140 cm)
91 1/4 x 59 5/8 inches (239,4 x 151,5 cm) frame
SW 18017

drawing of a black circle with white splotches with two intersecting oval graphs above it

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
20 x 16 inches (50,8 x 40,6 cm)
23 x 18 3/4 inches (58,4 x 47,6 cm) frame
SW 18025

black circle with white splotches and handwritten notations

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
15 x 10 inches (38,1 x 25,4 cm)
17 x 12 inches (43,2 x 30,5 cm) frame
SW 18029

drawing of two round black objects with white splotches with one intersected by a segment of orange graph paper

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
20 x 16 inches (50,8 x 40,6 cm)
23 x 18 3/4 inches (58,4 x 47,6 cm) frame
SW 18023

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
22 x 13 inches (55,9 x 33 cm)
24 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (62,9 x 40 cm) frame
SW 18020

Jitish Kallat
Rain Study (the hour of the day of the month of the season), 2017
graphite, acrylic epoxy on Arches paper
22 x 13 inches (55,9 x 33 cm)
24 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (62,9 x 40 cm) frame
SW 18033
Private Collection

sculpture resembling a meteor or rock

Jitish Kallat
Covariance (Sacred Geometry), 2017-2018
dental plaster
24 x 72 x 24 inches (61 x 182,9 x 61 cm)
SW 18034

film still of rotis shaped like the phases of the moon against a black background

Jitish Kallat
The Eternal Gradient, 2015
HD video installation (color, silent), continuous play
edition of 3
SW 18041