Jitish Kallat

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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). Most recently, The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, held a major retrospective of Kallat’s work called “Here After Here” from January through March 2017. The exhibition 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). 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, Australia (2012); the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2011); Haunch of Venison, London, UK (2010); Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia (2008) and the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Luckenwalde, Germany (1998). He has participated in many major Indian art exhibitions, including the Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2012) and at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009), as well as the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2008-09); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2008); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2007) and at Tate Modern, London, UK (2001). His work is owned by public and private collections, 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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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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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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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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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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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

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

Artist exhibitions

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Jitish Kallat
Decimal Point
26 April – 16 June 2018
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist press

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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week: Jitish Kallat
by Holland Cotter
6 June 2018
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DECIMAL POINT: JITISH KALLAT
by Banyi Huang
30 May 2018
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