Curated by Jeffrey Deicht and Ranjit Hoskote
Sangam / Confluence celebrates India's diverse cultural impulses and traditions through the works of contemporary Indian and global artists. For centuries, South Asia has been at the forefront of cultural multiplicity, making society proficient in breaking the language barrier time and again, in contrast to the European socio-linguistic backdrop where the idea of a ‘mother tongue’ is prominent. The exhibition uses this metaphor to think about how artists do not confine themselves to a singular art-making language, medium, or style—but, rather, range across a spectrum of possibilities.
The works of Indian artists showcasing at the exhibit present various salient aspects of a kaleidoscopic art scene, bearing witness to a robust painterly tradition, the poetics of sculpture, the speculative uses of drawing and the emergence of a sophisticated contemporary art practice in diverse locales. Their global counterparts — Anselm Kiefer, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Lynda Benglis, and Raqib Shaw — have all been deeply inspired by India.
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