Artist Jitish Kallat Puzzle
b. 1974 lives and works in Mumbai, India
Title: Palindrome/Anagram Painting
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Palindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017-18
Mixed media on linen
96 inches x 72 inches
Collection: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
With Palindrome/ Anagram Painting, Jitish Kallat has returned to painting after a five-year hiatus from the medium. During this time his long-standing engagement with the ideas of time, transience, sustenance and the cosmological took the form of large elemental drawings such as Wind Studies and Rain Studies, and investigative animation videos, photo-works and sculptures. Kallat also worked on two exploratory drawing projects; a hexagonal vitrine of studies titled Flowchart (2015) and a suite of folded drawings titled Tetralemma (threefold postulates)(2016). In these works, indistinct impulses, private ruminations and discarded references were summoned and memorialized as provisional pictorial assemblies.
Half a decade after his widely-exhibited figurative paintings, Kallat’s painterly processes draw upon insights from his varying artistic explorations, as well as his work from the mid-nineties, to produce a radical linguistic renewal. Taking the form of speculative abstractions, Palindrome/ Anagram Painting allows a wide array of his recurring preoccupations and probes to find a new format of expression. A meticulously hand-drawn graph undergirds the painting replete with signs that challenge the viewer with a compelling tension, ambiguity and irresolution. Like a ‘palindrome’, the painting can be read in multiple orientations, and are essentially ‘anagrammatic’ in that they reorder various components to create a sweeping web-work of associations. Abstract gestures seem to crystallize, acquire perceptible form and resonate with meaning as if celestial orbits, geographical coordinate systems, botanical and topographical evocations begin to reveal the signatures of generative growth, evolution and entropy.
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Jitish Kallat was born in 1974 in Mumbai, the city where he continues to live and work. Kallat’s works over the last two decades reveal his continued engagement with the ideas of time, sustenance, recursion and historical recall, often interlacing the dense cosmopolis and the distant cosmos. His oeuvre traverses varying focal lengths and time-scales. From close details of the skin of a fruit or the brimming shirt-pocket of a passerby, it might expand to register dense peoplescapes, or voyage into intergalactic vistas. While some works meditate on the transient present, others invoke the past through citations of momentous historical utterances. Frequently shifting orders of magnitude, Kallat’s works can be said to move interchangeably between meditations on the self, the city–street, the nation and the cosmic horizon, viewing the ephemeral within the context of the perpetual, the everyday in juxtaposition with the historical, the microscopic alongside the telescopic.
Jitish Kallat has exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Kunstmuseum (Bern), Serpentine Galleries (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), BOZAR: Centre For Fine Arts (Brussels), Pirelli HangarBicocca (Milan), Busan Museum of Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (Karlsruhe), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Arken Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Valencia Institute of Modern Art (Spain), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Museum Tinguely (Basel) and the Gemeente Museum (The Hague) among many others. Kallat’s work has been part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Asian Art Biennale, Curitiba Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale and the Kiev Biennale among others.
His solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Frist Art Museum (Nashville), Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum (Mumbai), the San Jose Museum of Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2017, the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi) presented a mid-career survey of his work titled Here After Here 1992–2017, curated by Catherine David. Jitish Kallat was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.