Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art from India

Bari Kumar
Nothing (else) Matters, 2008
Oil on canvas
48 x 72 inches
Collection of Mathur Family
Photo: Courtesy the artist

Jehangir Sabavala 
Marine Encounter, 1962
Oil on canvas
28 X 48 inches
Private collection, San Francisco
Photo: Courtesy Sotheby’s, Inc

Vinod Balak
Vishnu with Bonsai, 2007
Oil on canvas
52 x 76 inches
Private collection
Photo: Courtesy Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Tyeb Mehta
Untitled from the “Diagonal” series, 1976
Oil on canvas
44 x 35 inches
Private collection

Rekha Rodwittiya
UNTITLED from the series “Encrypted Soliloquies,” 2004
Acrylic and oil on canvas; 62 x 51 inches
Collection of Anita and Sridar Iyengar

Friday, February 25, 2011Sunday, September 4, 2011

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Roots in the Air, Branches Below is a landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of a very few surveys of modern and contemporary art from India in this country. The dramatic economic and social transformation of India since 1947, when it gained independence from British rule, has bred a similar explosion of activity in the visual arts. The artists represented in this exhibition embrace both the international art world, (with its penchant for artistic innovation), and the spiritual roots of Indian art. They draw on a multifaceted artistic heritage of political engagement, popular culture, classical mythology, and folk traditions. The branches of this hybrid artistic tree sprawl into many corners of the material world, yet are anchored by a sense of the timeless interconnectedness of life and death, good and evil, past and present, individuality and universality.

Applied Materials
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