Indian artist Atul Dodiya, an impressive and multi-faceted career. A monograph published by Vadehra Art Gallery and Prestel. Edited by Ranjit Hoskote. Book launch: 22 February 2014, 6.30 pm. NGMA Mumbai.
The Auditorium at National Gallery of Modern Art. Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall. MG Road, Fort, Mumbai 400032.
Andrew Hansen, Managing Director, Prestel, will present the book to the Chief Guest, Gieve Patel, and the Guest of Honour, Harsh Goenka.
This publication looks at the evolution of Atul Dodiya’s impressive and multi-faceted career. Atul Dodiya’s complex and vibrant works draw playfully and with rare assurance on an array of influences ranging from the paintings of Malevich, the cinema of Fellini and the constructions of Jasper Johns to Pop art, Indian street art, and mass-circulation prints. This book captures the sweep of Dodiya’s career, from his early photorealist paintings depicting middle-class life to his daring and ingenious assemblages, which blur the distinction between gallery and street, sculpture and architecture. It traces the shifts of emphasis and direction that his kaleidoscopic imagination has made over a nearly three-decade-long career. This volume brings together informed and thoughtful essays written by leading critics and curators, as well as a new interview with Dodiya and exquisite reproductions of his paintings, sculpture-installations and assemblages.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist, and independent curator. In addition to publishing five volumes of poetry, he has curated or co-curated more than twenty exhibitions of contemporary art including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). His essays have appeared in numerous books and anthologies and his poetry translated into several languages.
Enrique Juncosa is a poet, critic and curator based in Ibiza. He was, most recently, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, having previously been Deputy Director of the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.
Thomas McEvilley (1939-‐2013) was an art critic, novelist and poet. An outstanding contributor to the ‘death of painting’ debate, he authored the influential work, The Exile’s Return: Toward a Redefinition of Painting for the Post-Modern Era.
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist, critic and curator based in Bombay. She was joint artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2012) and is editor of the monograph Shilpa Gupta (Prestel & Vadehra Art Gallery, 2010).
About the book:
Edited by Ranjit Hoskote
With contributions by Thomas McEvilley, Enrique Juncosa, and Nancy Adajania
Published in 2014
Hardback, 28 x 33 cm, 480 pages with 500 colour illustrations and 10 gatefolds