New York

Dayanita Singh, First Communion, Saligao, 2000, 2001, c-print, 100 x 100 cm

New York

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows
July 24, 2013–May 29, 2005

Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre James Sreet Mall
September 25, 2004–January 16, 2005

This show of more than eighty works by thirty-two artists and collectives hopes to do for contemporary Indian art what “Inside Out: New Chinese Art” did in 1998 for art from China. That is, to provide both regional and global contexts that challenge preconceptions of recent art from India—whose presence in Western pop culture is often limited to Bollywood, yoga, and outsourcing. The show presents work by urban, nondiasporic artists like documentary photographer Dayanita Singh yet also takes a curatorial risk by offering pieces by rural folk artists such as painter Swarna Chitrakar, who reinterprets in a traditional style scenes from the Hollywood film Titanic.