previews

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

    Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

    Queens Museum
    New York City Building Flushing Meadows
    July 24 - May 29

    Art Gallery of Western Australia
    Perth Cultural Centre James Sreet Mall
    September 25 - January 16

    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.