previews

New Delhi

“Subodh Gupta: Everything is Inside”

National Gallery of Modern Art | New Delhi
Jaipur House, India Gate
January 17 - March 16

Curated by Germano Celant

The rest of the world may have seen a lot of Subodh Gupta recently, but this mid- career survey is the most comprehensive to date in his hometown. Spread across two wings of the NGMA, Gupta’s solo will contain early works from the 1990s such as the cow-dung-smeared self-portrait Bihari, 1999; his more recent sculptures in brass and copper; and multiple site-specific installations. In Everything Is Inside, 2004, a black-and-yellow Ambassador taxi sinks under the burden of its bronze luggage—simulating the precious bundles carried by poor immigrants from India’s villages. This sculpture (from which the exhibition takes its name) perhaps best mirrors Gupta’s attitude toward his institutional extravaganza. Here, even the most mundane and humble items are weighty with significance. A new catalogue of the artist’s work published by Penguin will be available for consultation.