Ranbir Kaleka

Bose Pacia

After a decade of working primarily in video art (albeit often projected onto canvases), Indian artist Ranbir Kaleka turned the bulk of his attention back to his home medium of painting for this exhibition, titled “Reading Man.” The show, conceived as a follow up to “Fables from the House of Ibaan: Stage 1,” Kaleka’s 2008 exhibition of video installations (also held at Bose Pacia), included several installations incorporating his pictures, and thus posed a set of questions about the relevance of painting today and the implications of experimentally working between media.

Kaleka, who was trained in painting in Chandigarh, India, and at the Royal College of Art in London, has lived in New Delhi since the mid-1990s. When he began to transition into video art toward the end of that decade, oil on canvas was virtually the universal medium of contemporary Indian art. Kaleka managed to create an

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