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Subodh Gupta, Untitled, 2011, bronze, 55 x 55 x 13".

Subodh Gupta

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Subodh Gupta, Untitled, 2011, bronze, 55 x 55 x 13".

Over the past twenty-some years, Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s work has been characterized by the use of stainless steel. He has employed the shiny metal—a material Jeff Koons has called “proletariat silver”—to create replicas of Indian kitchenware, formally arranging the utensils into spectacular, large-scale installations.

In the context of such installations, these glittering objects take on powerful meanings. Culturally specific, the cups, thali pans, and tiffins underscore difference: Western spectators may view the kitchenware as exotic, while Indian audiences might find the items banal, commonplace. But the objects also have universal resonances. Domestic tools tied to the preparation of food inevitably brings into play the tension between accumulation and deprivation, a dichotomy certainly relevant to contemporary India, where rapid socioeconomic development has

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