ARARIO GALLERY NEWS BLOG

Nalini Malani at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts opens March 19th

Posted in Nalini Malani by arariogallery on February 23, 2010

Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

20 March to 6 June 2010

Public opening Friday 19 March 2010 at 18.30

Nalini Malani is one of the most important contemporary artists on the Indian subcontinent. The museum is bringing together a huge retrospective of her works of the past 15 years – paintings, video installations, shadow theatre, and theatrical collaborations. Since the 1990s Malani has presented her depiction of the women’s revolt in a country first torn between the legacy of colonialism and the ideal of third-world socialism, then dragged by globalisation into rapid political and economic transformation. Making use of figures drawn from myths, tales and religions of very different cultural background (Cassandra, Alice in Wonderland, Akka, etc.), she describes scenes depicting war, orthodox fanaticism, the consequences of capitalism, and the destruction of the environment in a narrative outpour that might well be described as epic.
Malani’s work is produced in cycles or polyptychs, using multiple-projection video installations. Her world is transparent and fluid, constituted by visible overlays. Nothing is fixed or set, everything is in a continual state of metamorphosis. In a maelstrom of elementary colours – blue, red, yellow – she builds up a profusion of figures, bodies and disparate elements taken from the most diverse animate and inanimate worlds: fragments of machines, planes, tadpoles, larvae, worms, foetuses, winged creatures, monsters, and anonymous and recognisable figures, all liquid, permeable bodies. In Malani’s work, blood-vessels, bones, brain and internal organs float outside the body, both volatile and exploded (as a result of the Splitting), and thus a network of multiple contacts, an “interface” in today’s terms, where the I and the Other no longer form a legitimate antinomy.

Malani in Paris

Posted in Arario Gallery, Nalini Malani by arariogallery on May 8, 2009
"Cassandra," 2009. Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 227.5 x 396 cm

"Cassandra," 2009. Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 227.5 x 396 cm

Nalini Malani will present a new 30 piece polyptych, titled Cassandra, in her first exhibition in France. The show will open at Galerie LeLong on May 15 and continue through July 10.

NEW NEWS

Posted in Arario Elsewhere, Arario Gallery, Hyung Koo Kang, Nalini Malani, Sui Jianguo, Tallur L.N. by arariogallery on May 5, 2009
Sui Jianguo, "Windy City," 2009. Image uploaded to Flickr on April 2, 2009 by mmmmarshall.

Sui Jianguo, "Windy City," 2009. Millenium Park, Chicago. Image uploaded to Flickr on April 2, 2009 by mmmmarshall.

  • Sui Jianguo’s sculpture “Windy City” is mentioned in the Chicago Flame.
  • Work by Hyung Koo Kang will be auctioned off at Christie’s Hong Kong later this month, reports Art Daily.
  • The May/June issue of Flash Art includes a review of Tallur L.N.’s recent exhibition.
  • Read Murtaza Vali’s interview with Nalini Malani for Art AsiaPacific (AAP) online.

A Postcard from Mumbai

Posted in Arario Elsewhere, Nalini Malani by arariogallery on April 22, 2009
Nalini Malani with her triptych “Appeasing Radha”, 2006. Acrylic and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 72 7/8 x 144 1/8 inches. Photo: Rafeeq Elias.

Nalini Malani with her triptych “Appeasing Radha”, 2006. Acrylic and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 72 7/8 x 144 1/8 inches. Photo: Rafeeq Elias.

A postcard created by Nalini Malani will be auctioned off in May at a benefit for the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. The sale, curated by Dan Cameron, features 200 5×7 postcard-sized artworks by 200 internationally-acclaimed artists. Read more about the event here.