2007 ‘Inside Out’, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai. Anita Dube (Ramees MA) Inaugurated on Wednesday, the fourth edition of the Biennale features 90-plus artists from across the globe. Indian Contemporary Artist Her unrestrained approach to making art allows her to break the … A. with honors in History from the University of Delhi in 1979. So is the sky, just a shade or two lighter. Among them is the artist collective Otolith Group, who … Their outlines are rendered by pasted glass eyes of varying size which are normally used in Hindu rituals to animate otherwise uninhabited idols. What started as a relatively modest annual workshop has become a major platform for South Asian art within a global context, organizing international workshops, residencies and exhibitions. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions, including shows at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (2013), and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011). There was no halt in the preparations that have led to the Biennale though. The Hub was moderated by Natasha Ginwala from India, the Co-Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2020. Trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube is keenly attuned to the power of objects to evoke memories and experiences, and historical, social, and mythological references. Dube’s works give voice to the subaltern and to women who are swallowed by the vastness of the ‘unspoken’. Boats and ships scuttle in the waves. Anita Dube (b 1958) Trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube’s work is determinedly individualized yet provocatively informed by its cultural context. This sort of challenge to the cultural and socio-political themes remain constant in … [2], Dube's training as an art historian at Baroda continues to influence her practice as a visual artist, as do her ties to the short-lived but extremely influential Indian Radical Painters' and Sculptors' Association, a group of predominantly Malayali contemporary artists (with Dube a rare exception) formed by K. P. Krishnakumar in Baroda in 1987 that forged an explicitly radical, socially and politically conscious approach to art making in contrast with the more figurative style of painting associated with an earlier generation of artists and faculty at Baroda. Anita Dube, Short Stories by Kafka - The Truth about Sancho Pazzo, 2012, charcoal on Canson paper, 62 x 50 x 1”. The tree is given a similar treatment of deification, while two other objects resembling the letters O and U are placed next to each other, to produce the word YOU. The eyes then allude to the omniscient third eye or the female pubis, all bearing a mythologised impression of Hindu goddesses. Born in Lucknow in 1958, she graduated in history from Delhi University in 1979. Master of Arts (Art Criticism), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, BA (Honours) History, University of New Delhi, Her aesthetic medium borrows from industrially-produced and religious readymade. Also in 1989, the group staged a demonstration and published a pamphlet excoriating a Sotheby's auction held in Mumbai that year with support from the Times of India — still a novel concept for India's relatively quiet 1980s art market. Artist Interview: Anita Dube Anita Dube Initially trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube creates works with a conceptual language that valorizes the sculptural fragment as a bearer of personal and social memory, history, mythology, and phenomenological experience. Anita Dube uses her body as a subject as well as a site for creating art in some of her works. Anita Dube contributes a wall drawing of mirrored faces. In Offering the artist’s hands are covered with ceramic eyes to create a startling sensation. Recent solo exhibitions have included shows at Nature Morte (Berlin; 2013); Lakeeren Gallery (Mumbai; 2013); Galerie Dominique Fiat (Paris; 2011); Bose Pacia (New York; 2008), Galerie Almine Rech (Paris; 2007), and Gallery Nature Morte (New Delhi; 2000, 2005). The artist places multitudes of objects together, often tightly knitted in a single space. Anita Dube, Like a Bird on a Wire, 2011, steel, velvet & thread, 288 x 15”, Placing multitudes together to create a claustrophobic and disconcerting aesthetic. FLYING IN THE FACE OF AUTHORITY Art India ... Anita Dube from India, Devika Singh from the UK, Paz Guevara from Germany, Zoe Butt from Vietnam, Tarun Nagesh from Australia, Lydia Yee from the UK and Shaina Anand from India. [1] She completed her B. Anita Dube is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in India - other established artists such as Jayanthi Moorthy, Sabya Baliarsingh, Karishma D'Souza, Robin Cracknell, and Celia Paul were also born in India. Image Source: Art Asia Pacific As curator, contemporary artist Anita Dube is committed to making the Muziris-Kochi Biennale 2018 more inclusive than it has ever been. [8] This interest is evident in a work titled 5 Words (2007), which was included in a 2007-2008 exhibition at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. “The eyes are like people for me and this could speak of large migrations in history,” says Dube about the patterning of the eyes. Artist-curator Anita Dube, for her part, had a pretty unambiguous take on the matter. In 1982 she completed her masters in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the MS University, Baroda. Born in 1958, Dube was initially trained as an art historian and critic. The selection is in keeping with the Biennale’s long-standing tradition of being an artist-led exhibition. This year around, the event is curated by eminent artist Anita Dube around the theme of 'Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life'. Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Anita Dube's work. Dube has exhibited widely in exhibitions in India and abroad. These latter were part of the so-called "Baroda School" also sometimes called the "narrative painters," a group that came to prominence in the mid to late 1970s, and included figures such as Bhupen Khakhar, Nalini Malani, Vivan Sundaram, Jogen Chowdhury, Sudhir Patwardhan, Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh and critic Geeta Kapur. The word ‘Resistance’ cut out from meat conveys the protest by the oppressed and over-inscribed female body. [3], In 1987, the Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association, led by Krishnakumar, held an exhibition "Questions and Dialogue" at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, which was accompanied by posters around campus and a manifesto, written by Dube, denouncing the commodification of art in general, and what they saw as the lack of sincere, effective political and social engagement on the part of the "narrative painters. Following her role in the Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association, Dube began translating her criticality to the material process of making art. Anita Dube is trained as an art historian and critic. Anita Dube, initially trained as an art historian and critic, creates photographs, sculptures and installations based on concepts ranging from social memory and history to mythology and related phenomena. In the wind, white clothes flutter on a string of rope tied between bamboo poles. Indian artist Anita Dube employs votive eyes, velvet, meat and wax, among other materials, to ‘create’ words. ANITA DUBE (Born in 1958) Sea Creature signed, dated and editioned 'Anita Dube 2000/2006 ed. She works in a variety of materials, evoking industrial structures through foam, plastic, and wire, the realm … [5], Following the exhibition, the group shifted its activities to Kerala, where another exhibition was held at Kozhikode in February, 1989. 2010 'Kal / Tomorrow', Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai. Artsome is a one-stop guide to artists and art in the South Asia with a focus on indian contemporary art and indian modern artists. In Intimations of Mortality, 1997, she places hundreds of ceramic eyes in the corner to create an ethereal effect. Want to know whats going on in the art world? She installs texts on walls or carves words through gallery walls. The body assumes the role of a canvas, on which her idiomatic medium is arranged to create quite unsettling results. Available for sale from Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Anita Dube, Resistance (2021), Automotive paint and votive enamelled eyes on wall, 33 2/5 × 47 1… Philippe Vergne, in a 2003 essay, writes that Dube's work "privileges sculptural fragment as a cultural bearer of personal and social memories, history, mythologies and phenomenological experiences. The sea is greyish blue. "[6], When the Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association disbanded in 1989, following the death of KP Krishnakumar, Dube shifted her focus from writing and criticism to making visual art, developing an aesthetic idiom that utilizes found objects and industrial materials, word play and photography in order to offer a sustained analysis and critique of existing social and political conditions in India and beyond. In contemporary art, the biggest celebration was perhaps the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, directed by prominent LGBT artist Anita Dube. Anita Dube curates a powerful edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale where bodies of the marginalised take centre stage and scarred lands find a space. 2008 ‘Recent Works’, Bose Pacia, New York. The corner seems to possess an infinity from within which a living, organic structure begins to spread, or the duality of the corner being a vortex, where everything is being sucked inside. This also enables the artist to map out discourses and issues by deploying her body as the subject. She has said that she is “interested in how a word can become architecture”. Although seemingly constricted, these objects together exude an organic intent, impressing upon ideas of movement and growth. "[7], Dube's language-based sculptural work is particularly notable. Anita’s materials covers a large ground to include industrially produced products like plastic and Styrofoam and religious objects like thread, beads and ceramic eyes used in idol-making. Anita Dube. #1/5' (on the reverse) gelatin silver print 152.4 x 101.8 cm. Initially trained as an art historian and critic, Anita Dube creates photographs, sculptures and installations based on concepts ranging from social memory and history to mythology and related phenomena. 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Installation view, Nature Morte, Berlin. 2012 'Anita Dube', Gallery Marabini, Bologna. Anita Dube, Woman, 2007, paraffin wax and wicks. Anita Dube (born 28 November 1958) is an Indian contemporary artist whose work has been widely exhibited in India, including at the Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai including the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi); the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai); Gallery Nature Morte (New Delhi), KHOJ International Artists' Association (New Delhi). Lives and works in New Delhi. One of India's most consistently creative and challenging artists, Anita Dube's practice is primarily based in sculpture but also includes photography, video, installation and performance. In her video Kissa-e-Noor Mohammed, Nine Contemporary Rasas, 2004, the artist inhabits the guise of a Muslim man, her alter-ego, to address issues of feminism, body politics and fundamentalism. [10], Dube is the first female curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Anita Dube. This range of materials provides a rich base for Anita to create newer or alter older contexts and meanings associated with those objects. Anita Dube’s installation during the Khoj Workshop in 1998 presents the revered thread wrapped around trees with a playful twist. The words and letters assume an obvious linguistic signification while at the same time produce a similar vein of political and aesthetic questioning. Text works assume a powerful part of Anita Dube's oeuvre. Get the newly listed art for sale by Anita Dube. Anita Dube, one of India’s most provocative and versatile contemporary artists, was announced here today as the curator for the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) beginning December 2018. Curated by Indian artist Anita Dube and titled Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the 2018 edition of the biennial was conceived in a spirit of ongoing, decentralized collaboration. Anita Dube came to the sculptural practice through her involvement with the Association of Indian Radical Painter and Sculptors, a group formed in the eighties in Baroda whose style is characterized by a strong awareness of social and political criticism contrasted with the kind more narrative of the traditional school. Born 1958, Lucknow, India The natural contours of the tree, which resembles the alphabet Y, is wrapped with the saffron coloured thread, mostly seen around trees deemed ‘religious’ according to Hinduism. Born 1958, Lucknow, India. Galleries and Exhibitions. Anita Dube, initially trained as an art historian and critic, creates photographs, sculptures and installations based on concepts ranging from social memory and history to mythology and related phenomena. 2011 'Babel: New Works by Anita Dube', Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris. Anita Dube, Offering (one panel from a group of three), photography, silver gelatine print, 12.5 x 18.5” (each). (60 x 44 in.) Born in Lucknow in 1958, Anita Dube completed her BA (History) from Delhi University in 1979 and her MVA (Art Criticism) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1982. Displayed in 13 vitrines, these objects embody what Dube describes … Anita Dube, Kissa-e-Noor Mohammed, Nine Contemporary Rasas, 2004, still from a colour video. This entailed, among other things, a conscious shift in medium: Dube and others focused on inexpensive, industrial materials and found objects in an effort to create works that resisted commodification, connected with working-class audiences, and directed a militant critique at bourgeois notions of art making, display and consumption. "[4] Dube and her peers at Baroda were committed to a radical project of challenging a retrogressive, bourgeois-centered art industry. Lives and works in New Delhi. Search and bid online on all original art and artworks by Anita Dube on artnet auctions 24/7. As a member of Radical Painters and Sculptors Association, she wrote the manifesto of the seminal exhibition ‘Questions and Dialogue’ in 1987, and has since been producing critical, politically-driven artwork … View Anita Dube’s artworks on artnet. She has developed an aesthetic language that is partial to sculptural fragment as a cultural bearer of personal and social histories. There is also an interest in layering in Dube's works. Anita Dube started out as an art historian and critic before she became an artist. She has developed an aesthetic language that is partial to sculptural fragment as a cultural bearer of personal and social histories. [citation needed], In 1997, Dube cofounded KHOJ, an International Artists' Association in New Delhi. To render a Kafka story she used charcoal, so that the density of text over text created a complete blackness over the canvas, very symbolic of Kafka's stories. Anita Dube, apart from the industrial and religious objects, experiments with texts in her installations. She completed her M. F. A. in Art Criticism from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1982, during a particularly productive and influential period in that university's storied Faculty of Fine Arts. Consisting of five separate pieces, 5 Words explores the fraught cross-cultural semantics and sculptural possibilities of five value-laden words that begin with the letter W. Another body of work that Dube is known for involves the use of the adhesive-backed, industrially produced ceramic eyes typically affixed to Hindu religious images. Anita Dube (born 28 November 1958) is an Indian contemporary artist whose work has been widely exhibited in India, including at the Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai including the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi); the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai); Gallery Nature Morte (New Delhi), KHOJ International Artists' Association (New Delhi). Coming are Sunita and Vijay Choraria, Czaee Shah, Tasneem Mehta, Mithu Sen, Shilpa Gupta, Jitish and Reena Kallat, Pushpamala, Anita Dube, Shalini Passi and Ashiesh Shah. Layering text she makes dense drawings and scultupres for which the medium become crucial. The work produces a loaded context, moving into the terrain of feminism and womanhood, and the question of presence and existence, with the burning wax slowly erasing the word.“I had begun working with words as sculptures and was fascinated by the idea of a word burning, a slow burning for which a candle/wax work seemed appropriate ” she explains. In sculptures, she wraps text over text to create a density that suggests the madness and insomnia of the world. edition 1/5; there was a previous edition of 10 printed in a smaller size Executed in 2000/2006 Indian Contemporary Artist. Learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Her work is determinedly individualized yet provocatively informed by its cultural context. Dube was born on 28 November 1958 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India to a family of physicians. Dube travelled to more than 30 countries for the shortlist of 90 plus artists who will participate in the fourth edition of the KMB that begins today. She works in a variety of materials, evoking industrial structures through foam, plastic, and wire, the realm of crafts with thread, beads, and velvet, and the human body through pieces using bone. An example of this type of work is The Sleep of Reason Creates Monsters (2001), first installed at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, makes reference to Francisco Goya’s famous set of aquatint prints, Los Caprichos, produced between 1797 and 1798. "The Times of India’s sudden interest in Indian Art and Culture now shows that the Imperialists want to completely poison the people’s mind and life through antihuman projects for artists," it read, adding that the exhibition's invocation of "Timeless" India was the legacy of a "colonialist strategy to see everything as ‘timeless’, and now the Indian ruling classes see their country with the same eyes. Her interest in materiality is visible in her iconic 1997 work Silence (Blood Wedding), for which the artist covered real human bones in a skin of red velvet embellished with beads and lace. Anita Dube, Intimations of Mortality 1, 1997, enamel, copper, blue tack, 132 x 100 x 5”. 2013 'eye etc', Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai. fascinated by the idea of a word burning, a slow burning for which a candle/wax work seemed appropriate ”, “The eyes are like people for me and this could speak of large migrations in history,”, The Sculpture show 2016 open on 10th Aug at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi, India. “Virtual hyper-connectivity has paradoxically alienated us from the warm solidarities of … In her work Woman, 2007, she carved out the word ‘woman’ from paraffin wax with wicks on them and the process involved the wicks burning throughout the exhibition. [9], Internationally, her work has been shown at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City) and the Havana biennial, among others. 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