List: 10 Unexpectedly Arty Raw Materials

This piece was first published in India Today. While its appeal may not be quite as widespread as that of Bollywood, contemporary Indian art has its fans all over the world. Indian artists have been our cultural ambassadors, showcasing realities and fantasies of modern India in their works. As a toast to their inventiveness, here are 10 commonplace items that became fine art when they caught the attention of our finest artists. 1980s Enamel paint Ask about the medium of most paintings, and you’ll be told oils or watercolours. If you’re looking atPrabhakar Barwe‘s paintings from the 1980s, however, there’s a … Continue reading List: 10 Unexpectedly Arty Raw Materials

Profile: Subodh Gupta

A slightly-edited version of this piece was first published in GQ India. Every year, artist Subodh Gupta goes on a family holiday in summer. This year was different. While his family vacationed, Gupta locked himself up in his studio. Come September, he had a number of major shows coming up, including two in South Korea and Britain, and he needed to get cracking on the set he was designing for Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Ballet. You’d think that the man who has been dubbed the Damien Hirst of Delhi would rest on his accolades. Think again. “The thing is, I’m not a genius,” says Gupta. “Some … Continue reading Profile: Subodh Gupta