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Vivan Sundaram, Veteran Indian Up to date Artist, Dies at 79

Vivan Sundaram, Veteran Indian Up to date Artist, Dies at 79

Vivan Sundaram, Veteran Indian Contemporary Artist, Dies at 79

Indian up to date artist Vivan Sundaram has died at age 79 following problems of a hemorrhagic stroke that occurred earlier this month. Sundaram, who created work for practically six a long time, is finest remembered for his multidisciplinary studio observe steeped in activism and political consciousness. Studies point out that the artist had been ailing for the previous few months main as much as his passing. The information of his loss of life was confirmed by Gallery Chemould in Mumbai.

“To say Vivan took dangers is an understatement,” Gallery Chermould’s inventive director Shireen Gandhy informed Hyperallergic. “In case you have a look at his observe, there’s a large allegiance to artwork historical past, however on the identical time feels unburdened the place he addresses his points with acute directness.”

Sundaram was born within the northern Indian metropolis of Shimla in 1943 to Kalyan Sundaram, India’s first post-Partition regulation secretary and second chief election commissioner, and Indira Sher-Gil, youthful sister of Hungarian-Indian fashionable artist Amrita Sher-Gil. Sundaram pursued a bachelor’s diploma in portray on the Maharaja Sayajirao College in Vadodara, Gujarat, between 1961 and 1965, adopted by a post-graduate diploma as a Commonwealth scholar on the Slade College of Nice Artwork in London from 1966 to 1968 below the tutelage of American artist RB Kitaj. Sundaram started finding out the historical past of cinema at Slade and included that curiosity into his paintings all through his life.

Vivan Sundaram, “Flowers/Fragments” (1991), charcoal and engine oil on handmade rag content material paper diptych, 30 inches x 44 inches (picture courtesy Gallery Chermould)

Sundaram was deeply influenced by his time in Europe, particularly the student-led Might ’68 protests towards capitalism, imperialism, and sophistication discrimination in Paris, France. Sundaram moved again to India within the early ’70s and started addressing nationwide and world disparities in his artwork observe impressed by British pop artwork, kitsch, and abstraction. Between the ’70s and ’80s, the artist developed a number of sequence of works addressing and displaying solidarity with oppressed populations together with however not restricted to Sikhs who suffered throughout the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India, and the Jewish Europeans who perished or fled throughout the Holocaust. Invested in Marxism, Sundaram additionally based the Kasauli Artwork Centre and the Journal of Arts and Concepts to create extra alternatives for artists and writers to collaborate and work experimentally.

An set up view of TRASH (2008) (picture courtesy Gallery Chermould)

It was solely within the early ’90s that Sundaram started to fold extra unconventional supplies into his observe. Whereas addressing the Gulf Battle, the artist started coupling slicks of engine oil with charcoal mark-making in a namesake sequence consisting of 40 works that sat on the triangular intersection between drawing, portray, and set up. This materials transition unlocked Sundaram’s interdisciplinary pursuits in combining movie, pictures, collage, printmaking, and sculpture all through his observe, culminating in mixed-media set up exhibitions comparable to Collaboration/Combines (1992), Memorial (1993), and Home/Boat (1994). Sundaram’s observe continued to answer present occasions and persisting injustices by means of the usage of archival data and upcycled supplies pertaining to his topics of exploration. 12 Mattress Ward (2005) delved into the tales and practices of India’s waste collectors by means of the usage of worn shoe soles and rusted cot frames, an curiosity that was additional explored in Trash (2008).

Sundaram additionally explored his personal lineage by means of his work, inspecting and remixing the documentation and archival data concerning his aunt Amrita Sher-Gil and maternal grandfather and newbie photographer Umrao Singh, each artists in their very own proper throughout pre-Independence India. These deconstructions and re-evaluations of his household are noticed in The Sher-Gil Archive (1995) and Re-Take of Amrita (2001).

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Vivan Sundaram, “Six Stations of a Life Pursued: Suture, Untitled, II” (2018), pigment print 15 1/2 inches x 17 inches (photograph by Gireesh NV, courtesy Gallery Chermould)

Sundaram was celebrated in two 50-year retrospective exhibitions in 2018: Step inside and you might be now not a stranger on the Kiran Nadar Museum of Artwork in New Delhi and Disjunctures at Haus der Kunst in Munich, each of which memorialized his conceptual and materials evolution whereas lauding his life-long dedication to activism and social consciousness.

“He was a uncommon one in his inventive and mental power,” lamented Roshini Vadehra, director of Vadehra Artwork Gallery, which additionally labored with Sundaram. “His politics and activist aspect was one which all of us admired and drew energy from.”

Sundaram is survived by his spouse, artwork critic and historian Geeta Kapur. His final rites and cremation will happen tomorrow at midday on the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi. A sequence of Sundaram’s drawings from Heights of Macchu Pichu (1972) is at present on view on the Kochi Biennale in Kochi, India.

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