Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
This catalogue will accompany the first retrospective dedicated to Subodh Gupta in France, which will take place at the Monnaie de Paris in April 2018. For this event, several of the artist’s most iconic artworks, such as Doot, Very Hungry God or Faith Matters , will be exhibited in order to retrace his entire career from the early days in the 1990s, to his latest experimentations with video and sound. These artworks come from public and private collections and a new version of Specimen No. 108 is especially produced for the courtyard of the Monnaie de Paris.
Characterised by the use of found objects and utensils out of daily life, Subodh Gupta’s work touches on universal themes: the opposition between rural and urban life, between craftmanship and industrialisation, between one-of-a-kind and mass-produced, between personnal and monumental scale.
This catalogue will also offer in-depth essays written by renowned art critics, specialists of Subodh Gupta’s work, to help the reader better understand the production of this major contemporary artist, still not enough exhibited in western countries, as well as a new commented chronology summarizing the artist’s entire career to this day.