Jitish Kallat is one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Indian Art. Born in 1974, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1996.
Kallat’s vast oeuvre spanning painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and installation, reveals a deep involvement with the city of Mumbai and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as ‘the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India’. Wider concerns include India’s attempts to negotiate its entry into a globalised economy, addressing housing and transportation crises, city planning, caste and communal tensions, and government accountability.
Many of Kallat’s works focus on Mumbai’s downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. Kallat traditionally mounts his paintings on bronze sculptures that are re-created from the wall adornments found on the 120-year-old Victoria Terminus train station in the centre of Mumbai.
His solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), CSMVS Museum (Mumbai), the San Jose Museum of Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney).
He was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014. Kallat lives and works in Mumbai.
Supported by Nature Morte & Saat Saath Arts Jitish Kallat is at the forefront of India's contemporary art movement and and his work has been shown extensively across India and the world. Covering Letter is a piece of historical correspondence beamed…MORE DETAILS
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi | 7th January – 31st March 2017 Curated by Catherine David This exhibition is an extensive solo exhibition of Jitish Kallat’s work over the last two decades curated by Catherine David and organised by Gallery Chemould.…MORE DETAILS
Cultural theorist and Professor of the Humanitites, Harvard University, engaged contemporary artist Jitish Kallat in a conversation following the opening of Kallat’s show ‘Covering Letter.’ ‘Covering Letter’ reflected a letter of correspondence that Gandhi sent to Hitler in 1939 urging…MORE DETAILS