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The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) and DAG presents the first U.S. retrospective showcasing the art practice of Anupam Sud, to be presented at DAG New York, spanning over five decades of her prolific practice and featuring her recent works on view for the first time. Curated by Dr. Paula Sengupta, an artist and curator, as well as a student of Sud, The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective encompasses nearly one hundred works across a range of media, including her brilliant etchings, for which the artist is best known, alongside drawings, paintings, collographs, and photographs, and explores the journey of one of the most significant and pioneering female artists in India. On view beginning December 11, The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective reflects KNMA and DAG’s commitment to representing the expanse of Indian art practice through the presentation of museum-quality exhibitions globally.

Recognized as one of the foremost printmakers in India, Anupam Sud is a versatile artist whose multidisciplinary practice also spans sculpture and painting. Her work has been distinguished by the revolutionary themes she explored, including male and female sexuality and feminist narratives, which were considered radical subject matter for a female artist in 1960s and 70s in India. Throughout her five decades of practice, Sud has consistently held up a mirror to society—especially in her depiction of male and female relationships—drawing attention to feminist causes and aspects of patriarchy, embodying her consistent commentary on contemporary societal values. Frequently portrayed as stark and exposed nude bodies, the carefully crafted subjects depicted in her prints are often silent figures complicit in acts of intimacy as well as social norms and pressures. In addition to a preoccupation with female imagery, Sud’s work consistently considers spatial relationships through architectural elements, such as windows, niches, and pictorial frames. Melding historic, religious, and mythical references with her personal memories and concerns, Sud’s practice has developed over time into what she has described as her “images of dialogue”—a distinctive style that address her varied perspectives on the society that surrounds her.

The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective brings together almost two hundred works—including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, illustrated books, sculptures, and archival material, and many works on view for the first time—to trace the evolution of Sud’s groundbreaking practice. The exhibition begins with works from the early phases of Sud’s career—from her origins as the youngest member of Group 8, a printmaking collective founded by her teacher at the College of Art, New Delhi, where she studied in 1967—to works created later during her years stemming from her education at the Slade School of Art in England in 1971, during which she was informed of techniques and practices from both the East and West. The exhibition offers insights on the distinctive and radical elements of the artist’s multi-faceted practice in particular, as well as her sustained contributions to the growth of printmaking in India as a professor at the College of Art, New Delhi.

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Date

Dec 12, 2019 - Mar 07, 2020

Contact

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Installation view of The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective

DAG, New York

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Installation view of The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective

DAG, New York

Artworks

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Before Rain

Pink Fountain

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Forlorn

Untitled

Generosity

Ups and Downs

Untitled

Boats for Yonder Land

Show Stopper

Black Conch

Couch Potato

Infiltrators

My Feminine Side

Goddess in Making

Mr. Chopra

Olympia

Self

Untitled

Voyage II

Voyage I

Draupadi Vow

Over a Cup of Tea

Blue Nymph

Cosmic Dancer

Untitled

Untitled

Feminine Lore

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Dining with Ego

Game, Eternal

Untitled

Silent Moment

Untitled

Woman With a Dog

All Paths Lead to Me

Seven Steps

Between Vows and Words

The Laundry

Untitled

Rhapsody of Time

Dialogue VIII

The Rear Window

The Contestants

Don’t Touch My Halo

Bathers

For an Apple Only

Offering

Conspirators

Untitled

Wee Hour

A Journey

Morning Walk

Untitled

Untitled (Ishita)

Untitled (The Dice)

Untitled (Dialogue IV)

Untitled (Dialogue)

The Trinity

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Cathy

Untitled

Biography of a Crime

The Weight of a Halo

Untitled

Composition II

Composition I

Window

Window

Untitled

Whirlpool

Tide

Untitled

Human Frieze

Untitled

Untitled

Extended Hand

Untitled

Untitled

Human Cage

Untitled

Picky

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Anupam Sud > <

Before Rain

Pink Fountain

S

Forlorn

Untitled

Generosity

Ups and Downs

Untitled

Boats for Yonder Land

Show Stopper

Black Conch

Couch Potato

Infiltrators

My Feminine Side

Goddess in Making

Mr. Chopra

Olympia

Self

Untitled

Voyage II

Voyage I

Draupadi Vow

Over a Cup of Tea

Blue Nymph

Cosmic Dancer

Untitled

Untitled

Feminine Lore

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Dining with Ego

Game, Eternal

Untitled

Silent Moment

Untitled

Woman With a Dog

All Paths Lead to Me

Seven Steps

Between Vows and Words

The Laundry

Untitled

Rhapsody of Time

Dialogue VIII

The Rear Window

The Contestants

Don’t Touch My Halo

Bathers

For an Apple Only

Offering

Conspirators

Untitled

Wee Hour

A Journey

Morning Walk

Untitled

Untitled (Ishita)

Untitled (The Dice)

Untitled (Dialogue IV)

Untitled (Dialogue)

The Trinity

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Cathy

Untitled

Biography of a Crime

The Weight of a Halo

Untitled

Composition II

Composition I

Window

Window

Untitled

Whirlpool

Tide

Untitled

Human Frieze

Untitled

Untitled

Extended Hand

Untitled

Untitled

Human Cage

Untitled

Picky

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Artists

Anupam Sud

Hoshiarpur