Jitish Kallat  (Indian, 1974) 

Jitish Kallat (Indian, b.1974) is a painter, sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for work that celebrates the city of Mumbai, using a visual language derived from popular advertising. Born in Mumbai, Kallat studied painting at the Sir J.J. School of Art, and rejected his training in Modernism and abstraction to create early works based on references to the billboards and popular culture of Mumbai. Kallat portrays the socio-economic and political circumstances of the city in a way that emphasizes its liveliness and resilience. His Dawn Chorus (2007) series, for example, shows street urchins with hair that forms a web of traffic and pedestrians; he mounts these paintings on sculptures made from wall decorations found in a 120-year-old train station in Mumbai. Kallat’s photographic work includes a series called Cenotaph (A Deed Of Transfer) (2007), which documents the demolition of a row of slums, suggesting the progressive but sometimes brutal consequences of modernization in Mumbai. Kallat’s Public Notice Works (2003–2010) series—large-scale installations that displayed Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech of 1947 on a reflective surface, Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 speech on fiberglass letters, and Swami Vivekananda’s speech during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on LED displays—were shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. Kalla’s work has been exhibited at the ZKM Museum in Karlsruhe and the Tate Modern in London, and his work is held in several collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Saatchi collection. He lives and works in Mumbai.

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Jitish Kallat, Allegory of a Sacred Illusion (Moon)


Jitish Kallat
Allegory of a Sacred Illusion (Moon)

Galerie Daniel Templon
Jitish Kallat, Syzygy 3


Jitish Kallat
Syzygy 3

Galerie Daniel Templon
Jitish Kallat, In the Order of Recurrence


Jitish Kallat
In the Order of Recurrence

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Jitish Kallat, Syzygy (The Cloud Bearer's Rotation)


Jitish Kallat
Syzygy (The Cloud Bearer's Rotation)

Galerie Daniel Templon
Jitish Kallat, Preamble


Jitish Kallat

Chemould Prescott Road
Jitish Kallat, Untitled (the hour of the day of the month of the season)


Jitish Kallat
Untitled (the hour of the day of the month of the season)

Chemould Prescott Road
Jitish Kallat, Circadian Rhyme 3


Jitish Kallat
Circadian Rhyme 3

Chemould Prescott Road
Jitish Kallat, Hallucinations of a passer-by


Jitish Kallat
Hallucinations of a passer-by

Jitish Kallat, Allegory of the Unfolding Sky


Jitish Kallat
Allegory of the Unfolding Sky

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Jitish Kallat, Sweatopia 1 (triptych)


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Sweatopia 1 (triptych), 2008
acrylic on canvas


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Jitish Kallat, Analgesic Studies 23, 29, 33 (3 works)


Jitish Kallat
Analgesic Studies 23, 29, 33 (3 works), 2005-2007
mixed media on board


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Jitish Kallat, Universal Recipient


Jitish Kallat
Universal Recipient, 2008-2009
acrylic on canvas w/bronze supports


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1974   Born in Mumbai, India
1990 - 1996   B.F.A. (painting), Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai
K.K. Hebbar Art Foundation Award
Govt. First Prize, Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai, India
1996 - 1997   Fellow at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
Awarded Fellowship at Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai, India
2001   Indo-American Society’s ‘Young Achiever Award’
2002   Harmony Award
2003   Provogue-Society ‘Young Achiever Award’
  Lives and works in Mumbai, India
2010   The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
URBAN MANNERS 2, at SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Astronomy of the Subway, Haunch of Venison, London, UK (solo)
2009   Mythologies, Haunch of Venison London, UK
2008   Passage to India, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK
Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2007   Urban Manners, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
INDIA NOW: CCary Indian Art Between Continuity and Transformation, Provincia di Milano, Milan, Italy
Thermocline Of Art- New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Best of Artists, ShContemporary, Shanghai, China
Hungry God, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
India: Public Spaces, Private Places-Contemporary Photography and Video Art, Newark Museum, NJ
Aftershock, Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK
Horn Please, KunstMuseum, Bern, Switzerland
New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL
365 Lives, Arario Beijing, China (solo)
Rickshawpolis-3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia (solo)
Passage to India, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK (solo)
Soft Power, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China
Mad Love - Young Art in Danish Private Collections, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
FIAC, Paris, France
2006   Rickshawpolis-2, Spazio Piazzasempione, Milan, Italy (solo)
The 5th Asia Pacific Tirennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia
Passages, Palais De Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Lille 3000, Lille, France
The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing and the Busan Museum, Korea
Made by Indians: L’Art a La Plage, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France
Another Worlds, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea
2005   Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany
1st Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea
Rickshawpolis-1, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (solo)
Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore (solo)
Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India (solo)
Paths of Progression, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL
International Painting, Gallery GBK, Sydney, Australia
Kunst En Oorlod, Kunst en Cultuur Noord-Holland
2004   The Sacrifice – An Intimate I, Collection of Henri Swagemakers’, Museum De Beyerd, Holland
Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Show, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, NY
Masala, William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, CT
Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
The Lie Of The Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
FAQ, Art Rotterdam, presented by Willem Baars Projects, Holland (solo)
2003   SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Drawing Conclusions, International exhibitions of artist-writers, New York Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Urban Graffiti, Woolff Gallery, London, UK
Crossing generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould’s 40th anniversary, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India
Indians+Cowboys, Gallery 4a, Sydney, Australia
The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kultursenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Arco 2003, Madrid, Spain
2002   Under Construction, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan
India- Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey
Clicking into Place, Organised by Japan Foundation at the Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
First Information Report, Bose Pacia Modern, New York, NY (solo)
2001   Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India (solo)
General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, India (solo)
Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2000   Seventh Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Ibid, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India (solo)
1999   Private limited-I, Bose Pacia Modern , New York, NY (solo)
Private limited-II, Apparao Gallery, Chennai, India (solo)
The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Nature Morte, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
Multi Media Art of 90's, CIMA Gallery, Calcutta, India
Jehangir Nicholson Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India
The Wilberding Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India
Indian Contemporary Art, The R.P.G. collection, Leverkusen and Monheim, Germany
1998   Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India (solo)
1997   P.T.O., Gallery Chemould and Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai, India (solo)
Innenseite, Kassel, Germany
50 years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India