Artist

Subodh Gupta

Subodh Gupta is best known for incorporating everyday objects that are ubiquitous throughout India, such as the steel tiffin boxes used by millions to carry their lunch as well as thali pans, bicycles, and milk pails. From such ordinary items the artist produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformation of his homeland and which relate to Gupta’s own life and memories.
Painting is also an important part of Subodh Gupta‘s art practice. His series ‘Still Steal Steel’ consists of photorealistic paintings of kitchen utensils falling and moving in space. In his early paintings, Gupta used another element of Indian every day life, cow dung. This is used in India for building houses and as fuel for cooking fires. Moreover, it is a cleaning agent. The idea that cow dung is inherently clean is ingrained in rural India. There, it is a purifying element, both ritual and symbolic. In his video ‘Pure’ (2000, 9 min.), Gupta takes the detergent concept literally and has filmed himself taking a shower, to free himself of the thick layer of dung that covers his body.
 

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Subodh Gupta: Invisible Reality
Hauser & Wirth Somerset presents a major solo exhibition of new and recent work by Subodh Gupta spanning...
12 Feb 2016 - 02 May 2016
Exhibitions
Continua Sphères Ensemble
Under the artistic direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, over twenty galleries and foundations from...
16 Sep 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
Art Spaces
Hauser & Wirth London
Galleries in London
Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Galleries in Zurich
Galleria Continua
Galleries in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra
Galleria Continua Beijing
Galleries in Beijing
Nature Morte
Galleries in New Delhi
Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong