SUBODH GUPTA'S ADDA IN PARIS
Subodh Gupta’s art, etched from the simplicity of everyday life, is magnified with his vision into grand pieces of reverent creation. There is little hesitation in proclaiming this maestro as the Godfather of contemporary Indian art, writes Uma Nair.
Flashback 2005 – when Paris was waking up to the phenomenon of Subodh Gupta. When Gupta's installations told western audiences that India was more than clichéd ancestral spiritual tradition and cheap exoticism. Gupta was just emerging on the market, his work at the Venice Biennale was seen first on a poster that summer. The artist's portrayal of everyday Indian life by transforming domestic objects into works of art engaged his audiences. Gupta played on the symbolism of objects in rural and urban contexts. At the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) that year, the In Situ gallery in Paris sold Two Cows, a bicycle loaded with bronze and aluminium milk jars at 40,000 euros.