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Photo gallery: Inside is everything in Subodh Gupta show

March 12, 2014

Dada (2010-13) (grandfather)

Artist Subodh Gupta‚Äôs exhibition in New Delhi features images from everyday Indian life on a grand and theatrical scale. The cycle rickshaw, the sewing machine, utensils and the Mumbai taxi are some of the motifs that dominate his work in ‚ÄėEverything is Inside‚Äô.

The show, on view at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, is an artist‚Äôs journey to the ‚Äúinside‚ÄĚ of his home and his roots. His preoccupation with utensils stems from his passion for cooking. And in ‚ÄėBihari‚Äô, painted around the time he moved to Delhi in the 1990‚Äôs, the 50-year-old artist seeks to assert his regional identity.

Gupta‚Äôs work acquires an earthy quality in an installation put together with cow dung and wood. Titled ‚ÄėMy Mother and Me‚Äô, it is also his favourite. Another is a virtual kitchen, called the ‚ÄėFamily Portrait‚Äô.

The show, his biggest ever, seems to resonate with the contemporary political theme of the ‚Äúcommon man‚ÄĚ in India, but without depicting people.

‚ÄėEverything is Inside‚Äô closes on¬†March 16.

                                 Cheap rice (2006)                                                                                             

All in the same boat (2013)

Thosa Pani (2013) (solid water)

Mind shut down (2008)

My Family Portrait (2013)

This side is the other side (2001)

There is always cinema (III) (2008)

The way home (II) (2001)

My mother and me (1997)

 

School (2008)

 

(Editing by Tony Tharakan; Follow Tony on Twitter at @TonyTharakan and Ankush @Ankush_patrakar |This article is website-exclusive and cannot be reproduced without permission)

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