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Bose Krishnamachari



Education  1999-00 Master in Visual Arts, Goldsmith College, London 1986-91 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai 1984-1985 Diploma in Art, Kerala Kala Peetom, Kochi  Exhibitions  2013 'Maximum Bose', Gallery 7,... Selected Solo Exhibitions 2013 'Maximum Bose', Gallery 7, Mumbai 2010 'No', 1 x 1 Contemporary, Dubai 2009-10 'LaVA', (Laboratory of Visual Arts), a Traveling Installation Project at Gallery BMB, Mumbai 2008-09 'To Let – White Ghost', Kashi Art Cafe, Kochi 2008 'Ghost', Aicon Gallery, London and Bodhi Art, Mumbai 2007 'LaVA', (Laboratory of Visual Arts), a Traveling Installation Project at Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kochi, Baroda and New Delhi 2006 ‘Ghost : Transmemoir’, Gallery ArtsIndia, New York, Lille, France 2005 ‘Exist’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Museum Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ‘De Curating (Indian Contemporary Artist’s)’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Durbar Hall, Cochin, Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore 1999 'Field Sakshi’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 1999 'Amuseum Memoirs', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 1997 'Amuseum Documents.' Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1996 'Dandy’, Y. B Chavan Centre Gallery and Lakeeren, Mumbai 1995 'Objects of Attention' Academy of fine Arts and Literature, inaugural show of Arpana Kaur Gallery, New Delhi. 1993 'Amuseum' organized by Prema Srinivasan and Suchi Ebrahim, Chennai 1992 'Amuseum', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore 1991 'Music of the Cubes' British Council Gallery, Mumbai 1990 Sir. J.J, School of Art Gallery, Mumbai 1989 Kerala Kala Peetom, Cochin  Selected Group Exhibitions 2012 '2 + 2 = 5', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Mapmakers: The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York 2012 'The Contemporary Sultanate', presented by Exhibit 320 at One Style Mile, Olive, New Delhi 2011-12 'Reprise 2011', Aicon Gallery, New York 2011 'Census of Sense', Exhibit 320, New Delhi 2011 'Love is a 4 Letter Word', Latitude 28, New Delhi 2011 Gallery Sumukha, Chennai 2011 'Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2010 'Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference', Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi 2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2010 'Beyond Object hood', presented by Gandhara Art Gallery at Nandalal Bose Hall, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata 2010 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai 2009 'Vistaar II', presented by Seven Arts Limited at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'In The Mood For Paper', F2 Gallery, Beijing 2009 'Godown', The Guild, Mumbai 2009 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2009 'Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art', Aicon Gallery, New York 2008-09 'Hot Shots', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2008-09 'Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan', Aicon Gallery, London 2008-09 'Mutant Beauty', Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'November', 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai 2008 'Everywhere Is War (And Rumors of War)', Bodhi Art, Mumbai 2008 Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Pastiche: Exhibition of Paintings', Chaithanya Art Gallery, Kochi 2007-08 ‘India Oggi – Milano’, Spazio Oberdan, Italy 2007-08 Indian Art at Swarovski ‘Crystal World’ Show, 1st Exhibition, Tirol – Österreich, Austria 2007 ‘Gateway Bombay’, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 2007 ‘Young Guns’, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai 2007 ‘India ! The Best of Indian Contemporary Art’, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris 2007 'Strangeness', Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata 2007 'India 20', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai 2006 ‘The Shape That Is’, organized by Bodhi Art, Jendela and Concourse, Esplanade, Singapore 2005-06 ‘Kaam’, Gallery Arts India, New York, Palo Alto 2005 ‘Double-Enders’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi 2005 ‘Paths of Progression’, organized by Bodhi Art and Saffronart, Mumbai at Mumbai, New York, Singapore, New Delhi 2005 ‘We Are Like This Only’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi 2005 ‘Confluence 2005’, ArtsIndia gallery, New York 2003-05 ‘Ideas and Images’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 2004 ‘Anticipations’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Museum Gallery, Mumbai 2004 ‘Bombay x 17’, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi 2004 ‘Bombay Boys’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi 2004 ‘Vanitas Vanitatum’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2002 ‘Rumour City (Mutations)’, TN Probe, Tokyo 2002 ‘Tribute to Picasso’, Kala Ghoda Fair, organized by Fine Art Resource. 2002 ‘Tribute to Picasso’, Guild, Art Gallery, Mumbai 2002 ‘CAN’, Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2001 ‘Human Factor’, 4th anniversary exhibition by Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai 2001 Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA), organized by Sharon Apparao, New Delhi. 2001 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’ ,organized by Saffron Art and Apparao Galleries at Los Angeles 2001 Sudarshan Shetty, Sunil Gawde and Bose Krishnamachari, Apparao Gallery , New Delhi 2001 'Memos for the New Millennium from Artists of Molting Worlds’, Birla Acadamy of Art and Culture, Mumbai 2000 ‘Artists from Kerala’, Lakeeren, Mumbai 2000 'Brain Storm', Goldsmiths College, London 2000 'Embarkations' Sakshi Gallery, 1998 ‘50 Years of Indian Art’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 1998 'Presence of the Past’, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) Mumbai 1997 'Persistence of Memory', Linda Benglis, Charles, and Lindal Brown and Bose Krishnamachai’, Nature Morte, New Delhi. 1996 'West Wing Story' an Open Studio Installation at Head Lands Center for Visual Art, Sausalito, California 1995 'Contemporary Miniature', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata 1995 'Recent Trends in Indian Art’, Vandhera Art Gallery, New Delhi 1995 'Bombay: An Artist's Impression', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1994 'Window’, Gallery Leela, Mumbai 1993 An Exhibition for 'Sparrow', Artist's Centre, Mumbai 1993 'Circling the Square', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1993 ‘Imprints on our Time’, Jehangir Art Gallery. Mumbai 1992 'Artists Against Communalism', Sir J.J School of Art & Shivaji Park, Mumbai (traveled to 15 other cities in India) 1990 'Drawings', Gallery Chemould, Mumbai  Joint Exhibitions 1995 With Andrea Anastasio, organized by Italian Council, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai  Participations 2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai 2012 'Art Stage Singapore 2012', Singapore presented by Exhibit 320, New Delhi 2011-12 'Indian Highway', in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, London and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo at MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome 2011 ‘Artzuid 2011’, Avenues of Berlage’s Plan-Zuid, Amsterdam 2011 'Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2011 'Art Stage Singapore', Singapore presented by 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai 2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi 2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai 2009 'Expressions at Tihar', Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi 2009 'ARCOmadrid', Spain as curator for 'Panorama: India' 2008-09,10,11 'Indian Highway', a Traveling Exhibition presented in Collaboration with Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo at Serpentine Gallery, London; Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART), Herning, Denmark; Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon 2008 Annual Show, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 2008 Presented by 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai at Art Paris, Abu Dhabi 2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi 2007 Presented by Willem Baars Projects at Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2006 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2002 'Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2001 'Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre. Mumbai 1991 'Monsoon Show' Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai Honours and Awards 2000 Charles Wallace (India) Award to do MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London 1996 Mid America Arts Alliance Award (MAAA) International Fellowship for Extensive Travel and Residency to the United States of America. 1993 Recipient of the British Council Travel Award to the United Kingdom 1991&92 Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai 1991 Special Award from the University of Bombay for securing highest marks at BFA examination, Mumbai 1991 Face. of 90s. in Indian art published by 'Debonair' magazine, selected by Shireen and Khorshid Gandhi of Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1991 Gold Medal, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1986-91 Sir JJ. School of Art Merit Scholarship 1985 Kerala Lalit Kala Akademy Award The French artist Christian Boltanski once remarked: "The task is to create a formal work that is at the same time recognized by the spectator as a sentimentally charged object. Everyone brings his own history to it." Possibly Bose Krishnamachari`s current project as an artist too is to present the viewer with a trigger point of images/icons that can, (along with the formal construction of painting/installation), function as symbolic devices with which to speak of an entire culture, its shifting mindsets and, its eclectic borrowings. Born in Kerala in 1963, Bose recently completed his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work, thus reinforced by a `here and now` understanding and awareness of contemporary culture, borrows effortlessly from various disciplines, including literature and design, and time periods. This current body of work spotlights figures (and by dint of association, cultures) as varied as those of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, and Rabindranath Tagore. Spirituality, epic style and (in Kahlo`s case) a focus on the self as means to explore larger concerns, are some features that engage the viewer. However, it would be a mistake to read these works as "tributes" to the icons, as Bose uses the device (in this case, figures from art/history) more to draw attention to his own project. Interestingly, Bose pays as much attention to form as he does to conceptual and/or contextual concerns. Startling planes of flat color juxtaposed against skilful, almost photographic, representations of identifiable persona, imbue the work with an `international` sensibility. Bose admits to combining western image-making techniques (such as the installation) with the vernacular, in a bid to arrive at an idiom that is entirely contemporary and brisk. In an earlier interview, he has said: "I refine my color to brightness. I have learnt this usage from the alternately subdued and lavish color codes of Indian ceremonies and ritual performances; the costumes, the gestures of enactment..." The current body however, brings with it a whiff of minimalism. There is little room for excess. But the minimalism is effective. (Anupa Mehta responds to Bose Krishnamachari`s new works )

Bose Krishnamachari

    • Lives and Works :
    • Mumbai
    • Education :
    • 1999-00 Master in Visual Arts, Goldsmith College, London 1986-91 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai 1984-1985 Diploma in Art, Kerala Kala Peetom, Kochi


Artist Statement

The French artist Christian Boltanski once remarked: "The task is to create a formal work that is at the same time recognized by the spectator as a sentimentally charged object. Everyone brings his own history to it." Possibly Bose Krishnamachari`s current project as an artist too is to present the viewer with a trigger point of images/icons that can, (along with the formal construction of painting/installation), function as symbolic devices with which to speak of an entire culture, its shif
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Artist Biography

Education  1999-00 Master in Visual Arts, Goldsmith College, London 1986-91 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai 1984-1985 Diploma in Art, Kerala Kala Peetom, Kochi  Exhibitions  2013 'Maximum Bose', Gallery 7,... Selected Solo Exhibitions 2013 'Maximum Bose', Gallery 7, Mumbai 2010 'No', 1 x 1 Contemporary, Dubai 2009-10 'LaVA', (Laboratory of Visual Arts), a Traveling Installation Project at Gallery BMB, Mumbai 2008-09 'To Let – White Ghost', Kashi Art Cafe
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