Edge of Desire:
Recent Art in India

This exhibition offers a decade-long perspective on contemporary visual practices in India, presenting works dating from 1993 to present that speak in a rich array of materials and idioms. The exhibition includes 80 works by more than 30 artists—representing three generations—working across sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video and interactive media. Works of internationally recognized contemporary artists are shown alongside those of India’s most innovative younger artists. All participating artists are from India and they live and work there. The exhibition provides unique opportunities to explore cross-cultural influences in the works of these artists. Drawing upon artworks from major public and private collections, Edge of Desire features illuminating juxtapositions of urban fine art with adivasi art and ephemeral Bollywood and popular culture imagery. The exhibition also includes several collaborative and site-specific works that address contemporary political, social, and environmental realities in India today.

Participating artists include Ganga Devi Bhatt, Swarna Chitrakar, Atul Dodiya, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Archana Hande, NS Harsha, Rummana Hussain, Tushar Joag, Ranbir Kaleka, Ravi Kashi, Mallikarjun Katakol, Sonia Khurana, Raj Kumar Koram, Nalini Malani, Umesh Maddannahalli, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Pushpamala N (with Clare Arni), Surendran Nair, Open Circle, Cyrus Oshidar/MTV India, Sudir Patwardhan, Raqs Media Collective, N.N. Rimzon, Sharmila Samant, GM Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Nataraj Sharma, Dayanita Singh, Subhash Singh, KG Subramanyan, Vivan Sundaram, LN Tallur, Vasudha Thozur and Sonadhar Vishwakarma.

The exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Western Austraria and Asia Society, New York.

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India and related programs are made possible with support from The Reliance Group, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, State Bank of India, Purnendu and Amita Chatterjee, Gita and Sonny Mehta, Indra and Raj Nooyi, Arts International, Catherine Gamble Curran, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Sullivan and Cromwell, Bose Pacia, Sir Dorabji Tata Trus, and the Asia Society’s India Fund.

WNYC, New York Public Radio is the media sponsor of the Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India.

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India is co-presented at the Asia Society located at 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, tel 212.327.9333, open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday. General admission is $10, seniors $7, students $5 and free for members and persons under 16. Free admission Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, click here and Asia Society calendar.

Please note: A single ticket to QMA or the Asia Society will allow for admission to both institutions and the viewing of the complete exhibition.