Closet Quarries

Reena Saini Kallat

Closet Quarries, 2012

Acrylic paint, rubberstamps and plexiglass





Price: 20,000 USD

About The Work

"Closet Quarries” is a series of paintings made using rubber stamps, which reference the great inlay patterns on the walls of the Taj Mahal and other Mughal architectural monuments found in India. The rubber stamps carry names and symbols found engraved on the red sandstones laid along the back wall of the Taj Mahal and on the pathways leading to the same. Similarly, carved names of the craftsmen are also seen in the case of other Mughal monuments. These names, retrieved from the archives of the Archeological Survey of India intercept the austere inlay patterns through text and symbols evoking notions of labour, memory and the submerged, factual and fictional, histories and myths that surround monument-making.

About Reena Saini Kallat

Reena Saini Kallat (b. 1973, Delhi, India) has widely exhibited her work at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Tate Modern, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Saatchi Gallery, London; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; IVAM Museum, Spain; Goteborgs Konsthall, Sweden; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; MOCA, Shanghai; Busan MOMA; Chicago Cultural Centre amongst several others. She has participated at the Havana Biennial (2019); Busan Biennale (2016), Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2011), the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale (2011), the Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan (2009) besides others. Her works are part of several public and private collections including Musee de Beaux Arts, Ottawa; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Manchester Museum, UK; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Norrtalje Konsthall, Sweden; Initial Access (Frank Cohen Collection), UK; Pizzuti Collection, Ohio; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; Fondazione Golinelli, Italy; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi amongst others.


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