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RANJANI SHETTAR

“Nature’s beauty is ever present, art helps to uncover, perceive and appreciate it.”

Ranjani Shettar

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Tuntoroo, 2014 (detail)

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

Ranjani’s works speak with their own unique and elegant language. Refusing to be placed in any preexisting category or a singular viewpoint they seem to emanate a latent force, transforming any place they inhabit. Given the scale and magnitude of their effect, Ranjani’s works often begin in small and surprisingly simple ways—emerging most often from her interest in her materials. Shettar forges a relationship with her materials through sustained contact and proximity. Wood is carved entirely by hand, aided by the simplest tools, allowing for the slow revelation of its hidden possibilities. Motivated by processes that allow this kind of close involvement, her engagement exposes the permeability of the often-distinct thresholds between craft and art, tradition and modernity, the physical and the spiritual, while transforming the simple and mundane into the magical.

“Shettar’s installations offer moments to reflect on what it means to be connected to something, whether that connection occurs between human beings and the natural landscape, individual consciousness and cosmic awareness, or local traditions and global imperatives.”

Helen Molesworth

“The driving force behind Ranjani Shettar’s work is a poetics of space. Whether destined for public, private, or even intimate settings, her art take account of the physical-almost molecular, organic-and emotional nature of the space in question.”

Philippe Vergne

“Although Shettar’s abstract sculptures are resonant of more familiar traditions of Western modernist and minimalist sculpture, they are distinctive due to the careful interplay of technique and materials, mostly drawn from local sources.”

Shanay Jhaveri, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011).

Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY (2010); Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi (2011, 2012, 2013), 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010); 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA (2008); 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007); 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006); Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas (2006); Marian Goodman Gallery (2006), Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Sainsbury Center, UK (2005), Wexner Center, OH (2005), The Walker Art Center, MN (2003), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy (2003) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2003). In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited-edition project, Varsha.  Ranjani Shettar lives and works in Karnataka, India.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

Stainless steel, muslin cloth, tamarind kernel powder paste, lacquer

192" x 288" 168"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

118 3/4" x 68 1/2" x 24"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Wood, automobile paint, stainless steel, and fishline

120" x 156" x 138"

 

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

Transitions, 2003

Neem wood, silicone, fish line, gulagangi seeds

39" x 60" x 36"

Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

Stainless steel, muslin cloth, tamarind kernel powder paste, lacquer

192" x 288" 168"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

118 3/4" x 68 1/2" x 24"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Wood, automobile paint, stainless steel, and fishline

120" x 156" x 138"

 

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

Transitions, 2003

Neem wood, silicone, fish line, gulagangi seeds

39" x 60" x 36"

Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
150th Anniversary | The Metropolitan Museum of Art On View
as the wind blows
as the wind blows
20th Anniversary Exhibition Talwar Gallery, New York September 25 - December 17, 2021
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Earth Songs for a Night Sky The Phillips Collection, Washington DC May 16 – August 25, 2019
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Seven ponds and a few raindrops The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York March 12 – September 16, 2018
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RANJANI SHETTAR
On and on it goes on Talwar Gallery, New York March 10 - August 17, 2018
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Bubble trap and a double bow Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 1 - December 30, 2017
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Night skies and daydreams Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – October 4, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Flame of the Forest Hermes Singapore April 29 - June 5, 2011
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Present Continuous Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 19 - December 24, 2011
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, NY November 11, 2010 - February 7, 2011
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Talwar Gallery, New York October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010
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RANJANI SHETTAR
New Work San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
FOCUS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Momentum 10 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston March 19 - July 13, 2008
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Epiphanies Talwar Gallery, New Delhi October 27, 2007 - March 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Recent Works Talwar Gallery, New York March 22 - May 13, 2006
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
The Indian Spring Talwar Gallery, New York June 5 - July 17, 2004
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century March 6 - September 12, 2021
Mint
Mint
Far from the Madding Crowd of the Big City August 7, 2020
The Georgetown Dish
The Georgetown Dish
Ranjani Shettar’s Sculpture at the Phillips Collection July 14, 2019
Washington City Press
Washington City Press
Ranjani Shettar’s Earth Songs for a Night Sky Enchants with Assorted Materials at the Phillips Collection June 28, 2019
Culture Radar
Culture Radar
Where Creativity Intersects June 6, 2019
Ideel Art
Ideel Art
What do Ranjani Shettar and Wassily Kandinsky Have in Common? June 3, 2019
Artdaily
Artdaily
India-based Ranjani Shettar creates project in response to Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee May 21, 2019
DCist
DCist
Ranjani Shettar's Wooden Sculptures are Hanging Out at the Phillips Collection May 20, 2019
The New York Times Style Magazine
The New York Times Style Magazine
The South Asian Artists Making Their Mark on the Western Scene December 2018
Elle
Elle
Bengaluru-based artist Ranjani Shettar on her solo exhibition at the Met this year December 10, 2018
Sculpture Magazine
Sculpture Magazine
New York: Ranjani Shettar October 2018
The Hindu
The Hindu
Ranjani Shettar: New York, New York September 29, 2018
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018
The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Bringing Nature Home: Artist Ranjani Shettar on Her Love for Installations August 5, 2018
The MET Collection Insights
The MET Collection Insights
Ranjani Shettar and the Poetics of Materials June 19, 2018
Mint
Mint
How South Asian Art is Speaking to the World June 2, 2018
Arts Illustrated
Arts Illustrated
Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops June - July 2018
The Hindu
The Hindu
Wood bends in Ranjani Shettar's Hands May 31, 2018
Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest
Ranjani Shettar: 'Seven ponds and a few raindrops' at The Met, New York April 10, 2018
Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops April 2018
Sculpture Magazine
Sculpture Magazine
Ranjani Shettar December 15, 2017
Mint
Mint
Ranjani Shettar: Making waves with wood July 18, 2017
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar July 2017
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Ranjani Shettar's 'Night skies and daydreams' September 11, 2014
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Ranjani Shettar: Night skies and daydreams August 30, 2014
The Wall
The Wall
Between sky and earth March 2014
The Hindu Business Line
The Hindu Business Line
Cutting-Edge Artist March 2014
The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Ranjani Shettar: Saga in wood February 16, 2014
The Sunday Guardian
The Sunday Guardian
An aerial dream in wood: The suspended world of sculpture February 8, 2014
Mint
Mint
A Walk on the Wild Side December 7, 2012
Time Out Mumbai
Time Out Mumbai
Tidal Energy December 7, 2012
Art India
Art India
Up in the Air September 2012
The National
The National
Ranjani Shettar's airy sculptures are making waves July 23, 2012
Sculpture Magazine
Sculpture Magazine
Playing with Creation January 2012
Robb Report
Robb Report
Life in Motion December 2011
The Age
The Age
Grand Sculptures too easy to Pin Down November 16, 2011
Time Out Melbourne
Time Out Melbourne
Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops & Sunshine November 15, 2011
The Age
The Age
In Beauty's Delicate Embrace October 29, 2011
India Today
India Today
Art of the Matter September 2011
The Sunday Guardian
The Sunday Guardian
Two Feet Journey: Idea and Material must Walk Together August 7, 2011
Design Today
Design Today
Ranjani Shettar August 2011
Vogue India
Vogue India
The Homecoming August 2011
Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Ranjani Shettar July - August 2011
Frieze
Frieze
Ranjani Shettar June 1, 2011
The Business Times
The Business Times
Joy of Lacquer May 2011
Prestige
Prestige
Organic Beauty May 2011
Deccan Herald
Deccan Herald
Ethereal Forms April 3, 2011
The Straits Times
The Straits Times
Fleeting Forest Flames April 2011
Artforum
Artforum
On Line February 2011
India Today
India Today
The Shadow Lines February 2011
The Statesman
The Statesman
Ranjani Shettar: Superb Unison of the old and the new February 2011
First City
First City
Touch January 2011
The New York Times
The New York Times
Squiggly, Tangly and Angular December 1, 2010
Harper's Bazaar India
Harper's Bazaar India
Perfectly Placed November 2010
B-UNCUT
B-UNCUT
Talks With SFMoMA's John Zarobell April 8, 2010
The New York Times
The New York Times
Ranjani Shettar January 15, 2010
Art and Deal
Art and Deal
Profile: Ranjani Shettar January 2010
SF Examiner
SF Examiner
SFMOMA Rooftop garden blends art and nature December 24, 2009
Time Out New York
Time Out New York
Ranjani Shettar December 2009
Fiber Arts
Fiber Arts
Ranjani Shettar: Expanding Traditions July 2009
California Home and Design
California Home and Design
Ten Exhibitions Not to Miss June 15, 2009
Deccan Chronicle
Deccan Chronicle
Blending Tradition May 27, 2009
SF Moma Blog
SF Moma Blog
One on One: Peter Samis on Ranjani Shettar May 26, 2009
Art in America
Art in America
Ranjani Shettar May 2009
Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Ranjani Shettar May 2009
The Hindu
The Hindu
Window to the world of art April 25, 2009
Venetian Red Art Blog
Venetian Red Art Blog
Ranjani Shettar April 16, 2009
The SF Examiner
The SF Examiner
New Work: Ranjani Shettar at SFMOMA March 23, 2009
Sculpture
Sculpture
Ranjani Shettar February 2009
Vitamin
Vitamin
New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation January 2009
Vogue India
Vogue India
Brush with Success December 2008
Black and White
Black and White
Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Ranjani Shettar June 6, 2008
Verve
Verve
Larger than Life June 2008
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Artist adds a bit to Carnegie International flavor April 2, 2008
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar Feburary 2008
Art Asia Pacific Almanac
Art Asia Pacific Almanac
...and one for 2008 January 2008
Time Out New Delhi
Time Out New Delhi
Epiphanies December 14, 2007
Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Fire in the Belly November 2007
Matters of Art
Matters of Art
Ranjani Shettar: Epiphanies August 2007
Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Ranjani Shettar October 2006
Frieze
Frieze
Freeing the Line October 2006
Time Out New York
Time Out New York
Freeing the Line July 20, 2006
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Freeing the Line July 7, 2006
Art and Deal
Art and Deal
Precious Connectedness May 2006
Art New England
Art New England
First Person Plural August 2005
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: (desi)re March 25, 2005
Asian Art News
Asian Art News
Ranjani Shettar August 2004
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Ranjani Shettar July 2, 2004
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth 2018
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Epiphanies 2007

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