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ARPITA SINGH

A Retrospective

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India
January 30 – July 14, 2019

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Arpita Singh is one of the most significant women artists in India. This retrospective exhibition at KNMA gives an extraordinary opportunity to view six decades of her art practice. Engaging with her complex view of the world through her seminal paintings, drawings, sketches and watercolours from various public and private collections, the exhibition focuses on her long and singular commitment to the medium of painting and its evolution into a personal expressive language.

Arpita Singh was born in 1937 in West Bengal, India, and moved with her family to Delhi in 1946, where she has since lived and worked. She attended School of Art, Delhi Polytechnic, and after graduating, she worked as a textile designer at the Weaver’s Service Centre, part of the Handloom Board of India. Her work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including the Royal Academy of Arts, London; The Pompidou Centre, Paris; Museo Nacional de Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Asia Society, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai & New Delhi.

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Sunset at Kasauli, 1976

Oil on canvas

35 3/8” x 29 1/8”

Untitled, 1980

Watercolor and ink on paper

17 1/2” x 13 3/4”

Untitled, 1982

Watercolor and poster paint on paper

13 3/4" x 12"

Untitled, 1981

Poster paint on paper

26 3/4" x 32 3/4"

Untitled, 1980

Pastel and poster paint on paper

27 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Untitled, 1980

Pastel and poster paint on paper

27 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Untitled, 1977

Ink, pastel and poster paint on paper

18 3/4" x 24 3/4"

Untitled, 1975

Ink, pastel and graphite on paper

19" x 25"

Beware, 1997

Acrylic on acrylic sheet

25" x 25"

Sunset at Kasauli, 1976

Oil on canvas

35 3/8” x 29 1/8”

Untitled, 1980

Watercolor and ink on paper

17 1/2” x 13 3/4”

Untitled, 1982

Watercolor and poster paint on paper

13 3/4" x 12"

Untitled, 1981

Poster paint on paper

26 3/4" x 32 3/4"

Untitled, 1980

Pastel and poster paint on paper

27 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Untitled, 1980

Pastel and poster paint on paper

27 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Untitled, 1977

Ink, pastel and poster paint on paper

18 3/4" x 24 3/4"

Untitled, 1975

Ink, pastel and graphite on paper

19" x 25"

Beware, 1997

Acrylic on acrylic sheet

25" x 25"

Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Arpita Singh - Submergence: In the midst of here and there May 2019

Arpita Singh was discovered by accident. In the early 1970s, scholar and costumier Roshen Alkazi-who, along with her husband, Ebrahim Alkazi, is responsible for hundreds of contemporary art exhibitions in India-found one of Singh's paintings mixed up with the works of another artist she was hoping to exhibit. Alkazi presented Singh's first solo exhibition at New Delhi's Kunika Chemould Gallery in 1972. 

Mint
Mint
The individual genius of Arpita Singh February 9, 2019

A retrospective of one of the country’s most celebrated modernists maps six strong decades of her artistic trajectory. "My choice of words come to me organically, I can’t explain how or why I write certain lines or phrases," Singh says...

Business Standard
Business Standard
Arpita Singh: A milestone in a modernist's journey February 9, 2019

In our many years of friendship I have never heard Arpita Singh talk about her art; it is a subject she studiously avoids. 

The Hindu Business Line
The Hindu Business Line
Arpita Singh: Of Stories Untold February 1, 2019

Arpita Singh’s paintings speak through whispers and silences. Her love affair with the printed word leads her to use letters and numbers

Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic
Arpita Singh Makes Her Mark October 21, 2018

After nearly a decade of limiting her marks, Singh returned to figurative painting with a vocabulary of abstract marks. It seems to me that Singh should be known internationally. Her figurative paintings and these abstract works on paper add up to an extraordinary achievement.

India Today
India Today
Sight Unseen: Arpita Singh July 10, 2017

Best known for her figurative paintings, Arpita Singh unveiled a series of early abstract works for her ongoing show, 'Tying Down Time', at New York's Talwar Gallery.