Sundaram Tagore Gallery , Stand n° AM115

Waterfall - Hiroshi Senju

Hiroshi Senju Waterfall

Ni - Zheng Lu

Zheng Lu Ni

Exhibiting Artists

  • Miya Ando

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  • Chun Kwang Young  (+)

    Biography : Korean artist Chun Kwang Young incorporates elements of both painting and sculpture in his practice. He is best known for his acclaimed Aggregation series: freestanding and wall-hung amalgamations of small, triangular forms wrapped in antique mulberry paper, often tinted with teas or pigment. Born in Hongchun, South Korea, in 1944, Chun grew up during the end of Japanese colonization and the brutality of the Korean War. In the early 1970s, he moved to the United States to pursue a Master’s Degree at Philadelphia College of Art, where he was deeply drawn to Abstract Expressionism. “It seemed to be the best way to freely express my surprise and sadness at witnessing the huge gap between idea and reality,” he says. Over time, Chun became disillusioned with the materialistic drive that seemed to fuel the American dream and feelings of loneliness intensified his longing for home. During this period, Chun’s paintings, which explored the effects of light and color, reflected his interest in Abstract Expressionism, however, he ultimately found the expression inauthentic. Chun decided to return to Korea and focus on developing his own methodology, one that was wholly unique and reflective of his history and cultural identity. The development of Chun’s signature technique was sparked by childhood memories of seeing medicinal herbs wrapped in mulberry paper, tied into small packages and hung from the ceiling of the local doctor’s office. He became intrigued with the idea of merging the techniques, materials and sentiment of his Korean heritage with the conceptual freedom he experienced during his Western education. Over the years, Chun’s Aggregations have become more colorful and evolved in complexity and scale, but the use of mulberry paper remains at the core of his practice. Although imbued with the spirit of Korean tradition and history, Chun’s work, with its intricate, abstract compositions, is grounded in a purely contemporary context. Chun

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  • Golnaz Fathi

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  • Karen Knorr  (+)

    Biography : Through her photography and videos, German-born American artist Karen Knorr explores the dynamics of power and its influence on cultural heritage, from the patriarchal structures of the English aristocracy to the roles and representations of animals in art. Born in Frankfurt in 1954 and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Knorr studied in Paris and London before settling in England in the 1970s, where she began producing images inspired by the cultural debates of the time, which often centered on the politics of representation. Knorr is best known for her seminal photographic series, India Song, which began with an extensive road trip across India in 2008 (followed by multiple return trips), resulting in a body of work that focused on the interiors of significant architectural spaces of Rajasthan, a northern Indian state known for its opulent palaces, temples and forts. Within these lavish rooms— symbolic of wealth and societal power structures—Knorr digitally imposes images of live tigers, elephants, peacocks and monkeys, which she photographed separately in reserves and zoos. Lush and playful, these vibrantly colorful images appear to be photographic renderings of Indian folklore, in which the line between reality and illusion is blurred. Yet Knorr’s work, which is influenced by surrealism and the mystical realism of Latin America, delves below the surface to consider issues of colonialism, exoticism, appropriation, societal hierarchies, and femininity as it relates to the animal world—concepts that are as layered and multifaceted as the country itself. This critically acclaimed series is the subject of a large-format monograph, with a preface by British writer William Dalrymple, released by Italian fine-art publisher Skira Editore in 2014. Karen Knorr has exhibited her work across the globe at venues such as the Museum of London, United Kingdom; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; San Diego Museum of Photography, California; Multimedia Art Museum, M

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  • Jane Lee  (+)

    Biography : Singapore-based artist Jane Lee is best known for her inventive techniques and innovative use of materials. She explores the very nature of the way paintings are constructed by treating the components of a painting—stretcher, canvas, and the paint itself—in new ways. The surfaces of her paintings are highly tactile and sensuous, often dimensional enough to be considered wall-based sculptures. In some cases, Lee dispenses with canvas altogether extruding acrylic paint directly onto wooden stretchers, which results in a hollow, three-dimensional object, with the paint at the bottom seemingly giving in to gravity. Many of her works appear to move: they fall, unroll, hang or slide suggesting, in the process, everyday objects (a hose, a carpet, a window). Operating in a post-colonial Southeast Asian context, Lee re-examines the significance of Western painting practices while asserting her own culture. Pushing the boundaries of the medium, her work echoes the breakdown of cultural barriers in the era of globalization and affirms the universality of contemporary art. Lee first came to critical attention in 2008, when her monumental installation Raw Canvas was featured in the Singapore Biennale curated by Fumio Nanjo. The installation was shown again in 2009 at the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of the Code Share: 5 Continents, 10 Biennales, 20 Artists exhibition curated by Simon Rees. Since then, Lee’s work has been showcased in Collectors’ Stage at the Singapore Art Museum in 2011 and in the Southeast Asia Platform, a curated exhibition of cutting-edge work organized by region, at Art Stage Singapore in 2014. Lee was a highlight of the yearlong exhibition Medium At Large (2014–2015), at the Singapore Art Museum, where her large-scale wall-mounted installation Status was acquired for the museum’s permanent collection. In 2015, Lee’s work was selected for Prudential Singapore Eye, one of the largest surveys of Singapore’s

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  • Tayeba Begum Lipi

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  • Zheng Lu  (+)

    Artist's Objects:

    • Zheng Lu - Ni Ni

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  • Ricardo Mazal

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  • Sohan Qadri  (+)

    Biography : Sohan Qadri was the first Indian artist to venture into the realm of abstraction composing paintings that emerged from deep states of meditation. A poet, painter and Tantric yogi, Qadri is deeply engaged with spirituality. Growing up in Punjab, Qadri received exposure to Sufism, Hinduism, and Sikhism early in life. He was initiated into yogic practice by the age of seven. As a teenager, he ran away to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in search of higher truths. A fascination with Buddhist doctrines continues to influence Qadri’s life and work. Today he is widely recognized for his luminous dye-infused works on meticulously serrated and punctured paper. He begins his process by bathing paper in acid-free water and once it is swollen with liquid, he rhythmically scores the surface and applies inks and dyes. The repetition of these careful incisions is an integral part of his meditation. Relying on a language of orifices and elongated paths or lines, Qadri abandons representation in search for transcendence. Imbued with vibrant hues, the rippled surfaces possess a strong sense of energy and rhythm. These are works that arrest our thoughts and invite us to experience the metaphysical. Over his long career, Qadri has interacted with notable cultural figures, including the Surrealist painter René Magritte, architect Le Corbusier, and Indian author Mulk Raj Anand. He has had more than 80 one-man exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. His works are held in such collections as the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. His paintings are also in notable private collections, including those of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll, and Dr. Robert Thurman. Qadri lives and works in Copenhagen.

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  • Hiroshi Senju  (+)

    Biography : Hiroshi Senju is a painter who expresses contemporary modernity through ancient painting techniques that are unique to Japan. Hiroshi Senju’s art can be understood in its simple immediacy- bold, glowing lines flow down against a deep blue-black expanse in his Waterfall series. A sense of powerful, timeless calm, the monumental force and presence of nature, is perceived. He combines finely ground pigments derived from natural materials in a medium of animal-hide glue, and then applies this “paint” to handmade rice paper mounted on board. This results in a matte surface that glows with the richness of the applied colors. Senju is the first Asian artist to receive an individual fine arts award at the Venice Biennale for his acclaimed Waterfall paintings in 1995. Museums that collect his work include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California; the University of California, Los Angeles, California; the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan; and The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan.

    Exhibition : Hiroshi Senju is a painter who expresses contemporary modernity through ancient painting techniques that are unique to Japan. Hiroshi Senju’s art can be understood in its simple immediacy- bold, glowing lines flow down against a deep blue-black expanse in his Waterfall series. A sense of powerful, timeless calm, the monumental force and presence of nature, is perceived. He combines finely ground pigments derived from natural materials in a medium of animal-hide glue, and then applies this “paint” to handmade rice paper mounted on board. This results in a matte surface that glows with the richness of the applied colors. Senju is the first Asian artist to receive an individual fine arts award at the Venice Biennale for his acclaimed Waterfall paintings in 1995. Museums that collect his work include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California; the University of California, Los Angeles, California; the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan; and The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Hiroshi Senju - Waterfall Waterfall

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Other Represented Artists

  • Anila Quayyum Agha

    Biography : Anila Quayyum Agha examines issues of global politics, cultural identity, mass media and gender roles in her multidisciplinary practice. The Pakistani-American artist is best known for her immersive, large-scale light installations in which she laser-cuts elaborate patterns into three-dimensional cubes. Suspended and lit from within, the cubes cast lace-like, floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces such as mosques that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore. In addition to her suspended light installations, Agha also creates wall-mounted sculptural works, including her Flowers series (2018) that explores love and loss inspired by the mixed emotions she experienced following her son’s wedding and mother’s passing, events that happened in the same year. Although these works may appear decorative, they are imbued with meaning, from the floral patterns that express the beauty and femininity of her mother, to the metallic threads commonly used for wedding dresses in Pakistan. The visual elements collectively amplify the interplay between the matrimonial and the funereal, and by extension, the larger cycle of life. To produce these elaborate works, Agha laser-cuts vibrantly hued encaustic paper with intricate patterns and adorns them with light-reflecting embroidery and beads. These exquisitely detailed drawings are framed within shadow boxes, allowing light to pass through the cut-outs and cast patterned shadows in a manner similar to her large-scale light installations. The framing and shadows allow these works to transcend their two-dimensionality. Anila Quayyum Agha has an M.F.A.in fiber arts from the University of North Texas. She has exhibited her work across the globe, including in the 2018 Kansas City Biennale, curated by Dan Cameron; the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Texas;

  • Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan

  • Edward Burtynsky  (+)
  • Kamolpan Chotvichai

  • Kim Joon

  • Sebastiao Salgado

About

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. We focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, our goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.



In 2015, the gallery began a program of partnering with museums and cultural organizations to organize exhibitions that further our mission of intercultural dialogue. Projects include Frontiers Reimagined, an exhibition of global art, produced with the Museo Palazzo Grimani in Venice for the Venice Biennale; the photography exhibition The World We Live In at the Ayala Museum in Manila; and Sebastiao Salgado: The World Through His Eyes at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

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Sundaram Tagore Gallery w:  http://www.sundaramtagore.com Founded:  2000 Sundaram Tagore Susan McCaffrey Mc Sweeney Kathryn