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Nalini Malani

(India 1946 – )

Degas suite

Location
Not on display
Further information

Nalini Malani lives in Mumbai (Bombay). She works with watercolour books, drawings, installations and performance. The Gallery has in its collection two of her books, the 'Hieroglyph series' and 'The Degas Suite'. A sense of fragmentation and displacement is at the heart of Nalini Malani's work. Her parents were from Karachi and the family had to leave in 1947 because of Partition. Much of Malani's work is also based on the varied and fractured lifestyles in the district Lohar Chawl (electric market) where the artist's studio is located. In this area of Mumbai various strata of society live with one another. In 'The Degas Suite', Nalini Malani has reinterpreted the drawings by the French Impressionist, Edgar Degas, superimposing other drawings based on the streets of Mumbai. Malani considers the relationship between Indian contemporary life and the modernist traditions of Europe.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 297.

Place of origin
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cultural origin
Baroda school artist
Period
India: Contemporary circa 1945–onwards
Year
1992
Media
Book, Print
Medium
bound book: 35 leaves, 32 prints, photocopied monotypes worked over in ink, pastel and charcoal, 8 drawings, ink on paper, 1 drawing, pencil on paper
Dimensions
22.3 x 27.2 cm leaf; 22.4 x 29.2 cm closed book; 22.4 x 58.5 cm open book
Signature & date
Signed and dated, leaf c-f, i-k, m, t-gg, l.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7" Signed and dated, leaf x,z,hh, l.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/8" Signed and dated, leaf g,l,n,o,p, l.l.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7" Signed and dated, leaf h, q-s, u.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7" Signed and dated, verso, leaf x-aa,dd, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7" Signed and dated, verso, leaf ff-hh, brown ink, "N Malani 91/8" Signed and dated, leaf ii, l.r.corner, black ink, "...N Malani Aug '91"
Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
357.1994.a-ii
Copyright
© Nalini Malani