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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
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
RANJANI SHETTAR
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
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Night skies and daydreams Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – October 4, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
RANJANI SHETTAR
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
RANJANI SHETTAR
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
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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
RANJANI SHETTAR
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
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection
Ranjani Shettar The Phillips Collects for a New Century
Washington City Press
Washington City Press
Ranjani Shettar June 28, 2019
The New York Times Style Magazine
The New York Times Style Magazine
Ranjani Shettar December 2018
Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018
Mint
Mint
Ranjani Shettar July 18, 2017
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review September 11, 2014
The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Ranjani Shettar February 16, 2014
The New York Times
The New York Times
RANJANI SHETTAR January 15, 2010
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review 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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