- Place where the work was made
- Cultural origin
- Baroda school
- Contemporary circa 1945 - onwards → India
- Media categories
- Book , Print
- Materials used
- 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
- 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"
- Purchased 1994
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Nalini Malani
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
India Songs, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993
India Songs, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993
India Songs, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993
India Songs, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 17 Sep 1993–24 Oct 1993
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001
Mother India (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Feb 2012–05 May 2012
Fearless: contemporary South Asian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jul 2018–13 Jan 2019
Referenced in 5 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 297 (colour illus.).
Kamala Kapoor, Art and Asia Pacific, 'Missives from the streets. The art of Nalini Malani', pg. 40-51, Sydney, 1995.
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.17
Hamea Sivanesan, Look, 'Indian painting', pg. 20-21, Melbourne, Mar 2001, 20, 21 (colour illus.). A page (letter/leaf not mentioned) from the 'Degas suite' is illustrated in this publication.
Other works by Nalini Malani
See all 6 works