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.
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"
© Nalini Malani
Shown in 4 exhibitions
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
- Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993
- Orange Regional Gallery, Orange 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993
- Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993
- 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 4 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 297 (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.
India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18 (colour illus.).