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December 30, 2011

YBCA Exhibition: New Contemporary Art In India

The Asian Art Museum's Maharaja exhibit in San Francisco isn't the only Indian exhibit in town. Running through Jan 29th, 2012, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts also has Matter Within - New Contemporary Art of India. Owing to Shari's stint at YBCA in the earlier part of this millennium, we still get the occasional invite and felt we couldn't pass this one up. I am hardly an art critic, but took advantage of YBCA's liberal attitude towards photography in the gallery (all ok as long as no flash). Here are the results.

Outside YBCA

And inside

The Roster

Virj looks up at the Matka installation. It moves!

Photograph by Nikhil Chopra

From a series of photos by Pushpamala N whereby she literally recreates various film and other stills

A set of installations on the main gallery floor

From Mumbai's Project 88

Also running continuously at the exhibit are several films including one from the Otolith Group ("Otolith III") that looked particularly fascinating. I didn't get a chance to catch all of it but it looked to derive inspiration from Satyajit Ray's failed attempts to make a film out of his The Alien script in Hollywood.

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- December 30, 2011 1:43 AM // Bay Area , India