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Saturday, March 29, 2008

ROM’s South Asian gallery offers journey through the ages Joanna Smith

Painted a brilliant blue, the nameless goddess presides over a shining kingdom filled with tapestries, gold-plated illustrations and other treasures from long ago.

Created in Mumbai by Indian artist Navjot Altaf in 2002, the untitled sculpture exemplifies the spirit of the new Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum, housing the region’s traditional and contemporary art in one space.

Her pose recalls that of the traditional female goddess figure and she is sculpted from the teak wood familiar to South Asian handicraft industries, yet she rests atop a metal bottle rack, a reference to the “readymade” art of 20th-century Western artist Marcel Duchamp.

The inclusion of contemporary South Asian art in the new 4,000-square-foot gallery was important to Deepali Dewan, lead curator for the new space in the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition. [click on the heading for more]


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