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For over four decades now, Himmat has demonstrated his leading preoccupations, primarily in drawing and sculpture. If one stands back to take a telescopic view of his sculpture, it would probably fall in the areas of enigma, domesticity and sheer whim. Himmat turns conventional scale into a mockery and allows for sheer play to dominate his vision, wherein architectural structures are dwarfed and heads enlarged to an enigmatic monumentality. Himmat Shah’s work does not appear to judge the human condition. Instead, it appears to present its existential state, through terms that defy simple deﬁnition.
Gayatri Sinha is an independent curator and art critic based in New Delhi. She has edited the seminal volume Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists in India, Woman/Goddess and Indian Art: An Overview. She is also the author of Krishen Khanna: A Critical Biography, The Art of Adimoolam, Krishen Khanna: The Embrace of Love and contributing author of Krishen Khanna: Images in My Time. Her curated exhibitions include ‘The Self and the World’ (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1997), ‘Vilas: The Idea of Pleasure’ (Birla Academy, Mumbai, 2000), ‘Cinema Still’ (New Delhi, 2002), ‘Woman/Goddess’ (1998–2001, a travelling exhibition) and ‘Middle Age Spread’ (National Museum, New Delhi, 2004). She has been credited with a Department of Culture and a Ford Foundation award.
AN UNREASONED ACT OF BEING
New Sculptures by Himmat Shah
|Number of photographs||116|
|Size||8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc|
|Date of Publishing||2007|
|Co-publisher(s)||Mapin Publishing in association with Lund Humphries|
|Rights Available||World rights|