June 10 Art Minute: Ravinder Reddy, “Untitled (Head—Gold)”

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Ravinder Reddy (Indian, born 1956), Untitled (Head—Gold). Fiberglass, resin and gold gilt, 2003. 44 x 24 x 42 inches. Gift of The Apollo Society, 2014.20. Gallery 2 (Wolfe Gallery)

Ravinder Reddy (Indian, born 1956), Untitled (Head—Gold). Fiberglass, resin and gold gilt, 2003. 44 x 24 x 42 inches. Gift of The Apollo Society, 2014.20. Gallery 2 (Wolfe Gallery)

With his fusion of contemporary pop art and Hindu sculptural tradition, Indian artist Ravinder Reddy creates a union of the ideal goddess and the individual woman. The frontality of the head and its wide, starring eyes evoke timelessness similar to ancient sculpture.

New York Times art critic Holland Cotter said in a review of Reddy’s first solo show in New York, “The spirelike roofs of certain Hindu temples in South India are a dizzying pileup of hundreds of brightly painted carved figures. Most are of deities, but the ever-changing mix can also include politicians, movie idols and even an occasional Westerner of local renown. This blending of religion and pop culture is a constant in Indian art, and it is the impetus behind the work of Ravinder Reddy.”


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