RINA BANERJEE, INDIA/USA B.1963, METAL STRUCTURE, FEATHERS, FABRIC, SHELLS, BELLS, SKULL,176 X 94 X 73CM. IMAGE: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA, PARIS – TAASA Review March 2013
The decision of what to acquire from APT 7 has largely been made in advance of the exhibition and they include works by Asian artists Atul Dodiya, LN Tallur, Neha Choksi, Huang Yong Ping, Sara Rahbar, the children’s favourite Hahan (as part of APT 7, the Gallery has published an activity book by this Indonesian artist), Wedhar Riyadi, Tiffany Chung, Gimhongsok, Phuan Thai Meng, Nguyen Thai Tuan, Erbossyn Meldibekov and Yuan Goang-Ming, among others.
Personally, I would barrack for the work displayed by two artists of Indian origin, Rina Banerjee, with her curious and resonant bricolage assemblages, and Raqib Shaw with his Paradise Lost 200111 series of highly imaginative Mughal miniature inspired paintings.
Together they reflect bold ideas and creative extravagance and sophistication emanating from artists living "between cultures" who nevertheless draw inspiration from their homeland. Thus, while it is tempting to think of APT in terms of spectacle, a broader vision reveals more lasting implications those focusing on collection building...