Friendly Fire (Clouds in the Water) - 32 and 36
dated inscribed and titled '2006-07 JITISH KALLAT FRIENDLY FIRE (CLOUDS IN THE WATER) - 32' (upper right) and '2006-07 JITISH KALLAT FRIENDLY FIRE (CLOUDS IN THE WATER) - 36' (upper center) respectively
mixed media on paper
2614 x 38 in. (66.7 x 96.5 cm.) each
Executed in 2006-7; two works on paper
Haunch of Venison, Zurich
Jitish Kallat, Universal Recipient, exhibition catalogue, Zurich, 2008, pp. 43, 47 (illustrated)
Zurich, Haunch of Venison, Jitish Kallat, Universal Recipient, 31 May - 2 August, 2008
Brought to you by

Lot Essay

Jitish Kallat’s interdisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture, video and photography. A graduate of the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai, Kallat has established himself as one of the leading contemporary artists practicing in India today. Living and working in the pluralistic mega-city of Mumbai, Kallat draws upon the visual cultures of the city to represent the multiplicity of the daily lives of Mumbaikars. The artist’s vivid figurative works serve as both a celebration of the city as well as a political critique of socioeconomic divides across the nation.

"The long titles were often playful mechanisms to provoke the viewer to play detective with the elusive promise of meaning. Text has always played a crucial role in my visual endeavours [...] A simple shift of the typeface used for the text on a painting can dramatically alter the texture and tine of the piece. The hard-edge, red fonts in the Friendly Fire pieces, for instance, evoke agitprop posters. I play a lot with type-faces. The red, faux-religious symbols in the Friendly Fire pieces are simply the characters 'A', 'B', 'C', 'M' etc. rendered in font WP iconic Symbol A. Such vacuous interventions mirror the belief-driven madness of consuming polluted sea water. I think this engagement with the inscribed title perhaps comes from the fact that my earliest visual references were the billboard and the television screen, where one often consumes images and texts simultaneously" (Artist statement, N. Miall, Jitish Kallat: Universal Recipient, Zurich, 2008, p. 56).
More from
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Online
Place your bid Condition report

A Christie's specialist may contact you to discuss this lot or to notify you if the condition changes prior to the sale.

I confirm that I have read this Important Notice regarding Condition Reports and agree to its terms. View Condition Report